In the City (The Jam album)

In the City is the debut studio album by British mod revival band the Jam. Released in 1977 upon Polydor Records, the album reached No. 20 in the UK Albums Chart.[1]

In the City
The Jam - In the City.jpg
Studio album by
Released20 May 1977
RecordedMarch 1977
StudioStratford Place, London, W1
The Jam chronology
In the City
This Is the Modern World
Singles from In the City
  1. "In the City"
    Released: 29 April 1977

The album features the band's debut single and title track "In the City".[2][3] In addition, the album includes two cover versions, "Slow Down"[4] and the theme to the 1960s television series, Batman, the latter of which had also been previously covered by The Who, The Kinks and Link Wray.[5]

Critical receptionEdit

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic     [6]
Christgau's Record GuideA–[7]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music     [8]
Q     [10]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide     [11]
Spin Alternative Record Guide8/10[12]
The Village VoiceA−[13]

Upon the album's release, In the City received all-round positive reviews. Phil McNeil from the NME stated Weller's songwriting "captures that entire teen frustration vibe with the melodic grace and dynamic aplomb of early Kinks and Who". Brian Harrigan of Melody Maker 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 Record Mirror, 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.[14]

Track listingEdit

All tracks are written by Paul Weller, unless otherwise noted..

Side one
1."Art School"2:02
2."I've Changed My Address"3:31
3."Slow Down" (Larry Williams)2:39
4."I Got By in Time"2:07
5."Away from the Numbers"4:03
6."Batman Theme" (Neal Hefti)1:31
Side two
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


The Jam
  • Bill Smith – art direction, design
  • Martyn Goddard – front cover photography


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  14. ^ Paul Weller: Sounds From the Studio ISBN 978-1-911-34639-5