This is by far the best thing i have heard for a very long time, i have followed Paul Weller since his early days and i am still surprised and amazed at his depth and quality, this CD captures it all, the atmosphere the quality of both his voice and musical talents, dont wait just buy it...
Paul Weller is one of those eternally young, classy statesmen whom one always feels rather jealous of. These 39 tracks are proof that he can do little wrong. Of course, his own classics are treated to both bare-boned reworkings for different BBC sessions as well as sharp-dressed, exciting concerts. But it's the covers that really are the taste-treat here.Check out the bluesy Corrina,Corrina, his take on Canadian Gordon Lightfoot's folk classic Early Morning Rain, the cooly raw Pretty Flamingo, and concert treasures What's Goin' On and Walk On Gilded Splinters. Wellr finds ways to possess these songs so they rise way above mere imitation. Both discs are set up chronolgically as they should be. If you're meeting him for the first time, you'll be enchanted, and longtime fans will find enough mouth-watering treats to keep them in the candy-store until the last song.
The time span covered here gives valuable and rare insight on how Weller picked himself up from the dip at the end of The Style Council days. Always an artist to exude supreme confidence, you can pick up little fragments of him feeling his way back in and then you get it full on. If you're new and interested in getting to know the artist; if you've followed him since TOTP appearance and that Heinz apron or, indeed, at any point through his immense career - this is indispensable. Re-Mastering excellent. Oh, and the packaging is not bad either!
I was so glad to play this again and again. There are great versions of Science and "Up in Suzee's room". Also CD3 is all live, with an early 1990s acid jazz concert, featuring 7 great songs (including Style Council masterpieces "My ever changing moods," "A Man of Great Promise" and "Speak like a child", late Jam song "Pity Poor Alfie" , cover of "Just like Yesterday" and great version of "Work to do" as well as perhaps the best recording ever of Paul's greatest song "Kosmos." That song alone sells it for me. This is a thoroughly enjoyable collection, even if you're not a Weller fan.
...excellent set,sadly I missed the limited 4cd box,didn't know just how limited it was,until it'd gone,but I'm completely happy with this 2cd set,and can't really see how the other could've really bettered it.First rate,and then some.
Good mix of tracks , some versions I had not heard before. These BBC sessions are always woth buying , I think that one's opinion on this one will depend on liking the balance of tracks from his different phases -Style Council, Solo or covers. Well worth a listen but wheras I was expecting it to be great it is merely very good !
4 CDs just full of Weller magic. Something for every mood. The first two CDs are outakes from guest spots on radio shows, the third and fourth are from BBC concert out takes. I just love the way the recordings are faithful to the moment and bring home the joy of "performance". Paul Weller is a consumate performer, his best recordings are his live recordings. You get really close to him on these tracks. Wonderful.