Setting Sons is a 1979 album by British band The Jam, their fourth since their debut in 1977. It reached No. 4 in the UK Albums Chart, continuing the commercial (and critical) favour that had begun with their previous album All Mod Cons.
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.
All songs published by And Son Music except 'Heatwave' Jobette Music Ltd. Original sound recording made by Polydor Ltd. . Matrix, Runout (Side A): POLD 5028 A//1▼ESTR 1 3 2, STRAWBERRY. Matrix, Runout (Side B): POLD 5028 B//4▼ESTR 1 6 1, STRAWBERRY.
Following two successful and critically acclaimed non-LP singles, "Strange Town" and "When You're Young", the band released "The Eton Rifles" in advance of their new album. It became their first top 10, rising to No. 3 on the UK charts. After The Jam split, Weller and Foxton reportedly did not speak to one another for 20 years. However, in June 2006, it was reported that Weller and Foxton met backstage at The Who's Hyde Park concert, and a ten-minute conversation ended with an embrace. Foxton claimed that the two became friends again in 2009 and this led to them. In May 2010, Weller and Foxton appeared together on stage for the first time in 28 years at The Albert Hall in London.
However, ‘Setting Sons’ is a great album in album context and quality, and there are no skip-able tracks present at all. The record is mainly a testament to Paul Weller’s growing songwriting confidence, as inspired by his current reading, he aimed for the ‘dreaded’ concept album. Weller’s concept was of three schoolhood friends growing up together, but parting ways as their political views force them apart – one goes hard right-wing, one goes hard left-wing and one remains neutral. The main problem with Weller’s idea lay in his perennial writer’s block, and he hadn’t written enough songs covering the concept to spread across both sides of vinyl.
Band Name The Jam. Album Name Setting Sons.
Artist: The Jam Album: Setting Sons Release: 1979. labelSetting Sons (Musical Album) labelPaul Weller (Musical Artist) labelBruce Foxton (Musical Artist) labelMod Revival (Musical Genre) labelPunk Rock (Musical Genre) labelRock Music (Musical Genre) labelThe Jam (Musical Group) labelAlternative Rock (Musical Genre). One of my all time favourite albums. The Jam at their very best. 2 months ago. Great days. The only album that my dorm at boarding school could agree to listen to whilst going to sleep in 1980. Still sounds good now, although my choices ("Chairs Missing", "Grotesque" and "Unknown Pleasures") were better.
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Girl On The Phone
Thick As Thieves
Little Boy Soldiers
Written-By – Bruce Foxton
The Eton Rifles
Written-By – Holland•Dozier•Holland*
Artwork By [Art Direction & Design]
Artwork By [Back Cover Illustration]
Robin P. Richards, 5th Column Print & Design
Artwork By [Inner Sleeve Illustration]
Robin P. Richards
Cello, Drums [Timpani], Recorder
The Jam Philharmonic Orchestra
Alan Douglas ,
Photography [Back Cover]
Photography [Front Cover, Inner Sleeve]
Alan Douglas ,
Paul Weller (tracks: A1 to B1, B3, B4)
Unembossed sleeve with the tracklisting printed on the back cover. At the top right of the front sleeve it has a print "Limited edition - special price". Other than that, the artwork is completely indentical to the previous pressings, including center labels and printed inner sleeve.
The first pressings of this album with the embossed sleeve had no tracklisting printed on the back sleeve. Instead a transparent sticker with the information was used.
Arranged By [Strings] – Pete Solley*Written-By – Bruce Foxton
The Eton Rifles
Written-By – Brian Holland/Lamont Dozier/Eddie Holland*
Phonographic Copyright (p)
Polydor Ltd. (UK)
Polydor Ltd. (UK)
Universal M & L, Germany
The Town House
3 Lions Design Associates
Design [Original Album Sleeve]
Photography By [Additional Photos]
Photography By [Original]
Sleeve [Sleeve Remixing]
Paul Weller (tracks: 1 to 6, 8, 9)
Released in a standard Jewel Case with clear tray. Includes a 4 panel (8-page) fold-out booklet printed in English. Featuring, extensive liner notes by Pat Gilbert, April 1997 photos, graphics and track list.
Made in Germany.
Polydor 537420-2 on spine; 537 420-2 on label and inner tray. 537420-2 MCPS BIEM PY 899 LCO309 on booklet.