October 16th 2002, and the final show in a two-night Paul Weller stint at Glasgow's Braehead Arena in support of his latest album "Illumination." Over the years Weller's potency as a live solo-act has increased ten-fold, and expectancy amongst Scottish fans had been high for these shows as the news spread that, for the first time in years, Paul was incorporating non-acoustic versions of Jam songs into his set.
However, this was Braehead's debut as a live music venue and the first night had been marred by sound difficulties, with Weller's on-stage response to these problems being less than magnanimous, resulting in some controversy amongst both fans and the Scottish media. Therefore, to say the least, there was something of an edge to the atmosphere on this second night. But Paul Weller is never better than when his back's to the wall, and this apparent tension seems to noticeably steel him in his performance - resulting in what is arguably one of the best solo-shows he's ever committed to film.
Drawing on a virtually peerless back catalogue, this 30 song set lasts 2 hours, and alongside Style Council material (specifically "Down In The Seine" and "Man Of Great Promise" from Our Favourite Shop), and songs from all of his solo albums, Weller gives fans powerful renditions of "In The Crowd," from 1978's All Mod Cons, and both "Man In The Cornershop" and "Pretty Green" from the Jam's fifth studio album Sound Affects. Towards the end of the show also appeared "Town Called Malice".
Aided by long-time associates Steve White on drums, Damon Minchella on bass, and Steve Cradock on guitar; Live At Braehead captures Weller brimming with excitement and passion and represents a modern master at his absolute best.
Track Listing: 1. A Bullet For Everyone 2. Into Tomorrow 3. Bull Rush 4. It's Written In The Stars 5. Going Places 6. Friday Street 7. Man In The Cornershop 8. Now The Night Is Here 9. Leafy Mysteries 10. One X One 11. Hung Up 12. Sunflower 13. In The Crowd 14. Broken Stones 15. Picking Up Sticks 16. Bagman 17. Who Brings Joy 18. Down In The Seine 19. Man Of Great Promise 20. Brand New Start 21. All Good Books 22. Can You Heal Us Holy Man 23. Porcelain Gods 24. Pretty Green 25. Whirlpool's End 26. The Changingman 27. Peacock Suit 28. Town Called Malice 29. Standing Out In The Universe 30. Wild Wood