All Mod Cons
1 x LP
+ bonus download
( 1978 ) - 2014 reissue on 180g LP download =closes with the classic Jam single, ‘Down in the Tube Station at Midnight’.The Jam regrouped and refocused for All Mod Cons, an album that marked a great leap in songwriting maturity and sense of purpose. For
Release date: 20-03-2014(Originally released in 1978)
2014 reissue on 180g LP download =closes with the classic Jam single, ‘Down in the Tube Station at Midnight’.The Jam regrouped and refocused for All Mod Cons, an album that marked a great leap in songwriting maturity and sense of purpose. For the first time, Paul Weller built, rather than fell back, upon his influences, carving a distinct voice all his own; he employed a story-style narrative with invented characters and vivid British imagery à la Ray Davies to make incisive social commentary -- all in a musically irresistible package. The youthful perspective and impassioned delivery on All Mod Cons first earned Weller the "voice of a generation" tag, and it certainly captures a moment in time, but really, the feelings and sentiments expressed on the album just as easily speak to any future generation of young people. Terms like "classic" are often bandied about, but in the case of All Mod Cons, it is certainly deserved.
A1 All Mod Cons
A2 To Be Someone (Didn't We Have A Nice Time)
A3 Mr. Clean
A4 David Watts
A5 English Rose
A6 In The Crowd
B1 Billy Hunt
B2 It's Too Bad
B4 The Place I Love
B5 'A' Bomb In Wardour Street
B6 Down In The Tube Station At Midnight
Outstanding album that paints a vivid portrait of what it was like to be young, frustrated, unemployed and feeling isolated/detached from mainstream culture/national identity. Some song tempos/melodies may seem similiar, and it may be difficult to decipher Paul Weller's words on only 1 or 2 listens (especially for non-Brits). My advice: listen to the album with the lyrics to each song in front of you. The understated power of the Jam's music lay in their wise-ass, cutting edge blunt lyrics. Pretty crazy that one of the Jam's best ever songs, "Down in the Tube Station at Midnight," was rescued from the recycling bin during the recording of this album.
If you are interested in learning what it was like to be young in Britain during the late 1970s, listen to this album intently. If you are not interested in this subject, this album may not be for you. A true classic album, not just for Britain, but for the world. This album is a treasure that will definitely stand the test of time. No collection of British punk/mod/new wave/power pop can be complete without this album.=allmusic.com
An album that, according to Mojo magazine, “encapsulated life in dull mid-'70s suburbia with sharp, faintly surreal character songs”, the Jam’s 1978 album for Polydor is considered by many to be their finest achievement. Their third record within 18 months, the LP’s title might be meant a little ironically considering Messrs Weller, Foxton and Buckler are featured on the cover in a near empty room, this after having inadvertently kick-started a mod revival across the UK. A transition from the more straight ahead punk attitude of their first two albums, all the songs were written by Paul Weller, except for a cover of the Kinks ‘David Watts’. Produced by Vic Coppersmith-Heaven and Chris Parry, it was ranked at No. 50 of the 100 Greatest British Albums Of All Time by Q Magazine, who reckoned, “The past met the present on All Mod Cons and the sparks flew in a white-hot Rickenbacker fusion of punk, pop, psychedelia and R&B”. The album closes with the classic Jam single, ‘Down in the Tube Station at Midnight’.
Bonus(cd,single,download): bonus download
Originally released: 1978
This release: 2014