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Thursday, December 2, 2010

Jam, The - In The City

Released : 20 May 1977
Recorded : March 1977, Stratford Place, London, W1
Genre : Punk rock
Length : 32:02
Label : Polydor Records
Producer : Vic Smith, Chris Parry

In the City is the debut studio album of British mod revival/punk rock band The Jam. It was released in 1977 by Polydor Records and featured the hit single and title track "In the City".
Weller's guitar style on the album is very much influenced by Wilko Johnson and Pete Townshend.
The album includes two cover songs, "Slow Down" and the theme to the 1960s television series, Batman, the latter of which had also been previously covered by The Who.
Upon the album's release, In The City received all-round positive reviews. Phil McNeil from the NME said Weller's songwriting "captures that entire teen frustration vibe with the melodic grace and dynamic aplomb of early Kinks and Who". Brian Harrigan of Melody Maker was equally impressed, proclaiming that "[t]he Weller composed songs are anything but an embarrassement, he has a deft touch that places his material on a much higher plateau". In the Record Mirror, Barry Cain wrote, "[a]rmed and extremely dangerous The Jam stalk the decrepit grooves. If you don't like them, hard luck they're gonna be around for a long time. It's been a long time since albums actually reflected pre-20 delusions and this one does".

Tracks

1. Art School
2. I've Changed My Address
3. Slow Down
4. I Got By In Time
5. Away From The Numbers
6. Batman Theme
7. In The City
8. Sounds From The Street
9. Non-Stop Dancing
10.Time For Truth
11.Takin' My Love
12.Bricks And Mortar


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