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The Jam

About the Young Idea DVD

Review by Gary Hill

For those like myself who were familiar with The Jam but never really dug deeply into their music and history, this is a particularly intriguing set. It tells the story of the group through interviews, footage and more. I’d say that probably someone like myself is the biggest target audience. At least the casual fans are the ones who will likely get the most out this. I mean, hardcore fans of most bands will find documentaries on their favorites lacking. In order to tell a story concise enough to hold the attention of the less than rabid fans, a lot of things must usually be skipped, or at least glossed over. Additionally, the rabid fans will already have seen or at least know about most of the historical documents and interviews. That makes them a hard audience to please. This is actually quite a strong documentary, I’d say. And, if that wasn’t enough, a second DVD is included with a Live at Rockpalast concert from 1980. This is definitely a quality product. It’s a great introduction to a cool band.

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