Thursday, November 24, 2016

The Jam: The Bitterest Pill (I Ever Had to Swallow) (1982)

I believe that this was the Jam's second-to-last single. It was, then, their penultimate single. The 7" version contains three tracks, while the 12" single (in some countries, including Canada) had five tracks, so maybe it's really a mini album or an EP.

Side One:

The Bitterest Pill (I Ever Had To Swallow)
The Great Depression

Side Two:

War (from Barrett Whitfield and Norman Strong)
Pity Poor Alfie
Fever (from Eddie Cooley and Otis Blackwell)

Fever has been covered by many people and I'm not really impressed with what The Jam did with it or with War, for that matter. I guess this is an OK release, but it's not fabulous.

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