Paul Weller's solo work adds greatly to his legendary discography, alongside classics from The Jam and Style Council.
A fair measure of success within the context of a music career could logically be calculated by a greatest hits collection. Artists should rightly be allowed to view themselves from a position of legitimacy when their previous work has been sifted, annotated and compiled into a separately marketed package.
So where does Paul Weller fit along that continuum? The Jam/Style Council frontman had a potent run with his former bands before going the solo route with his jazzy eponymous 1992 album, and his subsequent 20-plus-year stint under his own name has been illustrious in its own right, both critically and commercially. Consider this fact for a moment: Paul Weller’s career, in total, has generated an astonishing 32 hits collections (including B-sides/rarities compilations) and six box sets.
For Weller’s part, he remains largely unaffected by any notions of his historical importance. For him it’s just the work, and he likes doing the work.
Weller plays Bogart's 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 12. $42.36. 2621 Vine St., Corryville, bogarts.com