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Singular Adventures of Style C

Style Council Audio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (8 Sep 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Polydor
  • ASIN: B000001FQ3
  • Other Editions: Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 39,845 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. You're The Best Thing
2. Have You Ever Had It Blue (12in Version)
3. Money Go Round (Parts I & II)
4. My Ever Changing Moods (12in Version)
5. Long Hot Summer (12in Version)
6. The Lodgers
7. Walls Come Tumbling Down!
8. Shout To The Top!
9. Wanted
10. It Didn't Matter
11. Speak Like A Child
12. A Solid Bond In Your Heart
13. Life At A Top People's Health Farm
14. Promised Land
15. How She Threw It All Away
16. Waiting

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In retrospect, the Style Council has always been looked at as the (better part of a) decade that constituted Paul Weller's lost in the wilderness period, the time between his sharp, focused songs with the Jam and his more adult, reflective work as a solo artist. While it's undeniable that the period was marked by unevenness and experimentation, Weller and Mick Talbot's group chalked up their share of gems--it was just that for every "Long Hot Summer" there's "A Gospel"; for every "You're the Best Thing" and "My Ever Changing Moods" there's an entire album's worth of unreleased (except on a box set) house tracks that were probably better left unheard. But there's easily enough to fill a single disc, which is where The Singular Adventures of the Style Council comes in, rounding out the above singles with other favourites, including "Speak Like a Child", "Solid Bond in Your Heart", "Headstart for Happiness" and "How She Threw It All Away". In many ways, this "best of" foreshadows Weller's solo output: the best songs from the Style Council are those that are quiet and reflective; they feature breezy structures that let the songs breathe and shine through, here enhanced by bright synths and lounge-jazz arrangements rather than the Traffic-era guitar effects and classic keyboard sounds that would mark his later work.--Randy Silver

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great collection of songs 11 Dec 2003
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I know some of these songs from listening to a college/alternative radio station in the 1980s, such as "Have you ever had it blue?" and "Solid Bond in your Heart." After hearing some of the songs (mostly "My Ever Changing Moods") playing in the grocery store or at the mall, I wanted to hear the others. I found some great songs on this CD, ones that were never heard on the radio in America. The highlights of this CD are "Long Hot Summer" and "Speak Like a Child," which are the best. This is a great CD to put in the car and sing along while driving around. It beats most of what's on the radio today!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Some of Mr Weller's finest crafted songs... 25 Jun 2009
Format:Audio CD
Considered for quite some time to be the awkward & dated part of the Weller back catalogue, even the most hardened fan of the Jam or his post 1990 work has to acknowledge now, that the style council period not only contained some finely crafted songs (he performed 'Shout to the top' on his recent 22 dreams tour) but was in fact an essential part of his growth as a song writer.

Weller could never have written modern classics such as Changing man, Broken stones and Wild Wood without this period of experimentation and reflection with his future wife Dee c. Lee, Future long time collaborator Steve White on drums and Mick Talbot on the keys.

Songs included are Have you ever had it blue, Long hot summer, Wanted, Shout to the top, Speak like a child (the style council debut single), You're the best thing, and the glaringly autobiographical My ever changing moods are all here, and wrapped around them are other Style Council classics which are thankfully mainly from the Style Council's most prolific output between 1983 and 1987.

For the now low cost of purchasing the album, one can almost forgive the inclusion of the plodding watered down house music cover version of Promised Land (presumably included on the basis of chart success) as in the humble opinion of this reviewer this would struggle to qualify as a classic single from the Weller collection.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Birthday Pressie 23 Aug 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Got this for my hub as he is a fan of The Style Council we had it on tape of course ifs all CDs nowadays. He enjoys listening to it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars quality 2nd singles from weller 11 May 2013
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Having grown up with listening to Paul weller (as well as the police,xtc,madness and so on)since I was at high school this is a great collection of his second outing (the first being the jam 1977-1982 who were outstanding)
My only regret is that 'money go round' is the 12 inch version (I much prefered the 12 inch of long hot summer) but beggers can't be choosers
Speak like a child,long hot summer,my ever changing. Moods,your the best thing and shout to the top are Paul wellers better days with the council
Shame there wasn't the council collective single 'soul deep' on this disc.
This really is a class selection of the style council singles with Steve white only 17 when tsc started in 1983 on drums and ex meeting parka man Mr.mick talbot on piano/keyboards and wellers first wife to be Dee c. Lee ( who released the brilliant 'see the day' single.
What id like to see is a doulble cd of the style council to include all the singles best b-sides and album tracks in the tradition of the jams 'snap'
Go and jams greatest hits the style council singles and Paul wellers greatest hits and you won't be disappointed at all.
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