Live At The Bbc

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Review Text Universal's 2009 At the BBC double-disc set rounds up radio sessions recorded between 1979 and 1983 -- the peak years of the Joe Jackson Band, a period bookended by his Look Sharp! debut and his most popular album, Night and Day. The two discs are set up so they open with an earlier show and then close with a later one: the first has a Peel Session from 1979, then an 11-song set at the Hammersmith Odeon from 1982, while the second disc has a ten-song show from the Hatfield Polytechnic in 1980 and seven songs from Hitchin's Regal Theatre in 1983. This gives each disc a similar feel, with each opening up with a tight, nervy, exhilarating set that gives way to a more sophisticated set. Naturally, sophisticated is a bit of a relative term -- Jackson had yet to fully delve into his jazz obsessions but they were certainly flowering via Night and Day, and that can be heard on the 1982 and 1983 sets, in the songs from Night and Day and in how "Is She Really Going Out with Him?" is given an a cappella, doo wop arrangement. Even then, what impresses throughout At the BBC is the unbridled, palpable energy. This is vigorous, exciting music, better proof of the band's greatness as a live act than the quite good Live 1980/86 collection and one of the better punk/new wave live sets available. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

Track Listing

CD: 1

  1. 1. One More Time - 3:05
  2. 2. Got the Time - 3:57
  3. 3. Fools in Love - 5:40
  4. 4. I'm the Man - 4:04
  5. 5. Look Sharp! - 4:12
  6. 6. Cancer - 7:06
  7. 7. Real Men - 4:25
  8. 8. Breaking Us in Two - 5:13
  9. 9. Fools in Love - 8:54
  10. 10. Chinatown - 5:54
  11. 11. Target - 2:44
  12. 12. T.V. Age - 5:03
  13. 13. It's Different for Girls - 4:15
  14. 14. Tuxedo Junction - 6:53
  15. 15. Steppin' Out - 5:44
  16. 16. Sunday Papers [Rock Goes To College: Joe Jackson (2) 14/01/1980]
  17. 17. One More Time [Rock Goes To College: Joe Jackson (2) 14/01/1980]
  18. 18. Friday [Rock Goes To College: Joe Jackson (2) 14/01/1980]
  19. 19. It's Different For Girls [Rock Goes To College: Joe Jackson (2) 14/01/1980]
  20. 20. Don't Wanna Be Like That [Rock Goes To College: Joe Jackson (2) 14/01/1980]
  21. 21. Happy Loving Couples [Rock Goes To College: Joe Jackson (2) 14/01/1980]
  22. 22. I'm the Man [Rock Goes To College: Joe Jackson (2) 14/01/1980]
  23. 23. Got the Time [Rock Goes To College: Joe Jackson (2) 14/01/1980]
  24. 24. Is She Really Going Out With Him? [Rock Goes To College: Joe Jackson (2) 14/01/1980]
  25. 25. Come On [Rock Goes To College: Joe Jackson (2) 14/01/1980]
  26. 26. On Your Radio [Sight and Sound In Concert: Joe Jackson (2) 22/01/1983]
  27. 27. Another World [Sight and Sound In Concert: Joe Jackson (2) 22/01/1983]
  28. 28. Sunday Papers [Sight and Sound In Concert: Joe Jackson (2) 22/01/1983]
  29. 29. 2look Sharp! [Sight and Sound In Concert: Joe Jackson (2) 22/01/1983]
  30. 30. Is She Really Going Out With Him? [Sight and Sound In Concert: Joe Jackson (2) 22/01/1983]
  31. 31. Steppin' Out [Sight and Sound In Concert: Joe Jackson (2) 22/01/1983]
  32. 32. Slow Song [Sight and Sound In Concert: Joe Jackson (2) 22/01/1983]

CD: 2

  1. 33. Sunday Papers - 5:22
  2. 34. One More Time - 3:51
  3. 35. Friday - 4:50
  4. 36. It's Different for Girls - 4:41
  5. 37. Don't Wanna Be Like That - 4:36
  6. 38. Happy Loving Couples - 4:24
  7. 39. I'm the Man - 4:28
  8. 40. Got the Time - 3:21
  9. 41. Is She Really Going Out with Him? - 5:10
  10. 42. Come On - 3:29
  11. 43. On Your Radio - 5:05
  12. 44. Another World - 5:51
  13. 45. Sunday Papers - 5:26
  14. 46. Look Sharp! - 4:27
  15. 47. Is She Really Going Out with Him? - 4:20
  16. 48. Steppin' Out - 5:51
  17. 49. Slow Song - 9:30

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4/28/09 

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