Find the Torch, Burn the Plans CD+DVD, DVD Audio
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Paul Weller Live 2010 (CD DVD)
Thirty-two years on from putting together his first band, critical consensus of Paul Weller’s music continues to change as often as the seasons. An often misunderstood yet always uncompromising fixture of British rock, his last three studio albums have been spoken of with the sort of respect he last enjoyed with 1995’s Stanley Road.
The current thinking towards Weller is fond; only the unenlightened give kudos to the growly, cabbie-beloved pub-rocker myth his naysayers would tag him as. 2005’s As Is Now started the renaissance. The pastoral, psychedelic 22 Dreams was one of the strangest releases of 2008, while April’s Wake Up the Nation, saw him reunited on record with The Jam’s Bruce Foxton for the first time since 1982. Not that it suggested a man looking back.
That record, more than any other, showcased a sound that was laced with timeless punk fury, with adventurous Kevin Shields-assisted sound collage 7 & 3 Is the Strikers Name more visceral than the output of many his junior. His rant on the title-track of "get your face off the Facebook and turn off your phone" may have fleetingly made him sound all of his 52 years, but the energy of the piece was youthful, angry and alarming.
This live release, packaged with Julien Temple-directed documentary Find the Torch, Burn the Plans, splits its running time between a performance at the Royal Albert Hall and at the BBC Theatre from earlier this year. A divide runs down the middle of the material, too; it’s almost contrary that the Woking man has chosen to cap an experimental flourish with a live release that spends much of its running time pairing his more laboured compositions (Wild Wood, et al) with songs from the last three albums. But as a document of the modern Paul Weller, it couldn’t be more accurate.
Because what’s most notable about the release, more than the special guests (Richard Hawley, Lauren Prichard, Kelly Jones on a pair of Jam hits), is how comfortable the songwriter appears marrying his past and present. The challenging moments of his recent records rarely jar with the familiar Beat-indebted rock of yore, and what comes transpires sounds like a man enjoying, yet sporadically prodding his most recent reappraisal.
Who knows what’s next for a man with constant form for surprise, or how critical opinion will play out from here. But right here, right now, Paul Weller sounds like a man confidently assured of what it means to be Paul Weller right now.
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Top Customer Reviews
It features a double whammy of Paul's stellar performance at the Royal Albert Hall, featuring Kelly Jones of Stereophonics, live performances at the BBC Theatre, music promotional video for 7&3 (Is the strikers name) and a film directed by Julien Temple (Sex Pixtols, Glastonbury films)
This DVD is jam packed but the packaging and product description is somewhat of a pain. It lists twelve tracks at the RAH, when in reality there are far more songs played. The track listing for the gig goes roughly as follows:
From the floorboards up
Up the dosage
Shout to the top
You do something to me
One bright star
Erin rifles (w/ Kelly Jones)
That's entertainment (w/ Kelly Jones)
Fast car/slow traffic
Why walk, when you can run?
All on a misty morning
Brand new start
Pieces of a dream
Probably more songs but my memory fails me. There are nearer thirty songs played live rather than twelve and a few rare Jam and Style council numbers in there too, backed by a great band and a violin section.
I really enjoyed this DVD and would expect any other Weller fan to enjoy it too. If you are not too familiar with Paul's back catalogue this is an excellent starting point.
Many a young group should look at Weller and learn how to develop your craft as an artist as Live their is no one better
A superb film accompanies the Live concert and in my opinion this is one of the best DVD he has produced keep rocking
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The dvd and the cd included in the box set are both very good. Compared to other Paul Weller's live dvd and cd the playlists arte here quite unusual. Beautiful.Published 5 months ago by Federico F.
weller at his best and he knows his stuff a true icon of this era i watch it again and againPublished on 7 Nov. 2013 by michael powell
Weller at his best, Great value cd/dvd, just wish he would tour a bit more, just have to watch this again.Published on 12 Nov. 2012 by jcb17