I’m assuming that all regular readers will be aware of The Jam and so I’m not going to insult anyone’s intelligence by doing any potted history or bios. Instead, I’m going to use this new series as a way of giving myself a bit of an occasional rest by simply re-producing the sleeve, posting up the tracks and offering small bits of trivia and the occasional alternative version.
The debut single was released on 29 April 1977 and reached #40 in the singles charts, the first of 18 successive chart hits for the band.
It would go onto be re-released as a 7″ single by Polydor Records on three more occasions – in 1980, 1983 and 2002, hitting #40,, #47 and #36 respectively, meaning that its best chart performance was a full 25 years after its initial release.
mp3 : The Jam – In The City
mp3 : The Jam – Takin’ My Love
A live version, recorded at the 100 Club in London on 11 September 1977 was later made available on the live LP Dig The New Breed:-
mp3 : The Jam – In The City (live)
Two other versions on offer today. The first is an alternative mix (possibly a demo) released as part of the Direction, Reaction Creation box set:-
mp3 : The Jam – In The City (version)
And finally, from a session recorded for John Peel on 26 April 1977 and broadcast six days later:-
mp3 : The Jam – In The City (Peel Session)