All You Need Is Love (Original)

The one which started it all. Released as a while label run of 500 copies only. The original version slightly differs from the later releases on “1987” and “Shag Times” as it uses the original MC5/Beatles samples during the intro which in turn obviously made it difficult to release the single properly.

We’re having real problems getting this record distributed. The Cartel won’t touch it. Everyone’s afraid because of the copyright thing, frightened EMI will prosecute over the Beatles snatch. I’m told that, legally, it’s the same as bootlegging.Bill Drummond

Just one month later its initial release lead to legal repercussions.

The threat of injunctions from a trio of majors has resulted in a swift halt to the distribution or repressing of [The JAMs’] critically salivated-over excercise in aural theft, ‘All You Need Is Love’.

So far around a half of the initial pressing of 1,000 singles has been mailed out to well-known subversives on the press, radio and club scene, with stray copies exchanging hands for up to £30 in under-the-counter deals. That makes official calls for any existing copies to be destroyed something of an expensive proposition.NME, 11 Apr 1987

Cauty and Drummond would subsequently remove the samples in question to release a clean but not entirely sample-free All You Need Is Love (106bpm) shortly thereafter.


The Jams overlay sweetly sung rhymes, inject funk action drum beats, splice in dirty metal guitar riffs, heavey breathing and some Clydebank rap, and then scratch it all to a seething terror ridden pulp.
James Brown, Sounds, 14 Mar 1987 (Single Of The Week)
James Brown
“All You Need Is Love” is the kind of flailing, unstable hip hop mess that The Beastie Boys used to specialize in pre-Def Jam, mashing MC5’s “Kick Out The Jams” up against Sam Fox’s “Touch Me”, and throwing in the synth squeal from The Osmonds’ “Crazy Horses” for good measure. Great stuff. Hysterical, in both senses of the word.
Unknown, 1987
Splicing heavy metal guitar thrashes with bass backbeats and carefully chose excerpts (Sam Fox, Beatles, MC5, Government Aids warning), these Scottish rappers have made a noise as hysterical as the situation they depict. Brilliant.
Unknown, 1987

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