Tuesday, 28 August 2018
Paul Weller - Victoria Park (1998)
Released as Disc Two on the "Deluxe Edition" of the "Modern Classics" compilation, this is a raw, rocking, guitar-driven live performance, featuring the heavier vibe of the "Heavy Soul" album. This intense guitar/drums attack is even given to tracks from the first album, like "Into Tomorrow", which actually sounds now as if it should have been on the "Heavy Soul" album. "Heavy Soul" itself, the track, is excellent. Really strongly played. Only a few live cuts exist of the track, so its inclusion is most welcome. "Can You Heal Us Holy Man" is punchy and strident, with a great guitar solo. "Broken Stones" and "Wild Wood" are played with a thumping power and "The Changing Man" just bristles with vitality. The sound quality is also outstanding too, throughout.
Paul Weller approaches every live show he does with an impressive intensity, so you can't go wrong with any of his live recordings, to be honest.
- August 28, 2018