Joe Jackson 1979 Double LP Bundle – Intervention Records

Joe Jackson 1979 Double LP Bundle


Original Release Date: 1979
Original Label: A&M Records

  • Bundle Featuring Intervention's Joe Jackson Look Sharp! and I'm The Man 180G LPs!
  • 100% Analog Mastering From Real Analog Tapes
  • Mastered by Kevin Gray At CoHEARent Audio
  • Ultra-Quiet 180-Gram Vinyl Pressed At RTI
  • Beautifully Restored "Old-Style" Album Art Printed By Stoughton

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New-Wave Classics: "Is She Really Going Out With Him," "Sunday Papers," "It's Different for Girls"

Look Sharp! 100 Best Debut Albums of All Time- Rolling Stone

Astonishingly released within months of each other, Jackson's 1979 debut album Look Sharp! and I'm the Man are tight and inspired sets of power-pop that feature some of Jackson’s best and most timeless tunes. Radio classics from these two albums include, "Is She Really Going Out With Him?," "Sunday Papers," “On Your Radio,” “Kinda Kute,” and “It's Different For Girls.” Remarkably, 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). Jackson is creatively a restless soul that didn’t return to this brand of power pop until reuniting that lineup for 2003’s underrated Volume 4. It's doubtful one could have listened to I’m the Man in 1979 and predicted 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 this song.

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

Look Sharp! and I'm the Man are sourced from the best-sounding analog tapes currently available, beautifully preserved ½” “safety copies” of the original stereo masters. We were able to maintain the grungy "New Wave" edge of the original LPs, but also restore the driving bass lines and bottom-end foundation on these tapes. The result is the best-sounding versions of Look Sharp! and I'm the Man anyone's ever heard, with all the drive and pop of the original UK releases, but with superb tonal balance, imaging and clarity. The definitive issues of these iconic New Wave classics!

The (Re)Discover Series

You know those songs that come up on the radio when you’re driving and you crank up the volume to 11 and sing your lungs out? That’s the spirit of what Intervention’s (Re)Discover Series is all about! Taking these FM classics and presenting them in "like you’ve never heard it before" sound quality so you can get that same blast of energy and excitement on your hi-fi at home. The hallmark of this series will be 100% analog mastering from real analog tapes. Combining superior master sources with the truly full-range mastering chain at Cohearent Audio and RTI’s dead quiet vinyl pressing means that you’ll hear these FM staples with power, majesty and musical detail like it’s the first time. (Re)Discover these sonic treasures with us!