Today’s weather has been spectacular for October. So when Mike passed this RIP over to me I thought this would be a suitable day for putting it up.
So the term Paul Weller and synthesizers would have got you a smack if you mentioned it to a Jam fan. The group had run its course and Weller had teamed up with Mick Talbot to create some mellow, soul tracks.
The debut mini album was produced by Weller and Peter Wilson and released just in Australia, New Zealand, North America, Japan and the Netherlands . The album includes tracks from the band’s first three UK single releases, as well as the club mix version of “Long Hot Summer.” So a summery album as you could wish for with a heavy dose of soul. The acoustic strum of “Headstart For Happiness.” and the Mod sounds of “Speak Like A Child” Backing vocalist Tracie Young would go on to have her own successful solo career. The remix of “Long Hot Summer” by London DJ , Bert Bevans gives it more a reggae dub feel, with real bass replacing the synth one. The only instuemtnal is “Mick’s Up” featuring Talbot at the keyboards. Bevan remixes the last track, the politically charged funk “Money-Go-Round.” Superb!
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|A1||Long Hot Summer (It Don’t Matter What I Do)||6:58|
|A2||Headstart For Happiness||2:47|
|A3||Speak Like A Child||3:15|
|B1||Long Hot Summer (It Don’t Matter What I Do) (Club Mix)||6:52|
|B2||The Paris Match||3:45|