Budget-price reissue of 1993 live compilation featuring 24 classic tracks, 'The Modern World', 'Billy Hunt', 'Thick As Thieves', 'Burning Sky', 'Mr. Clean', 'Smithers-Jones', 'Little Boy Soldiers', 'The Eton Rifles', 'Away... more » From The Numbers', 'Down In The Tube Station At Midnight', 'Strange Town', 'When You're Young', ''A' Bomb In Wardour Street', 'Pretty Green', 'Boy About Town', Man In The Corner Shop', 'David Watts', 'Funeral Pyre', 'Move On Up', 'Carnation', 'The Butterfly Collector', 'Precious', 'Town Called Malice' & 'Heatwave'.« less
Budget-price reissue of 1993 live compilation featuring 24 classic tracks, 'The Modern World', 'Billy Hunt', 'Thick As Thieves', 'Burning Sky', 'Mr. Clean', 'Smithers-Jones', 'Little Boy Soldiers', 'The Eton Rifles', 'Away From The Numbers', 'Down In The Tube Station At Midnight', 'Strange Town', 'When You're Young', ''A' Bomb In Wardour Street', 'Pretty Green', 'Boy About Town', Man In The Corner Shop', 'David Watts', 'Funeral Pyre', 'Move On Up', 'Carnation', 'The Butterfly Collector', 'Precious', 'Town Called Malice' & 'Heatwave'.
"The Jam may have evolved out of the 1976-77 British punk movement into slick studio hit-makers, but onstage they remained punks to the bitter end.While this raw and somewhat sonically-challenged- in-spots live recording won't impress non-fans of The Jam (in fact, they may be somewhat horrified by the musical sloppiness found on this disc), it's a remarkable document of a purely British phenomenon in full live frenzy that came to an abrupt end in 1982 when the group's singer/songwriter/frontman Paul Weller decided to call it quits.No one ever accused Weller of having a pretty voice (one critic once likened Weller's singing style to that of a foreman barking orders) but the times weren't as demanding of aesthetics back then as much as wanting truth unfettered by pop music's tendency to sugarcoat the message. Which made Weller the right man with the right voice at the right time."When You're Young", "The Eton Rifles", "Town Called Malice", and "Down At The Tube Station At Midnight" are a few of the songs that The Jam aimed at the top of the British charts which are included here. Brilliant album tracks like "Pretty Green" and B-sides like "The Butterfly Collector" are on this as well, swapping the polish found on the studio versions for a sweaty grit and frantic energy.Non-fans of The Jam should start with the several available greatest hits packages before attempting to digest this disc. For the rest of us, this collection of live tracks is one more reason to mourn the loss of a truly unique band."
There Was Only 1 Band That Mattered In 1979...
Original Mixed Up-Kid | New York United States | 02/23/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This excellent companion of sorts to the earlier Live CD "Dig The New Breed" was a gift for the fans coming as a long playing CD,packed with great photos,notes from admirers and totally different songs from the earlier live release. These performances come from 1979-1982 all recorded in the UK and Scotland...another essential band another wonderful collection..from a full set at their glory listen to the bonus disc 3 of their great The Jam At The BBC collection capturing the Jam Live At The Rainbow 1n spring 1979 with things in full swing."
More great live tracks from the Jam
Blair R. Campbell | Nova Scotia, Canada | 03/21/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This is a terrific addition to the Jam catalogue. Featuring 24 tracks recorded between 1979-1982 this is a great companion to Dig The New Breed (no songs appear on both records so I advise any fans to pick up both albums). The Jam were truly an exceptional live group and any fan will love this cd."
Buy Dig The New Breed FIRST! Then "Extras" etc.
Chen Kai Wen | San Mateo, CA United States | 04/28/2008
(3 out of 5 stars)
"What does the Amazon critic mean by "cannibalizes?" There are no repeat songs from these live CD's--and in every way, "Dig the New Breed" is SO so very superior. and 'oi oi' ferver? Excuse me? Okay, never mind.
For those of us who graduated from high school in the very early 1980's, our version of 'who is better, the Beatles or the Stones' was "The Jam or the Clash," but for for those of you who weren't there--and foolishly buy this CD before "Dig the New Breed" you must wonder, 'Why? this group doesn't belong in the same discussion with the Clash. Frankly, I am surprised at how lacklustre this CD is, especially when until I ruined it from overplaying, I had an unauthorized cassette of their Newcastle England October 1980 concert that just smoked. SMOKED. I mean, every single song is like the best of "Dig the New Breed" ("Ghosts," "Going Underground, "Start," and "That's Entertainment"). I make the analogy: whatever Bruce Springsteen's 1978 Winterland concert in San Francisco was in absolute on-fire brilliance, in cultural right-on, heroism and inspiration, and coolest thing in the whole United States at this moment power, this (also unrelased) Jam tape was to the British Isles and working class/middle class environs. Why oh why then can't someone release that tape?? If you heard it, people, I'm telling you, you would understand the Jam next to the Clash discussions...you might even--as I did at the time, think that they were better live than the Clash, bigger even, less rubbishy (like about 1/2 of Sandinista, right? and I LOVE the Clash). LOVE them.
In summary, this yes, rather long Live compilation (24 songs) is priced less than the 14 song "Dig the New Breed" for a reason: it's not nearly as good. For the Jam fanatic, sure, it's nice to have; but it doesn't cannabalize anything. and oi ferver? The Jam were smarter than that. What was THAT guy on about? ha"