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Very Best of
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Very Best of
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
 
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21 Great Tracks from the Three Punks who Derived their Aggressive Sound Base from the Mods of the 60's, the Kinks, the Beatles, the who and Shared a Fervent Reverence for American Rhythm and Blues. With their Skinny Ties a...  more »

      
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All Artists: Jam
Title: Very Best of
Members Wishing: 3
Total Copies: 0
Label: Polygram UK
Release Date: 10/20/1997
Album Type: Import
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
Styles: Hardcore & Punk, New Wave & Post-Punk
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 731453742321

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21 Great Tracks from the Three Punks who Derived their Aggressive Sound Base from the Mods of the 60's, the Kinks, the Beatles, the who and Shared a Fervent Reverence for American Rhythm and Blues. With their Skinny Ties and Suits, They Stuck Out in the Punk Crowd, but their Mild Mannered Appearance Flew in the Face of their Aggressive Sound and Lyrics. Guitarist Paul Weller Grew Into a Master Tunesmith and the Band's Focus was Decided British. They Racked Up and Impressive Line of Chart Toppers and Popularity that Continues to this Day. This Collection Showcases the Best of their Relatively Short, Successful Career.

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"Something's happening here today..."
Rob Hosking | 04/12/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The Jam were in the grand tradition of great British singles bands which begins with the holy sixties trinity of Beatles/Who/Kinks and passes on through to the Pretenders, Madness and the Smiths in the 1980s, and on to the likes of Blur. What distinguishes them from the others is that, with the possible exception of Madness, they are by far the most ineradicably English of all those bands. That was a strength and a weakness - it gave them a sense of identity, but it also mired them in that English working class sensibility. The Jam were huge in the UK, had a university level following in places such as New Zealand and Canada, and were unknown anywhere else. Their other flaw was once identified by Who guitarist (and Jam fan) Pete Townshend: the Jam lack a sense of humour. This dourness sometimes makes the band unnecessarily heavy listening. It is possible to deal with heavy themes and maintain a light touch - a lesson the Jam could have learned from all their 1960s-era mentors. That said, this collection does show the remarkable progress of this band. The opening four tracks, are from the first two albums and show the Jam as, to put it bluntly, a second tier punk outfit. But it was on the Jam's third album, All Mod Cons - released in 1978 and represented here by the Kinks' cover `David Watts', plus `A bomb in Wardour St', and the remarkable `Down in the Tube Station at Midnight' - that the group began to grow. The next couple of years saw the Jam hit its peak - a slew of singles like `Strange Town' and `When You're Young' had some great playing, plus lyrics which catch the alienation of late teens life. "Tears of rage run down your face/But still you say it's fun" sings Weller on `When You're Young.' The pinnacle was `Going Underground', a tight rabbit punch of a single from 1980, and a superb guitar and vocal attack from singer/writer/guitarist Paul Weller. The band followed that up with the magnificent `Sound Affects' album and from there things started to unravel. That album contained some of Weller's best ever tracks - songs such as `That's Entertainment' which truly synthesised the band's influences and did something new with them. But Weller decided he wanted to be a soul star, and took the band in that direction. Sometimes this worked (even if `A Town Called Malice' sounds like the Supremes) and sometimes it didn't. However the band went out on a high - `Beat Surrender' is a rousing, stomping roar of a single - a fitting end to a band which had the integrity to get out while they were still on top."
Not Enough
Scott McFarland | Manassas, VA United States | 01/24/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)

"The band cut too many great tracks to sumarize on a single CD. However, "The Compact Snap" plus "The Jam Collection" do manage to get the best stuff onto TWO CDs; I recommend going that route instead."
Do I hear Green Day
Frank G. Wetteroth | Ste. Genevieve, mo | 09/30/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Again my son turned me on to this band, The Jam. And as I listen to these tunes, I hear a few riffs that Green Day might have borrowed. These boys can do a hook like anybody. Every and I men every tune is really good. I 'm glad I have a son who can help his old man find some decent music. The Jam ...buy it now!"