Joe Jackson - I'm The Man [LP] (180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl, gatefold) - UrbanVinylStore

Joe Jackson - I'm The Man [LP] (180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl, gatefold)

New-Wave Classics: ''It's Different for Girls,'' ''On Your Radio,'' ''I'm the Man,'' and ''Kinda Kute''

''Great tunes, edgy vocal performances, and cutting lyrics.'' - Ultimate Classic Rock

Astonishingly released within months of Jackson's 1979 debut album Look Sharp!, I'm the Man is another tight and inspired set of power-pop that features some of Jackson's best and most timeless tunes. Many of the songs here like ''On Your Radio,'' ''Kinda Kute,'' and the title track ''I'm the Man'' fall right in line with the punchy guitar riffs and pounding bass that made Look Sharp! such a driving force. In fact, this was the last album Jackson would make in this new-wave vein for over 20 years. Jackson followed I'm the Man with only one more album featuring the tight ensemble featured here- Graham Maby (bass), Gary Sanford (guitar) and Tony Houghton (drums)- and creatively restless soul that he is didn't return to this brand of power pop until reuniting that lineup for 2003's underrated Volume 4. I doubt it was possible to listen to I'm the Man in 1979, and predict the subsequent ska-inspired Beat Crazy or 1982's ode to jazz, Night and Day. But we do hear the songwriter growing into his powers with ''It's Different for Girls,'' one of his strongest and most lyrically perceptive songs, and one with decades of staying power; one of Jackson's great live set pieces today is a solo piano arrangement of that song that's as arresting as the original in some ways. Jackson would famously broaden his influences in later albums and his catalog is nothing if not diverse. While Jackson's greatest commercial success was Night and Day, Look Sharp! and I'm the Man are new-wave classics that improve with every listen!

Mastering Notes:

I'm the Man is sourced from the best analog tape currently available, a beautifully preserved ?'' ''safety copy'' of the original stereo master. When mastering this LP we compared what we were getting off the tape to an original A&M UK LP. While great sounding overall, the original LP is of course a very edgy sounding New Wave, post-punk record with a brashness that borders on being outright bright sounding. Where the aggressive top -end energy is concerned, the tapes showed no discenible age! We were able to maintain that grungy edge, but also restore the driving bass lines and bottom-end foundation that were on these tapes. The result is the best-sounding I'm the Man anyone's ever heard, with all the drive and pop of the original UK release, but with superb tonal balance, imaging and clarity. The definitive issue of this iconic New Wave classic!

Format: 180-Gram Single 33
Pressed at RTI
Jacket: Deluxe Old Style Single-Pocket Gatefold Printed By Stoughton on Heavy Blanks & Film-Laminated
Original Label: A&M
Original Release Date: 1979
100% Analog Mastering From Real Analog Tapes!
Mastered by Kevin Gray At Cohearent Audio


Side 1
1. On Your Radio
2. Geraldine and John
3. Kinda Kute
4. It's Different For Girls
5. I'm the Man

Side 2
1. The Band Wore Blue Shirts
2. Don't Wanna Be Like That
3. Amateur Hour
4. Get That Girl
5. Friday