The Complete Adventures of the Style Council

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/10/1998
  • Label: Polygram Uk
  • UPC: 731455778922
  • Catalog Number: 557789

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Speak Like a Child (3:18)
  2. 2 Party Chambers (3:22)
  3. 3 Money-Go-Round, Pt. 1 & 2 (7:29)
  4. 4 Headstart for Happiness (2:50)
  5. 5 Mick's Up (3:13)
  6. 6 Long Hot Summer (7:03)
  7. 7 The Paris Match (3:46)
  8. 8 L├ędepart (2:49)
  9. 9 A Solid Bond in Your Heart (3:18)
  10. 10 It Just Came to Pieces in My Hands (2:32)
  11. 11 My Ever Changing Moods (5:43)
  12. 12 Mick's Company (2:49)
  13. 13 Spring, Summer, Autumn (2:24)
  14. 14 Mick's Blessings (1:17)
  15. 15 The Whole Point of No Return (2:44)
  16. 16 Me Ship Came In! (3:08)
  17. 17 Blue Cafe (2:18)
  18. 18 The Paris Match (4:27)
  19. 19 My Ever Changing Moods (3:39)
  20. 20 Dropping Bombs on the White House (3:15)
  21. 21 A Gospel (4:46)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Strength of Your Nature (4:21)
  2. 2 You're the Best Thing (5:42)
  3. 3 Here's One That Got Away (2:36)
  4. 4 Headstart for Happiness (3:22)
  5. 5 Council Meetin' (2:34)
  6. 6 The Big Boss Groove (4:40)
  7. 7 Shout to the Top! (4:16)
  8. 8 Ghosts of Dachau (2:51)
  9. 9 The Piccadilly Trail (3:45)
  10. 10 Soul Deep (7:12)
  11. 11 Walls Come Tumbling Down! (3:25)
  12. 12 The Whole Point II (2:51)
  13. 13 Bloodsports (3:36)
  14. 14 Spin' Drifting (3:11)
  15. 15 Homebreakers (5:07)
  16. 16 All Gone Away (2:17)
  17. 17 Come to Milton Keynes (3:03)
  18. 18 Internationalists (3:08)
  19. 19 A Stone's Throw Away (2:19)
  20. 20 The Stand Up Comic's Instructions (1:33)
  21. 21 Boy Who Cried Wolf (5:17)
Disc 3
  1. 1 A Man of Great Promise (2:35)
  2. 2 Down in the Seine (2:44)
  3. 3 The Lodgers (3:58)
  4. 4 Luck (2:36)
  5. 5 With Everything to Lose (3:56)
  6. 6 Our Favorite Shop (2:55)
  7. 7 (When You) Call Me (3:20)
  8. 8 Have You Ever Had It Blue? (4:48)
  9. 9 Mr. Cool's Dream (2:28)
  10. 10 It Didn't Matter (5:45)
  11. 11 All Year Round (2:18)
  12. 12 Right to Go (5:12)
  13. 13 Heavens Above (6:12)
  14. 14 Fairy Tales (4:09)
  15. 15 Angel (4:32)
  16. 16 Walking the Night (4:32)
  17. 17 Waiting (4:27)
  18. 18 The Cost of Loving (4:20)
  19. 19 A Woman's Song (3:03)
  20. 20 Francoise (2:42)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Wanted (3:24)
  2. 2 The Cost of Loving (3:50)
  3. 3 Life at a Top Peoples Health Farm (5:48)
  4. 4 Sweet Loving Ways (3:32)
  5. 5 It's a Very Deep Sea (5:32)
  6. 6 The Story of Someone's Shoe (3:43)
  7. 7 Changing of the Guard (2:50)
  8. 8 The Little Boy in a Castle/A Dove Flew Down from the Elephant (3:05)
  9. 9 The Gardener of Eden (A Three Piece Suite) (10:30)
  10. 10 Why I Went Missing (4:43)
  11. 11 How She Threw It All Away (4:17)
  12. 12 Iwasadoledadstoyboy (4:28)
  13. 13 Confessions 1, 2, & 3 (4:43)
  14. 14 Confessions of a Pop-Group (9:28)
  15. 15 In Love for the First Time (3:39)
  16. 16 I Do Like to Be B-Side the A-Side/The Mixed Companions (4:45)
Disc 5
  1. 1 Promised Land (7:07)
  2. 2 Can You Still Love Me? (4:21)
  3. 3 Long Hot Summer '89 (5:31)
  4. 4 Everybody's on the Run/Modernism: A New Decade (7:59)
  5. 5 A New Decade (3:24)
  6. 6 Can You Still Love Me? (5:03)
  7. 7 The World Must Come Together (5:24)
  8. 8 Hope (Feelings Gonna Getcha) (7:17)
  9. 9 That Spiritual Feeling (7:37)
  10. 10 Everybody's on the Run (5:44)
  11. 11 Love of the World (8:58)
  12. 12 Sure Is Sure (6:18)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Style Council Primary Artist
Jimmy Ruffin Vocals
Chris Hunter Tenor Saxophone
Tracey Thorn Vocals
Guy Barker Trumpet
Chris Bostock Double Bass
Billy Chapman Tenor Saxophone
Dave Defries Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Martin Drover Trumpet
Jo Dworniak Bass
Junior Giscombe Vocals
Clark Kent Bass
Alison Limerick Vocals
Roddy Lorimer Trumpet
Jocelyn Pook Viola
Audrey Riley Cello
Steve Sidelnyk Percussion
Ashley Slater Trombone
Barbara Snow Trumpet
Anne Stephenson Violin
Luke Tunney Trumpet
Helen Turner Vocals
Bobby Valentino Violin
Ben Watt Guitar
Annie Whitehead Trombone
Peter Wilson Double Bass, Synthesizer Bass
Zeke Manyika Drums
Dizzy Hite Vocals
Dee C. Lee Vocals
Kevin Miller Bass
Hilary Seabrook Tenor Saxophone
Gary Wallis Percussion
Camelle Hinds Bass, Vocals
Mike Mower Flute, Tenor Saxophone
Patrick Grundy-White French Horn
Tracie Young Vocals
Vaughn Toulouse Vocals
Lenny Henry Vocals
Jayne Williamson Vocals
Steve Dawson Trumpet
Dynamic Three Rap
Pete Thams Trombone
Chris Laurence Trombone
Technical Credits
Joe Smooth Writer
Gil Evans Arranger
D.C. Lee Composer
John Mealing Orchestration, String Arrangements
Mick Talbot Composer, Writer
Patrick Moten Writer
Marco Nelson Composer
Paul Weller Composer, Producer, Writer
John Reed Liner Notes
Roger Wake Mastering
Peter Wilson Arranger, Producer, String Arrangements, drum programming
Dee C. Lee Writer
Camelle Hinds Composer, Writer
Paolo Hewitt Liner Notes, Essay
Richard Griffin Writer
Paul Waller Composer
Simon Halfon Art Direction
Dennis Munday Producer, Liner Notes
Sandra Sully Writer
Olivier Horet translation
Pat Gilbert Liner Notes, Essay
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