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)