Label: Polydor - POLD 5055 • Format: Vinyl LP, Album, Repress • Country: UK • Genre: Rock • Style: Mod
It was originally released on 12 March by Polydor as the follow-up to the Jam's critically and commercially successful album Sound Affects. The songs were largely recorded during toassisted by Peter Wilsonand is generally regarded as the culmination of the smoother sound of the band's later work. It was one of the band's most successful studio albums, reaching No.
After the album's release, the Jam disbanded. A 2-disc deluxe edition of The Gift was released Los Chinches - Fongoto mark the 30th anniversary of the album's release.
Funk bass lines and wah-wah guitar effects were often used throughout the album, along with jazz influences such as brass sections and saxophone solos most notably on the track " Precious " and "Trans-Global Express" which was based on the Northern Soul funk hit "So Is The Sun" by World Column, lifting the chorus and rhythm line in their entirety from that song.
Only two songs on the album exceed three and a half minutes. The biggest hit of the album was " Town Called Malice ". The song's title riffs on the novel " A Town Like Alice " whilst its lyrics lament disappearing aspects of stereotypical working class life in Margaret Thatcher's Britain. The message is not altogether negative though and the song stands as a potent rallying call to roll with the changes. One of the quintessential "state of the nation" songs in the band's catalogue it is still frequently performed by Weller in concert as a rousing finale to the set.
Unlike the earlier song "Mr. However, the character from "Mr. The riff of the title track was apparently inspired by "Don't Burst My Bubble", a song first recorded by Deri - Sekou Bembeya Diabate - Diata Faces in Weller himself was also discontented with contractual obligations Precious - The Jam - The Gift had begun feeling as if he were simply writing songs to order.
Nine months after the album's release, the band broke up, despite the LP reaching number one in the UK Album Chart upon release, during the band's 'Trans-Global Express Tour' to promote the album. The front cover of The Gift depicts the members of the band standing upon the roof of a building close to Oxford Street.
The posture of each individual is intended to replicate his being poised to run. Each member of the band had known the photographs would be separately tinted in the colours of red, amber, and green with the intention being to replicate the three stages of traffic lights. The original release of the album was on 12" vinyl, and initial copies came with a paper bag stating "The Jam A Gift". These copies are increasingly difficult to find, especially in good condition.
Other issues included the regular vinyl issue, the Japanese vinyl issue with a bonus lyric bookthe CD issue, the re-mastered issue, and a recently issued Japanese version in a mini-LP style sleeve. The Gift spent 25 weeks on the UK album charts, rising to No.
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