Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|The Jam - The Complete Jam|
Genres: Music Video & Concerts
One of the most exciting live bands to emerge from Britain's new wave, the Jam are deservedly immortalized on this two-disc set. A visual record of the neo-mod group's prime years, The Complete Jam begins with 1977-1979 co... more »
Aladinsane | Seattle, WA USA | 01/26/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"As a fan of The Jam for the past 22 years I have been waiting for something like this for a while now. This is an update of the 'Video Snap' that was available in the 80's with many added extras. Every song on this collection is outstanding, every song. The Jam were never really embraced in this country because Americans only get into British music as a whole if it is filtered into an American style and sound, in my opinion. This is the reason why Def Leppard, Coldplay, etc. have done well here but more truly British bands such as Blur, The Jam or Pulp have not.
The Jam straddled two distinct style changes from the beginning (77-79) to the end (80-82) and this two-disc set makes that distinction as well. By 1980 the Pop-Punk sound of the 70's Jam gave way to more politically potent, horn laden sound that solidified them as one of the greatest British bands of all time. American bands have never been able to master the use of horns in Pop or Rock without sounding really corny or overblown and The Jam prove my point when comparing them to other American acts.
Paul Weller's attention to detail and strong song writing will be amply showcased by this set and it's about time this was released. Once you get into the Jam I highly suggest picking up a greatest hits package of his follow-up band The Style Council. While not as strong as the Jam, it showcases the style change Weller was heading into at the tail end of The Jam. And, by the way, Paul Weller has about seven solo albums out and they have gotten better with each release. The Jam ultimately is a showcase and starting point for one of the greatest musicians of the last 25 years...Paul Weller!"
BRILLIANT, RIVETING...but NOT quite "COMPLETE"??
G. Mitchell | Los Angeles, CA United States | 06/19/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The bottom line is: every JAM fan should own this immediately - the quality/range of the material included on this amazing 2-DVD set is AWESOME...BUT as much as love all the TV clips, archival footage (esp the cool "Meet the Jam" piece!), live segments, and videos, I do wish they would have included the VIDEO version of the Jam's final single, "BEAT SURRENDER" which I sometimes would see on early MTV - it's really polished and exciting, oh well...AND also, where is the stunning, raw set they did on ABC's early 80's late-night "FRIDAYS" show, etc. These omissions are the only reason why I docked it one star - since it's really not "complete" but for any JAM fans, even casual ones, this is a definite MUST-HAVE keeper DVD you will go back to again and again!! Makes you feel nostalgic and even a bit SAD for a time lost in pop/rock music, never to be returned! -"
Jam On It
Thomas Magnum | NJ, USA | 02/28/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The Jam never really caught in America, but in their native England, they were quite possibly the biggest and most popular band of the late 70's and early 80's. A trio made up of lead singer and guitarist Paul Weller, bassist and backing vocalist Bruce Foxton and drummer Rick Buckler, the Jam emerged from the first wave of the British punk rock scene to achieve success by merging the power of the punk movement with the musical stylings of 60's mod groups like The Who, The Small Faces and most especially The Kinks from whom they got one of their biggest hits a cover of "David Watts". The group progressed to more a pop oriented sound toward the end of the 70's and then towards a heavy rhythm and blues sound (on which Paul Weller would further explore with The Style Council) for their final album. This DVD is a must for any fan of the band as it is made of two disks that include all their live TV performances as well as all their videos. The videos are mostly made up of the crude, elementary stylings of the early days of the genre, but they still capture the power of the band, but live performances show their true greatness."
DaveTheMod Agrees This Discs A Crackin' Good One !
DaveTheMod | California | 01/04/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"First off: BUY this DVD ! Sell off those iffy CD's you own from all those iffy bands, and put the cash towards this terrific "JAM" DVD. I have been a Jam fan from way back in '79 but never saw a video or anything from them for years no matter how hard I looked - now here's more video and live stuff than I could possibly have hoped for. It has stayed in my player for months now. I watch it everyday and never tire of it. If you are a new fan, I envy you. I had to rely on black&white stills and my imagination for years. While you my friend have a treasure trove here, bursting with colour,energy & great songs."