The Jam / Fire and Skill: box details

Fire And Skill the forthcoming Jam six-CD live boxset will include six previously unreleased concerts – one from each year of the band’s major-label career.

The first disc features an early gig at London s famous 100 Club from 1977, 10 months after they first played the venue in November 1976. This was recorded for broadcast for American radio ahead of the trio’s inaugural visit to US in October 1977 for a six-date tour.

CD 2 holds a 1978 show at north London’s Music Machine venue (now KOKO) featuring most of second album This Is The Modern World, while the next disc boasts audio from Reading University, February 1979 which concentrates on the next album, the acclaimed All Mod Cons.

A trip up north for the fourth CD of Fire and Skill finds us in Newcastle City Hall October 1980. It was 20 months after the Reading show and in that time Setting Sons had been released and the band had enjoyed a top five hit with Eton Rifles and a number one single with Going Underground. Sound Affects was a month away from release.

The fifth disc sees The Jam previewing material from their final album The Gift at Hammersmith Palais December in 1981. The four shows on consecutive nights took the form of a 1960s soul revue, showcasing new acts including Bananarama, Department S and TV21.

Wembley Arena – 1982 completes the box . The band had announced they were splitting up and a 14-date farewell tour announced for late November and December of that year. This recording is the second night of a five night stand.

This new box set comes in a lift-off lid box and includes a separate hardcover 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.

Fire and Skill is due for released on 30 October 2015




Disc: 1 – 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: 2 – 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: 3 – 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: 4 – 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: 5 – 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: 6 – 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’

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