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Premiere screening of 'The Jam: About the Young Idea'

Bruce Foxton - Premiere screening of 'The Jam: About the Young Idea' at the Ham Yard Hotel - Departures - London, United Kingdom - Monday 24th August 2015

The Jam and Bruce Foxton
The Jam and Bruce Foxton
The Jam and Bruce Foxton

Premiere screening of 'The Jam: About the Young Idea'

Bruce Foxton - Premiere screening of 'The Jam: About the Young Idea' at the Ham Yard Hotel at w1 - London, United Kingdom - Monday 24th August 2015

The Jam and Philip Christopher Baldwin
The Jam and Philip Christopher Baldwin
The Jam and Bruce Foxton
The Jam and Bruce Foxton
The Jam and Bruce Foxton

17th Annual DesignCare Gala - Arrivals

James Samuel Jimmy Jam Harris - 17th Annual DesignCare Gala held at The LOT Studios - Arrivals - Los Angeles, California, United States - Saturday 8th August 2015

Hollyrod DesignCare Gala 2015

Lisa Harris , Jimmy Jam Harris - HollyRod Foundation's 17th Annual DesignCare Gala - Arrivals at The Lot - West Hollywood, California, United States - Saturday 8th August 2015

Lisa Harris and Jam

2015 Rewind Festival

From The Jam - Rewind Festival -The 80's festival at Scone Palace - Perth, Scotland, United Kingdom - Sunday 26th July 2015

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The Jam - Setting Sons (Super Deluxe Edition) Album Review


35 years to the day after The Jam's fourth studio album was released, Universal is re-issuing 'Setting Sons' with a host of extras. Despite its commercial success, it's never been The Jam album I've gravitated towards, 'All Mod Cons' or 'Sound Affects' seemed far more appealing. Perhaps that's because 'Setting Sons' is somewhat frustrating; it's an incomplete and abandoned concept album of two young friends being sent into an unnamed war, as evidenced by the album cover photo of the bronze statue of St John's Ambulance Bearers. So the question is; does this super deluxe version restore Paul Weller's vision of a cohesive narrative?

The Jam - Setting Sons Album Review

The simple answer is no. However, the second disc does group the song cycle that begins with 'Thick As Thieves' together for the first time in demo form, and then presents unreleased demos such as 'Simon' and 'Along The Grove' (featuring Weller almost symbolically abandoning the idea for a song midway through). The opportunity to shed new light on Weller's incomplete vision of a Jam concept album does seem to have been missed here, but really that's my only complaint about this re-issue.

On the other hand, this 60-track set is surprisingly successful in providing context to The Jam circa 1979. It's also made me re-appreciate and re-evaluate the core album itself. The first seconds of 'Setting Sons' feature the ring of a rotary desk phone, like a sound from a time capsule, but in truth the album hasn't really dated. The social commentary of class division ('Saturday's Kids' and 'The Eton Rifles') and even data protection and privacy ('Girl On The Phone') feel just as relevant today as they did during the last throes of the Punk revolution. Even the more adventurous musical choices such as a recorder being used during 'Wasteland' or the woodwind driven 'Smithers-Jones' sound far less problematic than I remembered.

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