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Cafe Bleu [Import]

Style Council Audio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Audio CD (31 Jan 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Msi/Pgd
  • ASIN: B000005S0C
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 110,533 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Mick's Blessings
2. The Whole Point Of No Return
3. Me Ship Came In!
4. Blue Cafe
5. The Paris Match
6. My Ever Changing Moods
7. Dropping Bombs On The Whitehouse
8. A Gospel
9. Strength Of Your Nature
10. You're The Best Thing
11. Here's One That Got Away
12. Headstart For Happiness
13. Council Meetin'

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4.4 out of 5 stars
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44 of 49 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars There's good news, and there's bad news... 6 Sep 2000
Format:Audio CD
The good news is that, presentation-wise, the folks at Polydor have done a good job with this reissue. The original LP jacket artwork has been restored, as have the lyrics and Cappucino Kid liner notes (part of an A5 booklet included with the LP, but missing from the original CD release), and the new liner notes are excellent.
The bad news is that it appears that the over-compressed remasters used for 'The Complete Adventures..." have been used here. At the time that set was released, the backlash against using tons of compression during mastering was still fairly new - and too late to have any impact on how the songs were remastered. With the gap of about two years between the release of the box set and the remastered TSC albums, I harbored some hope that perhaps they'd be re-remastered in order to remedy the over-compression. Sadly, the remastering credit indicates that this did not happen.
As a result, while the tracks do benefit somewhat from added presence and clarity, you'll risk ear fatigue rather quickly (it hit me during "My ever changing moods") if you don't keep the listening volume relatively low.
Of course, the music is still excellent, although "A gospel" is now somewhat dated. It's easy to forget how defiantly different 'Cafe Bleu' was at the time of its release, even as the music press briefly lumped TSC in with the emerging "new jazz" clique that also included Sade, Carmel, Working Week, and Everything But The Girl. The album contained a mix of 60s-influenced jazz, easy listening, and pop, and even rap and funk, that made it stand out from just about everything else on the charts.
There was also a sense of fun, freedom, and optimism that would be missing from the later albums.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 12 July 2010
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I bought this album on vinyl when it came out in 1984 as an 18 year old and played it to death - it somehow perfectly captured how I was feeling as a teenager. 26 years later, I find it still strikes a chord and has lost none of its freshness or originality.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Cafe Bleu 14 Feb 2010
By R. Thomas VINE VOICE
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This is a crazy little album chock full of different styles and a few guest musicians/singers (honorary councillors). This is my first dip into the Council after only being aware of the singles and its become a quick favourite as other albums from Paul Weller's various incarnations. The album version of ever changing moods is gorgeous and one I was unfamiliar with and is more haunting without the drums. A gospel and the paris match feature guest singers and are so different from each other perfectly summing up the variety of this album.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SHOULD BE REISSUED IMMEDIATELY 4 Aug 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
The Style Council were hip for about five minutes but they did make some great albums, and this is the best. The zenith of the cappuccino years, this is effortlessly cool and always uplifting. An album to return to again and again.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars No Longer Little England 29 Sep 2002
Format:Audio CD
This LP came as a big shock to the Parka clad hordes who believed Modernism began and ended with "Going Underground". Paul Weller and Mick Talbot took their listeners on a trip around non-guitar music, taking in jazz, rap, ragtime and brilliant pop. Truth is, "Cafe Bleu" sounds like the work of a man released from the constraints of his audience - the same audience who heckled and bottled when TSC refused to pander to the cries for "Eton Rifles".
Highlights are "Headstart for Happiness", "Paris Match" (with the delightful Tracey Thorn on vocals), a piano-led "Ever Changing Moods" and the incisive "Whole Point". Oh, of course it also has Weller's fantastic "You're the Best Thing".
TSC were never afraid to experiment, sometimes to their cost, but in pushing the envelope they were never found wanting.
Keep On Burning!
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5.0 out of 5 stars cafebleu 24 July 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
i had this when first released played it to death. Mislayed it somewhere in fact I think my brother took it, anyway rebought it and once again playing it not stop, but then i am a massive weller fan!
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