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Jamme [Bonus Tracks]

  • 1. Poor Widow
    2. She Sits There
    3. Jan
    4. Strawberry Jam Man
    5. Richman
    6. My Old Lady
    7. Changes
    8. Empty Feelings
    9. Scarborough Rose
    10. Matthew O'Grady
    11. Thanks to the Man in the Rabbit Hat
    12. Changes [Alt. Version] - (alternate take)
    13. Strawberry Jam Man [Alt. Version] - (alternate take)
    14. Empty Feelings [Instrumental]
    15. What Makes the World Go 'Round [Demo]
    16. That Girl Has Got a Hold on Me [Demo]
    17. She Sits There [Mono 45] - (mono)
    18. Poor Widow [Mono 45] - (mono)
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): CRNOW 18

  • Credits

    Jamm's sole, self-titled album is rather like what you'd think a late-'60s album by a group with some British expatriates produced by John Phillips might sound like. There's a lot of influence from the lighter and poppier side of the Beatles, especially in the harmonies. But the Mamas & the Papas similarities can also be heard in the sunny California pop/rock tilt of some of the vocals and arrangements, and the folkiness to some of the guitar parts. It's an attractive combination, though not one that matches the work of the best Beatles-influenced pop/rock groups, as the songs aren't as outstanding and memorable. There's a slight tension between the pensive nature of the tunes and lyrics and the upbeat flavor of the harmonies and production that doesn't always work to the group's advantage, and more variety between the tracks would have helped. It's nonetheless an effort that might please fans of the milder side of power pop and/or the more forceful side of sunshine pop. The CD reissue on Now Sounds adds eight bonus tracks, and while some of these are alternate and mono versions, they also include a few demos of songs that didn't make the LP, one of which ("Thanks to the Man in the Rabbit Hat") might have made for one of the better selections. The packing of the CD reissue is spectacular, with a 24-page booklet of their surprisingly complex and intriguing story, including vintage photos and detailed memories by several bandmembers. ~ Richie Unterberger

  • Critic Reviews
    Record Collector (magazine) (p.84) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "There are later Beatles influences aplenty, and fine production values that serve as a stepping stone to 70s power-pop."
    Uncut (magazine) (p.94) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[They] were a sweetly psychedelic confection, all whimsical harmonies and unthreatening guitars..."
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