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Direction Reaction Creation

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The Jam 3/9/1999

Review

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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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 In the City The Jam 2:21
  3. 2 Takin' My Love The Jam 2:16
  4. 3 Art School The Jam 2:2
  5. 4 I've Changed My Address The Jam 3:32
  6. 5 Slow Down The Jam 2:40
  7. 6 I Got by in Time The Jam 2:8
  8. 7 Away from the Numbers The Jam 4:4
  9. 8 Batman Theme The Jam 1:31
  10. 9 Sounds from the Street The Jam 3:15
  11. 10 Non-Stop Dancing The Jam 2:28
  12. 11 Time for Truth The Jam 3:11
  13. 12 Bricks and Mortar The Jam 2:37
  14. 13 All Around the World The Jam 2:20
  15. 14 Carnaby Street The Jam 2:24
  16. 15 The Modern World The Jam 2:32
  17. 16 London Traffic The Jam 1:51
  18. 17 Standards The Jam 2:30
  19. 18 Life from a Window The Jam 2:54
  20. 19 The Combine The Jam 2:22
  21. 20 Don't Tell Them You're Sane The Jam 3:42
  22. 21 In the Street Today The Jam 1:33
  23. 22 London Girl The Jam 2:42
  24. 23 I Need You (For Someone) The Jam 2:43
  25. 24 Here Comes the Weekend The Jam 3:31
  26. 25 Tonight at Noon The Jam 3:3
  27. 26 In the Midnight Hour [Cover] The Jam 1:57
  28. 1 News of the World The Jam 3:30
  29. 2 Aunties and Uncles (Impulsive Youths) [Previously Unreleased] The Jam 2:34
  30. 3 Innocent Man [Previously Unreleased] The Jam 4:18
  31. 4 David Watts The Jam 2:57
  32. 5 'A' Bomb in Wardour Street The Jam 2:39
  33. 6 Down in the Tube Station at Midnight The Jam 4:45
  34. 7 So Sad About Us [Cover] The Jam 2:38
  35. 8 The Night The Jam 1:47
  36. 9 All Mod Cons The Jam 1:20
  37. 10 To Be Someone (Didn't We Have a Nice Time) The Jam 2:30
  38. 11 Mr. Clean The Jam 3:29
  39. 12 English Rose The Jam 2:51
  40. 13 In the Crowd The Jam 5:41
  41. 14 Billy Hunt The Jam 3:2
  42. 15 It's Too Bad The Jam 2:37
  43. 16 Fly The Jam 3:21
  44. 17 The Place I Love The Jam 2:54
  45. 18 Strange Town The Jam 3:49
  46. 19 The Butterfly Collector The Jam 3:10
  47. 20 When You're Young The Jam 3:14
  48. 21 Smithers-Jones The Jam 3:2
  49. 22 The Eton Rifles The Jam 3:59
  50. 23 See-Saw The Jam 2:37
  51. 1 Girl on the Phone The Jam 2:57
  52. 2 Thick as Thieves The Jam 3:40
  53. 3 Private Hell The Jam 3:51
  54. 4 Little Boy Soldiers The Jam 3:33
  55. 5 Wasteland The Jam 2:52
  56. 6 Burning Sky The Jam 3:33
  57. 7 Smithers-Jones The Jam 3:1
  58. 8 Saturday's Kids The Jam 2:54
  59. 9 (Love Is Like A) Heat Wave [Cover] The Jam 2:24
  60. 10 Going Underground The Jam 2:56
  61. 11 The Dreams of Children The Jam 3:8
  62. 12 Start! The Jam 2:31
  63. 13 Liza Radley The Jam 2:33
  64. 14 Pretty Green The Jam 2:38
  65. 15 Monday The Jam 2:59
  66. 16 But I'm Different Now The Jam 1:52
  67. 17 Set the House Ablaze The Jam 5:2
  68. 18 That's Entertainment The Jam 3:35
  69. 19 Dream Time The Jam 3:54
  70. 20 Man in the Corner Shop The Jam 3:14
  71. 21 Music for the Last Couple The Jam 3:44
  72. 22 Boy About Town The Jam 2:0
  73. 23 Scrape Away The Jam 4:2
  74. 1 Funeral Pyre The Jam 3:31
  75. 2 Disguises [Cover] The Jam 3:18
  76. 3 Absolute Beginners The Jam 2:51
  77. 4 Tales from the Riverbank The Jam 3:35
  78. 5 Town Called Malice The Jam 2:55
  79. 6 Precious [Previously Unreleased][12" Version] The Jam 5:55
  80. 7 Happy Together The Jam 2:51
  81. 8 Ghosts The Jam 2:12
  82. 9 Just Who Is the 5 O'Clock Hero? The Jam 2:15
  83. 10 Trans-Global Express The Jam 4:0
  84. 11 Running on the Spot The Jam 3:7
  85. 12 Circus The Jam 2:11
  86. 13 The Planner's Dream Goes Wrong The Jam 2:20
  87. 14 Carnation The Jam 3:28
  88. 15 The Gift The Jam 3:8
  89. 16 The Great Depression The Jam 2:51
  90. 17 The Bitterest Pill (I Ever Had to Swallow) The Jam 3:35
  91. 18 Pity Poor Alfie/Fever [Cover] The Jam 4:40
  92. 19 Beat Surrender The Jam 3:27
  93. 20 Shopping The Jam 3:22
  94. 21 Move on Up [Cover] The Jam 3:54
  95. 22 Stoned Out of My Mind [Cover] The Jam 3:21
  96. 23 War! [Cover][Previously Unreleased] The Jam 2:45
  97. 1 In the City [Previously Unreleased] The Jam 2:24
  98. 2 Time for Truth [Previously Unreleased] The Jam 3:18
  99. 3 Sounds from the Street [Previously Unreleased] The Jam 3:19
  100. 4 So Sad About Us [Previously Unreleased][Cover] The Jam 2:42
  101. 5 Worlds Apart [Previously Unreleased] The Jam 1:55
  102. 6 Billy Hunt [Alternate Take][Alternative Version][Previously Unreleased] The Jam 2:59
  103. 7 It's Too Bad [Previously Unreleased] The Jam 2:28
  104. 8 To Be Someone (Didn't We Have a Nice Time) [Previously Unreleased] The Jam 2:26
  105. 9 David Watts [Previously Unreleased] The Jam 2:45
  106. 10 Best of Both Worlds [Previously Unreleased] The Jam 2:4
  107. 11 That's Entertainment [Previously Unreleased] The Jam 3:23
  108. 12 Rain [Previously Unreleased] The Jam 2:57
  109. 13 Dream Time [Previously Unreleased] The Jam 1:52
  110. 14 Dead End Street [Previously Unreleased] The Jam 3:15
  111. 15 Stand by Me [Previously Unreleased] The Jam 3:4
  112. 16 Every Little Bit Hurts [Previously Unreleased] The Jam 3:18
  113. 17 Tales from the Riverbank [Previously Unreleased][Alternate Version] The Jam 3:26
  114. 18 Walking in Heaven's Sunshine [Previously Unreleased] The Jam 2:5
  115. 19 Precious The Jam 2:31
  116. 20 Pity Poor Alfie [Previously Unreleased][Swing Version] The Jam 4:13
  117. 21 The Bitterest Pill (I Ever Had to Swallow) [Previously Unreleased][First Version] The Jam 3:18
  118. 22 A Solid Bond in Your Heart [Previously Unreleased] The Jam 3:26

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