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paul weller
#31
CRAZY-HORSE Wrote:[Image: 5184RB435EL._SL500_AA300_.jpg]

THE UNRELEASED ALBUM:

THE STYLE COUNCIL "modernism:a new decade" 1991(japan).

this was the lowest point of Weller's career without a doubt!
this album was scheduled to be released in 1989, but Polygram Records refused to release it due mainly to declining album sales and a musical change that would not sell in the quantities that were expected of Paul Weller.
the music for this one is based on the garage/chicago house dance sound that had filtered its way across the Atlantic to hip upmarket clubs in London and Weller wanted to get on board before it became popular, the result is an eight track album that for the most part sounds as lame as the 'cost of loving' flop of 1987,the lyrics are simplistic in nature...as most dance music is/was and the whole thing bar two tracks is uninspiring to say the least....its a nothing album written by a man who's music career was at a crossroads,several of the tracks were played live to unsuspecting European audiences on TSC final tour and were not recieved well. however Japanese audiences loved it, so much so that in 1990 TSC reformed for a TV aired concert in Japan watch by a million people.
you can either pay over the top prices on the internet to get this one as a single disc import from Japan or get it as part of the 'complete adventures' 5cd boxset, the latter was my choice as it's on the final disc and all the great TSC songs are on the other four discs.

IM A WELLER FAN AND I CANT LISTEN TO THIS RUBBISH!

worst track: take your pick and youve got it
best track: sure is sure

tracks:

1. a new decade*
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RbkYd4aa61c audio
2. can you still love me*
3. the world must come together*
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rzN96SjWRqg audio
4. hope(feelings gonna getcha)**
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1IZjbl8W6vk audio
5. that spiritual feeling*
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LKgXG3OsM...A&index=60 audio
6. everybody's on the run*
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EzqTkuKNSpQ audio
7. love of the world*
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tGUnbIqOjP0 audio
8. sure is sure**
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ilHDq5s9TE live

3s=0
2s=2
1s=6

rating 1.25

to be continued,next...the solo years,1991-present.

Contrary to what you've posted above, I actually like this album quite a lot. It's interesting to hear the Style Council branching out into the likes of House music. It ain't their best work by any means but another sign of their diversity. I have heard select tracks from the albums over recent years but never heard it in full.

I noticed someone on youtube commented that this sounds very much like Bill Nelson's 'Orchestra Arkana' from around the same period (another one of my favourite artists). Perhaps this is why I like it so much!

Looking forward to solo years! Don't forget his hard-touring as 'Paul Weller Movement' from the 90/91 period and the influence on which his late father John Weller had upon that happening. I have a very old VHS of him in concert at Brixton Academy in '91 prior to releasing any solo albums and it's fantastic!
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#32
another sign of their adversity

lol.
assuming you meant diversity

#33
Music Head Wrote:another sign of their adversity

lol.
assuming you meant diversity

Well spotted MH lol
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#34
Mr.Soul Wrote:Contrary to what you've posted above, I actually like this album quite a lot. It's interesting to hear the Style Council branching out into the likes of House music. It ain't their best work by any means but another sign of their diversity. I have heard select tracks from the albums over recent years but never heard it in full.

I noticed someone on youtube commented that this sounds very much like Bill Nelson's 'Orchestra Arkana' from around the same period (another one of my favourite artists). Perhaps this is why I like it so much!

Looking forward to solo years! Don't forget his hard-touring as 'Paul Weller Movement' from the 90/91 period and the influence on which his late father John Weller had upon that happening. I have a very old VHS of him in concert at Brixton Academy in '91 prior to releasing any solo albums and it's fantastic!

i guess we finally 'disagree' over somethng on this site,i admire PW for doing different things, i just dont think this one worked, ive tried to understand and like it, but i cant, maybe the difference between us is that i grew up with PW as a soundtrack to my life and you didnt, things like that count sometimes.
the PW Movement vhs is good, love the cover of 'tin soldier'.
#35
CRAZY-HORSE Wrote:i guess we finally 'disagree' over somethng on this site,i admire PW for doing different things, i just dont think this one worked, ive tried to understand and like it, but i cant, maybe the difference between us is that i grew up with PW as a soundtrack to my life and you didnt, things like that count sometimes.
the PW Movement vhs is good, love the cover of 'tin soldier'.

Yeah the soundtrack to my earliest years was Lighthouse Family, Simply Red & Robson & Jerome :redface:... So I think we know who is the lucky one!!

As for the 'Tin Soldier' cover, it was played as a tribute to Steve Marriott of the Small Faces who had recentley died in a tragic house fire around 1991. There is a video of Paul Weller on Jonathan Ross around that period where he briefly discusses Marriot and plays the song as a tribute to him.
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#36
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PAUL WELLER "paul weller" 1992.

from mid 1990 to early 1991, PW did nothing but raise his son,Nathanial, and became a fulltime house husband. He wasnt sure what to do with his life after the demise of TSC, he had no record or publishing deal. he tried writing songs but found he had writers block for the first time since 1977. he started getting depressed and drinking heavily. on the advice of his wife and father he decided to get back on the road doing what he knew best...playing live music. Weller assembled a new band, The Paul Weller Movement, and started rehearsals. during this time hew got his 'mojo' back, and although difficult at times the songs did start to return again. he self funded a single and released it on his own 'freedom high' label and hit the road for the first time in over 18 months.Just as McCartney had done after The Beatles split, Weller took the backroad playing in small towns and clubs to see if the record buying public were still interested in him. the shows were a moderate success and although doubt over his abilities, Weller took time out to write more songs. the single 'into tomorrow' was released and reached #36 on the UK charts but the struggles were far from over, he couldnt get a recording deal in the UK and sought out his other big fan base country,Japan. he signed up with Pony Canyon records and released his self titled debut there in 1991. later in the year he managed to scrape a deal with small independant UK label 'Go Discs!' and The Paul Weller Movement set off on a more upscaled tour of the UK,one of the higlights from that tour was the cover of Small Faces 'tin soldier'...a tribute to the recently departed Steve Marriott.

onto the album...
the album is tinged with acid jazz music, small faces,curtis mayfield and traffic influences. lyrically it shows a man who is uncertain,confused and a bit pessimistic. the songs themselves are good in quality,but not exceptionally great, they do however represent a 'new' PW, one who wants a harder more guitar based sound, it is a good transition from TSC to his future solo albums. there is one song on the album that was a left over TSC song "the strange museum. the lead single "uh-huh,oh yeh" isnt a great song by any stretch of the imagination but it is a good starting point for a solo career, the single reached #18 in the UK charts in 1992 taking Weller back into the UK top 20 for the first time in five years,the second and final single from the album,"above the clouds" reached #47 and the album reached a respectable #8.

I LIKE THIS ALBUM

worst track: into tomorrow
best track: clues

tracks

1. uh-huh,oh-yeh!**
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6UjwAhJOWMo live
2. i didnt mean to hurt you**
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vxcx4-F5u0k audio
3. bull-rush**
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TuCIqyQ0hlc live
4. round and round**
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h01e4Pbvkc8 live
5. remember how we started**
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PvC7On5Bb2A audio
6. above the clouds**
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-JRXe-Ha0xc live
7. clues**
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TWikxhYSedQ live acoustic
8. into tomorrow**
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AgJoMhZWvhY live
9. amongst butterflies**
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6yz1QJ8jjd0 live
10. the strange museum**
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WpLqnfkFrbg audio
11. bitterness rising**
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bb5M90rLz3o live
12. kosmos**
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Axf7X6y3rmU live

3s=0
2s=12
1s=0

rating 2.0

to be continued,next...'wildwood'1993.
#37
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PAUL WELLER "wildwood" 1993.

Weller was probably only half awake for his debut set, for this one,however, his eyes and mind are wide open.
the album for the most part is folky and pastoral in its sound and lyrics, probably due to his then current love of Neil Young, Nick Drake and Tim Hardin, to name a few, this time,however Weller has two truly original songs: Country and Wildwood, both of which sound like Weller and no-one else,theyre his unique sound and style.
by this stage Weller's wife had given birth to another child,Leah, and the final track on the album is an ode to both of his children called "moon on your pyjama's",its a beautiful lullaby with acoustic guitar only and with his soflty sung vocals it is easy to imagine him singing his little ones to sleep to it. elsewhere on the album there are still signs of Weller's insecurities and occasional self doubt,most prominantly exposed on "has my firs really gone out" and the disintigration of his 5yr marraige to TSC backing singer Dee C Lee on "all the pictures on the wall"...if you've ever been through divorce you can relate to this one 100%. "5th season" is a seven and a half minute epic rock song describing Weller's depressed state and launches into a lengthy guitar solo at the end, something Weller always hated in songs, yet now he was beginning to be compared to Clapton, most guitarists would be proud to be held in such esteem, but not Weller who at the time dismissed the new tag and Clapton!
this album takes a few listens to sink in and grasp the greatness of it,it is probably IMO the best album of his career. the release of this album and the ressurection of his solo career also coincided with the birth of 'brit-pop' in the UK, and bands like Blur,Oasis,Ocean Colour Scene and The Verve cite Weller as a major influence on them.Weller won best male vocal at the Novello and Brit awards in 1994 for this album. this was also the first album of his sixteen year career to contain three top 20 hits from it. the album would be reissued in 1994 with a bonus track, "hung up" which became his first solo top 10 hit in the UK.the album reached #2 in UK, the psychadelic sounding single "sunflower" #16, "wildwood" #14 and "the weaver" #18.

I LOVE THIS ALBUM

worst tracks; the three instrumentals
best tracks; "foot of the mountain" and "5th season"

tracks"

1. sunflower**
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JZbKT0snOkk live
2. (can you heal us)holy man**
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BAIeER2AUQ4 live with interview
3. wildwood***
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_RK78qL_bDw live
4. instrumental 1*
5. all the pictures on the wall***
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eh5yskjFdAM live
6. has my fire really gone out***
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YOho28VGrBM live
7. country***
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GGl7T4QR3TU live
8. 5th season***
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WrkNF1gAFw8 live with "holy man"
9. the weaver**
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0uU2ChDNdus live
10.instrumental 2*
11.foot of the mountain***
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=duhW5gIQ0NA live
12.shadows of the sun**
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=izlTV0I2Apg live
13.holy man(reprise)*
14.moon on your pyjamas***
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3dAg2kLQz3w audio

3s=7
2s=4
1s=3

rating 2.4 had there been no instrumentals on board the rating would be 2.6
#38
Excellent reviews of the first two albums. I agree with almost everything you've said apart from 'Into Tomorrow' being the worst song on his debut. I think that was a very important song for him at the time and symbolises the point he was at in his musical career at the time.

Onto Wild Wood, I think the instrumentals are worthy of inclusion as they add a bit of mystery to the album, I remember hearing them for the first time and thinking what the hell was the point in that! I think Weller included these as an attempt to distance himself from cliche comparisons such as 'this is like Neil Young's Harvest album..etc'. Inevitably those comparisons still surfaced in the form of the Clapton one you mentioned!

Nice to see a mention of tracks like 'Country', 'Moon On Your Pyjamas' & 'All The Pictures On The Wall' as a lot of people would always cast up the album's hit singles whereas I much prefer these songs which are probably the best on the album.

Are you going to include his live album 'Live Wood' just prior to Stanley Road? It is unique in that it includes several songs from his debut album, many of which have been neglected in the majority of live performances in favour of Stanley Road material.

Also Weller has a couple of song run-ins where he fuses Bull Rush with The Who's 'Magic Bus', 'Remember How We Started' with Donald Byrd's 'Dominoes' & 'Can You Heal Us (Holy Man) with Edwin Starr's 'War'.

[video=youtube;WrkNF1gAFw8]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WrkNF1gAFw8[/video]

[video=youtube;gFbjXr5YTEk]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gFbjXr5YTEk[/video]

[video=youtube;-7v19GokKCY]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-7v19GokKCY[/video]

[video=youtube;o3B2NRYlL8Q]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o3B2NRYlL8Q[/video]

[video=youtube;l903eEhTh44]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l903eEhTh44[/video]
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#39
thanks Soulman!
i cant include everything in a review though, nice to see you've taken the time to add these extras to it, all the songs on "paul weller" got a ** rating,i had to pick one that i least like. im aware of the signifigance 'into tomorrow' has for Weller personally but sorry,it doesnt have that for me?!
'live wood' will be after the studio albums.
#40
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PAUL WELLER "stanley road" 1995.

1995 was a year of contrasts for PW, his marraige was over, his father/manager had a stroke and needed double bypass surgery and he had the biggest selling album of his career and was back in favour of the music media and fans alike.
the title takes its name from the street in Woking,Surrey where Weller grew up. Peter Blake,of Sgt.Peppers cover fame, worked on the cover of this one also.Noel Gallagher of Oasis played acoustic guitar on 'i walk on guilded splinters'(Dr.John cover) and Steve Winwood contributed keyboards to 'pink on white walls' and 'woodcutters son'. the album has a rockier feel than its two predecessors, but also has moments of subtle piano based tracks to break up the rock sound. the rockier tracks tend to have lengthy outros of guitar work, but not lengthy enough to get the listener bored with the sound.
the stand out track is the gospel influenced 'wings of speed' which owes its theme directly to John Waterhouse's painting 'the lady of shallot' http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Lady_of..._(painting) . elsewhere there are influences of Traffic(1960s band headed by steve winwood), which is not surprising considering Weller thought Winwood would be the perfect keyboardist to play on the album. the opening track 'the changingman' has a feel of psychadellia to it,and with its descending guitar intro owes a lot to ELO's '10583 overture' which in turn owes a lot to beatles 'dear prudence'. 'you do something to me' is one of the finest love songs ever written,although not sounding the same as 'my love', a Wings hit, it was influenced by it,probably due to Weller's close friendship with the McCartney's and Mary Mac inparticular.
the album reached #1 in the UK and top 10 throughout Europe/Asia. it also made ripples across the Atlantic.the four singles from the album all reached the UK top20: out of the sinking #20; the changingman#7; you do something to me#9 and 'broken stones#20. this is a very good album,probably his best for consistancy in the quality of the tracks, but 'wildwood' and the first two TSC albums are better albums.

I LOVE THIS ALBUM

worst track: whirlpools end
best track: wings of speed

tracks:

1. the changingman**
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p1cum0R0SAE live
2. porcelain gods**
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zpb4yyUuLwg live
3. i walk on gilded splinters***
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Znt4mWPhROs live
4. you do something to me***
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uc_rAX6z9Yc live
5. woodcutter's son**
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6a_NIwwQ_NE live
6. time passes...***
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zq6Xt24RvZ0 live
7. stanley road**
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4D8LEipwcL8 live
8. broken stones***
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lK2UUKuw2bo live
9. out of the sinking**
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K9Bpqq9gKVA live
10.pink on white walls**
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YlgmFro0P7E audio
11.whirlpool's end**
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TxNNBnwLD28 video
12.wings of speed***
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hMoFzC6gEpQ live

3s=5
2s=7
1s=0

rating 2.3

to be continued,next...'heavy soul'1997.


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