Paul Weller has announced the first vinyl reissues of his classic albums ‘Days Of Speed’ and ‘Illumination’ – see all the details below.
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Originally released back in 2001, ‘Days Of Speed’ is an acoustic double live record comprising songs that were performed live solo and acoustic at various venues around Europe.
‘Illumination’ (2002) marked Weller’s sixth solo studio album, which features the singles ‘It’s Written in the Stars’ and ‘Leafy Mysteries’. The collection also boasts guest appearances from Noel Gallagher, Kelly Jones of Stereophonics, and Carleen Anderson.
Cut at Metropolis Studios in London, the forthcoming reissues include faithful original packaging replication. ‘Days of Speed’ has a gatefold jacket, printed inner sleeves and a one-page insert, while ‘Illumination’ has a gatefold jacket, printed inner sleeve and a 16-page booklet.
You can see Weller’s announcement tweet below.
Released in 2001, 'Days of Speed' is an acoustic, double live album ft songs of The Jam, The Style Council & more performed solo and acoustic at venues around Europe, and 'Illumination' released in September 2002 was Paul's sixth solo album and second solo number 1 in the UK
— Paul Weller (@paulwellerHQ) August 25, 2021
Paul Weller released his most recent studio effort, ‘Fat Pop (Volume 1), back in May. In a four-star review, NME wrote: “…For the second time in less than a year he’s released a record that can sit safely among the best of his long career. Weller’s current purple patch is growing ever more potent.”
Weller suggested surely after the record’s release that he was unsure whether he would release another album, adding that it “hard to say at the moment”.
“I often think that after I finish an album – there’s so much more involved in making/putting out albums these days,” Weller explained.