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The Jam - Snap!

The Jam, Snap

Review by Jack Foley

IndieLondon Rating: 4 out of 5

FANS of The Jam are in for a treat when Polydor re-release the full version of the original best of collection, Snap! across three CDs.

The label originally released the compilation after The Jam’s brief but genre-defining career came to an end following their shock dissolution in 1983.

It was considered to be a fitting summary of what was Britain’s biggest band of the moment.

The compilation’s 29 tracks spanned the band’s number one hits, selected b-sides, fan favourites and rare selections.

But with the dawn of the 78-minute CD, the tracks were cut down to 21 and subsequent versions of Snap! have only been available in this compact edition.

The re-issue restores the missing eight tracks, while a limited number will also have the live EP that was included in a limited run of the original vinyl release. The EP features four tracks that were recorded live at Wembley Area at the band’s last concert in December 1982.

The tracks in question are Move On Up, Get Yourself Together, The Great Depression and But I’m Different Now.

The release of the CD (on February 13, 2006) is particularly timely given that Paul Weller is to receive a Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music at this year’s ceremony just two days later.

It serves as an effective reminder of his early work, which undoubtedly gave birth to a music legend.

Jam fans – and Weller afficionados – will no doubt savour this trip down memory lane, which includes such choice cuts as Strange Town, The Eton Rifles, Town Called Malice and, of course, Going Underground and That’s Entertainment.

Track listing:
Disc: 1

  1. In The City
  2. Away From The Numbers
  3. All Around The World
  4. The Modern World – Censored Version
  5. News Of The World
  6. Billy Hunt
  7. English Rose
  8. Mr. Clean
  9. David Watts – Single Mix
  10. ‘A’ Bomb In Wardour Street – Single Version
  11. Down In The Tube Station At Midnight – Single Edit
  12. Strange Town
  13. The Butterfly Collector
  14. When You’re Young
  15. Smithers-Jones – Single Version
  16. Thick As Thieves

Disc: 2

  1. The Eton Rifles – Single Edit
  2. Going Underground
  3. The Dreams Of Children
  4. That’s Entertainment
  5. Snap! Demo Version
  6. Start! Single Version
  7. Man In The Corner Shop
  8. Funeral Pyre Snap! Remixed Version
  9. Absolute Beginners
  10. Tales From The Riverbank
  11. Town Called Malice
  12. Precious – Single Edit
  13. The Bitterest Pill (I Ever Had To Swallow)
  14. Beat Surrender

Disc: 3

  1. Move On Up – Live At Wembley #2 Get Yourself Together – Live At Wembley
  2. The Great Depression – Live At Wembley #. But I’m Different Now – Live At Wembley