There are many Style Council compilations out there. This is one of the best. Why? Because it's one of the most comprehensive. It includes A sides, B sides, album tracks and even a tune from their unreleased final album (A New Decade of Modernism). Sweet Loving Ways is merely a compilation...so there's obviously a lot missing. Most of the Council's studio albums are still in print. All four of them are highly recommended.
Despite their inital success, the Style Council have always been rather underrated. Most folk refused to forgive Paul Weller for splitting The Jam in the Autumn of '82. Most folk didn't *understand* the Council's sense of humour nor their desire to take modernism BEYOND the restrictive confines of The Who and an oversized green military parka. Detractors have described the Council as "The Jam for girls" and "Wham with Marxist pretentions" Personally I couldn't think of two better descriptions of this wonderful British pop group.
The Style Council are best described as a cheeky fusion of Curtis Mayfield, The Small Faces and the classic pop sensibilities of Burt Bacharach/Hal David.
Anyway, I could go on for days...but I won't. The Style Council were one of the few reasons to get out of bed each morning during the dreadful 1980s. Purchase this CD immediately...and the next time your *mod* Uncle Steve starts whinging on about how "Weller lost the plot after The Jam"...play him Mick's Up, Fairly Tales, Piccadilly Trail or Changing of the Guard.
Here come the classics. Indeed.