The Jam – The Gift (Bag)


Including the paper bag, very hard to find

As good mods, the Jam always had a healthy respect for R&B and soul — even the first album featured the revved-up Northern soul of “Non-Stop Dancing.” With The Gift, however, Paul Weller seems to have become completely absorbed in it, and more specifically, in Stax-style soul with more than a hint of psychedelia à la “Psychedelic Shack.” An uneven album marked by overindulgences like the instrumental “Circus” and unnecessarily long songs, The Gift still has no shortage of terrific songs, like the simply sublime “Ghost,” “Town Called Malice” (the hit), and the funk workout of “Precious.” Weller can obviously do “soulful” — his voice has never sounded better — but unfortunately, The Gift, with its excesses and marginal tracks, doesn’t show his talents in the proper light. Points for ambition, but ultimately, this is their least consistent effort since This Is the Modern World.

1 in stock


Polydor Records ‎– POLD 5055 Stereo Vinyl LP 1982

Side 1.

1. Happy Together 2:52

2. Ghosts 2:11

3. Precious 4:14

4. Just Who Is The Five O’Clock Hero? 2:18

5. “Trans-Global Express”
Keyboards – Pete Wilson

Side 2.

1. Running On The Spot 3:07

2. Circus

3. The Planners Dream Goes Wrong 2:19

4. Carnation 3:27

5. Town Called Malice 2:58

6. The Gift
Keyboards – Pete Wilson

Design, Art Direction – Paul Weller
Engineer – Brian Robson, Dave Woolley
Mastered By – ARUN
Photography By – Twink
Producer – Peter Wilson
Written-By – Paul Weller

Additional information

Weight 5 kg
Cover Condition

Mint, Like New

LP Condition

Mint, Like New