The Jam Setting Sons on LP + Download
One of the most popular bands to emerge from the UK 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 likes of the Sex Pistols and The Clash, 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 amongst others - they achieved 18 consecutive Top 40 singles in the UK (including 4 No. 1's). Due to their fanatical following, their singles often shot straight to the top 10, or No. 1 in some cases and their gigs sold out within minutes. Still beloved by original fans and new supporters through Paul Weller's solo career – he still plays many of The Jam's songs in his live sets to this very day.
All six of The Jam's studio albums are now available on newly remastered heavyweight vinyl including: In The City (1977), This Is The Modern World (1977), All Mod Cons (1978), Setting Sons (1979), Sound Affects (1980) and The Gift (1982).
Setting Sons was originally conceived as a concept album that was never fully developed about old friends reunited after many years only 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 its predecessor All Mod Cons, Setting Sons was recorded when Weller was only 21, with 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. 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, while retaining the edge for which they were so famous. The album includes the U.K. hit single “The Eton Rifles” as well as Bruce Foxton’s tour-de-force, “Smithers-Jones.”
The Jam Setting Sons Track Listing:
1. Girl On The Phone
2. Thick As Thieves
3. Private Hell
4. Little Boy Soldiers
6. Burning Sky
8. Saturday's Kids
9. The Eton Rifles