SDEtv / The Jam: Fire and Skill


In this video unboxing, SDE Editor Paul Sinclair takes a look at the forthcoming The Jam Fire and Skill six-CD box set.

Fire and Skill is released on 30 October 2015. It can currently be ordered from Amazon Germany for £48.




Disc: 1 – Live at the 100 Club – 11th September 1977
1. I’ve Changed My Address
2. Carnaby Street
3. The Modern World
4. Time For Truth
5. So Sad About Us
6. London Girl
7. In The Street Today
8. Standards
9. All Around The World
10. London Traffic
11. Heat Wave
12. Sweet Soul Music
13. Bricks And Mortar
14. In The City
15. Art School
16. Back In My Arms Again
17. Slow Down
18. In The Midnight Hour
19. Sounds From The Street
20. Takin My Love
21. In The City (encore)

Disc: 2 – Live at the Music Machine 2nd March 1978
1. The Modern World
2. London Traffic
3. I Need You
4. The Combine
5. Aunties And Uncles
6. Standards
7. Here Comes The Weekend
8. Sounds From The Street
9. News Of The World
10. London Girl
11. In The Street Today
12. Bricks And Mortar
13. In The Midnight Hour
14. Carnaby Street
15. All Around The World
16. Slow Down
17. News Of The World (Sound-check bonus track)

Disc: 3 – Live at Reading University – 16th February 1979
1. The Modern World
2. Sounds From The Street
3. Away From The Numbers
4. All Mod Cons To Be Someone
5. It s Too Bad
6. Mr Clean
7. Billy Hunt
8. In The Street Today
9. Standards
10. Tonight At Noon
11. Down In The Tube Station At Midnight
12. News Of The World
13. Here Comes The Weekend
14. Bricks And Mortar / Batman
15. The Place I Love
16. David Watts
17. Heat Wave
18. A Bomb In Wardour Street

Disc: 4 – Live at Newcastle City Hall – 28th October 1980
1. Intro
2. Dreamtime
3. Thick As Thieves
4. Boy about Town
5. Monday
6. Going Underground
7. Pretty Green
8. Man In The Corner Shop
9. Set The House Ablaze
10. Private Hell
11. Liza Radley
12. Dreams Of Children
13. The Modern World
14. Little Boy Soldiers
15. But I m Different Now
16. Start!
17. Scrape Away
18. Strange Town
19. When You re Young
20. The Eton Rifles
21. Billy Hunt
22. Down In The Tube Station At Midnight
23. To Be Someone
24. A Bomb In Wardour Street
25. David Watts

Disc: 5 – Live at Hammersmith Palais – 14th December 1981
1. The Gift / Down In The Tube Station At Midnight
2. Man In The Corner Shop
3. Ghosts
4. Absolute Beginners
5. Town Called Malice
6. Set The House Ablaze
7. That s Entertainment / Tales From The River Bank
8. Precious
9. Happy Together
10. In The Crowd / David Watts
11. Boy About Town
12. Pretty Green
13. Funeral Pyre
14. Circus
15. Going Underground
16. Big Bird
17. Little Boy Soldiers

Disc: 6 – Live at Wembley Arena – 2nd December 1982
1. Start!
2. It s Too Bad
3. Beat Surrender
4. Away From The Numbers
5. Ghosts
6. In The Crowd
7. Boy About Town
8. Get Yourself Together
9. All Mod Cons
10. To Be Someone
11. Smithers-Jones
12. The Great Depression
13. Precious
14. Move On Up
15. When You re Young
16. David Watts
17. Private Hell
18. ‘Down In The Tube Station At Midnight’
19. ‘Mr Clean’
20. ‘Trans-Global Express’
21. ‘Going Underground’
22. ‘The Butterfly Collector’
23. ‘Dreams Of Children’
24. ‘The Gift’



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This is a perfect companion to the Direction Reaction Creation Box Set, The Complete Jam DVD set and the current proper album Deluxe Editions. Bravo to Mr. Weller for allowing this to be released as we Jam / Weller fans can never get enough! Thank you for another video unboxing as well Paul, they are great!!


Currently £42 including postage to UK from amazon.de


Before i order, can anyone please confirm that the wembley 1982 disc is definitely not the same as the one in the setting sons boxset?


I took advantage of the amazon.fr offer as well but I’m getting the impression that they have cancelled my order and issued me a refund instead….I don’t know for sure as I can’t read French but the e-mail I received from amazon.fr didn’t look good to me.


Yep…..checked my account this evening cash refunded….no Jam box set…..wont bother wasting my time using Amazon again.


Is the box withdrawn .. strange situation .. anyone else got the box last week ??



This will have to drop substantially before it gets my money. Almost £10 per disc for live stuff? You must be joking!


James, after 35 years we get a nice box, book with great pictures, some extra’s … and above all .. 6 Complete Concerts .. never released before ..
and the sound is Great & Authentic .. maybe this helps to enjoy the music


[…] would still be left with a 5CD+DVD set – a six disc set for less than £50. The Jam‘s new Fire and Skill box is six-CDs for about £60. The forthcoming Simple Minds Once Upon A Time box set is a 5CD+DVD […]


YES YES amazon really learned from the past damaged parcel issues ..
Fire & Skill came in with a very big strong double box parcel .. in pristine condition .. and …. the sound quality of the concerts is soo fantastic .. so clear .. maybe next wishes for a box of “Style Council” live shows

I hope you all have a great JAM weekend (65 euro incl. postage)

E Machin

Richard, which Amazon did you get yours from France or Germany?


i had my copy ordered same day it was announced here on SDE for 65,00 on amazon france

E Machin

Thanks Richard, good to know the packaging was up to the job for the journey.


Thanks Paul. Can`t wait ordered from Amazon Fr.


Paul, I was watching this (fantastic) video when my wife, from two rooms away, called out “Is that your dealer’s voice I’m hearing?” She’s onto me! A few minutes later, as she was passing my office, she stopped long enough to arch an eyebrow and say “Oh, honey, I’m shocked… Your pants are still on.”


Paul thanks for the video i can’t wait to run my tubes hot with these cd’s and even for 65 euro i don’t think its expensive it looks great



Forgot to mention Paul that I do enjoy these unwrapping videos.


Time to put the central heating on Paul!

Good vid – I like The Jam but not enough for this unfortunately.


very stylish I thought, when I saw the screen grab
I just assumed it was an ‘homage to mr weller and cool mod style ;)
great vid Paul. will deffo be getting this


Ordered my copy, via the SDE link, from Amazon.fr, taking advantage of their ‘one day only’ 10 Euro discount offer. Worked out at 59 Euro, with p+p to the UK, that’s around £43.
Thanks Paul, really looking forward to this!


Hi Paul. Would be cool to see a tour of your music collection. I think a lot of people would enjoy that.


Yes I would like that very much, along with a Bowie CD box unwrapping video (hint hint)
As with The Jam fans on here I am going to wait and hope for a big price reduction on the Bowie box. I figure that I have bought so many versions of those albums over the years that I deserve to get it at a good price to justify buying them again.

Simon F

Great that you have got a copy of this Paul. I was ready to order but strange things are going on though; the Amazon UK price has shot up from £56 to £67 in the last couple of days, whilst the pre-order button at Universal Store is nowhere to be found and it’s not avablible at all at HMV. Is all well within the Jam/Universal camp or and will this see the light of day on Friday or not?


With patience, Setting Sons SDE and The Gift SDE could be had for around 35 quid each

I will sit quietly in Detroit (or at Wembley on Sunday) and watch amazon.co.uk and the Great Offer Store.


Since you have the box in your hands, it would be interesting to know how it sounds!… the quality of the recordings for the different sets, the sound… now that would be useful!


Cheers Paul, looking forward to getting this on Friday. £10 a disc for mostly unreleased material is a fair price to me.
It’s the Setting Sons Box Set which seemed over-priced for what you got.

Adam shaw

Nice video Paul.
I am tempted as I was at the Wembley gig but think I will see if the price drops .