Hit Parade [Box Set]

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Teenage rock & rollers often don't last. Certainly, they rarely keep performing into middle age, but Paul Weller has never been ordinary. From the outset, Weller was different -- too tense, too difficult to fit into the crowd even when he was the most popular musician in Britain, as he was when he led the Jam at the turn of the '80s. That ornery side gave his music an edge and also gave it a riveting humanity that earned him a passionate, devoted audience who stuck with him through a roller coaster of ups and downs in his career, from his abrupt disbandment of the Jam to form the slick, soulful Style Council to his comeback as the trad-rocking Modfather in ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Teenage rock & rollers often don't last. Certainly, they rarely keep performing into middle age, but Paul Weller has never been ordinary. From the outset, Weller was different -- too tense, too difficult to fit into the crowd even when he was the most popular musician in Britain, as he was when he led the Jam at the turn of the '80s. That ornery side gave his music an edge and also gave it a riveting humanity that earned him a passionate, devoted audience who stuck with him through a roller coaster of ups and downs in his career, from his abrupt disbandment of the Jam to form the slick, soulful Style Council to his comeback as the trad-rocking Modfather in the '90s. It's one of the great careers of the post-punk era, and the four-disc 2006 box set Hit Parade is the first attempt to tell it in its entirety, from the bright, brilliant early years of the Jam to his role as an elder statesman in the new millennium. Given the great wealth of music that Weller made during these three decades, the compilers picked the simplest and best solution to whittling down his rich, complicated career to the basics: they picked the A-sides of all of his British singles. This means that there are great songs left behind -- whether it's the Jam B-side "Tales from the Riverbank" or the soulful "Can You Heal Us (Holy Man)" from Wild Wood -- but that's the nature of hits compilations: great songs get left behind. What's impressive with Hit Parade is not what's absent but what's present, which is not only enough to make a case for Weller's strengths as a songwriter and restless rocker, but which helps explain the transitions in his career in a way that may be revelatory even for longtime fans. For instance, in this context the stylized café-soul of the Style Council seems like a natural outgrowth of the high-octane Motown-pop of the last Jam singles, and while it's hard to argue that the Style Council didn't drift in its latter years, it's easier to hear how revitalized Weller was as a solo artist when "Into Tomorrow" follows the fallow final gasps of the Council. Then again, by trimming his career down to the singles, the weak patches in his career aren't as evident: even when Weller's albums were patchy, the singles were often strong, and when they're taken together they aren't just an enjoyable, exciting listen, they tell one of the greatest stories in rock history, one that provides revelations even to those who have been with him since the beginning. And that's what makes Hit Parade a truly great box set.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/3/2008
  • Label: Universal Uk
  • UPC: 602498426159
  • Catalog Number: 9842615
  • Sales rank: 85,437

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 In the City - The Jam (2:20)
  2. 2 All Around the World - The Jam (2:23)
  3. 3 The Modern World - The Jam (2:33)
  4. 4 News of the World - The Jam (3:29)
  5. 5 David Watts - The Jam (2:54)
  6. 6 'A' Bomb in Wardour Street - The Jam (2:34)
  7. 7 Down in the Tube Station at Midnight - The Jam (4:04)
  8. 8 Strange Town - The Jam (3:49)
  9. 9 When You're Young - The Jam (3:11)
  10. 10 The Eton Rifles - The Jam (3:59)
  11. 11 Going Undergound - The Jam (2:55)
  12. 12 Dreams of Children - The Jam (3:08)
  13. 13 Start! - The Jam (2:31)
  14. 14 That's Entertainment - The Jam (3:36)
  15. 15 Funeral Pyre - The Jam (3:29)
  16. 16 Absolute Beginners - The Jam (2:50)
  17. 17 Town Called Malice - The Jam (2:54)
  18. 18 Precious - The Jam (3:34)
  19. 19 Just Who Is the Five O'Clock Hero? - The Jam (2:13)
  20. 20 The Bitterest Pill (I Ever Had to Swollow) - The Jam (3:30)
  21. 21 Beat Surrender - The Jam (3:26)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Speak Like a Child - The Style Council (3:18)
  2. 2 Money-Go-Round - The Style Council (7:42)
  3. 3 Long Hot Summer - The Style Council (3:51)
  4. 4 Solid Bond in Your Heart - The Style Council (3:18)
  5. 5 My Ever Changing Moods - The Style Council (4:04)
  6. 6 You're the Best Thing - The Style Council (4:25)
  7. 7 Big Boss Groove - The Style Council (4:40)
  8. 8 Shout to the Top! - The Style Council (4:16)
  9. 9 Walls Come Tumbling Down - The Style Council (3:25)
  10. 10 Come to Milton Keynes - The Style Council (3:01)
  11. 11 The Lodgers - The Style Council (4:56)
  12. 12 Have You Ever Had It Blue - The Style Council (3:24)
  13. 13 It Didn't Matter - The Style Council (5:45)
  14. 14 Waiting - The Style Council (4:27)
  15. 15 Wanted - The Style Council (3:24)
  16. 16 Life at a Top People's Health Farm - The Style Council (4:18)
  17. 17 How She Threw It All Away - The Style Council (4:14)
  18. 18 Promised Land - The Style Council (2:51)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Into Tomorrow (3:14)
  2. 2 Uh-Huh Oh-Yeh (3:21)
  3. 3 Above the Clouds (3:52)
  4. 4 Sunflower (4:11)
  5. 5 Wild Wood (3:24)
  6. 6 The Weaver (3:45)
  7. 7 Hung Up (2:42)
  8. 8 Out of the Sinking (3:51)
  9. 9 The Changingman (3:32)
  10. 10 You Do Something to Me (3:40)
  11. 11 Broken Stones (3:23)
  12. 12 Peacock Suit (3:07)
  13. 13 Brushed (3:30)
  14. 14 Friday Street (2:19)
  15. 15 Mermaids (3:05)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Brand New Start (4:08)
  2. 2 He's the Keeper (3:40)
  3. 3 Sweet Pea, My Sweet Pea (4:08)
  4. 4 It's Written in the Stars (3:02)
  5. 5 Leafy Mysteries (3:09)
  6. 6 The Bottle (3:06)
  7. 7 Wishing on a Star (3:32)
  8. 8 Thinking of You (3:52)
  9. 9 Early Morning Rain (3:48)
  10. 10 From the Floorboards Up (2:30)
  11. 11 Come On/Let's Go! (3:19)
  12. 12 Here's the Good News (2:59)
  13. 13 Blink & You'll Miss It (3:25)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Paul Weller Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Gordon Lightfoot Composer
Joe Smooth Composer
Bernard Edwards Composer
Bruce Foxton Composer
Ray Davies Composer
Chris Bangs Producer
Rick Buckler Composer
Robert Ellis Cover Photo
Brendan Lynch Producer
Mick Talbot Composer, Producer
Chris Parry Producer
Paul Weller Composer
Gil Scott-Heron Composer
Vic Smith Producer
Peter Wilson Arranger, Producer
Vic Coppersmith-Heaven Producer
Martin "Max" Heyes Engineer
Billie Rae Calvin Composer
Vic Coppersmith Producer
Adrian Thrills Liner Notes
Simon Dine Composer, Producer
Joeri Saal Engineer
Steve "Supe" White Producer
Paul John Weller Producer
Jam Producer
Steve White Composer
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