Thursday, 31 May 2018

The Jam - Fire And Skill


Live recordings from 1977 to 1982

The collection contains six full Jam concerts from 1977 to 1982:-

1977 - From London's 100 Club - Featuring mainly tracks from In The City plus a few from This Is The Modern World

1978 - From London's Music Machine - concentrating on material from This Is The Modern World.

1979 - From Reading University - This Is The Modern World and All Mod Cons.

1980 - From Newcastle City Hall - largely material from Sound Affects.

1981 - From London's Hammersmith Palais - showcasing material from the forthcoming The Gift.

1982 - From London's Wembley Arena - from the last tour - tracks from The Gift and all the albums.

There is no gig from the excellent tour showcasing material from Setting Sons in late 1979 early 1980, although tracks from that album are played at the Newcastle City Hall gig. Live gigs from that tour can be found on various versions of Setting Sons Deluxe. Best to download them - Brighton and The Rainbow in London.

The sound quality is variable. Obviously the earlier ones in smaller venues are more "rough and ready". However the sound is never bad. Indeed the rougher ones have a certain atmosphere. A Jam gig was never for audiophiles anyway. Thank God. I was lucky enough to see them ten times live between 1977 and 1982 - four times at Friars, Aylesbury. Great memories.


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