Legendary singer songwriter Paul Weller is set to release two special reissues of his albums ‘Paul Weller’ and ‘Heavy Soul’. The albums will be made available on 180g heavyweight vinyl with an accompanying download code.
‘Paul Weller’ was the singers debut solo album, following his years of success in both The Jam and The Style Council. It was released in 1992 on his own Freedom High record label, and reached number 36 in the UK album chart. The album featured a number of songs inspired by the music of Weller’s youth, such as 1960s R&B and Soul. These influences were particularly evident on the songs ‘Uh Huh Oh Yeh’ and ‘Into Tomorrow’.
Only a limited number of vinyl versions of the album were ever pressed, and now an original can fetch up to £80 on eBay.
‘Heavy Soul’ was Weller’s fourth studio album and was preceded by the hugely successful ‘Wild Wood’ and ‘Stanley Road’. It was released in 1997 and has one of the most unfortunate stories in modern UK music history. The album sold more than enough records in its first week to reach the number one spot on the UK album chart however, due to images in the albums booklet being replaced by postcards from the special edition version of the record; the special editions sales did not count towards the overall sales figures. Because of this the album was denied number one status due to a technicality.
‘Heavy Soul’ was put out on Island Records and features the hit song ‘Peacock Suit’. Unlike a number of other Weller albums, vinyl versions of ‘Heavy Soul’ are extremely hard to find. Both reissues will be released on November 8.
Paul Weller is currently working on the soundtrack to the film ‘Jawbone’. The film is a boxing drama starring Ray Winstone and Ian McShane. It will be the first time Weller has ever composed a movie soundtrack.