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on 14 September 2015
I'm so glad Paul chose to release more modern classics as a follow up to the original modern classics album.
many other artists have released a greatest hits collection then years later rereleased the same collection of songs in a different running order with a couple of new tracks etc. making fans buy the same stuff all over again. Paul hasn't done this which means my original collection isn't obsolete!
Modern classics has always been my favourite EVER greatest hits cd. I haven't kept up with Pauls work properly for a few years so more modern classics is a welcome addition to my collection, allowing me to get up to date with his more recent recordings. It may not be full of such well known classics as the first classics album but its pure quality from a man who i consider to be underrated the past decade or so.
If you like Pauls music, even if youre a casual fan, its a great album to listen to and familiarise yourself with.
For me it was like getting to know an old friend once again, one who has aged very well!
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There's no denying that Paul Weller has had a cyclical career. From the highs of The Jam, he then found himself reaping diminishing returns, both commercially and critically, with The Style Council. So much so that by the end of the 1980's The Style Council were ignominiously dropped by Polydor which meant that Weller had to rebuild his career and reputation from scratch.

Most critics regarded him as a spent force by the early 1990's, but a run of solid albums - Wild Wood, Stanley Road and Heavy Soul - restored his critical and commercial fortunes, so that when his first solo compilation, Modern Classics, was released in 1998 it was able to boast a series of tracks that were very familiar to the record-buying public.

Since the late 1990's Weller has continued to tour and record regularly, but his profile has dropped again. So while this means that the track-listing of More Modern Classics might not contain too many songs that casual fans will instantly recognise, there's still considerable quality here.

"From The Floorboards Up", "Come On, Let's Go" and "Wake Up The Nation" are all flat-out Weller rockers that are typical of his Britpop peak in the mid 1990's. But as with his desire via The Style Council to move away from the straightjacket he found The Jam to be, there's plenty of other musical styles on offer here. "No Tears to Cry" is a little gem, a love-letter to the Northern Soul sound and "Sweet Pea, My Sweet Pea" is a delicate slice of acoustic folk, and like many songs on More Modern Classics has aged well.

The two newer tracks "Flame Out!" and "Brand New Toy" couldn't be more different. "Flame Out!" is a straightforward rock track, driven by a relentless guitar riff whilst "Brand New Toy" has a playful Kinks feel about it. It's a great song and shows that Weller can still produce the goods.

For the lapsed fan, More Modern Classics is well worth picking up. Paul Weller might not have troubled the top of the charts very often in the last fifteen years but he's continued to produce music of a high calibre. Warmly recommended.
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on 5 December 2015
Excellent compilation by the modfather. Good option if you don't want to buy all his albums, which, lets be honest 60% of songs on his studio albums are bang average.
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on 21 June 2014
I think this is the best album I've ever bought. It's got all the essential Weller sounds, from soulful rock to soul and psychadelic sounds. You can hear a lot of his influences here with Bowie-esque, psychadelia to punk and heavy soul. I just want to keep listening to it!
If there's one song that's a bit weaker than the others, it's Wishing on a Star, but I probably don't like it so much, because I don't particularly like the original. All the Weller originals are fantastic and more than make up for it. I couldn't possibly give it anything but a 5 star rating. Worth every penny.
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on 29 June 2014
Great songs love some of the covers but preferred the man's own . Put all three cd's in car and listen back to back happy days.
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on 6 June 2014
I have almost every Paul Weller album and I think this is one of the best. I was surprised to find I love Wishing on a Star. It is well worth buying the three CD box set. The Autorip only comes with discs 1 and 2. I queried this with Amazon and this is due to strict copyright laws but that may change in the future. Don't let this put you off buying it as you can upload the 3rd disc to cloud player later. All discs are equally good. As your average listener, the sound is very good.

Best album I've bought in ages. Money well spent.
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on 12 August 2014
the title says it all, if you are a weller fan from the jam to solo career the this album proves he still has it, and it never went away.
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on 19 July 2014
a must if you are a Paul Weller fan,great compilation,can highly recommend! comes in a fantastic book style which makes a great present.
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on 23 July 2014
Excellent collection. Great to have all your favourites on one CD. Little book of photos and a statement from Paul in the middle.
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on 7 July 2014
This guy can do no wrong
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