Monday, November 28, 2022

The Jam - BBC Sessions, Volume 2: 100 Club, London, Britain, 9-11-1977

Here is the second album of the Jam at the BBC. The first one came from BBC studio sessions, but this one is an entire (though relatively short) concert.

When this concert came out in 1977, punk rock was all the rage. The Jam had lots of rocking energy, like punk, but it's interesting to see them doing covers of no less than six songs from the 1950s or 60s: "So Sad about Us" by the Who, "(Love Is like A) Heat Wave" by the Motown band Martha and the Vandellas, "Back in My Arms Again" by the Supremes, "Slow Down," by Larry Williams, "Sweet Soul Music" by Arthur Conley, and "In the Midnight Hour" by Wilson Pickett. Clearly, they were different than typical punk bands, with deeper musical roots.

This concert was released on a live box set called "Fire and Skill." But I thought the vocals were a bit low, so I boosted them using the X-Minus audio editing program.

Note that it appears the band was short on songs to play, so they played "in the City" twice, the second time as the encore.

This concert is 55 minutes long.

01 talk (Jam)
02 I've Changed My Address (Jam)
03 Carnaby Street (Jam)
04 talk (Jam)
05 The Modern World (Jam)
06 talk (Jam)
07 Time for Truth (Jam)
08 talk (Jam)
09 So Sad about Us (Jam)
10 talk (Jam)
11 London Girl (Jam)
12 In the Street Today (Jam)
13 talk (Jam)
14 Standards (Jam)
15 talk (Jam)
16 All Around the World (Jam)
17 talk (Jam)
18 London Traffic (Jam)
19 talk (Jam)
20 [Love Is like A] Heat Wave (Jam)
21 Sweet Soul Music (Jam)
22 talk (Jam)
23 Bricks and Mortar (Jam)
24 talk (Jam)
25 In the City (Jam)
26 talk (Jam)
27 Art School (Jam)
28 talk (Jam)
29 Back in My Arms Again (Jam)
30 talk (Jam)
31 Slow Down (Jam)
32 talk (Jam)
33 In the Midnight Hour (Jam)
34 talk (Jam)
35 Sounds from the Street (Jam)
36 talk (Jam)
37 Takin' My Love (Jam)
38 talk (Jam)
39 In the City (Jam)

The cover photo was taken at a concert at the Hammersmith Odeon in London in 1977.

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