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Pop - Erschienen am 20. Mai 1977 | Polydor Records

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Paul Weller ist gerade einmal 17 Jahre alt, als er im März 1977 mit Bruce Foxton und Rick Buckler ins Studio geht. Einige Monate später schlägt das Ergebnis dieser Zusammenarbeit wie eine Bombe in England ein. In The City, das erste Album der Jams, haut den Zuhörer ohne Vorwarnung von den Socken. Bei diesem ersten Versuch - brutal, kurz und kompromisslos - wird Wellers Vorliebe für den Punkrock und Bands wie The Who, The Small Faces, Motown, den Soul der Sixties (The Jam covert nämlich Slow Down von Larry Williams) und den Soundtrack der Mod-Bewegung der 60er und 70er Jahre deutlich. Der verbissene Jugendliche zeichnet mit viel Talent ein Portrait seiner Heimat England, seiner desillusionierenden Jugend und seines grauen Alltags. Er tritt kraftvoll in die Fußstapfen von Ray Davies und kann zugleich als Sprachrohr seiner Generation bezeichnet werden. Mithilfe von Rickenbackers Gitarrenriffs (der Geist seines Idols Pete Townshend von The Who ist hier eindeutig anwesend) stellt In The City den beeindruckenden, brutalen und wirksamen Anfang einer Revolte dar. Bereits mit dieser ersten Platte sichert sich The Jam einen Platz ganz oben neben Bands wie The Sex Pistols und The Clash. © Marc Zisman/Qobuz
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Rock - Erschienen am 1. Januar 1997 | Polydor Records

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Pop - Erschienen am 28. November 1980 | Polydor Records

Unhappy with the slicker approach of Setting Sons, the Jam got back to basics, using the direct, economic playing of All Mod Cons and "Going Underground," the simply brilliant single which preceded Sound Affects by a few months. Thematically, though, Paul Weller explored a more indirect path, leaving behind (for the most part) the story-song narratives in favor of more abstract dealings in spirituality and perception -- the approach stemming from his recent readings of Blake and Shelley (who was quoted on the sleeve), but more specifically Geoffrey Ash, whose Camelot and the Vision of Albion made a strong impression. Musically, Weller drew upon Revolver-era Beatles as a primary source (the bassline on "Start," which comes directly from "Taxman," being the most obvious occurrence), incorporating the occasional odd sound and echoed vocal, which implied psychedelia without succumbing to its excesses. From beginning to end, the songs are pure, clever, infectious pop -- probably their catchiest -- with "That's Entertainment" and the should-have-been-a-single "Man in the Corner Shop" standing out. © Chris Woodstra /TiVo
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Pop - Erschienen am 3. November 1978 | Polydor Records

The Jam regrouped and refocused for All Mod Cons, an album that marked a great leap in songwriting maturity and sense of purpose. For the first time, Paul Weller built, rather than fell back, upon his influences, carving a distinct voice all his own; he employed a story-style narrative with invented characters and vivid British imagery à la Ray Davies to make incisive social commentary -- all in a musically irresistible package. The youthful perspective and impassioned delivery on All Mod Cons first earned Weller the "voice of a generation" tag, and it certainly captures a moment in time, but really, the feelings and sentiments expressed on the album just as easily speak to any future generation of young people. Terms like "classic" are often bandied about, but in the case of All Mod Cons, it is certainly deserved. © Chris Woodstra /TiVo
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Rock - Erschienen am 1. Januar 2006 | Polydor Records

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Rock - Erschienen am 1. Januar 2014 | UMC (Universal Music Catalogue)

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Rock - Erschienen am 1. Januar 2012 | UMC (Universal Music Catalogue)

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Rock - Erschienen am 1. Januar 2010 | UMC (Universal Music Catalogue)

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Rock - Erschienen am 1. Januar 2012 | UMC (Universal Music Catalogue)

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Rock - Erschienen am 1. Januar 1997 | Polydor Records

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Rock - Erschienen am 22. Juni 2015 | UMC (Universal Music Catalogue)

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Rock - Erschienen am 1. Januar 2014 | UMC (Universal Music Catalogue)

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Pop - Erschienen am 18. November 1977 | Polydor Records

As is so often the case for overnight successes, the Jam rush-recorded their sophomore effort during a hurried schedule to capitalize on the debut. This, combined with Paul Weller's various personal distractions and temporary lack of interest, led to less than satisfying results, especially in comparison to In the City. This Is the Modern World can be faulted for borrowed Who licks, pale rewrites of the debut, somewhat clichéd sloganeering, and unfinished ideas, but there were still some moments of inspiration, especially in more introspective Weller songs like "Life From a Window" and "I Need You (For Someone)" -- both songs feature personal sentiments that the debut was clearly missing. This Is the Modern World is a flawed album by Jam standards, but it would certainly have received praise had it been released by another band. [The U.S. edition added the single "All Around the World" and features a different track order.] © Chris Woodstra /TiVo
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Pop - Erschienen am 16. November 1979 | Polydor Records

The Jam's Setting Sons was originally planned as a concept album about three childhood friends who, upon meeting after some time apart, discover the different directions in which they've grown apart. Only about half of the songs ended up following the concept due to a rushed recording schedule, but where they do, Paul Weller vividly depicts British life, male relationships, and coming to terms with entry into adulthood. Weller's observations of society are more pointed and pessimistic than ever, but at the same time, he's employed stronger melodies with a slicker production and comparatively fuller arrangements, even using heavy orchestration for a reworked version of Bruce Foxton's "Smithers-Jones." Setting Sons often reaches brilliance and stands among the Jam's best albums, but the inclusion of a number of throwaways and knockoffs (especially the out-of-place cover of "Heat Wave" which closes the album) mars an otherwise perfect album. © Chris Woodstra /TiVo
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Rock - Erschienen am 20. Oktober 2017 | UMC (Universal Music Catalogue)

1977-2017. Vierzig Jahre ist es her, seit The Jam der Sprung in die Charts gelang. Die prächtige 4-CD-Box bietet einen einwandfreien Blick zurück zu den Anfängen des Trios, das Paul Weller durch das von der gerade entstehenden Punkbewegung durchgeschüttelte England lenkte. Allein im Jahr 1977 bringt der Modfather mit seinen Kumpeln Rick Buckler und Bruce Foxton zwei verrückte Alben heraus, In The City und This Is The Modern World, und drei ihrer Singles erobern die britischen Charts (In The City, All Around The World und The Modern World). Diese 1977 bietet all das in einer neu gemasterten Version mit zahlreichen Bonustracks, darunter insbesondere sechs nie erschienene Demos des ersten Albums sowie fünf weitere, die schon in früheren Anthologien veröffentlicht worden waren. Ein Live-Mitschnitt vom 15. September 1977, Peel Sessions und B-Seiten ergänzen diese überwältigende Rock&Roll-Orgie voller Rhythm&Blues, die damals einzigartig war. Das Beste daran: die Zeit kann der Kraft dieser Musik nichts anhaben, die immer noch genauso… modern? … klingt. © MZ/Qobuz
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Rock - Erschienen am 1. Januar 1993 | Polydor Records

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Pop - Erschienen am 10. Dezember 1982 | Polydor Records

A last farewell gift from the band in the year Weller spectacularly announced his departure from it, Dig the New Breed is a sometimes rough around the edges live overview of the band's work, from small club dates in 1979 to much larger venues in 1982. Recording quality throughout is quite excellent -- it's not specified whether the band always recorded its shows with such care and just had a mountain of tapes to work through, but the end results are quite enjoyable. It's not a perfect album, admittedly, though that's due in large part to the sheer number of memorable songs that don't show up (something that Live Jam rectified 11 years later). That said, plenty of hands-down winners take a bow. Besides obvious highlights like "Start," "Going Underground," and a superb "That's Entertainment," noteworthy album cuts get well-deserved showcases. "To Be Someone" and its barbed portrait of fame and its pitfalls, the appropriately fiery "Set the House Ablaze," and the tender yet tense "Ghosts," in particular, sparkle. If there's one thing clear about Dig the New Breed, though, it's that the worshipful reputation the group still has as a live act almost without parallel was well founded. Weller's sharp, barked passion shot through with yearning emotion is as strong here as on the Jam's best studio work, and as a unit the three players just shone, tightly wound, explosive, giving the melodies the full-bodied roar they deserved. The inclusion of horn sections and other musicians later sometimes cause the core band to get a bit lost -- when it's just the three, they're at their clear best. Weller's liner notes are amusing enough as well (and certainly read a heck of a lot better than the Cappucino Kid nonsense that plagued the Style Council's efforts). © Ned Raggett /TiVo
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Rock - Erschienen am 11. Juli 2008 | UMC (Universal Music Catalogue)

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Rock - Erschienen am 1. Januar 2012 | UMC (Universal Music Catalogue)

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Pop - Erschienen am 12. März 1982 | Polydor Records

As good mods, the Jam always had a healthy respect for R&B and soul -- even the first album featured the revved-up Northern soul of "Non-Stop Dancing." With The Gift, however, Paul Weller seems to have become completely absorbed in it, and more specifically, in Stax-style soul with more than a hint of psychedelia à la "Psychedelic Shack." An uneven album marked by overindulgences like the instrumental "Circus" and unnecessarily long songs, The Gift still has no shortage of terrific songs, like the simply sublime "Ghost," "Town Called Malice" (the hit), and the funk workout of "Precious." Weller can obviously do "soulful" -- his voice has never sounded better -- but unfortunately, The Gift, with its excesses and marginal tracks, doesn't show his talents in the proper light. Points for ambition, but ultimately, this is their least consistent effort since This Is the Modern World. © Chris Woodstra /TiVo