The Jam - The Sound Of The Jam (2002) (2CD + DVD edition)
DVD5 | VIDEO_TS | MPEG-2 Video, PAL 4:3 (704x576), 29.97fps, 7702kbps | DD 5.1, 448kbps; DD 2.0, 256kbps | 35min | 1900Mb
2CD | Ape + Cue + Log | 990Mb
New Wave | Polydor 0602498191187 | rel: 2004 | covers
If you already own the long out of print Greatest Hits set, then there's no real reason to invest in Sound of the Jam, which, predictably, repeats the majority of that program. However, for latecomers this provides an excellent overview of the output of one of Britain's most distinctive and influential new wave bands. The album's 20 tracks proceed in chronological order, documenting the Jam's progression from sharp, aggressive mod-influenced rock ("Modern World," "In the City") to explicitly Motown-influenced post-punk R&B ("Town Called Malice"), with frequent forays into surreal balladeering ("Butterfly Collector") and ambiguous love songs ("English Rose").