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If you liked Style Council in the 80's, and have bought the odd greatest hits collection over the years, then this is probably the CD for you. Apparently selected with help from Paul Weller, it mainly treads down the 'Best Of' path with a few oddities thrown in. For example, the 'Paris Match (early version)' track is not the album version with Tracey Thorn on vocals and isn't a demo, but is a version with Paul Weller on vocals. 'Have You Ever Had It Blue' from the Absolute Beginners soundtrack is the full version and is a lovely track. Even the demo of 'My Ever Changing Moods' on CD2 is fun to listen to (glad they dropped the violin and yes there is the full version on CD1 too). I always thought that the original albums sounded pretty good and I think that the remastering just adds a bit to the clarity and doesn't have a major impact on the sound - so a job well done. It's a bit surprising that there is nothing on it from 'Modernism: A New Decade'. This probably wont convert anybody to the Style Council but does emphasis what a fine band they were and makes me think of resurrecting their albums - there cant be many bands that start off with such excellent offerings as 'Introducing' and 'Cafe Bleu'. I don't normally mention liner notes, but there is an intelligent appreciation by Martin Freeman, which came as a nice surprise, and good notes by Lois Wilson (journalist and Mojo contributor).
This is the dogs bollocks for a Weller person,after the anger of The Jam,this is the total opposite of those days,such great tunes,headphones on and totally lose yourself in the greatness of the man,happy listening to those who believe
In the 80s The Style Council passed me by. Never having been a huge Jam fan I heard the singles on the radio and thought they were "OK" in the same way I thought other mainstream pop acts were "OK". Not really being impressed by Weller's solo career I had no reason to revisit TSC...until now. I bought the cd as an Xmas gift for my wife and she's played it through a few times now. Couple of things I do like (which bigger fans may not) is that it's not chronological and it's not just a "greatest hits". The breadth of styles which TSC cover is astonishing - Isley Bros-style up-tempo soul, jazz instrumentals, electro-funk, gospel-tinged house music, lush ballads, gentle acoustic-folk, politically-charged anthems, orchestral mood music etc - which to some may smack of "genre-hopping" but to me seems adventurous, especially when all the tunes are hummable: nothing seems "forced", it seems like the searching curiousity of an artist trying to expand his art and his creative spirit, without resorting to wilful experimentation. Something like mid-period Beatles, after the dope but before the heroin. That I actually knew far more of the singles than first glance told me I would is a testament to the strength of the melodies. For the long-time Weller/TSC fan none of this will be a surprise; for a newcomer such as myself this compilation was a revelation. Highly recommended either way.
Let's face it, you either like TSC or you don't, great having a load of great tracks on one place. Already listening to it in the garage staying sane undertaking my Phys with lockdown looming, stay safe, keeps on burning
A great collection of a great band. Superb songs, lyrics and musicianship. Already a classic band The Style Council are a breath of fresh air in what can be a stale music scene at times with certain 'big' artists all sounding the same and imitating each other. Here is a double cd with every track worth listening to, buy and enjoy.
Not to steal a nile rodgers/sister sledge song as a title for this but I literally have no other words. Having only been born Literally as style council disbanded , I couldn’t be happier To discover such a great band. I have been listening to the style council for the past ten years but this compilation sums the band perfectly up and personally for me wellers best whether band or solo. The vinyl is perfect and shows the diverse nature of the band , very underrated, sounds fantastic , extended versions you will be lost in.
I'm a big fan of the Jam & Weller, but had forgotten how good SC were. Lost their albums in a house move so bought this since it contains many of my favourites. Delighted & vinyl quality excellent too.