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Fly On The Wall: B Sides and Rarities
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
on 14 August 2003
At last!
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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 16 December 2012
The amazon review by some hack is utter tosh ..this collection of classic covers b sides and rare gems is weller in a period of time when he was incredibly prolific and an artist on the very top of his game. so prolific he could throw some of this material onto b sides when it could so easily sit skde by side on any album of the 3 albums around this period. Classic material nicely packaged. Buy it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 17 March 2014
FLY ON THE WALL.
If You didn't purchase the singles etc you should probaby lget this, it also contains some rare-ish tracks.
Some nice stuff on here,not a bad selection a good spread,some fans may own a lot of these tracks already ?
If not ,buy it now.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 22 February 2015
Can't believe these gems had past me by
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon 24 May 2006
The fly on the wall mini-box is a compilation b-sides and rare songs from Weller. It has some really satisfying moments, specially the live songs and covers were my favorites; but also some very good b-side recordings with a nice and warm feeling that could easily be included on a very good album.

The only thing I didn't enjoy much was the remixes and some of the instrumentals, but in a box like this there's always this element of unpredictability.

The set still has some nice gems (fly on the wall; a cover of Sexy Sadie & don't let me down ... and a lot more) ... listen to the third disc definitely worth getting a hold of, the best of the set!

Let the music play!
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 29 August 2006
Lets gets the flaws out of the way.

Jazz-funk is a much maligned form and when delivered by the likes of Lonnie Liston-Smith then fair enough. When done by Paul Weller aided by Brendan Lynch and Jacko Peake it can become tedious. And there are a few of those knocking around here that are slightly self-indulgent.

The rest is quite simply quality.

Tracks like "Fly On The Wall" and "It's A New Day Baby" bustle with energy and style.

The covers on here seem to work too, far better than on 2004's patchy covers album. Maybe it's because they are fresher and more random. Check Weller's beautiful cover of Ben Harper's "Waiting On An Angel."

An interesting collection on the whole.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 18 January 2014
My husband is a MASSIVE Paul Weller fans and it's hard to find him albums he hasn't got when it comes to birthdays and Christmas. This is one of those rare ones that hadn't made his collection yet and he LOVES it!! it spans the whole Weller career ( I get educated by the husband as we listen to it, like a running commentary!) from early Jam era, to Style Council type stuff. Weird ones where he was trying to find his sound, and more classic stuff. It's constantly on in the car and I am now a Weller fan to because of it, he's a talented artist. :)
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6 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 29 August 2003
A very disappointing collection of B-sides etc. Discs 1 and 2 contain the Paul Weller originals and to be honest, only about half of these songs should ever have been allowed to see the light of day. The remix of Kosmos on Disc 1 is, quite frankly, atrocious ! The instrumental tracks (which could almost have filled a disc themselves) are all well and good for a serious collector, and indeed some of them are enjoyable, but after a few minutes of each the skip button comes in very handy. I have no complaints with the original songs - these could all have made the respective albums - but the instrumentals and remixes are pretty uninteresting.
The final CD however is well worth the money though. Aside from the plodding version of Neil Young's Ohio there songs are given a great treatment. I'd Rather Go Blind is, in my opinion, better than the original and Sexy Sadie is a joy.
This collection would have been much better as a double CD with the instrumentals and remixes removed and the "songs" and cover versions left.
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 22 April 2004
I'll agree with the spirit of the reviews here, the set is a little patchyand indulgent. Weller has, quite frankly, been treading the same groundfor a little too long now. His (in my opinion best) work with The Jam grewas he grew in maturity and success and each album was an improvement onthe last in many ways. The Style Council experiment produced results thatwhilst not to my taste, did allow him to explore new ground that theframework of The Jam procluded.
Solo Weller has always been a mix of the two and somehow always ended upsounding rather a lot like Traffic and The Small Faces. These b sides dohave a range that the solo studio albums seem to miss a little. Wildwoodworked as an album but the other albums seem to be based around a singlesound or idea, this compilation for all it's flightiness and indulgencedoes avoid that. It's not an essential purchase by any means but it iscertainly a different Weller to that which has recorded solo for the lastdecade or so. If you've heard most of these tracks and want to collatethem then this is great, if you've heard some of them and have a few bobspare then you could do worse.
The mix of Kosmos is still one of my favourite tracks by anyone ever anddoesn't sound like an explosion in an amusement arcade as indicatedelswhere. It's a massive slice of orgasmic mixing at it's best, all 7minutes of it. Think cruising through 70's cop film San Francisco listningto an instrumental Theme From Shaft on serious acid and you've got theidea.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 6 January 2015
great album perfect condition. very happy.
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