The Jam’s 1979 masterpiece Setting Sons is being expanded and reissued on November 17th 2014 as super deluxe and deluxe editions which feature unreleased demos and live tracks. Setting Sons was originally conceived as a concept album that was never fully developed about old friends reunited after many years to find they had nothing in common anymore. Brimming with brittle white knuckle rock music and muscular tracks boiling over with class hatred and spot on insights into British life, Setting Sons was arguably, the Jam’s most thematically ambitious LP. Featuring a harder and grittier sound than it’s predecessor “All Mod Cons”, Setting Sons was recorded when Paul Weller was only 21, his songwriting showing an amazing level of maturity.
Thick As Thieves, Wasteland, Burning Sky: this idea may have seemed strange to the band’s hardcore fans, but had a precedent with some of Weller’s 60s heroes, notably The Kinks, Small Faces and The Who. Setting Sons took The Jam’s musical template and added a narrative depth and compositional daring which would take their art to a totally new level. The anti-war song Little Boy Soldiers, constructed in three parts, illustrates how the band were moving into a more experimental and ambitious style, whilst retaining the edge for which they were so famous.The album includes the hit single – The Eton Rifles and Bruce Foxton’s tour-de-force Smithers-Jones.
The‘Super-Deluxe box set traces the path of the classic album from initial demos, the two hit singles, ‘Strange Town’ and ‘When You’re Young’, that preceded the album; alternate versions of songs, dynamic live performances, singles and b-sides, through to the point in early 1980 where the Jam’s sound and success coalesced into ‘Going Underground’ – the band’s first number 1 single, plus live material and DVD. Also available will be a highly collectable limited edition vinyl edition featuring The Jam live at the Brighton Centre from December 1979 which has previously never been released.
One of the most popular bands to emerge from the English punk rock scene of 1977; The Jam had a phenomenal impact on pop music and wider youth culture. In their short career, along with the Sex Pistols, The Clash, and Buzzcocks, they influenced a generation with their music, style, politics and inspiration. Taking creative direction from a wide sphere of influences –The Who, Dr Feelgood, The Kinks and Motown to name a few, they achieved 18 consecutive Top 40 singles in the UK (including 4 number 1s) -they had a fanatical following, their singles entering straight in the top 10, or number 1 in some cases. Their gigs sold out within minutes. Still beloved of original fans and new supporters through Paul Weller’s solo career –he still plays many of the Jam songs in his live sets today.
The box set contains:
Four discs, in individual wallets:
The original album w/ singles and b-sides
The demos and extras (inc. John Peel session) (Previously unreleased material inc.)
Live in Brighton 1979 (previously unreleased)
Hardback,70-page, full-colour book: including period memorabilia, magazine cuttings (NME etc.), reviews and rare photos from the album sleeve shoot.
New interviews and essay.
Set of 4 prints
Replica 1979 tour brochure
Replica 1979 fan club magazine
Housed in rigid slipcase