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Greatest Hits [Original recording remastered]

Style Council Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (14 July 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Polydor Group
  • ASIN: B00004WKFQ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,129 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Speak Like A Child 3:180.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Money-Go-Round (Parts 1 & 2) (Original Full 12 Inch Version) 7:400.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Long Hot Summer (Single Edit) 3:510.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. A Solid Bond In Your Heart 3:180.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. My Ever Changing Moods (Single Edit) 4:040.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. You're The Best Thing (12 Inch Version) 5:420.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. The Big Boss Groove (Full Version) 4:380.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Shout To The Top (Full Version) 4:160.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Walls Come Tumbling Down 3:250.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Come To Milton Keynes 3:010.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. The Lodgers (Or She Was Only A Shopkeeper's Daughter) (Extended Single Version) [feat. Dee C. Lee] 4:560.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Have You Ever Had It Blue (Cut/ Single Version) 3:240.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. It Didn't Matter (Album Version) 5:450.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Waiting 4:270.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Wanted (Or Waiter, There's Some Soup In My Flies) 3:240.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Life At A Top Peoples Health Farm 4:190.99  Buy MP3 
Listen17. How She Threw It All Away 4:140.99  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Promised Land (Radio Edit) 2:530.99  Buy MP3 

Product Description

STYLE COUNCIL Greatest Hits (2003 UK 18-track compilation CD picture sleeve/booklet. Classic collection from Mr Weller featuring Speak Like A Child The Long Hot Sumer Promised Land and more)

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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars They've almost got it right... 6 Sep 2000
Format:Audio CD
At last, Polydor releases a proper Style Council singles collection - almost.
Unlike 'The Singular Adventures...', which included re-worked or remixed versions of early tracks ("You're the best thing", "Money-go-round", "Long hot summer"), all the tracks on 'Greatest Hits' appear in their original mixes - and in chronological order, even - which alone makes this collection worth getting. Even "Come to Milton Keynes" and "The big boss groove", which were left off the earlier collection, are here - though "Soul deep" is still missing, and "Long hot summer 89" was presumably not included in order to avoid redundancy.
At the same time, 'Greatest Hits' and 'The Singular Adventures...' are sort of funhouse mirror opposites of each other:
1. 'Greatest Hits' includes the 12-inch or LP versions of "Shout to the top!", "The lodgers", and "It didn't matter", which appeared on 'The Singular Adventures...' in their 7-inch versions. Similarly, it includes the 7-inch versions of "Long hot summer", "My ever changing moods", and "Have you ever had it blue", which appeared on 'The Singular Adventures...' in their 12-inch versions.
Then there's the weird case of "You're the best thing". On 'The Singular Adventures...', we got a re-worked/remixed version of the 7-inch, with the extra half-verse in the middle repeated. On 'Greatest Hits', what we get is essentially the 7-inch arrangement of the LP version (minus the brief percussion-only intro), with the extra verse completely absent. I don't recall this being on the 12-inch, so its inclusion here is a bit of a mystery.
2. Like 'The Singular Adventures...
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5.0 out of 5 stars TSC & What was good about the 80's 21 May 2004
Format:Audio CD
I sometimes feel TSC were often overlooked in the 80's, sadly maybe due to the principal songwriter's changing career from his previous band.
From 1977 - 82, Paul Weller was a serious young man, not really smiling just creating some of the most energetic,influential music of all time, but from 83 - 89 he became less serious, adding humour, soul and fun with TSC, ably co-coordinated by Mick Talbot.
That previous band ceased whilst at their peak and this new career direction evolved into the soulful, political and much more pop venture The Style Council.
Some band's simply run their course before they and their audience grow tired and like the TSC leave us with some wonderful music to reflect on.
83' was a great year for music, the wonderful and charming debut 'Speak Like A Child' soulful and catchy, the political follow up 'Money Go Round' then the summer track of all summer tracks, 'Long Hot Summer' perfect radio music to unwind too then the wonderful 'Solid Bond In Your Heart'.
The lovely 'You're the best thing' came from the diverse and jazzy LP 'Cafe Bleu' and was a summer song for 84' before TSC
peaked at around the 'Our Favourite Shop' period, tracks 'The Lodgers' and the much criticized but in my opinion the comically and charming 'Come to Milton Keynes', which had a wonderful video.
Even the last few years of TSC produced some lovely singles in
'Wanted' , 'How she through it all away' so we are left with a lovely snapshot of the 80's
I suggest alongside purchasing this CD, try the DVD 'The Style Council on film' it just is a nice companion to the collection here and shows how Paul Weller and Mick Talbot let their hair down and just enjoyed themselves.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Almost all the greatest hits 31 Oct 2013
Format:Audio CD
This is a pretty good "Greatest Hits" collection but would more accurately be called "Almost All the Greatest Hits" as not all of them are here. The band didn't have a vast number of hits, though it did release many decent records that charted. even so, this is the best of the hits albums out there, until someone has the sense to put all the hits on one album.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not a low career point after all 2 Dec 2012
By Mc W
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Weller never lost it, and this compilation proves it. Great music and memories. Eclectic and brilliant, sandwiches The Jam and solo phases excellently!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Weller tastic. 24 Nov 2012
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Love the Jam. Love Weller. Love this. Caught up in a whirlwind and an ever changing mood. Pouring soup in my flies.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 26 Oct 2012
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Just wonderful. All the hits are on here and more. Love Paul Weller and everything he has done from The Jam to now so this lovely bit of in-between is perfect.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Unjustly overlooked band 26 Mar 2008
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Speaking about this band the other day with workmate, he said "The Style Council...wasn't that when Weller went a bit gay and French?" (I'm only quoting). They don't have the obvious integrity and outsider status of other great '80s bands like Smiths as they were deliberately making slick pop music. The range of influences on their music made them a conundrum to many Jam fans and still inspires love/hate reaction: socialist nouvelle vague 80s casual cockney synthesiser soul. But 25 years later you can clearly hear the progression from the later Jam to earlier TSC: Speak Like a Child, Solid Bond in your Heart, You're the Best Thing, Money Go Round, Shout to the Top, Walls Come Tumbling Down and Come to Milton Keynes for example are every bit as good as Beat Surrender. It's peerless get-up-and-go Saturday morning music.
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This CD reminds me of Top of the Pops in the eighties ---- Paul Weller in a punt with a lemon coloured jumper tied over his shoulders, singing to camera through a misty filter in flaming June. I love the sound of the Style Council and Paul Weller -- to me it summarises the best of eighties cool. I find this to be Mr.Weller's finest hour ------ freed from the burden (as they admitted) of carrying The Jam, his solo period was a great wave of freshness producing a sound which I have never heard anywhere else. Produced using piano/synthesizer in association with a mellower Paul Weller guitar it has reminiscences of a pre-great war music hall, parodying the London cultural inheritence, so often his subject matter. "Speak like a child", the first track, begins with this swirling, anachronistic electric organ sound and seems to say ; don't judge me on my New Wave creations alone, my heritage goes back further into the Cockney maelstrom which I'm a part of. Weller's socialism was a breath of fresh air amidst the all encompassing growth of Thatcherism, and this music is the respectable face of the eighties left. Just how it is that some people can pull a song and sound out of the air will always be a mystery. A complex character? An over developd conscience? Who can say...... However, the sheer warmth of Paul's character and the long hot summers of the eighties can literally be felt in these tracks. My favourite is "you're the best thing", a unique melody which sounds as fresh now as then, and will always stand as a timeless love song celebrating the intoxicating suffusion of twenrty-something love. I prefer Paul Weller to be in love, with his M&S Cardy on, punting down the River Cam mimicking the middle class people rather than fund raising for a refuge in Kings Cross. For nostalgic reasons as well as artistic ones buy The Style Council's greatest hits, if only to remind you of the long hot summers and Paul's inimitable sweater wear.
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3.0 out of 5 stars ... scratched on a couple of songs - cd is fine?
Apart from being scratched on a couple of songs - cd is fine?
Published 9 days ago by SARA BIMSON
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This DVD purchase was to replace my LP. Forgot how much I loved this band. WOW....what have I been missing.
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4.0 out of 5 stars great tracks
a blast from my past - great tracks would recommend this album love listening to it whilst driving the car
Published 2 months ago by Ecoulthard
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Collection!
I saw this on amazon as a MP3 at 3.99, and looking through my collection find I had a big hole when it comes to Style Council, so thought lets fill that gap. Read more
Published 7 months ago by daveherts
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic 80's
heard an old Track on the radio and had to buy this. Nostalgia takes over if like me you grew up with 80's music, everytrack a winner
Published 11 months ago by M. J. Barker
3.0 out of 5 stars style council
great CD unfortunately case was smashed and cover was ripped , still great music should have been 5 stars though .
Published 11 months ago by andrew
5.0 out of 5 stars 70's chick
Loved it - family don't though so I have to play it very loud when everyone else is out of the house!!!
Published 14 months ago by leeord
5.0 out of 5 stars Influential classics
This record contains the stand out tracks of the too short lived Paul Weller Style Council "experiment". Read more
Published 14 months ago by Tony
3.0 out of 5 stars Whats happened to the sound quality?
Not a bad selection of Style Council songs but Im struggling to believe the recordings were taken from the masters. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Adam. Southsea Hants
5.0 out of 5 stars good cd
Another buy from my wife excellent cd good to chill to and good for the summer in the garden great choice of tracks
Published 19 months ago by Mrs Samantha Hale
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