Review : Paul Weller - Find The Torch, Burn The Plans
ContactmusicThere is no doubt about the talent and reputation of Paul Weller as a well respected solo artist, lyricist, and guitarist. The fact that he continues to receive awards such as Best Solo Artist at the Brits last year only confirms his place within current music.
Weller is very British when it comes to his music, and his roots are reflected in the use of British institutions such as the BBC and Royal Albert Hall with this release.
It's all very self explanatory really - A mixture of well known favourites, classics from the Jam, and a few from his album release earlier this year. As with previous live releases, there are a few covers scattered throughout and given the Weller treatment such as 'How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You) with Lauren Pritchard.
The CD is compiled from the highlights of his concert at the Royal Albert Hall and a small gig at the BBC Theatre he did for Radio 2 earlier this year.
It's a tricky one isn't it? Paul Weller is a talented and well respected musician, but a live CD and DVD isn't anything new. Yes there are contributions from the likes of Kelly Jones, Richard Hawley, and Lauren Pritchard, but if you are a fan then chances are that you already have most of this and are not particularly bothered about their versions. But then he released 'Wake Up The Nation' earlier this year so new material is covered.
The addition of a documentary style film by acclaimed director Julien Temple perhaps adds a slightly unique slant which will certainly be interesting for the real fans. A 50 minute documentary is a rare treat where you can really get into the life of the music star....full text
Music-newsPaul Weller releases 'Find The Torch, Burn The Plans' a lavishly packaged and highly covetable DVD and CD package this November. Encapsulating what has been an incredible year for Paul, the DVD includes the full 26 track set of one of his triumphant five nights at the Royal Albert Hall shows.
The set includes tracks from Paul's recent Mercury Music Prize nominated album "Wake Up The Nation", plus classics from The Jam and Style Council. Kelly Jones of the Stereophonics also makes an appearance as a guest on a couple of songs.
The DVD also features the Weller film 'Find The torch, Burn The Plans' a remarkable 50 minute portrait of one of the world's greatest musicians at the peak of his powers by famed director Julien Temple. A must see.
The CD disc includes highlights from the Royal Albert Hall and an intimate concert held at the BBC theatre initially broadcast on Radio 2 earlier this year which includes guest appearances from Lauren Pritchard and Richard Hawley....full text
MirrorFilm director Julien Temple - responsible for the excellent recent Dr Feelgood retrospective Oil City Confidential - now turns his attention to the Modfather with an absorbing 48-minute profile shot on the streets of London.
He follows Weller around his favourite haunts in the West End - hairdresser, fish and chip shop, Savile Row - as he reflects on his life and expounds on the changing face of the capital city and its culture.
This is teamed with an entire 27-track show from the Royal Albert Hall, complete with guest star Kelly Jones who appears on Eton Rifles and That's Entertainment, plus a promo video for the hard-hitting 7 & 3 Is The Striker's Name....full text
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