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HOT 97 Summer Jam Concert - Performances

Desiigner - HOT 97 Summer Jam Concert held at the Metlife Stadium - Performances at Metlife Stadium - East Rutherford, New Jersey, United States - Sunday 5th June 2016

Jam and Desiigner
Jam and Desiigner
Jam and Desiigner
Jam and O.t. Genasis

Monster Jam Celebrity Night

Duff Goldman - Monster Jam Celebrity Night held at Angel Stadium of Anaheim at Angel Stadium of Anaheim - Anaheim, California, United States - Saturday 16th January 2016

Jam and Duff Goldman
Jam and Duff Goldman

2015 Holiday Jam Concert

Tish Hyman - 2015 Holiday Jam Concert at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit at Joe Louis Arena - Detroit, Michigan, United States - Sunday 13th December 2015

Jam and Tish Hyman
Babyface and Jam
Babyface and Jam
Babyface and Jam
Babyface and Jam
Babyface and Jam

Comedy Boot Jam At Improv Comedy Club - Arrivals

Bobby Henline - Comedy Boot Jam at Improv Comedy Club - Arrivals - Los Angeles, California, United States - Wednesday 28th October 2015

Jam and Bobby Henline
Jam and Bonnie Jill Laflin
Jam and Bonnie Jill Laflin
Jam and Josh Wolf
Jam and Josh Wolf
Jam and Josh Wolf

The 2015 Global Citizen Festival

Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam - The 2015 Global Citizen Festival in Central Park at Central Park - New York, New York, United States - Saturday 26th September 2015

Eddie Vedder and Jam
Eddie Vedder and Jam
Eddie Vedder and Jam
Eddie Vedder and Jam
Eddie Vedder and Jam

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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Sony Music Announce 'BBC Top Gear Driving Anthems' Released November 18th 2013

Posted on 08 November 2013

Sony Music Announce 'Bbc Top Gear Driving Anthems' Released November 18th 2013

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