DO NOT BUY THIS VERSION!
Paul R.D. | Charlotte, NC | 10/31/2006
(1 out of 5 stars)
"DO NOT BUY THIS VERSION of SETTING SONS! One star for this CD version. Five stars for the music.
There is another version of Setting Sons on Amazon for $4 more(it was $6, but the price has dropped), but you get the bands best single (Strange Town) which was not released on the vinyl LP, PLUS the bands other single only release between All Mod Cons and Setting Sons (When You're Young), PLUS several other B-sides and single only versions of other songs. If you are trying to aquire all the Jam LPs on CD, you will miss those songs unless you own them on a compilation compact disc. Don't make the mistake I did. Good luck and happy listening."
The Best album by the greatest band.........................
B. Rosenthal | North Bergen, NJ United States | 10/08/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Having discovered the Jam in 1981, sadly right before Weller disbanded the group. I saw them on MTV no less! with their video of 'Town Called Malice' and that was all I needed, I always loved the Clash, Kinks and 60's Who, but Weller & Co. had the right mix of punk, pop, smarts and musicianship to meld into arguably the greatest rock band, ever in five short years they produced six LP's three EPs and countless singles. All top notch quality, no throwaways, even their 'Rarities' CD is a gret listen. Anyway, getting back to Setting Sons, released in 1979, after the much ballyhooed classic 'All Mod Cons' and before their most successful "Sound Affects". This one, Weller penned as a comprehensive loosely based story told about three friends losing their way (who cares anyway, the songs are dynamic) this LP I believe contains their strongest material ever and holds up well even today, Side 2 (vinyl of course) reads like a masterpiece - Girl on the Phone, Strangetown, Thick as Theives, Private Hell, Little Boy Soldiers & Wasteland, throw in three classics from side one, Burning Sky, Saturdays Kids & the glorious rousing Eton Rifles and you have simply the best recording ever made, nothing beats it, maybe some come close, but if a power-pop/post-punk is your deal this is it.