The Style Council - Long Hot Summers: The Story of the Style Council Vinyl 3LP
The Style Council Long Hot Summers: The Story of the Style Council Vinyl 3LP
Definitive Career-Spanning Vinyl 3LP Anthology Co-Compiled by Paul Weller and Remastered at Abbey Road Studios!
The Style Council's long-awaited and eagerly anticipated definitive career anthology Long Hot Summers: The Story of the Style Council was co-compiled by Paul Weller and teams with all of the band's greatest hits. Along with the huge hit "Long Hot Summer," the collection also includes the band's sterling debut top 5 single "Speak Like A Child" as well as other signature hits such as the languid "You're The Best Thing," "Ever Changing Moods" and dance floor filler "Shout To The Top."
Long Hot Summers also includes two unreleased tracks – an intriguing demo of the top 5 single "My Ever Changing Moods" with strings, and the extended, 5-minute plus version of "Dropping Bombs On The Whitehouse." The album also features key album tracks and fan favorites such as "Headstart For Happiness." Remastered at Abbey Road Studios, the vinyl 3LP-set comes complete with rare photos, an introduction by Weller, a new essay by Lois Wilson, and sleeve-notes from ‘super-fan', actor Martin Freeman.
When Weller announced The Style Council's arrival in March 1983, he'd come a very long way. In fact, at the age of just 24, he was already a musical veteran with six albums and nine Top 10 singles under his belt with The Jam. As their leader he had become a deity-like figure and for his fans, The Jam's split was unimaginable. But creatively restless and of inquisitive mind, Weller jettisoned them at their height to form a collective with an eventual core line-up of Weller with Mick Talbot, Dee C Lee and Steve White.
In a quest for new sounds, the group travelled to realms previously unchartered for a pop group incorporating musical influences as wide ranging as Blue Note jazz and Chicago soul, Claude Debussy and Erik Satie, Chicago House and Jacques Brel. At the same time, as battle lines were drawn in a decade under Margaret Thatcher culminating in the miner's strike of 1984-85, Weller's lyrics spoke with the language of the activist and his state of the nation addresses were both fierce and eloquent. Over four albums and 17 singles, The Style Council made a stand and became the standard bearers of progressive soulful pop and social comment.
• Vinyl 3LP-set
• Definitive career anthology co-compiled by Paul Weller
• Includes two unreleased tracks – a demo of the top 5 single "My Ever Changing Moods" with strings and extended, 5-minute plus version of "Dropping Bombs On The Whitehouse"
• Remastered at Abbey Road Studios
• Featuring rare photos, an introduction by Weller, a new essay by Lois Wilson & sleeve-notes from ‘super-fan', actor Martin Freeman
The Style Council Long Hot Summers: The Story of the Style Council Track Listing:
1. Headstart for Happiness
2. Long Hot Summer
3. My Ever-Changing Moods
4. Walls Come Tumbling Down!
5. Party Chambers
6. Wanted (or Waiter, There's Some Soup In My Flies)
7. Shout to the Top!
8. It Just Came to Pieces in My Hands
9. Come to Milton Keynes
10. Why I Went Missing
1. Ghosts Of Dachau
2. Down in the Seine
3. The Paris Match
4. Life at a Top People's Health Farm
5. Dropping Bombs On The Whitehouse (Extended version)
6. Speak Like a Child
7. The Lodgers
8. Money Go Round
9. You're the Best Thing
10. How She Threw It All Away
1. A Man of Great Promise
2. The Piccadilly Trail
3. A Solid Bond in Your Heart
4. Sweet Loving Ways
5. Promised Land
6. It Didn't Matter
7. Have You Ever Had It Blue
8. Spin' Drifting
9. Here's One That Got Away
10. Changing of the Guard
11. My Ever-Changing Moods (Demo)
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