is the debut studio album by British In the City mod revival band the Jam. Released in 1977 upon Polydor Records, the album reached No. 20 in the UK Albums Chart.
The album features the band's debut single and title track "
In the City".  In addition, the album includes two cover versions, "  Slow Down" and the theme to the 1960s television series,  , the latter of which had also been previously covered by Batman The Who, The Kinks and Link Wray.
Critical reception [ edit ]
Upon the album's release,
In the City received all-round positive reviews. Phil McNeil from the stated Weller's songwriting "captures that entire teen frustration vibe with the melodic grace and dynamic aplomb of early NME Kinks and Who". Brian Harrigan of was equally impressed, proclaiming that "Weller composed songs are anything but an embarrassment, he has a deft touch that places his material on a much higher plateau". In the Melody Maker , Barry Cain opined: "Armed and extremely dangerous The Jam stalk the decrepit grooves. If you don't like them, hard luck they're gonna be around for a long time. It's been a long time since albums actually reflected pre-20 delusions and this one does".
Weller's guitar style on the album is influenced by
Pete Townshend and Wilko Johnson.
 Track listing [ edit ]
All tracks written by
Paul Weller, unless otherwise noted..
1. " In the City" 2:19 2. "Sounds from the Street" 3:14 3. "Non-Stop Dancing" 2:28 4. "Time for Truth" 3:10 5. "Takin' My Love" 2:15 6. "Bricks and Mortar" 2:37 Total length: 32:02
Personnel [ edit ]
Bill Smith – art direction, design
Martyn Goddard – front cover photography
References [ edit ]
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Erlewine, Stephen Thomas (20 October 2017). "The Jam: In the City / This Is the Modern World / The Polydor Demos: February 1977 / Live 1977 + John Peel Sessions". Pitchfork . Retrieved . 20 October 2017
"The Jam: In the City". (190): 138. May 2002. Q
Sheffield, Rob (2004). "The Jam". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian. . The New Rolling Stone Album Guide Simon & Schuster. pp. 416–17. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.
Weisbard, Eric; Marks, Craig, eds. (1995). . Spin Alternative Record Guide Vintage Books. ISBN 0-679-75574-8.
Christgau, Robert (5 September 1977). "Christgau's Consumer Guide". The Village Voice . Retrieved . 27 February 2012 Posted in a revised version at "The Jam: . RobertChristgau.com In the City" . Retrieved . 11 May 2009
Paul Weller: Sounds From the Studio ISBN 978-1-911-34639-5