(2015) About The Young Idea: The Very Best Of The Jam

The Jam

... read moreA companion compilation to the museum exhibit About the Young Idea that ran at the Somerset House in the summer of 2015, this double-disc set covers familiar territory: all the hits and all the album tracks that regularly show up on Jam collections through the years. This has a couple of rarities –...

02:24′:38″ 47 Songs

Disk 1

1
In The City (Radio Ad)
The Jam
0:33
2
In The City
The Jam
2:20
3
Art School
The Jam
2:02
4
Away From The Numbers
The Jam
3:59
5
Takin' My Love (Demo)
The Jam
2:24
6
All Around The World
The Jam
2:23
7
The Modern World
The Jam
2:32
8
In The Street Today
The Jam
1:32
9
News Of The World
The Jam
3:27
10
David Watts (Radio Edit)
The Jam
2:56
11
Down In The Tube Station At Midnight
The Jam
4:43
12
Billy Hunt
The Jam
3:01
13
To Be Someone (Didn't We Have A Nice Time)
The Jam
2:30
14
English Rose
The Jam
2:51
15
In The Crowd
The Jam
5:40
16
'A' Bomb In Wardour Street
The Jam
2:38
17
Strange Town
The Jam
3:48
18
The Butterfly Collector
The Jam
3:05
19
When You're Young
The Jam
3:12
20
Smithers-Jones (Single Version)
The Jam
2:57
21
The Eton Rifles
The Jam
3:59
22
Thick As Thieves
The Jam
3:40
23
Private Hell
The Jam
3:51
24
Saturday's Kids
The Jam
2:53
25
Burning Sky (Demo Version)
The Jam
3:39

Disk 2

1
Going Underground
The Jam
2:53
2
The Dreams Of Children
The Jam
3:02
3
Start!
The Jam
2:27
4
Liza Radley
The Jam
2:29
5
Pretty Green
The Jam
2:38
6
Monday
The Jam
2:59
7
That's Entertainment
The Jam
3:34
8
Man In The Corner Shop
The Jam
3:13
9
Boy About Town
The Jam
1:59
10
Funeral Pyre
The Jam
3:28
11
Absolute Beginners
The Jam
2:49
12
Tales From The Riverbank
The Jam
3:34
13
Town Called Malice
The Jam
2:55
14
Precious (Extended Version)
The Jam
5:54
15
Ghosts
The Jam
2:10
16
Just Who Is The 5 O'clock Hero?
The Jam
2:12
17
Carnation
The Jam
3:26
18
The Bitterest Pill (I Ever Had To Swallow)
The Jam
3:33
19
Beat Surrender
The Jam
3:28
20
Move On Up
The Jam
3:49
21
Shopping
The Jam
3:23
22
Pop Art Poem
The Jam
2:08
Released 22 June 2015, This Compilation ℗ 2015 Polydor Ltd. (UK)

Review

A companion compilation to the museum exhibit About the Young Idea that ran at the Somerset House in the summer of 2015, this double-disc set covers familiar territory: all the hits and all the album tracks that regularly show up on Jam collections through the years. This has a couple of rarities –- a radio ad for "In the City," the flexi-disc release "Pop Art Poem," demos of "The Burning Sky" and "Takin' My Love" (the latter previously unreleased) -- but they're buried underneath the march from "In the City" to "Beat Surrender," a journey that's enjoyable whenever it's taken, but most Jam fans will have a similar voyage somewhere in their collection. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine