Essential Listening: The Jam – Fire And Skill: (The Jam Live 6CD Box Set)

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 Fire And Skill: (The Jam Live 6CD Box Set)

Named after the legend painted on Paul Weller’s amp, ‘Fire And Skill’ is a superb six disc boxed set – featuring six previously unreleased concerts, one from each year of The Jam’s major-label career.

Starting with an incendiary early gig at London’s famous 100 Club from 1977, the show featured took place 10 months after they first played the venue in November 1976, and was recorded for broadcast on American radio ahead of the trio’s inaugural visit to US in October 1977 for a six-date tour.

A Music Machine show from 1978, featuring most of the 2nd album – ‘This Is The Modern World’. The show was The Jam’s sixth live show of the year and one of four low-key shows in the capital to fanfare their new ‘News Of The World’ single under the banner ‘The London Blitz’.

Reading University, February 1979 - playing material from their breakthrough album ‘All Mod Cons’, was The Jam’s first live appearance of 1979, and found the band in a radically different place to their showcase at the Music Machine 12 months before. In that time, their third album, ‘All Mod Cons’, had been released to critical acclaim, and their status as one of the New Wave’s most musically substantial and exciting bands had been secured. And Weller was still only 20 years old...

Newcastle City Hall – October 1980, previewing songs from forthcoming album ‘Sound Affects’. In the time between The Jam’s show at Reading University on Disc 3 and their appearance at Newcastle City Hall 20 months later, there had been more extraordinary developments in the group’s world. ‘Setting Sons’, their fourth album, had given them a Top 3 hit with ‘The Eton Rifles’, which was followed in February 1980 with the stirring Number 1 single, ‘Going Underground’.

After three years on Polydor, The Jam had finally become the biggest group in the UK. London’s legendary Hammersmith Palais – December 1981, part of The Jam’s four consecutive nights, previewing material from the forthcoming final album ‘The Gift’. The shows taking the innovative form of a ‘60s soul revue, showcasing new acts including Bananarama, Department S and TV21.

One of the band’s final ever gigs at Wembley Arena - 1982. Late in 1982 The Jam announced they were splitting up - there would, though, be a final chance for fans to experience The Jam’s astonishing live shows, with a 14-date ‘farewell’ tour announced for late November and December.

The centrepiece was a five-night stand at Wembley Arena, the 10,000-capacity shed next to the London football stadium (the recording here is from the second date), the biggest live venue in the capital.

Packaged in mini, lift-off lid box this set includes a separate hard-back book and individual gatefold wallets for the discs, as well as new essay, period photos and rare memorabilia. All audio has been remastered at Abbey Road.

Disc One

Live at the 100 Club – 11th September 1977  

1.            I’ve Changed My Address 

2.            Carnaby Street

3.            The Modern World

4.            Time For Truth

5.            So Sad About Us

6.            London Girl

7.            In The Street Today

8.            Standards

9.            All Around The World

10.          London Traffic

11.          Heat Wave

12.          Sweet Soul Music

13.          Bricks And Mortar

14.          In The City

15.          Art School

16.          Back In My Arms Again

17.          Slow Down

18.          In The Midnight Hour

19.          Sounds From The Street

20.          Takin’ My Love

21.          In The City (encore)

 

Disc Two

Live at the Music Machine 2nd March 1978    

1.            The Modern World

2.            London Traffic

3.            I Need You

4.            The Combine

5.            Aunties And Uncles

6.            Standards

7.            Here Comes The Weekend

8.            Sounds From The Street

9.            News Of The World

10.          London Girl

11.          In The Street Today

12.          Bricks And Mortar

13.          In The Midnight Hour

14.          Carnaby Street

15.          All Around The World

16.          Slow Down

17.          News Of The World (Sound-check – bonus track)

 

Disc Three

Live at Reading University – 16th February 1979

1.            The Modern World

2.            Sounds From The Street

3.            Away From The Numbers

4.            All Mod Cons To Be Someone

5.            It’s Too Bad

6.            Mr Clean

7.            Billy Hunt

8.            In The Street Today

9.            Standards

10.          Tonight At Noon

11.          Down In The Tube Station At Midnight

12.          News Of The World

13.          Here Comes The Weekend

14.          Bricks And Mortar / Batman

15.          The Place I Love

16.          David Watts

17.          Heat Wave

18.          ‘A’ Bomb In Wardour Street

 

Disc Four

Live at Newcastle City Hall – 28th October 1980

1.            Intro

2.            Dreamtime

3.            Thick As Thieves

4.            Boy about Town

5.            Monday

6.            Going Underground

7.            Pretty Green

8.            Man In The Corner Shop

9.            Set The House Ablaze

10.          Private Hell

11.          Liza Radley

12.          Dreams Of Children

13.          The Modern World

14.          Little Boy Soldiers

15.          But I’m Different Now

16.          Start!

17.          Scrape Away

18.          Strange Town

19.          When You’re Young

20.          The Eton Rifles

21.          Billy Hunt

22.          Down In The Tube Station At Midnight

23.          To Be Someone

24.          ‘A’ Bomb In Wardour Street

25.          David Watts

 

Disc Five

Live at Hammersmith Palais – 14th December 1981

1.            The Gift / Down In The Tube Station At Midnight

2.            Man In The Corner Shop

3.            Ghosts

4.            Absolute Beginners

5.            Town Called Malice

6.            Set The House Ablaze

7.            That’s Entertainment / Tales From The River Bank

8.            Precious

9.            Happy Together

10.          In The Crowd / David Watts

11.          Boy About Town

12.          Pretty Green

13.          Funeral Pyre

14.          Circus

15.          Going Underground

16.          Big Bird

17.          Little Boy Soldiers

 

Disc Six

Live at Wembley Arena – 2nd December 1982

1.            Start!

2.            It’s Too Bad

3.            Beat Surrender

4.            Away From The Numbers

5.            Ghosts

6.            In The Crowd

7.            Boy About Town

8.            Get Yourself Together

9.            All Mod Cons

10.          To Be Someone

11.          Smithers-Jones

12.          The Great Depression

13.          Precious

14.          Move On Up

15.          When You’re Young

16.          David Watts

17.          Private Hell

18.          Down In The Tube Station At Midnight

19.          Mr Clean

20.          Trans-Global Express

21.          Going Underground

22.          The Butterfly Collector

23.          Dreams Of Children

24.          The Gift

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