On 2nd November Universal Music Catalogue, in conjunction with Island records, will release a superb 2-disc ‘deluxe’ edition of Paul Weller’s first solo album, originally released in 1992.
Having split the Style Council and left his record label – Polydor, Paul was at something of a crossroads. He formed the Paul Weller Movement and started playing live shows again, initially to small crowds. He released the first solo single – Into Tomorrow (included here in its original version, demo b-side and previously un-released ‘acoustic’ version) in 1990, on his own Freedom High label.
Paul re-established his soul and r’n’b roots and influences with the new material, as well as his love of Curtis Mayfield, Donald Byrd, Traffic, Funkadelic, Blue Note jazz records and new groups - Gang Starr and A Tribe Called Quest. There was also a more experimental side with tracks like Kosmos and a nod to the Acid Jazz and Talkin’ Loud labels’ scene.
The project has been personally overseen by Paul Weller and producer Brendan Lynch with unparalleled access to their archives.
Digitally remastered – the original album features the classic hit singles Into Tomorrow, Uh Huh Oh Yeh & Above The Clouds.
Now packed with extras – 25 bonus tracks, demos, b-sides, mixes, alternative versions and unreleased songs.
Amongst the unreleased highlights are a demo of new song - The Bitter Truth, a stunning acoustic take on Abraham, Martin & John alternative versions of Round and Round, Kosmos, New Thing, Bitterness Rising and others.
The 28-page booklet features extensive new sleevenotes including brand new interviews with Paul, Brendan, Steve White and others. Also includes rare period photos and archive memorabilia.
Disc 1: Original album / b-sides
1. Uh Huh Oh Yeh
2. I Didn't Mean To Hurt You
4. Round And Round
5. Remember How We Started
6. Above The Clouds
8. Into Tomorrow
9. Amongst Butterflies
10. The Strange Museum
11. Bitterness Rising
13. Here's A New Thing
14. That Spiritual Feeling (instrumental)
15. Into Tomorrow (demo)
16. Arrival Time (instrumental)
17. Fly on the Wall
18. Always There to Fool You (instrumental)
19. Everything Has A Price To Pay
Disc 2 – Demos / alt. versions / b-sides
1. All Year Round (b-side)
2. Feelin' Alright (b-side)
3. ‘Hot Rod’ (demo)
4. I Didn't Mean To Hurt You (demo)
5. Bull Rush (demo)
6. Round And Round (alternative version)
7. Remember How We Started (demo)
8. Clues (demo)
9. Into Tomorrow (acoustic version)
10. Butterflies (acoustic version)
11. Bitterness Rising (original version)
12. Kosmos (demo)
13. New Thing (alternative version)
14. Fly On The Wall (demo)
15. The Bitter Truth (demo)
16. Amongst Butterflies (demo)
17. Abraham, Martin & John (acoustic)
18. Kosmos (‘Lynch Mob beats’ version)