Setting Sons

Setting Sons

by The JamThe Jam


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The Jam's Setting Sons was originally planned as a concept album about three childhood friends who, upon meeting after some time apart, discover the different directions in which they've grown apart. Only about half of the songs ended up following the concept due to a rushed recording schedule, but where they do, Paul Weller vividly depicts British life, male relationships, and coming to terms with entry into adulthood. Weller's observations of society are more pointed and pessimistic than ever, but at the same time, he's employed stronger melodies with a slicker production and comparatively fuller arrangements, even using heavy orchestration for a reworked version of Bruce Foxton's "Smithers-Jones." Setting Sons often reaches brilliance and stands among the Jam's best albums, but the inclusion of a number of throwaways and knockoffs (especially the out-of-place cover of "Heat Wave" which closes the album) mars an otherwise perfect album.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/20/1998
Label: Universal Int'l
UPC: 0731453742024
catalogNumber: 5374202
Rank: 43857

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jam   Primary Artist
Bruce Foxton   Bass,Vocals
Rick Buckler   Drums
Mick Talbot   Piano
Paul Weller   Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals
Steve Rudi   Saxophone
Rudi   Saxophone

Technical Credits

Jam   Producer
Lamont Dozier   Composer
Eddie Holland   Composer
Brian Holland   Composer
Paul Weller   Composer
Peter Solley   String Arrangements,String Score
Roger Wake   Remixing
Vic Coppersmith-Heaven   Arranger,Producer,Engineer,Remixing
Bill Smith   Art Direction,Cover Design,Original Sleeve Design
Simon Halfon   Sleeve Remix
Andrew Douglas   Cover Photo,Sleeve Photo
Dennis Munday   Reissue Coordinator
Pat Gilbert   Liner Notes
Bill Airey Smith   Art Direction
Alan Douglas   Engineer,Remixing

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