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  • Audio CD (December 11, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Deluxe Edition
  • Label: Polydor/UMe
  • ASIN: B0098WZDVC
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #72,648 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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"I was very proud of it - I thought it was another advance on what we'd done before." Paul Weller - 2012

Disc One - Original album, singles & b-sides
Disc Two - Singles, b-sides & demos

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of The Jam's final studio album and to mark the 30th anniversary of the band's startling split, Universal is proud to release a deluxe edition of THE GIFT.

Surprisingly this was the band's only No. 1 album in the UK and marked the departure from the classic Jam sound to a more soul-influenced style, ushering in Weller's ideas for the Style Council. THE GIFT includes the classic UK No. 1 single "Town Called Malice" plus other highlights "Running On The Spot" and "Carnation."

THE GIFT, released in March 1982 was The Jam's final studio album, in which Weller strove to bring as close to perfection as was humanly possible. Plenty of its songs number among The Jam's best. It is also a fascinating glimpse of its time: of musical currents that were swirling around London and beyond. THE GIFT's energy was not just focused on the state of society: it had a lot to say about where music was going, what had happened to the righteous fires lit by punk, and how to remain relevant and vital when music was taking some very wrong turns indeed. The challenge it answered was simple enough: if blaring guitars and rock poses had run out of road, what could embody the kind of passion that The Jam were all about? The answer lay in the soul music that had bled into their collective identity from the start, and a push to make it less of an influence, than a key part of who they were.

Looking back, some of The Jam's associates have speculated about what lay behind Weller's frantic drive to put everything he could into THE GIFT: increasingly of the belief that the group should break-up, Weller was simply trying ensure that their last album should be their best.

Since the breakup of The Jam, Paul Weller's career has thrived and evolved. From his days fronting The Style Council to this year s critically acclaimed new solo album SONIK KICKS, the reissue of THE GIFT can almost be viewed as the jumping off point for Weller s long and illustrious career.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Ingalls on October 1, 2001
Format: Audio CD
It's hard for me to give any Jam album less than five stars...they are, after all, one of my favorite bands. Paul Weller, before forming the Style Council and eventually going on to a solo career, was the singer/songwriter/guitarist for this influential mod/punk trio that was enormously successful in their native England but never really hit it off in the States. As their albums progressed, Weller began moving the band further away from straight punk and into more R&B-flavored territory. Here are the ultimate fruits of that transformation.
Along with the influence of Motown ("Town Called Malice"), this album also includes tasteful nods to disco ("Precious"), along with a more mod/punk call to their ealier days ("Just Who Is the Five O'Clock Hero"), an interesting instrumental track ("Circus)" and catchy numbers like "Happy Together" and "Ghosts." Further evidence of experimentation is evident on the dancey "Trans-Global Express" and the use of steel drums on "Planner's Dream Gone Wrong."
Unfortunately, Weller disbanded the group soon afterwards, but in a way it's a good thing -- quitting at their peak was the classiest thing these guys could have done.
Highly, highly recommended.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Andre' S Grindle on August 4, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Paul Weller is ready for a big musical change.While on
"The Gift" Weller and The Jam deliver some typically catchy,
sponanious Brit pop like "Happy Together","Ghosts" and "Running
On the Spot",much of this album seriously attempts to blend in
heavy funk,jazz,Carribean and even African styled music into
The Jam's framework.This approch doesn't always succeed entirely
but on numbers like the Sly Ston-ish "Trans-Global Express",the
bombastic afro-funk of "Precious" and the classic,almost ready
-made Motown beat of the classic "Town Called Malice".While
the Jam effectively pull off the diverse songwritng assignments
and add in punchy horn charts,it's clear Weller was proven right-
the guitar-based Jam simply wern't the band to make this kind
of music consistantly and while they're all fantastic musicians
in their own right,Weller was wise to try something new next time
around with a new band to work with.But that doesn't take anything away from this fun,bouncy album!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Rob Hosking on June 28, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I'll plump for 'Sound Affects' as the Jam's best album, but although 'The Gift' is a flawed work there is an emotional intensity about many of the tracks that appeals. Particularly the first three - 'Happy Together' (which, with the constant 'Fa-fa-fa' backing vocals on several songs seems to be an oblique nod to US sixties band The Turtles) is sardonic; while 'Ghosts' and 'Precious ' have some of Weller's best ever lyrics. 'Running on the Spot' and 'Carnation' are in a similar vein - intense and emotional. And, likewise, one is highly personal, the other seems to reflect Weller's social concerns. At the time the album was released I could never get past the fact that 'A Town Called Malice' sounds rather too like the Supremes' 'Can't Hurry Love'. It's grown on me a bit now, but still.....Elsewhere 'Just Who is the Five O'Clock Hero' and 'Planners Dream Went Wrong' sound like a Ken Loach or Mike Leigh movie set to music. The former is a great track, the latter just, well, goes wrong...The remaining tracks don't really work, for this reviewer anyway. But the explosive intensity of the remainder are enough to warrant four stars. And I always take my hat off to an artist who is not satisfied with repeating a previously successful formula, but who pushes the creative envelope and tries new things. For that, (rare in rock music in the early 1980s, seemingly non-existent now ) the occasional miss is forgivable.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kevin O'Conner on December 11, 2012
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What is it about Paul Weller that his record company can't be bothered to ever get things quite right? With previous reissues, there's always been something slightly wrong with the final package. The Jam's Direction Reaction Creation substituted singles or 12" versions of some tracks where album versions would have been expected; The Complete Adventures of The Style Council followed the same template. The reissued Style Council catalog in 2000 was remastered more for volume than anything else--and the mysterious "USA remix" of "Shout to the Top" replaced the original version on Our Favourite Shop. (Nobody's bothered to explain where this so-called "USA remix" came from; I owned a copy of the Internationalists LP, since the Our Favourite Shop CD wasn't released right away, and the mix of "Shout to the Top" was the same as on the UK single.) Liner notes of Jam and Style Council compilations tend to have sloppy punctuation, spelling errors, and/or mis-labelled tracks.

It should come as no surprise that this new Deluxe Edition of The Jam's swan song, The Gift, ends up suffering the same fate. At first glance, the track listing suggests that Universal have got it right. On the first disc, they've come close, appending the album proper with the 12" version of "Precious", the non-LP single "The Bitterest Pill", and their associated B-sides. Why they didn't include the "Beat Surrender" EP on that first disc as well is something of a mystery, seeing as how, with the disc running at just under 50 minutes in length, there was certainly enough room for the five songs contained on the 12" version.

The second disc appears to lead off with the "Beat Surrender" EP. It does--sort of. The first three songs are the ones we've long been familiar with.
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