The Modern Classics: Greatest Hits [Bonus Tracks]

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Wrapping up his contractual commitment to Go! Records, Paul Weller delivered Modern Classics, his first compilation of solo material, late in 1998. Modern Classics plays it safe, collecting all of his singles and adding a fine new song, "Brand New Start," which may not at first seem live up to its title, but eventually reveals itself to be a weightier ballad variation of the trad rock of Heavy Soul. Regrettably, the album is not sequenced in chronological order, but there was a consistency to Weller's solo work that makes the compilation hold together well. And while it certainly confirms that his solo work is easily his most conservative music to date, it also ...
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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Wrapping up his contractual commitment to Go! Records, Paul Weller delivered Modern Classics, his first compilation of solo material, late in 1998. Modern Classics plays it safe, collecting all of his singles and adding a fine new song, "Brand New Start," which may not at first seem live up to its title, but eventually reveals itself to be a weightier ballad variation of the trad rock of Heavy Soul. Regrettably, the album is not sequenced in chronological order, but there was a consistency to Weller's solo work that makes the compilation hold together well. And while it certainly confirms that his solo work is easily his most conservative music to date, it also proves that it wasn't slight -- these singles are uniformly solid, whether it's the driving "Into Tomorrow," the rugged soul-pop of "Uh-Huh Oh-Yeh," the passionate "Sunflower," the ersatz ELO tribute "The Changingman," or ballads like "Broken Stones" and "Mermaids." Like Snap! and The Singular Adventures of the Style Council, Modern Classics is a testament to Weller's strength as a singles artist and a terrifically enjoyable listen in its own right. [The U.K. edition of Modern Classics included a bonus live disc, culled from various shows, which was every bit as good as Live Wood.] [Modern Classics: Greatest Hits is also available in an import release.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/3/1998
  • Label: Import [generic]
  • EAN: 4988005224231
  • Catalog Number: 120496

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Out Of The Sinking (3:51)
  2. 2 Peacock Suit (3:07)
  3. 3 Sunflower (4:10)
  4. 4 The Weaver (3:44)
  5. 5 Wild Wood (3:23)
  6. 6 Above The Clouds (3:51)
  7. 7 Uh-Huh Oh Yeh (3:19)
  8. 8 Brushed (3:32)
  9. 9 The Changingman (3:32)
  10. 10 Friday Street (2:20)
  11. 11 You Do Something To Me (3:38)
  12. 12 Brand New Start (4:07)
  13. 13 Hung Up (2:41)
  14. 14 Mermaids (3:04)
  15. 15 Broken Stones (3:22)
  16. 16 Into Tomorrow (3:16)
  17. 17 Can You Heal Us (Holy Man) (5:14)
  18. 18 Porcelain Gods (5:34)
  19. 19 The River Bank (3:36)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Paul Weller Primary Artist, Bass, Guitar, Piano, Vocals, Moog Synthesizer, Mellotron
Mark Nelson Bass, Sitar
Carleen Anderson Background Vocals
Dr. Robert Bass, Background Vocals
Brendan Lynch Accordion, Moog Synthesizer, Mellotron, Cyremin
Mick Talbot fender rhodes
Helen Turner Organ
Yolanda Charles Bass
Steve Cradock Guitar, Background Vocals
Jacko Peake Flute
Simon Fowler Background Vocals
Steve White Drums
The Wired Strings Strings
Max Beasley Organ
Technical Credits
Mark Nelson Composer
Chris Bangs Producer
Brendan Lynch Composer, Producer
Paul Weller Composer, Producer
Martin "Max" Heyes Engineer
Rosie Wetters String Arrangements
Steve White Composer
Jamie Johnson Engineer
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