Music Matters - with John Murray

John Murray
John Murray

WE last saw Bruce Foxton in a barn near Ladybank (at Big Stooshie Festival) with From The Jam but on his new solo album Back In The Room (Basstone), it’s all him.

Well except that Paul Weller guests on three songs, which in a certain way gives the release more credibility, like a two thirds Jam but then again so was From The Jam but without the charismatic Weller, who after all was the main attraction.

The fact that the Style Council became a suitable vehicle and his solo work earned new fans nothing came close to ground breaking days of the Jam.

When Sir Bradley Wiggins ‘jammed’ on stage last week with Paul Weller it wasn’t ‘You Do Something To Me’ he was after it was ‘That’s Entertainment’.

Hence this is why followers of any related new music project would embrace this album and they won’t be disappointed.

‘Find My Way Home’ and ‘Coming On Strong’ could easily be Jam 2 and with additional support from legend Steve Cropper who excels on ‘Don’t Waste My Time’ there are many bright spots on here to savour and for fans a limited vinyl version will bring it all back.

Several special editions appeared in the shops and online in time for festive purchases including The Smashing Pumpkins 1995 double album Mellon Collie & The Infinite Sadness (EMI).

Now in multi formats this remastered set was their fourth album and follows last year’s series of reissues.

‘The Luxury Gap’ was the second album from Heaven 17 spawning three Top 20 singles including ‘Come Live With Me’ and ‘Temptation’. This Collector’s Edition has a bonus album of 12” mixes, a DVD of concert and promo videos and the artwork poster. Katie Melua rounded off the year with a Special Bonus Edition of her Secret Symphony (Dramatico) album. ‘Love Me Tender’ is just one of four additional tracks from the original release but a second CD has a full live show recorded in Berlin from July.

On here we get 21 tracks including ‘Nine Million Bicycles’ and her breakthrough hit ‘The Closest Thing To Crazy’.