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Cost of Loving [Original recording remastered]

Style Council Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (18 Aug 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Polydor
  • ASIN: B00004WKFP
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 174,717 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  3. Heavens Above 6:150.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Fairy Tales 4:110.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Angel 4:320.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Walking The Night 4:320.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Waiting 4:290.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. The Cost Of Loving (Album Version) 4:230.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. A Woman's Song 3:060.99  Buy MP3 

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Infamous Orange Album. 25 Aug 2002
Format:Audio CD
The release of this album back in 1987 signaled the beginning of the end for The Style Council.
Apparently critics hated both the pretentious cover design (something you'd expect from New Order) and Weller's new sound for the band.

The Cost of Loving was the sound of Weller drifting away from northern soul and bohemian jazz, and embracing late 80s modern American soul.

Blame it on the influence of Dee C. Lee if you like, but to these ears The Orange Album is the sound of a mod broadening his horizons to jolly good effect.

Paul was now deeply in love so, as can be detected from the title, much of the socio-political punch of Our Favourite Shop has been replaced with gems like It Didn't Matter and Waiting. Actually those who were listening carefully enough realised that Fairy Tales was up there with Weller's best political commentaries.

Things were only to get worse for The Style Council when their best ever long player, Confessions Of A Pop Group, was to be the worst selling album of Weller's career.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Pretentious pop circus 14 Mar 2011
Format:Audio CD
At the time of buying this Style Council longplayer I was 15, eager to get hold of any Weller release and uncritical enough to go for it. Now, nearly 25 years later my personal view has completely changed about the late Style Council stuff: Listening to "It didn't matter" nowadays I am reminded of cheap 80s radio friendly pop productions. The follow up track is a terrible, nerve-wrecking attempt to please young surburban kids in the US - a dramatic move into an ill-fated direction. The rest of the album is artificial and sterile soul at its worst. Compared to their early recordings this is a turn for the conventional, accompanied by an uppity and arrogant presentation of the shrinking Council line up, few live appearances and the incredibly embarrassing promotional film "Jerusalem". This record already heralds the end of the at first innovative music project Weller has started in 1983 and shows the band at their lowest point: soulless and shapeless arrangements instead of swinging northern soul sounds, lacking witty and intelligent lyrics. Pity!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Heavens Above 2 Aug 2001
By "endofthegame" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
"The Cost of Loving" is classic Style Council and it will draw you back to the early 80's with remarkable ease. I remember watching Friday Night Videos one evening and seeing this incredible band called Style Council during my early teens. They were an interracil British pop group and I had neither seen nor heard anything like them up until that point. Needless to say, I have been a big fan of their's since that fateful day. The ablum is an excellent example of how the British re-invent American R&B and Jazz and turn it into something their very own. Highlights on this album include "The Cost of Loving" "Angel" and "Heavens Above."
Music like this is rarely made anymore. It is truely unique.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Cost Of Music 16 Oct 2009
By Andre S. Grindle - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Yes I have heard this album many many times and yes I've already reviewed it before under my old name but I felt it was time to do something more in depth with it than I did before. Paul Weller's earlier records for with the Style Council tended towards the relatively diverse and met with mixed results. For the most part the results of this album commercially weren't mixed,and they weren't that great either. Since my original review I've come to the conclusion that has to do with this music by and large is not only uptempo but is based in different varieties of funk. Obviously inspired by the music that Jam & Lewis were putting out during this time period "It Didn't Matter" resulted in,musically one of the finest singles the band had put together thus far with it's strong synth bass line,rhythm guitar and fairly slow dance beat-great in the mid 80's funk context. "Right To Go" is just out and out funk with one of the finest and most obvious basslines of any of their songs and features an Regan/Thatcher-based political rap by the UK's own Dynamic Three. "Heavens Above" ups the tempo a bit and concentrates heavily on the drumming and the rhythm and does so with a well executed use of horns. On "Fairy Tales" and the title song there's a bit more of a balance between the slower beat and the horn oriented sound. There are also three ballads here in "Waiting",which is beautifully structured 80' soul in the same way as "Angel" and "A Woman's Song" are. Perhaps it was the heavy funk and R&B content from someone like Weller,who apparently had other expectations by him from the following he had eariler. Earlier Style Council music by and large focused on 60's R&B and soul-jazz with only the occasional nod to this type of music,however slickly it was produced. However this album thoroughly acknowledged the 70's in the music and because of the closeness to that decade maybe it wasn't given the kind of recognition it truly does deserve. Especially considering the high quality of the songwriting,musicianship and general atmospherics.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The One That Got Away 9 Feb 2006
By Echorich - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
While never understood in the US and considered yesterday's news all too quickly at home in the UK, The Style Council is probably the most sincere, and committed project of Paul Weller's amazing career. Interacial by design, musically diverse by intention and politically aware, TSC accomplished much even without the help of labels, radio or video. The Cost of Loving is the sum of all these parts and then some. It Didn't Matter and Angel are incomparable. Waiting and The Cost of Loving are smooth and magical. If you want to hear TSC at their zenith, then this is the album to buy.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great British Soul 10 Aug 2005
By Daniel Friedman - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
My cassette version of this album finally wore out after 18 years so I picked up the CD - this is a great and, for the Style Council, fairly compact album. A lot of their stuff, the imports at least, are crammed full of interesting tracks that go on forever but The Cost of Loving is the exception that I've come across. From the popping bass and rap beats of "Right To Go" with it's shots at Thatcher and Reagan to the great horn section on "Fairy Tales" to the opening piano on "The Cost of Loving", this is an album of very catchy songs. It was so frustrating to not find the Style Council at my local record shop when I was a kid, thank goodness I was able to replace this album on CD.
5.0 out of 5 stars It Does Matter! 11 July 2003
By Andre' S Grindle - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Oh how swiftly even Council fans dismiss this album and
considering todays so-called "soul" how wrong they seem.The
opening track "It Didn't Matter" is one of the best album openers
I've heard-it shoulda been on the American Top 10 hit list in 87!
"Right To Go" is a strident pro-voting rap with a great beat while "Heavens Above' is a fantastic James Brown-like funk number.The tital track is a very poignant piece of neo soul while
the bands cover of the oldie "Angel" dwarfs the orginal in terms
of feeling and passion and it's filled out by several other like
The trouble with the Style Council is they never
adapted any formula out of these-there best songs-on there next
album,continuing to create ambitious music that unfortunately
went over even their most open minded listers heads.This is the
only time the band really found a dinstinct focus and stuck with
it.It needs serious re-evaluation.
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