On November 19, the UK will release a 30th Anniversary four-disc Super Deluxe Edition of The Jam’s classic The Gift (1982).  (Thirty bloody years??!!)

The Jam’s last album, which featured the massive hit, “Town Called Malice”, and other genuine classic tracks like “Ghost”, “Carnation”, and the title track closer, “The Gift”, was an extraordinary work despite its changes.  From the opening track of “Happy Together” to the album’s hit (“Town Called Malice”), the last tune, The Gift shone with a different kind of light.

The album brought about the demise of the band, largely due to musical direction differences.  Nevermind the soulful sound of Foxton’s contribution, “Circus”.

The Gift will be celebrated with the album remastered, a collection of B-sides, rarities, and live recordings on the CDs, along with a DVD of promo clips and live performances.  The 30th Anniversary set will include a super anticipated 72-page hardback book with plenty of photos, magazine pieces, an extensive essay, an interview with Weller, memorabilia, along with a set of postcards, and a replicated 1982 tour program.

The four discs will be stored in wallets and housed in a box featuring the original striped bag style cover.  The contents of the discs are as follows:

Disc One: Remastered Album plus 10 singles and their B-sides during this period!

Disc Two: Bonus tracks with fifteen demos and alternate tracks, thirteen previously unreleased.  All tracks here have been remastered.

Disc Three: Live at Wembley, December 1982 featuring the previously unreleased, and completely remastered live set with 23 songs.

Disc Four (DVD): Features promo clips of “Town Called Malice”, “Precious”, and “The Bitterest Pill”, along with nine live performance tracks from a Birmingham show from the Trans-Global Unity Express Tour., a DAnish TV Special appearance, and “Town Called Malice”, and “”Precious” from a 1982 Top of the Pops appearance.

It’s pretty complete.

Jam fans, take notice and be ready to pounce.

By MARowe

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