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Saturday, May 28, 2011

The Jam - Sound Affects (Deluxe Edition)

Released : 28 November 1980
Recorded : 15 June–22 October 1980
Genre : Mod revival, post-punk, Psychedelic Pop
Length : 35:18
Label : Polydor
Producer : Chris Parry, Vic Coppersmith-Heaven

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.

Sound Affects was re-issued on November 8th 2010 as a 2 CD Deluxe Edition to celebrate its 30th Anniversary.


1. Start!(Single version) - The Jam, Vic Coppersmith-Heaven
2. Liza Radley - The Jam, Vic Coppersmith-Heaven
3. The Dreams Of Children - The Jam, Vic Coppersmith-Heaven
4. That's Entertainment (Alternate) - Peter Wilson, The Jam, Rick Buckler, Bruce Foxton, Paul Weller
5. Pretty Green (Demo) - The Jam
6. Pop Art Poem - Peter Wilson, The Jam
7. Rain (John Lennon/Paul McCartney) (Demo) - Rick Buckler, Bruce Foxton, Paul Weller, Peter Wilson, The Jam
8. Boy About Town (Demo) - The Jam
9. Dream Time (Demo) - Rick Buckler, Bruce Foxton, Paul Weller, The Jam, Vic Coppersmith-Heaven
10.Dead End Street (Ray Davies)(Demo) - Rick Buckler, Bruce Foxton, Paul Weller, Peter Wilson, The Jam
11.But I'm Different Now (Demo) - Peter Wilson, The Jam
12.Scrapeaway (Instrumental) - The Jam
13.Start! (Demo) - The Jam
14.Liza Radley (Demo) - Peter Wilson, The Jam
15.And Your Bird Can Sing (John Lennon/Paul McCartney) (Demo) - Peter Wilson, The Jam
16.Monday (Alternate) - The Jam
17.Get Yourself Together (Ronnie Lane/Steve Marriott)(Demo) - Peter Wilson, The Jam
18.Set The House Ablaze (Alternate 'dub' ending) - The Jam
19.Boy About Town (Alternate) - Peter Wilson, The Jam, Vic Coppersmith-Heaven
20.No One In The World (Demo) - Peter Wilson, The Jam
21.Instrumental (Demo) - The Jam
22.Waterloo Sunset (Ray Davies) (Demo) - The Jam


disc 1
disc 2

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