The first of the really big hits.

Released on 8 July 1977, it climbed all the way to #13 in the UK singles charts which was a ridiculously good performance for just the second 45 from the band.  The single came out as the band were in the middle of their first ever British headlining tour which took in 36 dates between 7 June and 24 July.

mp3 : The Jam – All Around The World
mp3 : The Jam – Carnaby Street

It would go onto be re-released as a 7″ single by Polydor Records on two more occasions – in 1980 and 1983  hitting #43 and #38 respectively.

Three additional recordings on offer today. The first being a very heavy bass-led version from the band’s second session for John Peel recorded on 19 July 1977 and broadcast six days later:-

mp3 : The Jam – All Around The World (Peel Session)

The second is the taken from the same session:-

mp3 : The Jam – Carnaby Street (Peel Session)

Then there’s a frantic and energetic live version that closed a gig at the Paris Theatre in London recorded for the BBC series Sight and Sound:-

mp3 : The Jam – All Around The World (live)


2 thoughts on “THE JAM SINGLES (2)

  1. The single version sounds a little…claustrophobic is probably the word I’m looking for. I really enjoyed the Peel session and live version though. Perhaps it’s just over familiarity. I hardly remembered ‘Carnaby Street’ at all.

  2. I love the tension in All Around The World. It’s not as immediate as In The City, but it was successful in marrying “Modisms” with Punk, creating a pretty singular sound. Weller was continuing to flex his opinions in the lyrics as well.
    I think Carnaby Street is one of Foxton’s best efforts and fit in well with Weller’s songs.

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