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What a chance missed.....................
on 30 October 2006
For anyone who has revered Paul Weller as the supreme musical talent of a generation as I have done this is distinct disappointment. As the Amazon reviewer has pointed out this is PW's first full retrospective.However, it is unfortunate that whoever put this listing together seems to have used the Guiness Book of Hit Singles to decide what tracks should go onto this CD rather than listening to his music.
For the uninformed this might seem a good selection but it misses most of Weller's finest songs. Surely the first full retrospective should have been a celebration of his finest work not his most commercially successful. If I were to pick my favourite Weller top 30 only 10 of this selection would make it in there.
It virtually ignores the Jam's first three years as it does the Weller's first two solo Albums . Where are 'In The City', 'When You're Young', 'Strange Town', 'All Around the World' and 'A- Bomb In Wardour Street' let alone album tracks/ b-sides such as 'Away From The Numbers', 'In The Street Today', 'Art School', 'In The Crowd', 'Little Boy Soldiers', 'Dreams Of Children', Tales From The Riverbank', Butterfly Collector and so on.
I won't bore you with detailing the flaws in the Style Council and later selections but the same is true (Into Tomorrow, Above The Clouds, Kosmos, Shadow of The Sun etc etc all missing).
This should have been a double CD celebrating the greatest UK song writer of the last quarter of the 20th Century. Instead it is a typically shallow example of 21st Century commercialism. That said if you like it and you want more there is plenty of great Weller music out there for you to still discover!