Because it doesn’t peel the paint like In the City and All Mod Cons, and it doesn’t supply wall-to-wall classics like Sound Affects, The Gift tends to get marginalized. Without a doubt The Jam’s most electrifying days did lay in the past. The road ahead was a path of maturity Paul Weller preferred to travel with his more far-out soul ensemble The Style Council. However, The Gift is a terrific album, heavier of beat and lighter of heart (musically, if not lyrically) than The Jam of old.
The super deluxe edition of The Gift gives a true and complete picture of The Jam in their final year, and despite what some naysayers say, they went out on top.
(This box set also features a DVD of live, TV, and promo clips that was not included with the review package I received. Oh well, the audio discs are still great).
Get The Gift Super Deluxe Edition at Amazon.com here.