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Essential listening from the Modfather
on 14 August 2003
All those B-Sides collected in one place for your listening pleasure. I managed to track down a copy of More Wood the Japanese release just last year (after much searching) and here are some of the best of the tracks on a UK release along with countless other titbits.
My personal favorites are 'Shoot the Dove', 'Bang Bang', 'Black Sheep Boy', and 'Instant Karma'; the last of these rocks with an energy of which Lennon would be justly proud. The cover of Dylan's 'I shall be released' is a joy of understatement, acoustic guitar underpinned by light dobro work.
This body of work spans many years but is fresh and bright as the day it was recorded, though anyone who has read this far is probably a Weller fan too so I'll be preaching to the converted. This is a great document of a star maturing and growing in confidence, the rawness of the voice gains in maturity and the growl just gets better. The attitudes remain from the Jam days but with perhaps, a more reflective side as befits one of the elder statesmen of the modern music movement (there aren't that many who were there when Weller started who still have the same influence or fan base).
Despite being someone who owns just about all of this already in various forms, it's worth owning again to have it in one place. One man, three discs, a lifetime of listening pleasure, ladies and gentlemen, Mr Paul Weller.