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The Jam: Live set hits the schedules

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Fire And Skill: The Jam Live is the name of a new six-disc box set currently listed for pre-order on Amazon UK.

There is little in the way of information at present, although this is clearly a live anthology that will hopefully offer fans some previously unreleased performances. The £79 price tag suggests that this will be more than just six CDs in a box, so perhaps we can expect a substantial ‘super deluxe’ type set with a heavyweight book and perhaps even some vinyl. Either that, or the price will drop dramatically between now and the end of October which is the current – probably ballpark – release date.

If anyone has any more information about this set, do get in touch. Fire And Skill: The Jam Live currently has a release date of 30 October 2015.



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46 responses to The Jam: Live set hits the schedules

  1. Alan Baldock says:

    How to confuse, that title has been used before: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fire_and_Skill:_The_Songs_of_the_Jam

  2. Neil says:

    Good luck trying to shift a 6 CD box set for £80.

  3. Tom says:

    AGAIN-CD only! Hello-UME execs: 2015 calling-anyone home? How one label can continue to be so clueless and shortsighted is beyond me…

  4. Joachim says:

    Seeing The Jam on Rockpalast in 1980 ist a substantial part of my juvenile awakening. I hope we will get full sets. They played 80 min. sets in the early eighties, so CD will be the proper format (hard to admit for a vinyl lover).

  5. Greg says:

    All respect to the Jam but haven’t they been mined to death?
    Compilations and live releases surely must outweigh X 2 their studio work.

  6. John says:

    I prefer honey.

  7. RICHARD says:

    1st Time i saw them live in 1980 on the PINKPOP festival, ever since a huge fan of Jam & Paul Weller .. is this a neccasery release ?

  8. Gazelle says:

    It will be interesting to see if the box set track listing is comprised of complete shows are compiled highlights. Taking into account ‘The Modern World’ single, ‘Setting Sons’ Deluxe Edition, ‘The Gift’ Deluxe Edition, ‘Dig The New Breed’, ‘Jam Live’ and ‘The Jam At The BBC’, I believe that songs from the following shows have been officially released:

    London 100 Club (11 September 1977)
    Reading University (16 February 1979)
    London Rainbow Theatre (2 December 1979)
    London Rainbow Theatre (3 December 1979)
    London Rainbow Theatre (4 December 1979) *BBC Recording
    Brighton Centre (15 December 1979)
    Newcastle City Hall (26 October 1980)
    London Hammersmith Palais (14 December 1981)
    London Hammersmith Palais (15 December 1981)
    London Golders Green Hippodrome (19 December 1981) *BBC Recording
    Birmingham Bingley Hall (21 March 1982)
    Edinburgh Playhouse (6 April 1982)
    Glasgow Apollo (8 April 1982)
    London Wembley Arena (2 December 1982)
    London Wembley Arena (3 December 1982)

    Dates for the above may not be accurate as I recall that some of the details previously published on sleeve notes have been incorrect.

    • Gazelle says:

      The opening sentence above should of course read ‘it will be interesting to see if the box set track listing is comprised of complete shows OR compiled highlights’.

    • Sat says:

      Top comment Gazelle – Polydor have the following Jam live shows in the vaults so hopefully 6 full gigs will be released instead of edited highlights! I’m also hoping that Dennis Munday will be back on board overseeing the project. I’ve marked my faves with an asterix:
      1). The Nashville September 10 1977***
      2). 100 Club September 11 1977
      3). Music Machine March 2 1978***
      4). Reading University February 16 1979***
      5). Rainbow December 2 1979
      6). Rainbow December 3 1979
      7). Brighton Centre December 15 1979
      8). Guildhall Portsmouth December 16 1979
      9). City Hall Newcastle October 28 1980***
      10). Sobell Centre December 12 1981
      11). Sobell Centre December 13 1981***
      12). Hammersmith Palais December 14 1981
      13). Hammersmith Palais December 15 1981
      14). Bingley Hall Birmingham March 20 1982***
      15). Playhouse Edinburgh April 5 1982
      16). Playhouse Edinburgh April 6 1982
      17). Apollo Glasgow April 7 1982
      18). Apollo Glasgow April 8 1982
      19). Wembley Arena December 2 1982
      20). Wembley Arena December 3 1982

      A few of these shows have been available as bootlegs over the years but it’d be nice to see them released in an official format – & without any overdubs as well! Cheers

      • Chucky says:

        I believe that #7 was released on the Setting Sons Super Deluxe Box and #20 was released on “The Gift” Super Deluxe Box. So hopefully these shows are not replicated in this new box.

      • Sal says:

        As video footage of The Jam from Newcastle City Hall has been released on the Complete Jam DVD, it’ll be nice to be able to sync a stereo soundboard recording to it. It’s something that I always thought should have been done at the time of the DVD release.

  9. Eric says:

    Have been a fan of this era for a long time but know nothing of the Jam. Maybe this will be a good place for me to get my feet wet.

  10. Alan says:

    At this price it needs to come with a ticket for The Jam reunion tour!Does anyone remember what Direction!Reaction!Creation! Cost when it came out?
    If the price halves I’m in otherwise no.

    • Neil says:

      I paid about £20 for it if i remember correctly and the Style Council box set wasn’t much more than that and to think we thought music was expensive back then. Another thing was at least back then those box sets weren’t riddled with errors like we get now.

      • bob says:

        Are you sure as that seems very cheap? I can remember paying £20 just for a double CD in a jewel case years ago.

    • Marshall Gooch says:

      I waited to buy that until I found it on sale somewhere–I seem to remember it was a year or two after it was released.

  11. Sal says:

    Amazon states 6 discs so I’m hoping one of them will be a DVD collecting some of the unreleased broadcast on TV concerts.
    I only have some of these on poor quality bootleg VHS so it’ll be nice to see them in clear quality.

  12. Tom says:

    Isn’t there some unseen film at the exhibition? Maybe that could be used. I know there is footage of the final Brighton show, and of course the full version of the Trans Global Express concert is out there with behind the scenes footage.

  13. David H says:

    There’s concert footage shown on Belgium and French TV.

    Footage from ‘Chorus’ Baltard Pavillion has been released on DVD in France.

    Is there any outtakes from the 100 club that has yet to be released? There’s a little snippet of ‘All Around The World’ on the German documentary ‘Punk in London’ and I’ve often wondered how much footage was actually recorded.

    Rockpalast (Dortmund) and Bingley Hall are complete concerts that deserve their own releases.

  14. CB69 says:

    The DRC box set was definitely not £20 when released – I’m thinking more £60. The ear book version was in the region of £15-20 and the only reason I bought that was to see the pictures in the booklet in a bigger format even though I already had the box set which I’d picked up cheaply for thirty odd quid.

    I wonder if they use style council audience over dubs on this box set :^)

    • Neil says:

      I bought it in Fopp in Glasgow for £19.99 not long after it was released in 1997 because i remember a year later i paid £30 for the Style Council box.

    • Chris Brown says:

      I’m sad enough to have kept the receipt in my copy of Direction Reaction Creation for these 18 years, so I can confirm I paid £29:99 in HMV Lancaster in the week of release. Which makes sense as I don’t think I’d be willing or able to pay £60 for the box in those days.
      Such generous pricing is why it went Top 10 in the days when boxed sets virtually never charted. Pity the binding in the booklet fell apart.

  15. David H says:

    I remember paying £29.99 for DRC in HMV when it was initially released but it did go up in price when it dropped down the charts to £39.99. I can’t remember seeing it as high as £59.99
    It’s pretty standard with most releases that the price goes up when it drops down the charts. However, I did get a back up copy for £10 when HMV did one of their crazy sales where limited amounts of box sets were available for £10 (one per customer).

  16. Richard Dowling says:

    Album title also used on a promo comp in 2007.
    http://www.discogs.com/Jam-30-Years-Of-Fire-And-Skill/release/1655770

  17. Richard Dowling says:

    Also may not be all live in the UK, could include a CD version of the mono gig in Copenhagen released on vinyl in 2012.
    http://www.discogs.com/Jam-Copenhagen-April-1982/release/4084944

    • Gazelle says:

      I think this is unlikely to be included as, to my knowledge, it was recorded live ‘in the studio’ rather than at a traditional ‘gig’. My expectation is that the box set will be comprised of gig recordings. But I could be wrong…

  18. Alan says:

    The label is listed as Commercial Marketing.Does this mean it is a grey label release?These are nearly always poor sound quality reproductions of bootlegs and TV/Radio broadcasts.I couldn’t imagine the Jam’s label letting this go to anyone else.

  19. Sal says:

    Paul,
    Is there any way of showing a list of recently added comments especially to an old topic. I don’t know about other users but I’m interested in reading comments but sometimes a few weeks may pass before someone has added something.
    Just a suggestion but is it feasible to know a new comment has been added without have to go through weeks of blogs, like the list of recent posts but instead a list of recently added comments.
    btw, great informative site!

  20. Gary says:

    A picture has been added to Amazon showing the contents, you can see that Disc 2 is the recording from Music Machine March 2 1978

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Fire-And-Skill-The-Live/dp/B010P4C652

  21. Sal says:

    Track listing and info has been released.

    Named after the legend painted on Paul Weller’s amp, ‘Fire And Skill’ is a superb six disc boxed set – featuring six previously unreleased concerts, one from each year of The Jam’s major-label career.
    Starting with an incendiary early gig at London’s famous 100 Club from 1977, the show featured took place 10 months after they first played the venue in November 1976, and was recorded for broadcast on American radio ahead of the trio’s inaugural visit to US in October 1977 for a six-date tour.
    A Music Machine show from 1978, featuring most of the 2nd album – ‘This Is The Modern World’. The show was The Jam’s sixth live show of the year and one of four low-key shows in the capital to fanfare their new ‘News Of The World’ single under the banner ‘The London Blitz’.
    Reading University, February 1979 – playing material from their breakthrough album ‘All Mod Cons’, was The Jam’s first live appearance of 1979, and found the band in a radically different place to their showcase at the Music Machine 12 months before. In that time, their third album, ‘All Mod Cons’, had been released to critical acclaim, and their status as one of the New Wave’s most musically substantial and exciting bands had been secured. And Weller was still only 20 years old…
    Newcastle City Hall – October 1980, previewing songs from forthcoming album ‘Sound Affects’. In the time between The Jam’s show at Reading University on Disc 3 and their appearance at Newcastle City Hall 20 months later, there had been more extraordinary developments in the group’s world. ‘Setting Sons’, their fourth album, had given them a Top 3 hit with ‘The Eton Rifles’, which was followed in February 1980 with the stirring Number 1 single, ‘Going Underground’. After three years on Polydor, The Jam had finally become the biggest group in the UK.
    London’s legendary Hammersmith Palais – December 1981, part of The Jam’s four consecutive nights, previewing material from the forthcoming final album ‘The Gift’. The shows taking the innovative form of a ‘60s soul revue, showcasing new acts including Bananarama, Department S and TV21.
    One of the band’s final ever gigs at Wembley Arena – 1982. Late in 1982 The Jam announced they were splitting up – there would, though, be a final chance for fans to experience The Jam’s astonishing live shows, with a 14-date ‘farewell’ tour announced for late November and December. The centrepiece was a five-night stand at Wembley Arena, the 10,000-capacity shed next to the London football stadium (the recording here is from the second date), the biggest live venue in the capital.
    Packaged in mini, lift-off lid box this set includes a separate hard-back book and individual gatefold wallets for the discs, as well as new essay, period photos and rare memorabilia. All audio has been remastered at Abbey Road.

    Disc One
    Live at the 100 Club – 11th September 1977
    1. I’ve Changed My Address
    2. Carnaby Street
    3. The Modern World
    4. Time For Truth
    5. So Sad About Us
    6. London Girl
    7. In The Street Today
    8. Standards
    9. All Around The World
    10. London Traffic
    11. Heat Wave
    12. Sweet Soul Music
    13. Bricks And Mortar
    14. In The City
    15. Art School
    16. Back In My Arms Again
    17. Slow Down
    18. In The Midnight Hour
    19. Sounds From The Street
    20. Takin’ My Love
    21. In The City (encore)

    Disc Two
    Live at the Music Machine 2nd March 1978
    1. The Modern World
    2. London Traffic
    3. I Need You
    4. The Combine
    5. Aunties And Uncles
    6. Standards
    7. Here Comes The Weekend
    8. Sounds From The Street
    9. News Of The World
    10. London Girl
    11. In The Street Today
    12. Bricks And Mortar
    13. In The Midnight Hour
    14. Carnaby Street
    15. All Around The World
    16. Slow Down
    17. News Of The World (Sound-check – bonus track)

    Disc Three
    Live at Reading University – 16th February 1979
    1. The Modern World
    2. Sounds From The Street
    3. Away From The Numbers
    4. All Mod Cons To Be Someone
    5. It’s Too Bad
    6. Mr Clean
    7. Billy Hunt
    8. In The Street Today
    9. Standards
    10. Tonight At Noon
    11. Down In The Tube Station At Midnight
    12. News Of The World
    13. Here Comes The Weekend
    14. Bricks And Mortar / Batman
    15. The Place I Love
    16. David Watts
    17. Heat Wave
    18. ‘A’ Bomb In Wardour Street

    Disc Four
    Live at Newcastle City Hall – 28th October 1980
    1. Intro
    2. Dreamtime
    3. Thick As Thieves
    4. Boy about Town
    5. Monday
    6. Going Underground
    7. Pretty Green
    8. Man In The Corner Shop
    9. Set The House Ablaze
    10. Private Hell
    11. Liza Radley
    12. Dreams Of Children
    13. The Modern World
    14. Little Boy Soldiers
    15. But I’m Different Now
    16. Start!
    17. Scrape Away
    18. Strange Town
    19. When You’re Young
    20. The Eton Rifles
    21. Billy Hunt
    22. Down In The Tube Station At Midnight
    23. To Be Someone
    24. ‘A’ Bomb In Wardour Street
    25. David Watts

    Disc Five
    Live at Hammersmith Palais – 14th December 1981
    1. The Gift / Down In The Tube Station At Midnight
    2. Man In The Corner Shop
    3. Ghosts
    4. Absolute Beginners
    5. Town Called Malice
    6. Set The House Ablaze
    7. That’s Entertainment / Tales From The River Bank
    8. Precious
    9. Happy Together
    10. In The Crowd / David Watts
    11. Boy About Town
    12. Pretty Green
    13. Funeral Pyre
    14. Circus
    15. Going Underground
    16. Big Bird
    17. Little Boy Soldiers

    Disc Six
    Live at Wembley Arena – 2nd December 1982
    1. Start!
    2. It’s Too Bad
    3. Beat Surrender
    4. Away From The Numbers
    5. Ghosts
    6. In The Crowd
    7. Boy About Town
    8. Get Yourself Together
    9. All Mod Cons
    10. To Be Someone
    11. Smithers-Jones
    12. The Great Depression
    13. Precious
    14. Move On Up
    15. When You’re Young
    16. David Watts
    17. Private Hell
    18. Down In The Tube Station At Midnight
    19. Mr Clean
    20. Trans-Global Express
    21. Going Underground
    22. The Butterfly Collector
    23. Dreams Of Children
    24. The Gift

  22. Gary says:

    This list of gigs looks like this will be one the most exciting releases from The Jam in a long while. I hope the 100 Club gig is the same mix and quality as the Modern World B-Side tracks already released in 1977. That mix is so much better than the radio broadcast bootleg, there’s some real clever ‘stereo’ type mixing where the guitars, drums and crowd noise fill the whole stereo field rather than sounding flat and mono. It’s also much better than the mix of ‘In The City’ released on ‘Dig The New Breed’ which I believe is from the same gig.

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  24. Sal says:

    I agree with you Gary with the stereo mix.
    I imagine it’ll be Paul + Vocals slightly to one side of speaker, Bruce + Vocals slightly to the other side with drums in the centre. You might get different cymbals on left and right speaker depending on how the gig was miked up.
    There’s a few bootlegs that sound mono until you hear the audience in stereo. There’s more scope with the later gigs when Trumpets and Keyboards were added.

  25. Paul says:

    Looking forward to this set, but a couple of things really grate – firstly the price which, considering there are no ‘extra goodies’ is insanity … SO Expensive! Secondly, a vinyl set should be available. Thirdly, most fans would already own the 77 100 Club, and the 82 Wembley gigs. I have both on bootleg and they are really amazing quality already. Surely someone would have realised this when they were compiling the gigs? Give us something ‘really’ special – How about the last gig in Brighton as the 82 choice. Not the best gig, but certainly one of the most significant.

  26. Adey says:

    Cdjapan are only charging £50 for the japan version!

  27. Stan Butler says:

    Is this a different Lenny from the Lennie that started all the hoohah the last time?

  28. Charles says:

    So is your skill at trolling. Oh, and no one asked. Go find a Jam forum to terrorize.

  29. spacedust says:

    of course not, best punk/mod band ever! (yes even better than the clash, ramones and many others)

  30. emstini says:

    True, but not quite as much as your critical abilities are.

    By you.

  31. thegreatelephant says:

    yeah, it’s the same gutless troll.

  32. John says:

    Thanks for sharing Freddy.

  33. Mark Story says:

    No way!

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