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Saturday, December 21, 2013

Here Comes THE JAM Part 2

Thursday was some predictable and obvious stuff, nonetheless it was important to get these fine
albums up, in their original form, for anyone who missed them the first time...... great albums from a great band.....and of course, as with MOST legitimately "great" bands the official releases are about 20% of the total dig a little deeper, you find some harder to locates stuff, and it "unites" you with the band, you're NOT just some kid who got "Sound Affects" from the Columbia House Record Club because you forgot to send your card in....the Jam WERE the fucking deal on record, on stage, wherever you want to hear of the greatest of all bands of their era, while I assume they got their "just do" in the UK, they sure as FUCK never got it here. We're here to change some of that, hopefully.

The "centerpiece" here is the exhaustive "Direction Reaction Creation", a very comprehensive FIVE disc box set.....overlaps a lot with the "original" studio LP's, BUT includes a treasure chest of alternate version, demos, live cuts,'s a dilemma, really....listen to the original LP's in the form they were intended, or listen to this and an even 'fuller" picture of what these lads were about.....for an interested novice, it'd be a remarkable introduction, for a full blown Jam-addict, it is a gift from above (wonder what it retailed for?)

We have a fine double disc of BBC sessions, not released until 2002, but some hard-ass shit.....It's wonderful, FULL of great shit, even some interviews. Highly recommended, Jam-sters!

In case we have any OTHER "dabblers" (and you are making a huge mistake), we ALSO have "The Jam Collection", again, these are great songs....they are BETTER heard within the context of their original albums....but if this is your "thing", it IS a  excellent effort. Enjoy it if you wish, I find it to be more enjoyable/comprehensive than "Snap!", just my opinion though....

So what say we get to some RARE stuff? That's why you folks come here anyway, right? (that and you BABES who hope it gets you a better chance at getting in my pants)'s a rare one, "When We Were Young"....tracks dating back to '75 and '76, before the "were" The Jam.....interesting as hell to hear tracks like "Got By In Time" and "Non Stop Dancing" in their infant versions, there are also tracks here that didn't make the legit "albums".....hunting for rare shit? This is it!

"Celluloid Heroes" is a fine collection of "Live in the Studio" efforts, again, some smoked out versions of some of their early works, "London Girl" in particular goes full bore, HIGHLY recommended!

We have, also, a fine set of demos/rarities, entitled "Saturday's Kids Demos & Sessions"'s another set you'll want to get your mitts on, there is a LOT of shit here.....Couple of Weller solo demos ("Saturday's Kids", "Hey Mister").....hell of a find here, also highly recommended for fanatics.

A finally, three live boots......oldest being "The Night at The Theatre", from 12/19/79, LOTS of good shit here, a smoking performance (where? unsure).....Lots of "Setting Sons"-era faves like "Smithers-Jones" and "Saturday's Kids", as well as classics such as "Down in the Tube Station at Midnight" and "Mr Clean"......a fine set, what can I say? I recommend this one as well

A boott from Dortmund (11/30/80) entitled "Set the Skies Ablaze" is a damn fine set as well......actually more "Sound Affects"-era stuff, with  killer renditions of "Set the House Ablaze" and "Start!", as well as greatly refined classic numbers such as "In the City" and "Going Underground".....These guys COOKED on stage, one of many who I never saw but certainly wish I could have.

Last one I got for ya is 3/22/82 Bingley Hall, by this time, they were on the downside, of the three boots here, this is the weakest. Not even a great set list, as though the songs they elected to perform were any of MY business, but how did they miss on "Set the House Ablaze" or "Saturday's Kids"? Hey, good health to you, cranked out five GREAT studio albums ("The Gift"?, ehhhhhh), as well as demonstrating your significant live chops on the work featured here. I love Bruce Foxton's bass playing, one of the best, often nearly a lead instrument in these unique-sounding songs.

Just never made it big in USA, so much, "too English" the Yanks would this they were full of shit, the Jam were one of the VERY best bands of their era, musically energetic, lyrically angry and creative, capable of brining GREAT songs to the argument (such as "Saturday's Kids", "Going Underground", "The Modern World"......lots more too), can we maybe consider the Jam the most underappreciated of the UK punk/new wave bands of that era? At least I think in USA we can......too bad, though.....the Jam were, as I said earlier, "a motherfucker", and not about to change my mind on that.

Certainly do hope my new "blog friend" who has said he will come through with some MORE Jam rarities, so we can have a "Part 3", it's all in HIS hands the members of the Jam: THANK YOU for all the great music......I loved it at the time, and continue to love it today. Great job......fines songs, fine albums, fine live performances.....and what else is there? Thank you gents!

THE COLLECTION-01 Away From the Numbers/02 I got By In Time/03 I Need You/04 To Be Someone/05 Mr Clean/06 English Rose/07 In the Crowd/08 It's Too Bad/09 The Butterfly Collector/10 Thick as THheves/11 Private Hell/12 Wasteland/13 Burning Sky/14 Saturday's Kids/15 Liza Radley/16 Pretty Green/17 Monday/18 Man in the Corner Shop/19 Boy Abut Town/20 Tales From the Riverbank/21 Ghosts/22 Just Who Is the Five O'Clock Hero/23 Carnation/24 The Great Depression/25 Shopping

WHEN WE WERE YOUNG-01 Non-Stop Dancing (May 1976)/02 Left Right and Centre (May '76)/03 Again (Oct '75)/04 One Hundred Ways (march '76)/05 Forever and Always (March '75)/06 I Will Be There (March 75)/07 When I Needed You (Dec. 75)/08 Please Don't Treat Me Bad (Dec 75)/09 Soul Dance (May 76)/10 I Got By In Time (May 76)/11 Wonderful World (Apr '80)/12 Isolation (Apr 80)

SET THE SKIES ABLAZE (DORTMUND 11/30/80)-01 Dreamtime/02 Thick as Thieves/03 Boy About Town/04 Going Underground/05 Pretty Green/06 Man in the Cornershop/07 Set the House Ablaze/08 Private Hell/09 Liza Radley/10 Dreams of Children/11 The Modern World/12 Little Boy Soldiers/13 But I'm Different Now/14 Start!/15 Scrape Away/16 Strange Town/17 When You're Young/18 In the City/19 To Be Someone/20 David Watts/21 Eton Rifles/22 Down in the Tube Station at Midnight

NIGHT AT THE THEATER (12/29/79)-01 Girl on the Phone/02 It's Too Bad/03 Burning Sky/04 Away From the Numbers/05 Smithers-Jones/06 Mr Clean/07 The Butterfly Collector/Private Hell/08 Thick as Thieves/09 When You're Young/10 Strange Town/11 The Eton Rifles/12 Down in the Tube Station At Midnight/13 Saturdays Kids/14 All Mod Cons/15 David Watts

BINGLEY HALL 3/22/82-01 Strange Case/02 Carnation/03 Town Called Malice/04 Happy Together/05 Boy About Town/06 Ghosts/07 5 O Clock Hero/08 That's entertainment/09 Tales From the Riverbank/10 Precious/11 Running  the Spot/12 Move On Up/13 In the Crowd/14 Private Hell/15 Pretty Green/16 Transglobal Express/17 The Gift/18 Circus/19 Pity For Alfie/Fever/20 Funeral Pyre/21  The Butterfly Collector/22 When You're Young

SATURDAYS KIDS DEMOS AND SESSIONS-01 Time For Truth/02 In the City/03 Sounds From the Street (demo)/04 All Around the World/05 Carnaby Street (Peel Session)/06 Billy Hunt(alt. version)/07 To Be Someone (demo)/08 Worlds Apart (demo)/09 The Night/10 Best of Both Worlds/11 Innocent Man (unreleased Foxton)/12 Hey Mister (Weller Solo)/13 Thick as Thieves (Peel Session/14 Eton Rifles/15 Saturday's Kids (Weller Solo Demo)

DIRECTION REACTION CREATION DISC 1-01 In the City/02 Takin My Love/03 Art School/04 I've  Changed My Address/05 Slow Down/06 I Got By In Time/07 Away From the Numbers/08 Batman Theme/09 Sounds From the Street/10 Non-Stop Dancing/11 Time For Truth/12 Bricks and Mortar/13 All Around the World/14 Carnaby Street/15 The Modern World (Album Version)/16 London Traffic/17 Standards/18 Life From a Window/19 The Combine/20 Don't Tell Them You're Sane/21 In the Street Today/22 London Girl/23 I Need You (For Someone)/24 Here Comes the Weekend/25 Tonight at Noon/26 In the Midnight Hour

DIRECTION REACTION CREATION DISC 2-01 News of the World/02 Aunties and Uncles (Impulsive Youth)/03 Innocent Man/04 David Watts (Album Version)/05 A-Bomb In Wardour Street (Album Version)/06 Down in the Tube Station at Midnight (Album Version)/07 So Sad About Us/ 08 The Night/09 All Mod Cons/10 To Be Someone (Didn't We Have a Nice Time)/11 Mr Clean/12 English Rose/13 In the Crowd/14 Billy Hunt/15 It's Too Bad/16 Fly/17 The Place I Love/18 Strange Town/19 The Butterfly Collector/20 When You're Young/21 Smithers-Jones (single Version)/22 The Eton Rifles (album version)/23 See-Saw

DIRECTION REACTION CREATION DISC 3-01 Girl on the Phone/02 Thick as Thieves/03 Private Hell/04  Little Boy Soldiers/05 Wasteland/06 Burning Sky/07 Smithers-Jones (album version)/08 Saturday's Kids/09 Heat Wave/10 Going Underground/11 The Dreams of Children/12 Start!/13 Liza Radley/14 Pretty Green/15 Monday/16 But I'm Different Now/17 Set the House Ablaze/18 That's Entertainment/19 Dream Time/20 Man in the Corner Shop/21 Music For the Last Couple/22 Boy About Town/23 Scrape Away

DIRECTION REACTION CREATION DISC 4-01 Funeral Pyre/02 Disguises/03 Absolute Beginners/04 Tales From the Riverbank/05 Town Called Malice/06 Precious (12" Version)/07 Happy Together/08 Ghosts/09 Just Who Is the 5 O'Clock Hero?/10 Trans-Global Express/11 Running On the Spot/12 Circus/13 The Planner's Dream Goes Wrong/14 Carnation/15 The Gift/16 The Great Depression/17 The Bitterest Pill (I Ever Had to Swallow)/18 Pity Poor Alfie/Fever/19 Beat Surrender/20 Shopping/21 Move On Up/22 Stoned Out of My Mind/23 War

DIRECTION REACTION CREATION DISC 5-01 In the City (8-track Polydor band Demo)/02 Time For Truth (8-track Polydor band Demo)/03 Sounds From the Street (8 Track Polydor Band Demo)/04 So Sad About Us (band Demo)/05 Worlds Apart (Demo)/06 Billy Hunt (Alternate Version)/07 It's Too Bad (band Demo)/08 To Be Someone (Band Demo)/09 David Watts (Band Demo)/10 Best of Both Worlds (Band Demo)/11 That's Entertainment (Band Demo)/12 Rain (demo)/13 Dream Time (demo)/14 Dead End Street (Demo)/15 Stand By Me (Demo)/16 Every Little Bit Hurts (Demo)/17 Tales From the Riverbank (Alternate Version)/18 Walking In Heaven's Sunshine (Demo)/19 Precious (Demo)/20 Pity Poor Alfie (Swing Version)/21 The Bitterest Pill (I Ever Had to Swallow) (First Version)/22 A Solid Bond In Your Heart (Demo)

THE JAM AT THE BBC DISC 1-01 In the City/02 Art School/03 I've Changed My Address/04 The Modern World/05 All Around the World/06 London Girl/07 Bricks and Mortar/08 Carnaby Street/09 Billy Hunt/10 In the Street Today/11 The Combine/12 Sounds From the Street/13 Don't Tell Them You're Sane/14 The Modern World/15 A-Bomb In Wardour Street/16 News of the World/17 Here Comes the Weekend/18 All Around the World

THE JAM AT THE BBC DISC 2-01 Thick As Thieves/02 The Eton Rifles/03 Saturday's Kids/04 When You're Young/05 Absolute Beginners/06 Tales From the Riverbank/07 Funeral Pyre/08 Sweet Soul Music/09 The Gift/10 Down In the Tube Station At Midnight/11 Ghosts/12 Absolute Beginners/13 Tales From the Riverbank/14 Precious/15 Town Called Malice/16 In the Crowd/17 Circus/18 Pretty Green/19 Start!/20 Boy About Town

So, there it is, a LOT of material, it's taken me longer to do than I expected.....and yet, emails pour in from fellow Jam-lovers who wish to send me MORE, and I'll happily do a THIRD part of the series..I've already received a couple other Jam goodies via email, I will wait a couple of days and post whatever I have received by then (I have some more Au-Pairs to post as well, I'll do a combo Au-Pairs/Jam post (assuming I have enough, which it sounds like I will)....and remember I'll post ANYTHING you guys send me and wish to share, unless it is something I personally find unbearable (hair metal, for example, or Journey) bring it on.....this is a blog for EVERYONE! I have a great music collection, and each gem you guys help me add makes it that much closer to perfection.....and that goes for EVERYONE.....the more we share this great stuff, the closer we ALL come to having out personalized, customized "perfect" music collection.....

So, something different (and SHORTER) for tomorrow, I'll wait a few days for any Jam and Au pairs stuff to drift in, then we'll do another "Minions take over" post.....but PLEASE, anything you would like to share with the rest of the blogosphere, please do so and I WILL get it put up. Sharing, as i continually tell anyone who will listen, is NOT "stealing" nor is it "piracy"....."sharing" is simply that, "sharing" what we have with other human beings, and anyone who thinks that is a BAD thing, I feel incredibly sorry for, truly.


  1. First batch o links:

    BBC DISC 1 Part 1

    BBC DISC 1 Part 3

    BBC DISC 2 Part 1

    BBC DISC 2 Part 2

    BBC Disc 2 Part 3


  2. Celluloid heroes

  3. The Collection

  4. Direction D1 Part 2

  5. Thank you for your efforts. I haven't downloaded any of The Jam material simply because I am too far behind in other listening. The one out of print album I would be interested in getting a digital copy of is Bruce Foxton's Touch Sensitive? Might anyone have a copy? Thanks, FC

  6. Thank you so much!But you missed "Live Jam",an oficial double live cd,it's pretty good too.

    1. I don't have it or couldn't find it one or the other......anyone help with this?

  7. Direction D1 P3

    Direction D2 P1

    Direction D2 P2

    Direction D2 P3

    Direction D3 P1

    Direction D3P2

    Direction D3P3

    Direction D4P1

  8. Thx, Scott. This is probably a reach do U have any stuff by Flipper?


    1. Michael-in fact I do.....check later in the week for a Flipper post

  9. BBC D1 P2

    1. DirectionD4 P2

  10. Direction D1 P1

  11. I've found "Live Jam" at,the links are good.

    1. Sorry, Old School, I get nothing at the Rapid Share link you posted.

    2. The links do work. I ran into some server errors at first, but I finally got both parts downloaded ok.

    3. I'm still getting just the blank home page or a server error.

    4. OK, I got them. It looks as if they are having some server problems over there.

  12. Direction D4 P3




    1. Hello, BigScott:
      The link for DirectionD5P3 is the same as Direction D5P2.

  13. Night at the theater

    saturdays kids

    when we were young

  14. Corrected DirectionD5P3

    sorry, thanks for pointing it out, it happens!

    1. Don't worry about it. Thanks for all the work you do sharing the music.

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  16. Hello

    Night at the Theatre is at The Rainbow in London! Thamks for all your great pedagogic efforts (for everybody) and for the completist, we find some great stuff (Various garage, enormous!!)! Gil from paris, happy Christmas!

  17. Just testing .. it works, wa-hay! OK, comments to come later ... cheers, Dave Sez.

  18. For readers' info, Celluloid Heroes is not really worth it, the A side being the 1977 Peel session and two offically released singles, the B side being a shortened version of the 100 Club gig I have sent to BigScott already. Tracklist:

    A1 In The City
    A2 Art School
    A3 I've Changed My Adress
    A4 Modern World
    A5 All Around The World
    A6 Carnaby Street
    A7 News Of The World
    A8 Aunties & Uncles
    B1 So Sad About Us
    B2 London Girl
    B3 In The Street Today
    B4 London Traffic
    B5 Back In My Arms Again
    B6 Slow Down
    B7 Midnight Hour
    B8 Sounds From The Street
    B9 Takin' My Love
    Side One:
    Track A1 to A4 recorded at BBC Radio Studio 26th April 1977
    Track A5 and A6 originally released as Polydor-7" 2058903, 1977
    Track A7 and A8 originally released on Polydor-7" E.P. 2058995, 1978

    Side Two:
    All Tracks recorded live at "100 Club", London, September 11th, 1977.

    See my next comment re Night at the Theatre/Rainbow. Cheers, Dave Sez.

  19. Re Gil from Paris's comment about Night at the Theatre, there is some confusion about the Rainbow gig or gigs. The setlist given above is indeed the live at the Rainbow later released (in better quality) as the free third CD with the Jam at the BBC set; I have that and can provide in FLAC or 320 if requested here. However, that gig was Rainbow 4th Dec 79 - the Night at the Theatre claims to be 29th Dec 1979 and included three tracks not on the BBC gig setlist, marked here with an X:

    01.Girl On The Phone
    X02.To Be Someone
    03.It's Too Bad
    04.Burning Sky
    05.Away From The Numbers
    X07.The Modern World
    08.Mr. Clean
    09.Butterfly Collector
    10.Private Hell
    11.Thick As Thieves
    12.When You're Young
    13.Strange Town
    14.The Eton Rifles
    16.Down In The Tube Station At Midnight
    17.Saturday's Kids
    18.All Mod Cons
    19.David Watts.

    To make the confusion total, my version of Theatre indicates in the tags that Girl, Someone and Precious had been added from Discs 2 and 3 of the BBC discs. Modern World however was not included on the BBC disc - different gig or omitted because of CD length? Plus Tube Station: 4'45" on my Theatre, 3'33" on the BBC disc ...

    Eh-knee-way, all good Jam, and others recommended (and available) around then as HQ FM recordings are Jam - 1979.02.16 HQ FM Reading University FLAC or mp3@320 (a.k.a "David Watts & Polkadots") and Jam - 1979.04.12 HQ FM Paradise Theater Boston USA, unfortunately only @ 160. I 'll leave you first to digest the demos package I have sent Big Scott; note that my CD "Non-Stop Dancing" is almost identical to BigScott's "When We Were Young". My other ones however don't overlap with the posts so far. Enjoy! Cheers, Dave Sez.

  20. Here is the Third Disc of The Jam at The BBC, which as has been pointed out. It came as part of a limited edition deluxe release and has 18 tracks. As mentioned above, it is more or less the one Scott posted as Night at the Thetre. The bitrate is VBR running in a range of approximately275-295 for each track. Cover art included

  21. Hi!
    Thanks a lot for your blog and all your downloads !!!
    If possible, can you upload the Jam 1992 compilation "Extras: A Collection of Rarities" plus the two volumes of the 2001 box sets "45 rpm: The Singles" (1977–1979 & 1980–1982) ?
    Thanx for all.

  22. many thanks for the jam stuff looking for lp the jam live at the roxy can anyone help thanks