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Sound Affects by The Jam

Sound Affects

by The Jam


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Barcode: 0602537459124
Format: Vinyl
Media: Mint (M)
Sleeve: Mint (M)

Sound Affects, released on 28 November 1980 by Polydor Records, stands as the fifth studio album by the renowned English rock band, the Jam. It holds the distinction of being the only album from the band co-produced by the members themselves. A unique feature of this album is the presence of the only track co-written by the entire band, “Music for the Last Couple.”

The cover art of the album is a clever homage to the design of Sound Effects records produced by the BBC during the 1970s.

Notably, the frontman of the Jam, Paul Weller, has expressed his view that Sound Affects ranks as the band’s finest album.

In terms of musical influences, Sound Affects draws inspiration from post-punk groups like Wire, Gang of Four, and Joy Division. This influence is particularly evident in the drumming style of Rick Buckler, with shades of Michael Jackson’s “Off the Wall.” Paul Weller openly acknowledges the significant influence of the Beatles’ “Revolver” on the album’s content. In fact, he once described the album as a cross between “Off the Wall” and “Revolver.”

A standout track, “Start!”, ingeniously incorporates a bassline closely resembling that of the Beatles’ “Taxman,” the opening track on “Revolver.” It even pays homage to the original’s guitar solo. “Pretty Green” introduces a funky bassline and rhythm coupled with melodic guitar breaks and psychedelic sound effects. Interestingly, this track is the sole recording by the Jam that includes sitar lines, although they are somewhat subtle in the mix. “That’s Entertainment” offers an acoustic ballad, while “Boy About Town” and “Dream Time” incorporate horns. The instrumental track, “Music For The Last Couple,” evokes similarities to David Bowie’s “Low” album.

The back cover of the album features an excerpt from Percy Bysshe Shelley’s poem “The Masque of Anarchy.”

Upon its release, Sound Affects enjoyed significant success, selling over 100,000 copies and spending an impressive 19 weeks on the UK Albums Chart, eventually climbing to the number two spot in late 1980. In the United States, it charted for 11 weeks on the Billboard 200, reaching its peak at number 72 in February 1981.

One of the album’s highlights is the group’s second UK number one single, “Start!” Interestingly, there was some debate about the choice of the first single release. While Polydor pushed for “Pretty Green,” Paul Weller insisted on “Start!” To make the decision, Weller consulted a select group of friends who had been part of the recording sessions at the Town House and prior demo recordings at Polydor Studios. Ultimately, “Start!” was chosen and proved to be a wise decision when it soared to the top of the British singles charts in its third week, entering at number three.

A1 Pretty Green
A2 Monday
A3 But I'm Different Now
A4 Set The House Ablaze
A5 Start!
A6 That's Entertainment
B1 Dream Time
B2 Man In The Corner Shop
B3 Music For The Last Couple
B4 Boy About Town
B5 Scrape Away
Catalogue No.: 3745912
Barcode: 0602537459124
Genre: Rock
Style: Mod
Label: Polydor
Released: 2014
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, Limited Edition, Reissue, Remastered, 180g

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