Paul Weller (album)

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Paul Weller
Paul Weller Album.JPG
Studio album by
Released29 April 1992 (Japan)
1 September 1992 (UK)
GenreRock
Length53:36 (UK)
LabelGo! Discs Records 828343 (UK)
ProducerPaul Weller, Brendan Lynch
Paul Weller chronology
Paul Weller
(1992)
Wild Wood
(1993)

Just a Dream - 22 Dreams Live
(2009)

Paul Weller - Deluxe Edition
(2009)

Wake Up the Nation
(2010)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic4/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone2/5 stars[2]
Mojo4/5 stars[3]
Q4/5 stars

Paul Weller is Paul Weller's first solo album, released in 1992.

After disbanding The Style Council and leaving label Polydor in 1989, Weller formed The Paul Weller Movement in 1990, releasing a single, "Into Tomorrow", on his own Freedom High record label, in October 1991. Its success - reaching #36 in the UK chart - led to Weller being offered a new record deal with Go! Discs, and the resulting album was released on 1 September 1992, reaching #8 on the UK album chart.

Before the UK-edition of the album, it had already been released in Japan on 29 April 1992. The track listing differs from subsequent releases, and the running order is altered. The track "New Thing" (a different recording of "Here's a New Thing" from the "Into Tomorrow" single) was replaced by "The Strange Museum" on all other versions. Until 2009, "New Thing" was unique to this release.

In addition to "Into Tomorrow", included on the album, two further singles were released from the album - "Uh Huh Oh Yeh", on 15 August 1992, reaching #18, and "Above The Clouds" on 10 October 1992, reaching #47.

The album represents something of a return to Weller's 'roots', with "Into Tomorrow" and "Uh Huh Oh Yeh", in particular being heavily influenced by 60s R&B. "'Uh Huh Oh Yeh' – and, after it, the Stanley Road album – was me revisiting my roots," he said. "I hadn't been down to Woking in a long time. That was the first time, in the early '90s, when I was finding my feet again."[4] The album as a whole retained some of the funk influences displayed by The Style Council, particularly on "I Didn't Mean To Hurt You" and "Remember How We Started". Tellingly, however, the political leanings of The Style Council are - explicitly at least - abandoned; the lyrical themes visited on the album being much more personal.

A Deluxe Edition of the album was released on 26 October 2009 and reached #88 in the UK Album Chart.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Paul Weller, except where noted.

UK Issue
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Uh Huh Oh Yeh" 3:13
2."I Didn't Mean to Hurt You" 3:27
3."Bull-Rush" 4:43
4."Round and Round" 4:25
5."Remember How We Started" 3:44
6."Above the Clouds" 4:13
7."Clues" 4:24
8."Into Tomorrow" 3:07
9."Amongst Butterflies" 3:13
10."The Strange Museum"Weller, Mick Talbot3:17
11."Bitterness Rising" 3:53
12."Kosmos" 11:57

Personnel[edit]

  • Steve White - Drums, Percussion
  • Jacko Peake - Saxophones, Flute, Backing Vocals
  • Paul Weller - Guitar, Vocals, Bass (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11), Keyboards, Percussion
  • Dr. Robert - Bass (12), Backing Vocals (3,8)
  • "Brother" Marco Nelson - Bass (9)
  • Dee C. Lee - Backing Vocals (3, 5, 11, 12)
  • Camelle Hinds - Backing Vocals (4, 12)
  • Carleen Anderson - Backing Vocals (12)
Technical
  • Chris Bangs - co-producer on "Above The Clouds"
  • Martin "Max" Heyes, Paul Gomersall, Robin Black - engineer
  • Nick Knight - photography

Trivia[edit]

'Uh Huh Oh Yeh' contains a sample from Hot Rod Poppa by Marsha Hunt.

On the original Japanese edition track 6, 'Round and Round' finishes at 4:27 and is followed by a recording of a record player needle lifting from a vinyl disc, the disc being flipped over and needle put back down. On the following UK edition, as well as the 2009 deluxe edition, this has been added to 'Above the Clouds'.

On the original editions track 12, 'Kosmos' finishes at 5:48. What follows is the sound of the needle going round on the inside groove of the record until 11:21 when the needle jumps back and plays an approximate 30 seconds reprise of the track which fades out (at 8.27 a muffled Weller saying "bring back vinyl" can be heard). On the 2009 deluxe edition the track finishes at 5:48 as well, but the reprise already kicks back in at 5:57, making the track 5:22 shorter.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Rolling Stone review
  3. ^ John Harris Mojo, January 2010, Issue 194.
  4. ^ The Guardian, 16 March 2009