The riverbank

In my piece on the Jam’s ‘Tales from the riverbank’, I neglected to mention the version that Paul Weller released in 1998, itself a B side to ‘Brand new start’.  Recorded at Black Barn studios in Ripley, a stone’s throw from the Wey, it’s a gentle and more properly pastoral recasting of the original, sung with a softness that is at odds with both the rough-edged passion of the Jam years and the mature vocal command of his solo work.  I’ve now posted it alongside the original at the foot of the piece.

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