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Modern Classics; the title said it all, really. A little tongue in cheek, perhaps, but he had a point. In just eight years as a solo artist, Paul Weller had created a body of work that not only matched the very best of his previous groups’ output, but also put him toe to toe – and frequently head and shoulders above – the crop of new bands claiming him as a hero. He’d ... Read more in Amazon's Paul Weller Store

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  • Audio CD (6 Nov. 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Universal / Island
  • ASIN: B000HIVO5A
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,128 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Town Called MaliceThe Jam 2:53£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Going UndergroundThe Jam 2:54£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Shout To The Top (Full Version)The Style Council 4:13£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. From The Floorboards UpPaul Weller 2:27£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Down In The Tube Station At Midnight (Single Edit)The Jam 4:03£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Peacock Suit (Single / Album Version)Paul Weller 3:06£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. The Changingman (Single Edit)Paul Weller 3:32£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. The Eton Rifles (Single Edit)The Jam 3:57£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Come On/Let's GoPaul Weller 3:17£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. SunflowerPaul Weller 4:09£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Beat SurrenderThe Jam 3:23£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Walls Come Tumbling DownThe Style Council 3:24£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. That's EntertainmentThe Jam 3:14£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Broken StonesPaul Weller 3:21£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Out Of The Sinking (Original / Single Version)Paul Weller 3:50£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Long Hot Summer (Single Edit)The Style Council 3:48£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen17. You're The Best Thing (Single Edit)The Style Council 4:24£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Wild WoodPaul Weller 3:23£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen19. You Do Something To MePaul Weller 3:38£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Hung UpPaul Weller 2:40£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen21. My Ever Changing Moods (Single Edit)The Style Council 4:02£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen22. Speak Like A ChildThe Style Council 3:13£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen23. Start! (Single Version)The Jam 2:32£0.99  Buy MP3 

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PAUL WELLER Hit Parade (2006 UK Special Edition CD album featuring 23 highlights from the Modfathers incredible career [spanning for the first time ever Jam Style Council and solo material] including Town Called Malice Going Underground Shout To The Top Down In The Tube Station At Midnight The Changingman Beat Surrender Thats Entertainment You Do Something To Me and more. Complete with a 16-page picture booklet featuring photos and liner notes from music journalist Adrian Thrills)

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With three decades of acclaimed songwriting behind him, former Jam frontman Paul Weller knows a thing or two about knocking up a catchy tune. It may come as a surprise, but Hit Parade is Weller's first major career retrospective, combining material from his Jam and Style Council days, as well as from his last 15 or so years as a solo artist. Released to coincide with a high-profile full-length BBC documentary, Hit Parade features 23 of his biggest hits. Seminal Jam anthems such as "Town Called Malice", "Going Underground", "Eton Rifles" and "Down In The Tube Station", sit surprisingly well next to Style Council selections like "Shout To The Top!" and "You're The Best Thing", connected of course via Weller's distinctive, raw vocals and his dual passion for soul and rock. Not all of his solo albums are represented, but most of his best loved records are here; "Wild Wood" and "Sunflower" (from Wild Wood), as well as songs from Stanley Road and 2005's As Is Now. It's a compelling profile of a man whose unique sound has proved not only thoroughly consistent, but also impressively enduring. --Paul Sullivan

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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Gary Hurst on 6 Nov. 2006
Format: Audio CD
Having read a recent review slating the choice of tracks chosen for this album, I felt compelled to add my own review. Yes there are a huge number of lesser known songs that could have been included on this cd. Yes it does include the Modfather's most commercial and successful hits but this is exactly what this album is all about. It's a celebration of an artist's catalogue of hits over the past 30 years and what a 30 years this guy has had. Many young people will not have heard most of the earlier stuff, but what a chance to open their ears to some of the best music of an era. The selection of tracks may only rate as 2 star for the most avid Weller fan, but 2 stars for the quality of the music??? Any album that has Down In The Tubestation, Going Underground, Long Hot Summer, You Do Something To Me, From The Floorboards Up....... I could go on and on listing awesome tracks from this album!
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By S. Morgan on 12 Nov. 2006
Format: Audio CD
Although you can buy compilations of Paul Wellers work in his various guise of The Jam, Style Council and solo, here we see the Mod Father's ultimate collection. Earlier review was looking for Jam album tracks that were missing - that isn't what this CD is about. This is an extraordinay look back at the depth of the 60plus singles in his repetoire - from Eton Rifles to From the Floorboards Up. Not every single Weller has ever released has been a ground shaking classic, but here is a classic collection of Paul Weller over the last 30 years.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Mr. N. P. Ritchie on 13 Nov. 2006
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I actually went for the fans 4CD box set version (featuring 65 plus songs spanning Weller's 30 years) rather than this single CD aimed at the mass market. The box which is under £20 on Amazon is a fantastic bargain with superb packaging. Go and buy it. But this also caught my eye as one for the car, a party or to loan. You won't let the box set sit around amongst the beer & fag ends! And unlike the themed 4CD version, this one mixes Weller's catalogue up - Jam, Council & solo nestling nicely alongside each other. I'd say it's not only a handy primer and also a good companion. Sure as one reviewer said there are some better songs not here, but that's not the point. It does what it says on the tin - Hit Parade - chart stuff contained within. For completest's get Direction, Reaction, Creation (in the new 12x12 hardback earbook form) and you'll have hours of fun. Alternatively buy all the CD Albums. Better still dust off the old vinyl and enjoy the crackles. Simply put, if you like the hits buy. If you haven't sampled his music it's a great way in. Hell Down In The Tubestation At Midnight is worth £17 plus postage on it's own. Enjoy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nostromo on 5 Dec. 2007
Format: Audio CD
I read recently that Paul Weller regarded his time with The Jam as his creative low point, prefering both his solo material and that of the Style Council. I can't help thinking that this is in some way to further scupper any notion that the original 3 members of The Jam might reunite once and for all, after all, why should he revisit material that he regards as inferior?

However, what this Weller collection which covers some of his most famous material from all three stages of his career proves is that he is a songwriter of immense talent, an almost incomparable musician who offers very good value to his audience and that all of his musical phases are at least worthy and admirable. However, it also proves to me that while some of his solo material is excellent, and some of his Style Council stuff is decent, nothing compares to the raw genius of his Jam stuff, augmented by probably the best bassist and drummer of the era, Paul Weller shows in his Jam persona, at the tender age of 19-24, that he was a fantastic songwriter, singer, guitarist and easily one of the the best lyricist Great Britain has ever produced. While his later career is good, nothing beats his period in The Jam, and it seems that he, or at least his record label, agrees for out of the thousands of images they could have chosen for the cover to show the multitude of images he has presented, they chose him as The Jam's frontman.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Richard on 30 Nov. 2006
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Wow! What a legacy, what a great little collection of hit singles spanning Weller's
thirty year career history. The thing about this compilation is, that it's under no
pressure to be fully comprehensive as there are already some very well put
together 'Best Of's' available for his Jam, Style Council and solo stuff. You see
the joy of this cd is, that you grab a handful of hits from all parts of his career
to give a brilliant overview, so with all this variety and killer tunes all on the
one disc you can't really go wrong. To call this a fine collection of music is a
bit of an understatement. This is solid from the floorboards up. Buy it now!
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Format: Audio CD
For the first time, Hit Parade brings together the three ages of Weller onto a single CD. Featuring seven tracks by The Jam, six by the Style Council and 10 by Paul as a solo artist, the compilation obviously only scratches the surface of Weller's vast repertoire but is a very good overview or greatest hits set by this major artist.

Obviously virtually all of Paul's biggest hits are present on Hit Parade but are these necessarily his greatest and most significant songs? By and large, they are with particular highlights for me including The Eton Rifles and Town Called Malice by The Jam, the brilliant Shout To The Top by the Style Council and Changingman and Wild Wood from the solo years. Not being one to particularly enjoy looking backwards, I imagine that Paul was especially thrilled that two tracks from his (then) most recent LP As Is Now are also included on Hit Parade. Even more proudly, the tracks in question - the exhilarating From The Floorboards up and Come On / Lets Go - stand up to anything else featured on this compilation.

The only real omissions from Hit Parade for me are singles representing Weller's early punk years (In The City would have been the best choice) and a track from his first solo album such as Into Tomorrow which signified the beginning of his creative rebirth following the downward trajectory of the later Style Council years. Neither song was a particularly big hit though they were highly significant releases and warrant inclusion on that front.

Good as Hit Parade is, it doesn't really do Paul Weller justice in the way that a two CD set also including further singles as well as key b-sides and album tracks would. Unfortunately Paul hasn't been featured in the excellent Essentials series yet so the best path for those wanting more Weller is a compilation of each of his three main acts. For those just wanting a one-CD overview however, Hit Parade is a very good place to start.
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