Editors’ Notes Every casual fan must decide how deeply to immerse themselves into a band’s catalog. For those looking for a concise, chronological set that doesn’t overstay its welcome, The Sound of The Jam is a worthy consideration. Serious fans will insist on further time spent with albums such as All Mod Cons, Setting Sons, and Sound Affects, but why argue with an album that includes the brash mod shudder of “In the City” and “The Modern World,” the magic of The Kinks’ “David Watts” (as big an influence as The Who), and such literary marvels as “To Be Someone,” “Mr. Clean,” “The Butterfly Collector," and “The Eton Rifles”? The band’s catchiest songs—“Going Underground” and “That’s Entertainment”—are bona fide classics in the U.K. and worthy of more attention in the U.S. By the end of their career, The Jam were flirting more boldly with R&B; songs such as “Town Called Malice” and “Beat Surrender” were also a clue as to where Paul Weller would take his next group, The Style Council.

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In the City
1
2:19
 
Away from the Numbers
2
4:03
 
The Modern World
3
2:31
 
David Watts
4
2:56
 
Down in the Tube Station at Midnight (Single Edit)
5
4:01
 
To Be Someone (Didn't We Have a Nice Time)
6
2:30
 
Mr. Clean
7
3:29
 
English Rose
8
2:50
 
The Butterfly Collector
9
3:09
 
The Eton Rifles
10
3:59
 
Thick as Thieves
11
3:40
 
Going Underground
12
2:56
 
Start!
13
2:31
 
Liza Radley
14
2:32
 
Pretty Green
15
2:37
 
That's Entertainment ("The Sound Of The Jam" Version)
16
3:34
 
Tales from the Riverbank (Remixed Alternate)
17
3:26
 
Town Called Malice
18
2:54
 
Ghosts
19
2:10
 
Beat Surrender
20
3:25
 

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