The Jam

Direction Reaction Creation

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Direction Reaction Creation is the ultimate Jam package, offering 117 tracks over five discs -- essentially the band's complete studio recordings. With a strict adherence to chronological order, the box presents each single followed by its B-side(s) (six of which appear on CD for the first time, including the brilliant "See Saw"), followed by the proper album tracks -- oddly, though, the album versions of the singles are chosen in most places. Unfortunately, this approach sometimes disrupts the flow of the albums, especially in the case of All Mod Cons, which loses three tracks to the treatment, and Setting Sons, which loses "Eton Rifles" to a separate disc. This is a small point for purists to debate -- the difference is really unnoticeable in light of the truly great music found on the discs. In addition to the regular studio tracks, disc five offers over an hour of studio demos -- 22 previously unreleased tracks of considerably different takes of better-known material, a few never-before-heard Weller and Foxton originals, and some interesting covers like "Rain," "Dead End Street," and "Every Little Bit Hurts." A lavish 88-page booklet accompanies the set with great liner notes, an extensive band chronology and discography, and the band's complete gig list, along with plenty of rare photos and memorabilia. The Jam, simply put, were one the finest bands in rock & roll history, and Direction Reaction Creation offers the proof, showing both their remarkably rapid growth and their incredible consistency.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 2:20 SpotifyAmazon
2 2:15 SpotifyAmazon
3 2:01 SpotifyAmazon
4 3:31 SpotifyAmazon
5 2:39 SpotifyAmazon
6 2:07 SpotifyAmazon
7 4:03 SpotifyAmazon
8 1:31 SpotifyAmazon
9 3:14 SpotifyAmazon
10 2:28 SpotifyAmazon
11 3:10 SpotifyAmazon
12 2:37 SpotifyAmazon
13 2:24 SpotifyAmazon
14 2:23 SpotifyAmazon
15 2:31 Amazon
16 1:50 SpotifyAmazon
17 2:30 SpotifyAmazon
18 2:54 SpotifyAmazon
19 2:21 SpotifyAmazon
20 3:42 SpotifyAmazon
21 1:32 SpotifyAmazon
22 2:42 SpotifyAmazon
23 2:42 Spotify
24 3:31 SpotifyAmazon
25 3:02 SpotifyAmazon
26 1:53 SpotifyAmazon
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