Direction Reaction Creation is the ultimate Jam
package, offering 117 tracks over five discs -- essentially the band's
complete studio recordings. With a strict adherence to chronological
order, the box presents each single followed by its B-side(s) (six of
which appear on CD for the first time, including the brilliant "See
Saw"), followed by the proper album tracks -- oddly, though, the album
versions of the singles are chosen in most places. Unfortunately, this
approach sometimes disrupts the flow of the albums, especially in the
case of All Mod Cons, which loses three tracks to the treatment, and Setting Sons,
which loses "Eton Rifles" to a separate disc. This is a small point for
purists to debate -- the difference is really unnoticeable in light of
the truly great music found on the discs.
In addition to the regular
studio tracks, disc five offers over an hour of studio demos -- 22
previously unreleased tracks of considerably different takes of
better-known material, a few never-before-heard Weller and Foxton
originals, and some interesting covers like "Rain," "Dead End Street,"
and "Every Little Bit Hurts." The Jam, simply put, were one the finest bands in rock & roll history, and Direction Reaction Creation offers the proof, showing both their remarkably rapid growth and their incredible consistency.(excerpt, allmusic.com)
I want post this 5 disc collection in the next days. Today i begin with disc 5. Nothing extraordinary to say about it except (In addition to the regular
studio tracks, disc five offers over an hour of studio demos); Like all the other discs from this compilation extraordinary great. One of the ten finest british bands in rock'n'roll history in my opinion. Hope you will enjoy!
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During the mid-'60s, Ronnie Bird was the only French artist to successfully emulate the sounds of the British Invasion across the channel. Bird
was one of the few French singers with a facility for singing rock
& roll in French without sounding strained or embarrassing.
first few discs were crafted with the help of expatriate guitarist Mickey Baker, the same Mickey Baker who was half of Mickey & Sylvia and responsible for great session work on numerous rock and R&B songs in the '50s. Baker played on Bird's discs and actually wrote a few tracks with him, although most of Bird's records were French covers of songs by British giants like the Stones, the Who, the Pretty Things, and the Hollies. For a time, Bird's band included guitarist Mick Jones, who went on to fame with Foreigner in the '70s.
Although extremely derivative of the tougher side of the British Invasion, Bird's
covers and originals were respectably hard-driving and well-executed.
Dabbling in soul and psychedelia at times as the '60s progressed, Bird eased out of the music business and emigrated to New York in the '70s.(allmusic.com)
This guy was a very talented performer and musician. I love his kind of mod style rock'n'roll. I prefer a little bit more his later works but nearly all of what i know from this guy is very good. Hope you will enjoy it, too.
The Motels' third album All 4 One
finds the group working the fine line between mainstream arena-rock and
quirky new wave pop. Their roots lie in the sleek, polished Californian
hard rock that dominated late-'70s and early-'80s album-oriented radio,
but All Four One has a shiny new wave production, complete with
keyboards and processed guitars.
Still, it plays like arena rock,
especially since Martha Davis
oversings each track, but its best moments -- "Take the L" (out of
lover and it's over) and the single "Only the Lonely" -- are
embarrassingly catchy guilty pleasures that make the album an
entertaining nostalgia piece. [One Way's CD reissue is even more
attractive, since it adds the group's two other big singles, "Suddenly
Last Summer" and "Shame," as bonus tracks.]
Little Robbers, the follow-up to the Motels' commercial breakthrough All 4 One,
is nearly as consistent as its predecessor, finding the perfect balance
between mainstream rock conventions and quirky new wave flourishes.
Again, the singles are the best parts of the record, with the hazy
"Suddenly Last Summer" deservedly reaching the Top Ten and "Remember the
Nights" being a fine AOR workout, but the remainder of the album
suffers from undistinguished material and a distinct lack of hooks.
I was never a big fan of the Motels but they had some very strong songs. And a good looking singer :-) .
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