As I mentioned in one of those other Weller posts, I mentioned that I didn't like Weller's Style Council period much, mostly due to the dance style production. Happily, from the very beginning of Weller's solo career in 1990, he resumed frequently playing in an acoustic style, something he'd done in his years in the Jam but almost never did during the Style Council years.
Weller's first solo album, "Paul Weller" from 1992, didn't have any acoustic music on it. However, his next album, 1993's "Wild Wood," which was both critically acclaimed and a big hit in Britain, had acoustic elements running through most of it. What the stray tracks on this album show is that Weller started working up to that sound well before even his first solo album came out.
This album contains some songs from both his first and second solo albums, because those songs were done in full band versions on those albums and these are strictly solo acoustic versions. In addition, there are a couple of covers ("Abraham, Martin and John" and "Red Balloon") and a couple of original songs that never made any album. The first song, "The Whole Point II," is another Style Council song, but done both live and in an acoustic style.
01 The Whole Point II (Paul Weller)
02 Into Tomorrow (Paul Weller)
03 Amongst Butterflies (Paul Weller)
04 Abraham, Martin and John [Acoustic Demo] (Paul Weller)
05 Bitterness Rising (Paul Weller)
06 Above the Clouds (Paul Weller)
07 Red Balloon (Paul Weller)
08 Fly on the Wall [Demo] (Paul Weller)
09 Everything Has a Price to Pay (Paul Weller)
10 Moon on Your Pyjamas (Paul Weller)
11 Foot of the Mountain (Paul Weller)
12 That's Entertainment (Paul Weller)
13 The Cost of Loving (Paul Weller)
14 Wild Wood [Acoustic Demo] (Paul Weller)
The cover photo is of Weller from 1993.