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The legacy of the Jam is founded on just half-a-dozen studio albums--all crammed into an incident-packed five years. Yet their impact was much, much more significant than a mere six albums would suggest. The trio's intensity was born of punk but, uniquely at the time, the Jam were willing, quite literally, to wear their musical influences on their sleeves--the Who, Tamla Motown, James Brown, the Kinks, soul, the Beatles, etc. This was heady stuff for the revisionist Year Zero that was punk.

The Jam hammered out of 1977 with punk singles like "In The City" and "The Modern World"; but soon Paul Weller was finding his own voice as a writer, with songs like "Down In The Tube Station At Midnight", "Saturday's Kids", "The Eton Rifles" and "Town Called Malice"--songs which reflected the suburbia that bred him and put Weller in line with Pete Townshend and Ray Davies as an observer par-excellence of the English scene. And like them, Weller was also capable of knocking out striking pop singles like "Going Underground", "Start!" and "Beat Surrender".

Direction Reaction Creation is a welcome 5CD box which gathers together pretty much everything the Jam ever recorded: B-sides and hard-to-get singles as well as every track from those six albums. The package also includes a strikingly designed and well-written 88-page book commemorating every release and every gig the Jam played. But the fifth disc is the real bonus: 22 unreleased tracks, including demos ("In The City", "Precious", "The Bitterest Pill"); covers ("Rain", "Dead End Street", "Stand By Me"); and alternate takes ("A Solid Bond In Your Heart", "Billy Hunt", "That's Entertainment").

The music here is a fine reflection of those frantic times a quarter of a century ago, and you can only marvel at the quality, and the quantity, of material the Jam produced--they were gigging constantly, yet still managed to churn out a string of singles and albums that lived up to Weller's high standards. Albums like Setting Sons and Sound Affects saw the Jam really coming to the boil, but sadly--with Weller's interest taking him off into folk, jazz and R&B--the band's days were already numbered. Direction Reaction Creation is, however, a fine souvenir--and one that offers positive proof that, after the Sex Pistols and Clash, the Jam were the most original band to be thrown up by the New Wave.

Disc 1

1. In The City
2. Takin' My Love
3. Art School
4. I've Changed My Address
5. Slow Down
6. I Got By In Time
7. Away From The Numbers
8. Batman Theme
9. Sounds From The Street
10. Non-Stop Street
11. Time For Truth
12. Bricks And Mortar
13. All Around The World
14. Carnaby Street
15. The Modern World
16. London Traffic
17. Standards
18. Life From A Window
19. The Combine
20. Don't Tell Them You're Sane
21. In The Street Today
22. London Girl
23. I Need You
24. Here Comes The Weekend
25. Tonight At Noon
26. In The Midnight Hour

Disc 2

1. News Of The World
2. Aunties And Uncles
3. Innocent Man
4. David Watts
5. 'A' Bomb In Wardour Street
6. Down In The Tube Station At Midnight
7. So Sad About Us
8. The Night
9. All Mod Cons
10. To Be Someone
11. Mr. Clean
12. English Rose
13. In The Crowd
14. Billy Hunt
15. It's Too Bad
16. Fly
17. The Place I Love
18. Strange Town
19. The Butterfly Collector
20. When You're Young
21. Smithers-Jones
22. The Eton Rifles
23. See-Saw

Disc 3

1. Girl On The Phone
2. Thick As Thieves
3. Private Hell
4. Little Boy Soldiers
5. Wasteland
6. Burning Sky
7. Smithers-Jones
8. Saturday's Kids
9. Heat Wave
10. Going Underground
11. The Dreams Of Children
12. Start!
13. Liza Radley
14. Pretty Green
15. Monday
16. But I'm Different Now
17. Set The House Ablaze
18. That's Entertainment
19. Dream Time
20. Man In The Corner Shop
21. Music For The Last Couple
22. Boy About Town
23. Scrape Away

Disc 4

1. Funeral Pyre
2. Disguises
3. Absolute Beginners
4. Tales From The Riverbank
5. Town Called Malice
6. Precious
7. Happy Together
8. Ghosts
9. Just Who Is The 5 O'Clock Hero?
10. Trans-Global Express
11. Running On The Spot
12. Circus
13. The Planner's Dream Goes Wrong
14. Carnation
15. The Gift
16. The Great Depression
17. The Bitterest Pill
18. Pity Poor Alfie/Fever
19. Beat Surrender
20. Shopping
21. Move On Up
22. Stoned Out Of My Mind
23. War

Disc 5

1. In The City
2. Time For Truth
3. Sounds From The Street
4. So Sad About Us
5. Worlds Apart
6. Billy Hunt
7. Its Too Bad
8. To Be Someone
9. David Watts
10. Best Of Both Worlds
11. That's Entertainment
12. Rain
13. Dream Time
14. Dead End Street
15. Stand By Me
16. Every Little Bit Hurts
17. Tales From The RIverbank
18. Walking In Heaven's Sunshine
19. Precious
20. Pity Poor Alfie
21. The Bitterest Pill
22. A Solid Bond In Your Heart
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amazing andy as always more compact than the book version and an amazing price i have both versions of this set but heat added
amazing andy as always more compact than the book version and an amazing price i have both versions of this set but heat added

I knew you'd pop up in this thread but that's lighting quick :)
I knew you'd pop up in this thread but that's lighting quick :)

just happened to refresh the page and there is was and how can i not comment on it as HUKD's resident Jam fan
A must buy, the greatest band of all time in my opinion!
A must buy, the greatest band of all time in my opinion!

well said
I paid a lot more money than this a long time ago - for this fantastic set!!!

Get on board!
Fantastic band !. That's a lot of good music for a little money.
Fantastic find-ordered and heat added! cheers op
fantastic band and red hot deal.
i've already got the larger book version but its still tempting to buy this at this price.
Great find, was tempted at £17.99 with Play,but this can't be missed.
Well done to OP
Had this since it was originally released (about 15 years ago or more!) and paid £27 for it then on offer lol. Same version, box with 5 different discs, each with one of Weller's Rickenbackers and vox amp, and booklet. A great collection from the best band ever!

Strangely it gives track listings for 5 discs but says "Number of discs - 4"
Has to be in the collection :thumbsup:
Thanks Andy, just ordered via topcashback for an extra 2.5% off. :)
a great price , I'd pay this for disc 5 only.
I got an additional £1 discounted so £11.95 for me.
"Follow up codes for zavvi text customers -£1.00" whatever that is ! ?

Bargain of the year so far for me.

had this for a few years my opinion the jam are the best group lucky enough to have seen them live more than a few times and were brilliant.heat added:thumbsup:
Sweet deal. I also got a £1 discount, no idea why but welcome.
Brilliant find, just ordered:thumbsup:
bah ,rather have the book......................kidding good find there mate:thumbsup:
Great deal!

I paid £30 for this 12 years ago!
great find OP

i got an extra £1 discount too :)
Just ordered for the missus. Nice find :)
CD £26.95 Free Delivery ??
currently showing as £26. gutted! i would have snapped this up, as previously had the 3 piece vinyl 'snap!' and then the singles CD. bah!
Ordered this last night when i saw the post - excellent find!!
(Also got the £1 discount - even better!)

Great find OP :o)
ordered yesterday and got an email just now saying order longer available at their suppliers. :x
Mines been cancelled too - particularly annoying as it was their "Deal of the Day". Pathetic !

The email gets delivered from a do_not_reply address to make it difficult to make them aware of how much their Customer Service is appreciated !
not available but still available to add to the basket at the new price..mmmm
Mine cancelled too WTF are they up to???...
got the cancellation email. shoddy practice, I won't be bothering with zavvi again
Mine cancelled as well. I sent a query back to them via 'my account' stating it was unacceptable - I'll see what response I get. Suggest others do the same. :x
Just had a look at my email acct. after reading the last few posts re cancellation and I was relieved to find an "order despatched" email timed at 18.45 yesterday.
"Thank you for your order with zavvi. We can confirm the item(s) below have been sent to you.
Delivery will normally take between 3 to 5 working days, but can sometimes take a little longer due to postal delays. Please allow 10 full working days before notifying us of any delays in arrival."

Order Number: ********
Quantity Title Price Each
1 Direction Reaction Creation GBP 12.95

Very relieved to know that I'm getting it. :thumbsup: Hopefully!
Mine cancelled as well. I sent a query back to them via 'my account' stating it was unacceptable - I'll see what response I get. Suggest others do the same. :x

did likewise, joke company
My order cancelled too!! :/

Will do what Mister-t suggests and query through "my account".
I've contacted them twice now through the "My Account".

The first response stated virtually exactly the same as the cancellation email. I emailed back asking why the item was "in stock" on my order and being processed yesterday if it wasn't available to them? Plus it's STILL on their website (at the higher price). Their second response merely said " I am sorry as this item will be removed from the website in due course". Not answering the "in stock" issue.

Don't think there's much else to do ..... what a bunch of idiots!

Well done Anglo - glad you got yours. You're one of the lucky ones - enjoy x
This is the response I received - its a cop out!!! Never had an internet purchase issue like this before. Be wary of using them.
"One of our customer services advisors has reviewed your query and we are able to confirm the following:
I'm really sorry that you are upset that your order has been cancelled but if I can draw your attention to the below point in our terms and conditions, as we have not taken payment for any items we do have the right to cancel your order until payment is taken as your order is treated as an offer to purchase.

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All orders are subject to acceptance and availability. If the goods ordered are not available, you will be notified by e-mail (or by other means if no e-mail address has been provided) and you will have the option either to wait until the item is available from stock or to cancel your order.

Any orders placed by you will be treated as an offer to purchase the goods or services from us and we have the right to reject such offers at any time. You acknowledge that any automated
acknowledgment of your order which you may receive from us shall not amount to our acceptance of your offer to purchase goods or services advertised on the Website. The conclusion of a contract between you and us will take place when we (i) debit your credit or debit card or (ii) dispatch the goods to you or commence the services, whichever is the earlier.

We will take all reasonable care, in so far as it is in our power to do so, to keep the details of your order and payment secure, but in the absence of negligence on our part we cannot be liable for any loss you may suffer if a third party procures unauthorised access to any data provided by you when accessing or ordering from the Website."

Don't think there's much else to do ..... what a bunch of idiots!

Well done Anglo - glad you got yours. You're one of the lucky ones - enjoy x

Thanks LB, it actually arrived this morning. :thumbsup: (Saturday - It's still Saturday until i go to bed)
Only listened to Disc 5 so far as that has some tracks on it that I've never heard before but sounds good. :)

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