Fly on the Wall: B-Sides & Rarities 1991-2000

Fly on the Wall: B-Sides & Rarities 1991-2000

by Paul Weller
     
 

Paul Weller wrapped up his contract with Go/Island/Universal Records with the release of 2000's Heliocentreic, leaving for the appropriately named indie label Independiente. There was one piece of unfinished business, however -- a collection of the B-sides and rarities he released during his tenure at the label, hence the 2003 appearance of Fly on the Wall:…  See more details below

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Paul Weller wrapped up his contract with Go/Island/Universal Records with the release of 2000's Heliocentreic, leaving for the appropriately named indie label Independiente. There was one piece of unfinished business, however -- a collection of the B-sides and rarities he released during his tenure at the label, hence the 2003 appearance of Fly on the Wall: B Sides & Rarities. Like any other popular or semipopular musicians of the '90s, Weller released a lot of material that never wound up on a proper album, as he had to populate the B-sides of multi-part singles in both his United Kingdom homeland and in parts of Asia and Australia, and he also contributed to many tribute and charity albums. So, there was a lot to round up, and Fly on the Wall gathers everything of note (there are few remixes that didn't make the cut) on a generous triple-disc, 39-track minibox set. Given the patchwork nature of the set -- it's a hodgepodge of non-LP songs, live versions, demos, remixes, and covers -- it's not entirely surprising that it's a bit of an uneven listen, particularly when it bogs down in remixes, but there are a few small gems on the first two discs to keep interest. The standout, though, is the third disc, consisting entirely of covers Weller cut in the '90s, and given its own separate title ("Button Downs") and artwork (an allusion to David Bowie's Pin Ups, featuring model Kate Moss as the female). Weller's choice of covers is fairly predictable, fitting right into the vibe of Wild Wood -- Traffic's "Feelin' Alright," Tim Hardin's "Black Sheep Boy," the Beatles' "Sexy Sadie" and "Don't Let Me Down," Rod Stewart's interpretation of "I'd Rather Go Blind" -- but he gives impassioned performances, and sometimes changes the arrangements in subtle, satisfying ways. If the album was available separately, it'd be a four-star recommendation, but as part of Fly on the Wall it should be enough to convince those on the fence to commit to this collector-bait box set.

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Product Details

Release Date:
07/22/2003
Label:
Ume Imports
UPC:
0044006352725
catalogNumber:
063527

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Here's a New Thing
  2. That Spiritual Feeling
  3. Into Tomorrow
  4. Arrival Time
  5. Fly on the Wall
  6. Always There to Fool You
  7. All Year Round
  8. Ends of the Earth
  9. This Is No Time
  10. Another New Day
  11. Foot of the Mountain
  12. Wild Wood
  13. Kosmos

Disc 2

  1. The Loved
  2. Steam
  3. It's a New Day, Baby
  4. A Year Late
  5. Eye of the Storm
  6. Shoot the Dove
  7. As You Lean into the Light
  8. So You Want to Be a Dancer
  9. Everything Has a Price to Pay
  10. Right Underneath It
  11. Helioscentric
  12. There's No Drinking After You're Dead
  13. The Riverbank
  14. Science

Disc 3

  1. Feelin' Alright
  2. Ohio
  3. Black Sheep Boy
  4. Sexy Sadie
  5. I Shall Be Released
  6. I'd Rather Go Blind
  7. My Whole World Is Falling Down
  8. Ain't No Love in the Heart of the City
  9. Waiting on an Angel
  10. Bang-Bang
  11. Instant Karma
  12. Don't Let Me Down

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Paul Weller   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Tim Hardin   Composer
Bob Dylan   Composer
John Lennon   Composer
Dave Mason   Composer
Paul McCartney   Composer
Neil Young   Composer
Sonny Bono   Composer
Bill Foster   Composer
Ben Harper   Composer
Booker T. Jones   Composer
D.C. Lee   Composer
Brendan Lynch   Composer
Mick Talbot   Composer
Marco Nelson   Composer
Paul Weller   Composer
Dan Walsh   Composer
Simon Halfon   Art Direction,Illustrations
Bettye Crutcher   Composer
Steve White   Composer
Ellington Jordan   Composer
Michael Price   Composer

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