This past week I have obsessively been listening to The Jam, I've been downloading their albums I already have on vinyl and cassette (and others as well) mainly because I want to listen on my iPod, but also to hear the bonus tracks on the deluxe CD versions. I listened to a lot of The Jam in my college days (mid 80's), and now I've built a decent collection of live shows and demos, so for some reason I felt I had to revisit this great, somewhat overlooked band. I know The Jam was huge in England in the late 70's and early 80's, but they never gained the same commercial success in North America, though Town Called Malice was huge everywhere and That's Entertainment made Rolling Stone's list of 500 greatest songs of all time.
The Saturdays Kids Demos is made up of unreleased, demos, alternative versions and Peel session tracks. It's a decent collection and some of these versions rival the released ones and especially notable is an early version of In The City. If anyone's interested I have more of The Jam, so leave your comments if you want more.
I'm off camping for a couple of days, but I'll be back Monday. Enjoy your Labour (Labor) day!
01. Time For Truth 02. In The City 03. Sounds From The City (demo) 04. All Around The World 05. Carnaby Street (demo) 06. Billy Hunt (alternative version) 07. To Be Someone (demo) 08. Worlds Apart (demo) 09. The Night 10. The Best Of Both Worlds 11. Innocent Man (unreleased Foxton) 12. Hey Mister (Weller solo) 13. When You're Young 14. Thick As Thieves (Peel Session) 15. Eton Rifles 16. Saturdays Kids (Weller solo demo)