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The Complete Adventures of the Style Council

  • 1. Speak Like a Child
    2. Party Chambers
    3. Merry-Go-Round (Pt.1 & 2)
    4. Headstart For Happiness
    5. Mick's Up
    6. Long Hot Summer
    7. Paris Match
    8. Le Depart
    9. Solid Bond in Your Heart
    10. It Just Came to Pieces In
    11. My Ever Changing Moods (1
    12. Micky's Company
    13. Spring, Summer, Autumn
    14. Mick's Blessing
    15. Whole Point of No Return
    16. Me Ship Came in!
    17. Blue Cafe
    18. Paris Match
    19. My Ever Changing Moods
    20. Dropping Bombs on the Whi
    21. Gospel
    22. Strength of Your Nature
    23. You're the Best Thing
    24. Here's One That Got Away
    25. Headstart For Happiness
    26. Council Meetin'
    27. Big Boss Groove
    28. Shout to the Top
    29. Ghosts of Dachau
    30. Piccadilly Trail
    31. Soul Deep (Bert Bevan's R
    32. Walls Come Tumbling Down
    33. Whole Point II
    34. Blood Sports
    35. Spin Drifting
    36. Homebreakers
    37. All Gone Away
    38. Come to Milton Keynes
    39. Internationalists
    40. Stones Throw Away
    41. Stand up Comic's Instruct
    42. Boy Who Cried Wolf
    43. Man of Great Promise
    44. Down in the Seine
    45. Lodgers or She Was Only A
    46. Luck
    47. With Everything to Lose
    48. Our Favourite Shop
    49. (When You) Call Me
    50. Have You Ever Had It Blue
    51. Mr. Cool's Dream
    52. It Didn't Matter
    53. All Year Round
    54. Right to Go
    55. Heavens Above
    56. Fairy Tales
    57. Angel
    58. Walking the Night
    59. Waiting
    60. Cost of Loving
    61. Woman's Song
    62. Francoise
    63. Wanted or Waiter There's
    64. Cost of Living (12"Versi
    65. Lift at a Top Peoples Hea
    66. Sweet Loving Ways
    67. It's a Very Deep Sea
    68. Story of Someone's Shoe
    69. Changing of the Guard
    70. Little Boy in a Castle/Do
    71. Gardener of Eden (Three P
    72. Why I Went Missing
    73. How She Threw It All Way
    74. Iwasadoledadstoyboy
    75. Confession 1, 2, & 3
    76. Confessions of a Pop-Grou
    77. In Love For the First Tim
    78. I Do Like to Be B-Side Th
    79. Promised Land (Longer Ver
    80. Can You Still Love Me?
    81. Long Hot Summer '89
    82. Everybody's on the Run (M
    83. New Decade
    84. Can You Still Love Me?
    85. World Must Come Together
    86. Hope (Feelings Gonna Getc
    87. That Spiritual Feeling
    88. Everybody's on the Run
    89. Love of the World
    90. Sure Is Sure
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 5577892

  • Credits

    The comprehensive five-disc, 90-track box set THE COMPLETE ADVENTURES OF THE STYLE COUNCIL collects all of the U.K. soul-pop duo's 1980s albums (minus the live album HOME AND ABROAD), plus non-LP singles and the unreleased 1989 acid house experiment A NEW DECADE OF MODERNISM, with full lyrics and track-by-track details.
    Given the blockbuster success of the Jam's exhaustive box set Direction Reaction Creation, perhaps it was inevitable that Polydor would give the Style Council a similar treatment, but the 1998 release of the five-disc box set The Complete Adventures of the Style Council was still a bit of surprise -- there never was much interest in their catalog following their 1990 disbandment. Fortunately, Polydor took a chance and assembled The Complete Adventures, a lavish box set containing all of the group's singles and albums, minus the live Home & Abroad but including the notorious unreleased 1989 record A Decade of Modernism, which the label allegedly rejected because it found Weller turning toward house music. As it turns out, A Decade of Modernism wasn't that far afield from what the Style Council was exploring from their inception, as the chronological running order of the set makes clear. The sequencing is a blessed occurrence, since it's easy to trace their development over the years. Instead of an aberration, the Style Council seems like a natural extension of the Jam's final record, The Gift, and every one of their subsequent records makes more sense than before. That doesn't mean the music is always compelling. No matter how interesting some of Weller's ideas were, they didn't always work, and he wrote way too many pompous, directionless songs to have The Complete Adventures rank with Direction Reaction Creation. (There are also too many Mick Talbot instrumentals, but that's another story.) For most listeners, including some serious Weller fans, the Style Council is best appreciated as a singles band, but for the dedicated, The Complete Adventures reveals that the Style Council, no matter how maddening they could be, were a group that continually reinvented themselves, occasionally making some remarkable music along the way. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

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