“I still feel it was our best record. There are loads of other things I like, but as an overall body work, I thought it was great. To me, it still sounds fresh.” Paul Weller – August 2010
Tellingly, when Weller came to record 2010’s Wake Up The Nation, it was Sound Affects that his collaborator and producer Simon Dine held up as a model.

“He referenced it right at the start,” says Weller. “That was the sort of sound he imagined we should be going for: hard, metallic, quite stripped-down… jagged.”

Sound Affects was originally released in November 1980 at a time when The Jam was considered the biggest band in Britain.

The album followed the band’s first number one single – Going Underground and features the group’s second UK number one single, Start! – a track built around almost exact copies of the bass-line and guitar solos from The Beatles’ Taxman (at the time Weller considered the album a cross between Off the Wall and Revolver!).
It includes many of the band’s classic songs – That’s Entertainment (written in a caravan in Selsey, after the pub), never released as a single in UK, the German import was a UK hit (subsequently covered by Morrissey), the political Man in the Corner Shop, Pretty Green (now inspiration for Liam Gallagher’s clothing range!), the pure-pop of Boy About Town and Dream Time.

It’s regarded by critics and fans (as well as Weller) as their most adventurous and experimental collection of material, drawing musical influences from the ‘post-punk’ groups of the late-70s – Wire, Gang Of Four and Joy Division as well as neo-psychedelic touches from The Beatles and The Zombies etc.

The Jam – Sound Affects 30th anniversary deluxe edition
Release date: November 1st 2010

Disc1 – Original album (remastered):
1. Pretty Green
2. Monday
3. But I’m Different Now
4. Set The House Ablaze
5. Start!
6. That’s Entertainment
7. Dream Time
8. Man In The Corner Shop
9. Music For The Last Couple
10. Boy About Town
11. Scrape Away

Disc 2 – Bonus tracks:
1. Start! (single version)
2. Liza Radley (b-side of Start!)
3. Dreams Of Children (b-side of Going Underground)
4. That’s Entertainment (alternate version from ‘Direction, Reaction, Creation’)
5. Pretty Green (‘demo with overdubs’ – previously unreleased)
6. Pop Art Poem (Jam fan club flexi-disc, from ‘Extras’)
7. Rain (demo from ‘Direction, Reaction, Creation’)
8. Boy About Town (demo – previously unreleased)
9. Dream Time (demo from ‘Direction, Reaction, Creation’)
10. Dead End Street (demo from ‘Direction, Reaction, Creation’
11. But I’m Different Now (demo from ‘Extras’)
12. Scrape Away (instrumental version – previously unreleased)
13. Start! (demo – previously unreleased)
14. Liza Radley (demo from ‘Extras’)
15. And Your Bird Can Sing (demo from ‘Extras’)
16. Monday (alternate version – previously unreleased)
17. Get Yourself Together (from ‘Extras’)
18. Set The House Ablaze (alternate ‘dub ending’ version – previously unreleased)
19. Boy About Town (alternate version – Jam fan club flexi from ‘Extras’)
20. No One In The World (demo from ‘Extras’)
21. ‘Instrumental’ (demo – previously unreleased)
22. Waterloo Sunset (demo – previously unreleased)

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