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Jam Sessions contains Best Buy-exclusive songs

The song list for Ubisoft's Jam Sessions has been revealed, and it's pleasant enough to be worth checking out when you get tired of randomly making noises. There are some great selections, like "The Man Who Sold the World" and Bob Marley's "No Woman No Cry" as well as a lot of stuff that we're too old and lame to know anything about. There are a few songs like Beck's fantastic "Jack-ass" that don't seem to have that much guitar in them, which leads us to question their appropriateness for this game. On the other hand, it's (sheet music providing instructions for playing) a Beck song in a video game. That's awesome.

We also have to wonder how Ubisoft decided to categorize covers by artist: for example, "Life Is A Highway" on the card is billed as the Rascal Flatts version rather than the original Tom Cochrane version, and the aforementioned "The Man Who Sold the World" is billed as Nirvana and not David Bowie, despite the guitar arrangements being identical in both cases and therefore indistinguishable. Oh, right, marketing. We should learn not to think too deeply about these things.

Speaking of marketing, Ubisoft is including a bonus that is either awesome or infuriating, depending on your proximity to a Best Buy. Three exclusive songs will be on copies of the game sold at Best Buy, including Jimi Hendrix's "Wild Thing" (what were we just saying about the covers?). GameStop shoppers will get a preorder bonus that doesn't require a separate pressing of the game: a free subscription to Spin magazine. The full song list is available after the break.
  • Amy Winehouse - "You Know I'm No Good"
  • Avril Lavigne - "I'm With You"
  • Beck - "Jackass"
  • Blind Melon - "No Rain"
  • Bob Marley - "No Woman No Cry"
  • Bob Dylan - "Like A Rolling Stone"
  • Cheap Trick - "Surrender"
  • Coldplay - "Yellow"
  • Death Cab for Cutie - "I Will Follow You Into the Dark"
  • Jackson 5 - "Never Can Say Goodbye"
  • James Taylor - "How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You)"
  • Janis Joplin - "Me and Bobby McGee"
  • Johnny Cash - "I Forgot More Than You'll Ever Know"
  • Marvin Gaye - "What's Going On?"
  • Nirvana - "The Man Who Sold the World"
  • Rascal Flatts - "Life is a Highway"
  • The Fray - "Over My Head"
Best Buy exclusive songs:
  • Brad Paisley - "I'm Gonna Miss Her"
  • Jimi Hendrix - "Wild Thing"
  • Tom Petty - "Needles and Pins"

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8-22-2007 @ 10:59AM

Jack said...

Typically, store-exclusive console extra content bonuses do not require a separate pressing; they're nothing more than codes for unlocking content which is on the disc no matter where you buy the game. These codes are typically posted on gaming sites such as gamefaqs as soon as the game is available, if not sooner.


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8-22-2007 @ 11:12AM

mortiis said...

This looks pretty bad, to say the least. Maybe the Japanese version will have j rock songs, and I can live out my dream of being lady boy jamming along with An Cafe.


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8-22-2007 @ 11:21AM

Trogdor said...

Well, considering I've only ever listened to (and liked) Jimi Hendrix, David Bowie, and Nirvana on that entire list of songs, I doubt I'll get it. I'll just get GH III or Rock Band.


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JC Fletcher4

8-22-2007 @ 11:44AM

JC Fletcher said...

Guys, Jam Sessions just has directions for playing these songs. It's not a rhythm game. You can ignore the song list entirely.


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8-22-2007 @ 12:15PM

Eyerone said...

yeah people. these are just the preloaded songs w/ sheet music. the actual potential for songs is unlimited.

and oh yeah, this games gonna be atleast 2992929393 times better than GH.


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8-22-2007 @ 1:46PM

flamingsquirrel said...

people still don't understand that this is just the sheet music list...
I mean, you could go online, and get sheet music for any song, and play that. Or make up your own song, etc. I'm definitely getting this


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8-22-2007 @ 2:33PM

idioteraser said...

"Maybe the Japanese version will have j rock songs, and I can live out my dream of being lady boy jamming along with An Cafe."

That just goes to show you know nothing about the Japanese game Jam Sessions was based on. The Japanese game had no songs in it you just did your thing. Jam Sessions is drastically an improvement over the M-08.


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German S.8

8-22-2007 @ 3:35PM

German S. said...

dudes, i can't wait for this to hit.
these non-games coming out seem like a lot of fun.


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Omega X09

8-22-2007 @ 4:36PM

Omega X0 said...


It really seems like you are the one who knows nothing about the Japanese version. First, It's called M-06 not M-08 and if you actually played it, you would know there are some songs on there...


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Tom V10

8-23-2007 @ 4:42PM

Tom V said...

Wait...that's all of the songs?!


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8-24-2007 @ 5:34AM

jesus_bon_jovi said...

hahahah thats sad the songs are just a list of text chords with midi/sampled guitar playback you'd think they would throw in a few more songs.. although then they would have to pay roaylties/licensing just for a list of chords... you could always just check out a guitar tabs site.. but yeah less than 20 songs? thats the sad state of things


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9-12-2007 @ 7:26PM

jadenguy said...

the code is The Code while in free play, guys.

also, 20 songs is just the kind of stuff a how-to 101 guitar book would probably contain. although you'd hope for maybe DLC albeit impossible in the current implementation. but hey, at least you can write your own songs!


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10-15-2007 @ 11:47PM

alex said...

where is sublime santaria?


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