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Direction Reaction Creation [Box]

  • 0. 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 Dancing
    11. Time For Truth
    12. Bricks and Mortar
    13. All Around the World
    14. Carnaby Street
    15. Modern World, The
    16. London Traffic
    17. Standards
    18. Life From a Window
    19. Combine
    20. Don't Tell Them You're Sane
    21. In the Street Today
    22. London Girl
    23. I Need You (For Someone)
    24. Here Comes the Weekend
    25. Tonight at Noon
    26. In the Midnight Hour
    0. DISC 2:
    1. News of the World
    2. Aunties and Uncles (Impulsive Youths)
    3. Innocent Man
    4. David Watts
    5. Bomb in Wardour Street, A
    6. Down in the Tube Station
    7. So Sad About Us
    8. Night, The
    9. All Mod Cons
    10. To Be Someone (Didn't We Have a Nice Time)
    11. Mr. Clean
    12. English Rose
    13. In the Crowd
    14. Billy Hunt
    15. It's Too Bad
    16. Fly
    17. Place I Love, The
    18. Strange Town
    19. Butterfly Collector, The
    20. When You're Young
    21. Smithers-Jones
    22. Eton Rifles, The
    23. See-Saw
    0. DISC 3:
    1. Girl on the Phone
    2. Thick as Thieves
    3. Private Hell
    4. Little Boy Soldier
    5. Wasteland
    6. Burning Sky
    7. Smithers-Jones
    8. Saturday's Kids
    9. Heat Wave
    10. Going Underground
    11. Dreams of Children, The
    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
    0. DISC 4:
    1. Funeral Pyre
    2. Disguises
    3. Absolute Beginners
    4. Tales From the Riverbank
    5. Town Called Malice
    6. Precious - (12" version)
    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. Planner's Dream Goes Wrong
    14. Carnation
    15. Gift, The
    16. Great Depression
    17. Bitterest Pill, The (I Ever Had to Swallow)
    18. Pity Poor Alfie-Fever
    19. Bear Surrender
    20. Shopping
    21. Move on Up
    22. Stoned Out of My Mind
    23. War
    0. 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. It's Too Bad
    8. To Be Someone (Didn't We Have a Nice Time)
    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 - (swing version)
    21. Bitterest Pill (I Ever Had to Swallow)
    22. Solid Bond in Your Heart, A
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 537 143

  • Credits

    Over five CDs, the box set DIRECTION REACTION CREATION showcases the career of mod revivalists The Jam.
    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. ~ Chris Woodstra

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