Fire & Skill: The Jam Live – 6 CD deluxe box set

‘Fire & Skill: The Jam Live’
‘Fire & Skill: The Jam Live’

The Jam was formed in Woking, Surrey, in 1972 by Paul Weller and various friends at Sheerwater Secondary School. In the early days The Jam played local pubs covering early rock and roll songs until Paul Weller discovered My Generation by The Who and became interested in Mod music and lifestyle. Rick Buckler played those early gigs but Bruce Foxton joined the band much later.

On 29 April 1977, Polydor released The Jam‘s debut single,”In the City“, hit the UK Singles Top 40. They went on to become one of the most successful pop bands of their generation racking up no less than 18 consecutive Top 40 singles in the UK, from their debut in 1977 to their break-up in December 1982, including four number one hits.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J-WXzz9cZLc

It’s 40 years since Paul Weller, Bruce Foxton & Rick Buckler began performing live as The Jam. The band had a phenomenal impact on pop music and wider youth culture. In their short career, they influenced a generation with their music, style, politics and inspiration.

With Somerset House’s current exhibition and Universal Music’s recent CD ‘About The Young Idea’ which both trace the band’s story in hits and images – Universal/Polydor now announce a live box set that follows the journey through incendiary concert recordings.

Named after the legend painted on Paul Weller’s amp, ‘Fire & Skill’ is a superb six disc box set – featuring six previously unreleased concerts, one from each year of their major-label career….

1. Starting with an early gig at London’s famous 100 Club from 1977, the show featured took place 10 months after they first played the venue in November 1976, and was recorded for broadcast on American radio ahead of the trio’s inaugural visit to US in October 1977 for a six-date tour.

2. A Music Machine show from 1978, featuring most of the 2nd album – ‘This Is The Modern World’. This was The Jam’s sixth live show of the year and one of four low-key shows in the capital to fanfare their new ‘News Of The World’ single under the banner ‘The London Blitz’.

3. Reading University – Feb 1979. Playing material from their breakthrough album ‘All Mod Cons’, this was The Jam’s first live appearance of 1979, and found the band in a radically different place to their showcase at the Music Machine 12 months before. In that time, their third album, ‘All Mod Cons’, had been released to critical acclaim, and their status as one of the New Wave’s most musically substantial and exciting bands had been secured. And Weller was still only 20 years old…

4. Newcastle City Hall – October 1980, previewing songs from forthcoming album ‘Sound Affects’. In the time between the show at Reading University (on Disc 3) and this appearance at Newcastle City Hall 20 months later, there had been more extraordinary developments in the group’s world. ‘Setting Sons’, their fourth album, had given them a Top 3 hit with ‘The Eton Rifles’, which was followed in February 1980 with the stirring Number 1 single, ‘Going Underground’. After three years on Polydor, The Jam had finally become the biggest group in the UK.

5. London’s legendary Hammersmith Palais – December 1981. Part of The Jam’s four consecutive nights, previewing material from the forthcoming final album ‘The Gift’. The shows took in the innovative form of a ‘60s soul revue, showcasing new acts including Bananarama, Department S and TV21.

6. One of the band’s final ever gigs at Wembley Arena – December 1982. Late in 1982 The Jam announced they were splitting up – there would, though, be a final chance for fans to experience The Jam’s astonishing live shows, with a 14-date ‘farewell’ tour announced. The centrepiece was a five-night stand at Wembley Arena, the 10,000-capacity shed next to the London football stadium (the recording here is from the second date), the biggest live venue in the capital.

* Packaged in mini, lift-off lid box with 72-page, colour hard-back book.

* Individual gatefold wallets for the discs, designed as facsimiles of the original tape boxes.

* Includes new essay, period photos, rare memorabilia and set of five postcard prints.

* Remastered at Abbey Road.

* Featuring stunning live versions of all the band’s classic hits and favourites of which only 11 tracks previously released.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O-5QN0QaGJE

‘Fire & Skill: The Jam Live’ 6 CD deluxe box set
‘Fire & Skill: The Jam Live’ 6 CD deluxe box set

‘Fire & Skill: The Jam Live’ Tracklisting

Disc One
Live at the 100 Club – 11th September 1977

1. I’ve Changed My Address
2. Carnaby Street
3. The Modern World
4. Time For Truth
5. So Sad About Us
6. London Girl
7. In The Street Today
8. Standards
9. All Around The World
10. London Traffic
11. Heat Wave
12. Sweet Soul Music (b-side of ‘Modern Word’ single)
13. Bricks And Mortar (b-side of ‘Modern Word’ single)
14. In The City
15. Art School
16. Back In My Arms Again (b-side of ‘Modern Word’ single)
17. Slow Down
18. In The Midnight Hour
19. Sounds From The Street
20. Takin’ My Love
21. In The City (encore)

Disc Two
Live at the Music Machine – 2nd March 1978

1. The Modern World
2. London Traffic
3. I Need You
4. The Combine
5. Aunties And Uncles
6. Standards
7. Here Comes The Weekend
8. Sounds From The Street
9. News Of The World
10. London Girl
11. In The Street Today
12. Bricks And Mortar
13. In The Midnight Hour
14. Carnaby Street
15. All Around The World
16. Slow Down
17. News Of The World (Sound-check – bonus track)

Disc Three
Live at Reading University – 16th February 1979

1. The Modern World
2. Sounds From The Street
3. Away From The Numbers
4. All Mod Cons To Be Someone
5. It’s Too Bad
6. Mr Clean
7. Billy Hunt
8. In The Street Today
9. Standards (Originally released on ‘Dig The New Breed’ album 1982)
10. Tonight At Noon
11. Down In The Tube Station At Midnight
12. News Of The World
13. Here Comes The Weekend
14. Bricks And Mortar / Batman
15. The Place I Love
16. David Watts
17. Heat Wave
18. ‘A’ Bomb In Wardour Street

Disc Four
Live at Newcastle City Hall – 28th October 1980

1. Intro
2. Dreamtime
3. Thick As Thieves
4. Boy about Town
5. Monday
6. Going Underground
7. Pretty Green
8. Man In The Corner Shop
9. Set The House Ablaze
10. Private Hell
11. Liza Radley
12. Dreams Of Children
13. The Modern World
14. Little Boy Soldiers
15. But I’m Different Now
16. Start!
17. Scrape Away
18. Strange Town
19. When You’re Young
20. The Eton Rifles
21. Billy Hunt
22. Down In The Tube Station At Midnight
23. To Be Someone
24. ‘A’ Bomb In Wardour Street
25. David Watts

Disc Five
Live at Hammersmith Palais – 14th December 1981

1. The Gift / Down In The Tube Station At Midnight
2. Man In The Corner Shop (originally released on ‘Live Jam’ album 1993)
3. Ghosts
4. Absolute Beginners
5. Town Called Malice (originally released on ‘Live Jam’ album 1993)
6. Set The House Ablaze (Originally released on ‘Dig The New Breed’ album 1982)
7. That’s Entertainment / Tales From The River Bank
8. Precious
9. Happy Together
10. In The Crowd / David Watts
11. Boy About Town
12. Pretty Green
13. Funeral Pyre (originally released on ‘Live Jam’ album 1993)
14. Circus
15. Going Underground
16. Big Bird (Originally released on ‘Dig The New Breed’ album 1982)
17. Little Boy Soldiers

Disc Six
Live at Wembley Arena – 2nd December 1982

1. Start!
2. It’s Too Bad
3. Beat Surrender
4. Away From The Numbers
5. Ghosts
6. In The Crowd
7. Boy About Town
8. Get Yourself Together
9. All Mod Cons
10. To Be Someone
11. Smithers-Jones
12. The Great Depression
13. Move On Up
14. When You’re Young
15. David Watts
16. Private Hell
17. Down In The Tube Station At Midnight
18. Mr Clean
19. Trans-Global Express
20. Going Underground
21. The Butterfly Collector (originally released on ‘Live Jam’ album 1993)
22. Dreams Of Children
23. The Gift

‘Fire & Skill: The Jam Live’ is scheduled for released on 30th October 2015 on Polydor / Universal.

A Strange Affair – the Sixties Recordings by John’s Children

A Strange Affair - The Sixties Recordings by John's Children
A Strange Affair - The Sixties Recordings by John's Children

John’s Children were a quintessential cult 1960s Mod/Psych band, controversial, sharply dressed and subsequently the stuff of legend.

The band were fronted by Andy Ellison (later with Jet and Radio Stars) and boasted Marc Bolan within their ranks during their short life.

A Strange Affair includes John’s Children entire releases between 1966 and 1970.

This all-encompassing collection includes: two singles original released on EMI’s Columbia label: ‘The Love I Thought I’d Found’ and ‘Just What You Want – Just What You Get’;four singles for The Who’s Track Records: ‘Desdemona’, the legendarily withdrawn ‘Midsummer Night’s Scene’, ‘Come And Play With Me In The Garden’ and ‘Go-Go Girl’; as well as their ‘mock-live’ album Orgasm! which was belatedly issued on the US label White Whale in 1970.Along with Andy Ellison’s subsequent solo singles ‘It’s Been A Long Time’ (Track), ‘Fool From Upper Eden’ (CBS) and ‘You Can’t Do That’ (SNB); and three tracks recorded by pre-John’s Children band The Silence. All this plus a raft of rare and previously unissued alternative versions and mixes.

This 2-CD set release by Grapefruit Records via Cherry Red Records of A Strange Affair – The Sixties Recordings by John’s Children has been compiled with help from Andy Ellison with detailed sleeve-notes by their manager Simon Napier-Bell.

DESDEMONA
httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4jwct8twEIo

SINGLES & RARITIES
1.    THE LOVE I THOUGHT I’D FOUND
2.    STRANGE AFFAIR
3.    JUST WHAT YOU WANT – JUST WHAT YOU’LL GET
4.    BUT SHE’S MINE
5.    DESDEMONA
6.    REMEMBER THOMAS À BECKET
7.    MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S SCENE
8.    SARA, CRAZY CHILD
9.    COME AND PLAY WITH ME IN THE GARDEN
10.    GO-GO GIRL
11.    JAGGED TIME LAPSE
12.    ARTHUR GREEN (credited to Andy Ellison)
13.    IT’S BEEN A LONG TIME (Andy Ellison solo)
14.    FOOL FROM UPPER EDEN (Andy Ellison solo)
15.    ANOTHER LUCKY LIE (Andy Ellison solo)
16.    YOU CAN’T DO THAT (Andy Ellison solo)
17.    CORNFLAKE ZOO (Andy Ellison solo)
18.    HELP! (Andy Ellison solo)
19.    CASBAH CANDY (Andy Ellison solo)
20.    HIPPY GUMBO (Andy Ellison solo)
21.    DOWN DOWN (by The Silence)
22.    COLD ON ME (by The Silence)
23.    FORGIVE ME IF I’M WRONG (by The Silence)
24.    MUSTANG FORD
25.    NOT THE SORT OF GIRL YOU TAKE TO BED
26.    SALLY WAS AN ANGEL (Vocal)

Smashed! Blocked!
httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4vDOY8Ga9wc

DISC 2: ORGASM + BONUS TRACKS
1.    KILLER BEN
2.    JAGGED TIME LAPSE
3.    SMASHED! BLOCKED!
4.    YOU’RE A NOTHING
5.    NOT THE SORT OF GIRL
6.    COLD ON ME
7.    LEAVE ME ALONE
8.    LET ME KNOW
9.    JUST WHAT YOU WANT – JUST WHAT YOU’LL GET
10.    WHY DO YOU LIE

Hippy Gumbo
httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aaHQ8D1LbTI

BONUS TRACKS
11.    STRANGE AFFAIR (Alternative Mix)
12.    BUT SHE’S MINE (Alternative Mix)
13.    THE LOVE I THOUGHT I’D FOUND (First Version)
14.    DESDEMONA (“Why do you have to lie” Version)
15.    REMEMBER THOMAS À BECKET (Alternative Version)
16.    MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S SCENE (Alternative Version)
17.    SARA, CRAZY CHILD (German Single Version)
18.    JAGGED TIME LAPSE (Alternative Version)
19.    IT’S BEEN A LONG TIME (Andy Ellison solo, Stereo Mix)
20.    YOU CAN’T DO THAT (Acetate Version, Andy Ellison solo)
21.    HIPPY GUMBO (Marc Bolan Vocal)
22.    NOT THE SORT OF GIRL YOU TAKE TO BED (Alternative Version)
23.    SALLY WAS AN ANGEL (Instrumental)
24.    COME AND PLAY WITH ME IN THE GARDEN (Instrumental)
25.    THE PERFUMED GARDEN OF GULLIVER SMITH (Instrumental)
26.    MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S SCENE (Alternative Mix)

This 2-CD set release by Grapefruit Records via Cherry Red Records of A Strange Affair – The Sixties Recordings by John’s Children was released on 25th November, 2013.