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Absolutely dreadful - but it isn't Paul's fault!
on 22 February 2002
As I'm sure most Weller fans will agree, the Jools Holland special which was broadcast just before this album was released was absolutely magical, and not only was Paul playing and singing with real passion and energy, it was clear the acoustic format really gave his songs a wonderful new dimension.
With appetite suitably wetted I rushed out to pick up this album but was absolutely astounded when I put it on. This must surely rate as one of the poorest live albums ever, and it's fast become the worst release Paul has ever put out! Whoever was in charge of the production or mix should be locked in a room with nothing but Steps Greatest Hits on repeat as punishment!
The mix is just dreadful and as a result the sound is thick and muddy! Rather than replicating the atmosphere the Jools set so easily created this album just becomes an endurance test, as one song after another grinds along. It's clear Paul is playing well throughout, but what could have been a really specially release has been utterly ruined but somebody who clearly hadn't cleaned their ears out in quite some time, or perhaps had never even sat behind a mixing desk before!
Sorry, but even as a massive Paul fan I say avoid at all costs!