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Introducing The Stle Council

Style Council Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (17 Feb 2004)
  • Label: Pid
  • ASIN: B000254EC8
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

1. Long Hot Summer
2. Headstart for Happiness
3. Speak Like a Child
4. Long Hot Summer [Club Mix]
5. Paris Match
6. Mick's Up
7. Money-Go-Round, Pt. 1 & 2

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39 of 42 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This music will not age. I haven't converted a lot of my old vinyl to CDs because I've been too busy buying CDs of artists newly discovered. But the Style Council is special. I own albums and CDs of all of their music because: 1) Their music withstands frequent listenings 2) When friends that know the Style Council see SC CDs in my collection, they go crazy and want me to play them. 3) When friends that don't know the Style Council hear the music for the first time, they go crazy and want to know who's the band, where can they find these gems, etc. 4) Paul Weller is an amazing artist, a master of genres who understands melody, content, and style.
Critical musings here don't do the Style Council justice. REM slammed Weller's Style Council phase in an interview, proving REM is both a second-rate band with an inferiority complex as well as a poor judge of music. This first Style Council work is a great starting place for the band. It's as smooth as good cognac--I equate this music with adventure, physical indulgence in the opposite sex, cool dance clubs, intellectual exploration, and pleasure-induced numbness. It truly is music for hedonists. One never tires of songs such as "Paris Match" (version here is the best) or "Long Hot Summer." They're my favorite band of the 80s--folks never got over the Jam breaking up and would use Weller's future projects against that band's measuring stick. But they're on different playing fields. Critics, it's okay to love non-Jam Weller tunes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars STILL SOUNDS AMAZING 20 Jun 2013
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Had this on 12" single many moons ago , but scratched it. Still sounds fresh even 30 years on . Weller even then ahead of his time!!.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Takes me back to the 80's! 29 April 2013
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Have always enjoyed listening to The Style Council. Love this album - all tracks are strong and would recommend this album to anyone. Well worth buying, you wont be disappointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Happy days 11 April 2013
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I had this album years ago on vinyl so was very happy to see it again as a cd.Only downside is the album doesn't contain the track'Le Depart' but still great anyway
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Amazon.com: 4.5 out of 5 stars  12 reviews
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Weller Goes Soul 4 April 2003
By paperbackriter - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
A rollicking fine debut which successfully launched Paul Weller's post-Jam foray into blue-eyed soul. While the formula would be refined and perfected before finally reaching an apex with "My Ever Changing Moods", the rawness and spontaneity of "Introducing" is hard to beat.
While "Introducing" picked up its share of devoted followers, it never reached a mass audience. Too bad, as several stand-out tracks would have made fine singles. The effortless groove of lead track "Long Hot Summer" conjures the romantic image of escaping the daily grind on a blistering July day. The acoustic sing-a-long "Head Start For Happiness", adeptly structured on a bed of minor-seventh chords, is an achingly sincere love-fest. Best of all is "The Paris Match", a soaring romantic epic, which rightfully earns its place among the upper strata of Weller's work. Really there a no duds on the disc. Even throwaway "Mick's Up", a bluesy send-up a la Booker T & the MG's, is worthy. Overall, a fine introduction to a vastly underrated band.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't Let The Long Hot Summer Pass You By 30 Aug 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
One summer afternoon, 20 years ago while walking the streets of downtown Bowling Green, OH, I heard this hauntingly beautiful melody playing in a record store I passed. Even though I was a poor college student and perpetually broke, I had to have this record. I bought the album based on hearing the one song, and have not regretted it. To this day, I still listen to this album on my turntable. I only recently ordered the CD. I don't understand why this album didn't get more air time.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Arguing with the Chorus 8 Nov 2002
By Allan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Guys/gals! Take it easy! Why reviewer two, seemingly dissed reviewer one, don't know, cause reviewer one liked what he was reviewing.
while i am not, as is apparently, reviewer 2, a world's authority on soul, i know great music when i hear it and play it, to wax egotistical for a moment. (i'm a musician.)
excepting that, sometimes weller's falsetto gives the game away, (white boy makin' black soul) generally, he can do the blue eyed soul thang perfectly and this record does indeed show him at the apex of his powers. (regarding talbot, actually, mick was essential to the council and while his instrumentals aren't for everyone, his arrangement and keys are vital "in de mix.")
a truly great LP from the cover art down, weller's urbane yet pensive expression on the sleeve says it all: ego, talent, fierceness, naked fear (at the reagan-thatcher world order). this album was actually played in REGULAR ROTATION by the world's greatest dj, big rick stewart in california in the sorely missed 80's, so great were the tunes and despite no american mtv or other commercial pumping.
as his melodic sense goes, so goes weller. he gets it, loses it, gets it, loses it. with the exception of money go round, all these songs are extremely melodic (and money go round was just fine, too). i agree with reviwer two, the the production was similarly fantastic - why such limited credit in this regard, i'll never no.
finally, weller says today, he merely 'likes' the council and finds them interesting. to be frank, at least from point of great melody, with few exceptions, the first three style council records smoke the jam. period.
drink your tea, kids, and stop fightin.' get on up!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Introducing The Style Council 6 Oct 2011
By Todd Reese - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Introducing a band that needs no introduction. The Style Council was the soul spin off of the iconclastic band , The Jam. Paul Weller provides the smooth sounds that ushered in the 80's neo soul. Keyboardist Mick Talbott added the texture that would influence future artists. This recording contains the only version of "The Paris Match" sung by author, Paul Weller.
A must have for students of British soul.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A terrific breezy debut from the masters of 1980's Blue-Eyed Soul 9 Jun 2010
By Philip Bradshaw - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
At the end of The Jam's life there were more than a few hints that Paul Weller was transitioning from punk/R&B to a more soulful and jazzy sound. However, nothing presaged the breezy blue-eyed soul of Introducing The Style Council. SC captured me from the opening beats of the great Long Hot Summer and held me to the very end. Though immensely popular in the UK (12 top twenty singles) the band barely made a dent in the US (two chart entries, #29 and #79!). Again, it's ironic that Britain (then a solidly Caucasian country) welcomed soul and R&B from the get go yet America consistently rejected most of the Brit's take on the genre when it was tossed back across the pond. Hell, Motown and Stax/Volt drew far greater (white) audiences in the UK in the 1960's than they ever drew over here. Indeed, soul and R&B artists could always count on healthy live sales in Britain and Germany long after their flames has dimmed back home. I suppose that some of the reluctance is racial (white boys singing black music). Then again, the US consistently parades its parochial nature for the entire world to see. In addition, although the main influences are definitely American soul SC was always difficult to pigeonhole - Weller and Talbot weren't afraid to explore different sounds on the same LP. Finally, they often expressed their political beliefs quite vocally (anti-Thatcher most noticeably)and politically orientated popular music has always had a bigger audience in Europe. Well,I guess that I've explained away the band's lack of US success! However, from a purely qualitative POV I remain bewildered that US popularity eluded them. For me great music is great music. And this IS terrific music. Even if the long play records failed to register there are numerous individual songs that one would have thought capable of reaching a pretty large audience. Anyway, thankfully, there was more to come.
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