Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Direction Reaction Creation
Genres: Alternative Rock, World Music, Pop, Rock
1997 6 x 12in five disc box with a whopping 117 digitally remastered tracks from 1977-1982: all the tracks from their six studio albums & every studio B-side chronologically sequenced, plus a fifth disc with 22 rarities, m... more »
1997 6 x 12in five disc box with a whopping 117 digitally remastered tracks from 1977-1982: all the tracks from their six studio albums & every studio B-side chronologically sequenced, plus a fifth disc with 22 rarities, most of whichare previously unreleased covers, demos, alternate versions,etc. A Polydor release. The full title is 'Direction, Reaction, Creation'.
Buy direct from UK and get it for half this price!
Scott E. Smith | Nashville, TN | 02/01/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Amazon's UK site has this same box set selling for £28.97. Under the current exchange rate that's about half what it sells for here, so even with the overseas shipping charge it's still a lot less money for the same product. Shop smart!"
Contains Some Great Music
Scott McFarland | Manassas, VA United States | 01/17/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Collecting the Jam can be a frustrating thing. They cut some good material on EP's and singles that didn't make it to any of their six LPs, and there is no organized way to collate all of their material. This box looks on casual inspection as if it will do that job, but is actually not entirely complete. This contains the 45 versions of some songs, not the cut-later-for-LP and generally sharper versions - for example, the better version of "Start!", one of their best songs, is not present. It would have been easy for Polydor to include that handful of songs, and make this really complete. But they didn't.It's worth going through the effort to collect these guys, because they were sometimes really great. Paul Weller was a gifted songwriter, engaging singer, and talented rock guitarist. Rick Buckler was a really gifted drummer, bursting with energy and precision, and Bruce Foxton held the bass slot down well. The material on this set, i.e. 95%+ of their legacy, is a mixed bag with a lot of mediocre patches. But the highs go very high; the band at their best were making timeless music. They go from a hard and fast punk band (with some soulful traction) to a blue-eyed soul band (with a bit of punk traction) over the course of the 6 years documented here. Weller's politics also seemed to change, from a conservative approach early on to a kind of knee-jerk liberalism. Both of these trends anticipate his future work with The Style Council.My advice is to check out the greatness of this band via "Snap!" and/or "Greatest Hits", and then consider purchase of this set depending on your financial circumstances. There is definitely some timeless material present here."
Just one tiny blemish.
jay_banerjee | NYC, USA | 11/23/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The Jam were one of the greatest rock and roll groups in history. Their entire catalogue, from "In the City" all the way through to "Beat Surrender" is fresh, vibrant, urgent, and real. They were a band whose B-sides (such as "Smithers-Jones") could be the top A-sides of lesser groups. Nothing in their catalogue is worthless...not even their cover of the "Batman" theme! And they didn't just stay in one place after finding success. "In the City", their debut single, is rough-hewn, Who-derived punk rock. A million sounds and fusions of pop, punk, and soul later (the crunching "All Around the World", the bright but alienated "Strange Town", the driving, hard-hitting "Eton Rifles", the gorgeous anthem "Going Underground", the wistful Motown rave "Town Called Malice") we get "Beat Surrender", their bow, an uptempo, horn-and-piano-driven sophisticated soul scorcher. Along with The Buzzcocks, The Jam are at the top of the stack when it comes to singles bands of their era. And ANY era, really.That said...there is one tiny fault. This is a fault only a completist fanatic would quibble about, but anyone willing to spend $100 on just one band is probably, like me, a completist fanatic.The problem is this: one of the most acclaimed entries in The Jam's catalogue, and my personal favorite, "That's Entertainment", does not appear in its ideal form. The version from "Snap!" (known in CD release as "Compact Snap!") is nowhere to be heard. They include the psychedelic-tinged version that graces "Sound Affects", and they include some bizarre up-tempo demo on the "rarities" disc. But for some strange reason, they don't include their greatest rendition of "That's Entertainment". The version is minimal but has a fiery intensity that the somewhat muffled album version just doesn't have. There's a note written muttering about "another version available on the 'Snap!' compilation", but would it really have been that hard to include it?Like I said...it's just one song on a collection of a hundred, and it might seem petty. But for someone hoping to capture The Jam's entire catalogue on CD with this purchase (ESPECIALLY my personal favorites), the disappointment was palpable.But that's the only problem. Everything else is aces. If you're new to The Jam, I suggest you buy "Compact Snap!" anyway just to get acquainted with them. But if you've heard some of Weller, Foxton, and Buckler already and think this is the way to go, then it almost definitely is. I certainly don't regret my purchase. But it's just not quite perfect!"