This extraordinary performance was a first for Paul Weller, performing with a full orchestra, and saw a quintessential selection of his vast catalogue exquisitely reworked and updated into 75 minutes of breath-taking music that was broadcast by the BBC.
The set list includes classic tracks from The Jam, Style Council and Paul’s solo career. It also features choice cuts from Paul’s last three studio albums, (including his recent No 1 album’s On Sunset and Fat Pop Volume 1). All tracks are given the most sublime orchestral treatments. Conductor Jules Buckley has clearly done his homework with a stunning atmospheric interpretation of The Jam’s ‘English Rose’ with sweeping strings showcasing its sparse beauty. Special guest Celeste adds even more elegance to the classic ‘Wild Wood’, while fan favourite ‘Broken Stones’ soulfully shimmers with a scene stealing guest duet performance from James Morrison. To top things off, national treasure Boy George joins Paul for a version of The Style Council’s hit single ‘You’re The Best Thing’. The set comes to a close with sublime versions of the classic ‘You Do Something To Me’ and the majestic ‘White Horses’ from the album True Meanings.