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Paul Weller / An Orchestrated Songbook

with Jules Buckley & The BBC Symphony Orchestra

Paul Weller / An Orchestrated Songbook

Polydor are to release a new Paul Weller live album. An Orchestrated Songbook is performed by Weller with Jules Buckley & The BBC Symphony Orchestra

The concert happened last month, on 15 May, and was widely promoted on BBC channels, to much acclaim. It was shown again just last weekend, in the UK.

The set list spans his career and includes classics like ‘Wild Wood’ and ‘You Do Something To Me’, although the last three studio albums (True Meanings, On Sunset and Fat Pop) feature heavily (not a bad thing).

The performance includes special guests such as Celeste, Boy George and James Morrison and features brand-new orchestral arrangements by Jules Buckley.

Boy George joins Paul Weller for a performance of The Style Council’s ‘You’re The Best Thing’

If it seems messy – Polydor promoting a new live album when Fat Pop has only just been pushed out the door – then I should point out that this live album isn’t actually released until December, which is faintly ridiculous, given we are still in June. It seems that Paul’s ‘team’ want to take advantage of the current Orchestrated Songbook ‘buzz’ by getting pre-orders available, but not actually give you the record for another six months, because they are still promoting Fat Pop. Gee, thanks!

And so far, it has only been announced on CD, as if to underline the crazy vinyl manufacturing situation. Six months is apparently not enough time to deliver a vinyl version of this album, so it will be announced “at a later date”. CDs can be manufactured and out the door in 2-3 weeks, so the wait until December is purely ‘strategic’, one assumes.

There is a deluxe CD edition but it contains the same audio as the standard CD only with better packaging. It comes in a hardback DVD-sized casebound 32-page book, with “inserts” – nice enough – but it’s literally DOUBLE the price of the standard CD, so doesn’t come recommended.

Update 5 July 2021: The 2LP vinyl has now been announced and it will be issued on the same date as the CD. Why the record label choose to wait a couple of weeks before announcing this is anyone’s guess.

Paul Weller’s An Orchestrated Songbook will be released on 3 December 2021.

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Tracklisting

Paul Weller / An Orchestrated Songbook

An Orchestrated Songbook Paul Weller /

      1. ANDROMEDA
      2. ENGLISH ROSE
      3. MY EVER CHANGING MOODS
      4. ON SUNSET
      5. CARNATION
      6. GLAD TIMES
      7. BROKEN STONES (With James Morrison)
      8. GRAVITY
      9. IT´S A VERY DEEP SEA
      10. BOWIE
      11. EQUANIMITY
      12. YOU´RE THE BEST THING (With Boy George)
      13. STILL GLIDES THE STREAM
      14. MOVIN ON
      15. WILD WOOD (With Celeste)
      16. ROCKETS
      17. YOU DO SOMETHING TO ME
      18. WHITE HORSES

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