Fire And Skill The Jam six-CD live boxset includeds six previously unreleased concerts – one from each year of the band’s major-label career. The first disc features an early gig at London s famous 100 Club from 1977, 10 months after they first played the venue in November 1976. This was recorded for broadcast for American radio ahead of the trio’s inaugural visit to US in October 1977 for a six-date tour.
CD 2 holds a 1978 show at north London’s Music Machine venue (now KOKO) featuring most of second album This Is The Modern World, while the next disc
CD 3 boasts audio from Reading University, February 1979 which concentrates on the next album, the acclaimed All Mod Cons.
CD 4 A trip up north for the fourth CD of Fire and Skill finds us in Newcastle City Hall October 1980. It was 20 months after the Reading show and in that time Setting Sons had been released and the band had enjoyed a top five hit with Eton Rifles and a number one single with Going Underground. Sound Affects was a month away from release.
CD 5 sees The Jam previewing material from their final album The Gift at Hammersmith Palais December in 1981. The four shows on consecutive nights took the form of a 1960s soul revue, showcasing new acts including Bananarama, Department S and TV21.
CD 6 Wembley Arena – 1982 completes the box . The band had announced they were splitting up and a 14-date farewell tour announced for late November and December of that year. This recording is the second night of a five night stand.
This new box set comes in a lift-off lid box and includes a separate hardcover book, and individual gatefold wallets for the discs, as well as new essay, period photos and rare memorabilia. All audio has been remastered at Abbey Road.
Fire and Skill is due for released on 30 October 2015