Live Jam review by The Jam

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  • Released: Oct 25, 1993
  • Sound: 5
  • Lyrics: 5
  • Overall Impression: 3
  • Reviewer's score: 4.3 Poor
  • Users' score: 0 (0 votes)
The Jam: Live Jam
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Sound — 5
The Jam were probably the most successful band in Britain, they released sensational hits and superb hits. But they were not good at one thing - playing live. 'Live Jam' is a collection of live songs played across the UK, and the quality of the songs were poor. And there was no sign of 'Going Underground' and 'Start!' The poorest songs played live were 'Move On Up', 'Burning Sky' and 'Precious'. Only three songs out of 24 were alright, they were 'Mr. Clean', 'Pretty Green' and 'The Butterfly Collector'. Avoid buying this album, because the sound was completely awful.

Lyrics — 5
All of the songs contained amazing lyrics from Paul Weller. Credit to Paul Weller for writing these sensational songs, but what on earth was going on with his singing skills? He was diabolical, and that was why The Jam were never good playing live.

Overall Impression — 3
This is the only live album that The Jam have produced. Never even think about buying this album. The most impressive songs played live were 'Mr. Clean', 'Pretty Green' and 'The Butterfly Collector'. I don't like anything about this album at all. What I hate about it was the poor quality of playing live. If this album got stolen/lost, I would never buy it again. To end this review, 'Live Jam' is a complete waste of money.

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    Boy About Town
    The Jam were probably the most successful band in Britain, they released sensation hits but they came alive one time - playing live. The quality of the songs aren't the best, but to say that only three songs were 'alright' is ridiculous. The band's performances of Smithers-Jones, Town Called Malice, 'A' Bomb In Wardour Street, David Watts, Little Boy Soldiers Man in the corner shop, Eton Rifles, down in the tube station (+ those listed by reviewer)... the list actually goes on and on, I prefer a lot of these versions to the studio version (Smithers-Jones, A bomb, Mr Clean, Little Boy Soldiers to name a few), they're rawer and more passionate. This isn't The Jam's only live album, Dig the New Breed is another. This album isn't as good as that album but it is good. Paul Weller didn't choose these songs, he chose the songs on DTNB and had nothing to do with this release, which was made of bad dated concert recordings. Given that, the quality of some of the songs is understandable. However, the great songs and great performances on here make up for it. This is not a first album for anyone trying to get into the Jam, this is an essential album for any Jam fan though. It may seem inaccessible to begin with, but as time passes you'll notice the gems more prominently amongst these songs. 7 out of 10.