Wild Wood

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Wild Wood
Paul Weller Wild Wood.JPG
Studio album by
Released6 September 1993
RecordedApril–May 1993
StudioThe Manor Studio, Oxfordshire
GenreRock
Length54:04
LabelGo! Discs
ProducerPaul Weller, Brendan Lynch
Paul Weller chronology
Paul Weller
(1992)
Wild Wood
(1993)
Live Wood
(1994)

Hit Parade
(2006)

Wild Wood – Deluxe Edition
(2007)

Live at the Royal Albert Hall
(2008)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[1]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music4/5 stars[2]
Entertainment WeeklyA−[3]
Mojo5/5 stars[4]
NME8/10[5]
Q4/5 stars[6]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars[7]
Select4/5[8]
Spin4/5 stars[9]
Uncut5/5 stars[10]

Wild Wood was Paul Weller's second solo record, released in September 1993. It made it to number 2 in the UK charts, and contained three UK hits: "Wild Wood", which reached #14 in the UK charts, "Sunflower", which reached #16 and "Hung Up", which reached #11.

In 2000 Q magazine placed it at number 77 in its list of the 100 Greatest British Albums Ever, and it was included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.

The original 1993 UK and European CD included 15 tracks; when issued in the USA, and reissued in the UK in 1994, a 16th track was added. A two disc deluxe edition was released on 22 October 2007.

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Sunflower"Paul Weller4:06
2."Can You Heal Us (Holy Man)"Weller3:41
3."Wild Wood"Weller3:22
4."Instrumental (Pt 1)"Weller, Brendan Lynch, Steve White1:37
5."All the Pictures on the Wall"Weller3:56
6."Has My Fire Really Gone Out?"Weller3:50
7."Country"Weller3:39
8."Instrumental Two"Weller, Lynch, White0:50
9."5th Season"Weller4:54
10."The Weaver"Weller3:43
11."Instrumental One (Pt 2)"Weller, Lynch, White0:34
12."Foot of the Mountain"Weller3:37
13."Shadow of the Sun"Weller7:36
14."Holy Man (reprise)"Weller1:50
15."Moon on Your Pyjamas"Weller4:00
16."Hung Up"Weller2:49

Personnel[edit]

  • Paul Weller – vocals (1–3, 5–7, 9, 10, 12–16), guitar (1–6, 8, 9, 11, 13–16), Mellotron (1, 2, 13, 14), Moog (1, 4, 11), piano (2, 7, 9, 10, 13, 14), Hammond (2, 5, 14), bass (2, 5, 14), handclaps (2, 14), percussion (2, 14), Hammond organ (6), Wurlitzer (6), tambourine (6), acoustic guitar (7, 10, 12), strings (7), blues harp (6, 9), lead guitar (10)
  • Jacko Peake – flute (1, 2, 14), horns (2, 4, 9, 11, 14)
  • Dee C. Lee – extra vocals (9, 13, 15)
  • David Liddle – lead guitar (9)
  • Brendan Lynch – handclaps (2, 14), percussion (2, 14), Mellotron (3, 13), Mini-Moog (3, 9, 13), Stylophone (7)
  • Maxton G. Beesley, Jr. – handclaps (2, 14), percussion (2, 14), extra vocals (6), Wurlitzer (15)
  • Marco Nelson – bass (1, 3, 4, 6, 9, 10, 11, 13, 15), extra vocals (6)
  • Helen Turner – organ (3)
  • Steve White – drums (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 9, 10, 11, 13, 14, 15, 16), percussion (4, 8, 11)
  • Robert Howard – guitar (6), acoustic guitar (7)
  • Steve Cradock – guitar (10)
  • Simon Fowler – extra vocals (10)
  • Yolanda Charles – bass (16)
  • Mick Talbot – Hammond organ (9)
Technical
  • Martin "Max" Heyes – engineer
  • Simon Halfon, Paul Weller – design
  • Lawrence Watson – photography

References[edit]

  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Wild Wood – Paul Weller". AllMusic. Retrieved 27 October 2015.
  2. ^ Larkin, Colin (2011). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (5th concise ed.). Omnibus Press. ISBN 0-85712-595-8.
  3. ^ Ehrlich, Dimitri (27 May 1994). "Wild Wood". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 10 September 2016.
  4. ^ "Paul Weller: Wild Wood". Mojo: 121. Wild Wood remains Paul Weller's most exquisitely balanced album, with soul stirrings, pastoral folk-rock vibes and stinging Revolver guitars dissolving into an elegant and exciting sonic hybrid.
  5. ^ MacBain, Hamish (30 October 2007). "Paul Weller: Wild Wood (Deluxe Edition)". NME. Archived from the original on 14 April 2016. Retrieved 10 September 2016.
  6. ^ "Paul Weller: Wild Wood". Q (256). November 2007.
  7. ^ Sinclair, Tom (20 October 1994). "Paul Weller: Wild Wood". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 12 February 2007. Retrieved 10 September 2016.
  8. ^ Higginbotham, Adam (October 1993). "Paul Weller: Wild Wood". Select (40): 94.
  9. ^ Duerden, Nick (July 2008). "Discography: Paul Weller". Spin. 24 (7): 88. Retrieved 26 December 2016.
  10. ^ Moody, Paul (2 November 2007). "Paul Weller – Wild Wood – R1993". Uncut. Retrieved 10 September 2016.