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on 6 June 2017
I have loved and adored the truly wonderful Style Council since the 1980s and in my opinion the Style Council does represent one of the very finest groups of this time. Both Paul Weller and Mick Talbot had such interesting ideas and were so utterly unique and very special. This is with all the other albums very wonderful and most musical in its breath and scope. A well recommended purchase at great value for money. This album contains many B sides and unreleased material which makes this purchase all the more essential as a great way to hear other recorded works that weren’t previously available. A worthwhile buy and excellent value if like me you adore the Style Council and superb music.
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on 8 May 2015
An essential Style Council album to have, along with 'The Complete Adventures' box set. Not only does it contains a number of unreleased studio recordings, but also a few b-sides that were left out of the box set. I f you want the majority of their released work then get these two CD sets.
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on 25 June 2015
I play this album more than the other ones. These ones that got away are often better than the ones that didn't. (Such is life.)
Sweet Loving Ways - love this romantic song
A Woman's Song - great version, very moving, even like the off tune bits
Piccadilly Trail - best song they ever did. Been singing along to it for years. (All those betrayals!)
April's Fool - go back to him, please!

And at least half a dozen other B side beauties. Like those Northern Soul gems you come across on compilations that warm the heart.

I don't know what was going on with Paul Weller in his 20s, but he hit a wonderful creative streak. The Jam were fun, his solo career has got some good stuff, but the Style Council were pop genius's. (I nearly went to see the tribute band recently - that's how much I like them!)

Peace.
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on 4 October 2007
This album is an essential purchase for anyone who loves the Style Council or indeed music. It contains some great songs which are not contained on any other TSC release and in particular My Very Good Friend which ranks with any of the group's mighty classics.
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on 7 February 2017
The style council i feel were often unfairly maligned listening to this collection now you can hear the fine musicianship and its not aged badly
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on 9 January 2016
this was a present therefore unable to review
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on 16 March 2011
This postmortally issued compilation is in my eyes a let down, not in the first place because of its concept (the b-sides and rarities thing actually works well with The Jam Extras compilation that was issued earlier) but because of the absence of quality songs on it: Apart from the acceptable b-sides "Big boss groove" and "Party chambers" that have already been available on other formats and a few melodic fillers like "A casual affair" and "Who will buy" there is nothing worth mentioning on this record. The professionally but heartlessly produced mediocre soul numbers "My very good friend" or "Love pains" are ommitting the signature of Weller's songwriting abilities and don't leave a lasting impression. The compiler's (Dennis Munday again) dilemma obviously was that - in contrast to the "Extras" compilation - the lack of classy tunes and quality songs of the late Style Council era. It would have been a turn for the better if Munday had looked for demos of the more sophisticated and affectingly northern soul tunes that the band had in their earlier repertoire, namely "Up for grabs", "Meeting of the yonder" and "Move on up".
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