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90 digitally remastered tracks - virtually every studio cut made by the group Paul Weller formed with pianist Mick Talbot after The Jam dissolved. Features all 12 tunes from the previously unavailable 1989 album 'A Decade Of Modernism', plus six other cuts making their CD debut & the previously unavailable 'Money-Go-Round (Pt.1 & 2)' (Bert Bevans Alternate Remix). As with The Jam box, it contains no live recordings & comes in a 6 inch x 12 inch longbox with a detailed 112 page color book with liner notes, lyrics, etc. 1998 Polydor release.
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Most of this has to do with the pairing of Weller and Talbot. Much as Lennon/McCartney, each partner gave a missing element to the writing, to produce a product so much stronger as a result. The true strength in this pairing comes from the tremendous drive always inherent in Paul's writing and playing (The Jam) coupled with the lucious charts and strength of Mick's playing. The result was hard-driving acid_jazz/rock/lounge/house/big_band/every_pop_idiom_under_the_sun, but so much more. After TSC, Paul's work, while always good, lacked the finesse of TSC; Mick's subsequent work lacks the drive of TSC.
Memories of the pop culture of the '80's gain great depth when listening to their music. They reinvented lounge music; virtually invented house music (the last unreleased lp) and acid jazz. I hope this magnificent collection, which is the only true single showcase of all of this variety, will boost their reputation in the States and all over the world.
Weller is truly a pop-rock chameleon. He sheds his skin every so many years and starts a new phase, and given his influence on UK music, the phase often becomes a period. Have no doubts, outside of a few groups like New Order, the Smiths, and the Cure, TSC were the most important group of the 1980s, able to mix artistic ambitions with popular success.
It's also easy to say, in retrospect, that TSC is not as important as Weller's Jam phase (late 70s, early 80s) or his solo career (90s til now); however, this is based more on middle class revulsion of Weller's politics (he went from a glib Thatcher supporter to total Thatcher-hating leftist).
My estimation of this career path differs from current opinion: the Jam were too often callow and leaden (compared to TSC anyway), though entertaining with their singles and their last 3 studio albums (none of which had any impact in the US anyway). Weller's solo career seems so wonderful now because he is so much more talented than most current Brit rock. The help he gave Oasis seems to have made at least one of their songs brilliant. But musically, TSC is his peak, which doesn't mean there is not an awful lot to enjoy in the other periods.
Disk One: 21 tracks, with at least 15 out and out classics. Very rarely does music come across as so cinematic as this. When I listen to these songs my memory evokes a time in the 1980s that never was and will never be again.
Disk Two: 21 tracks, even more classics, with the production getting better and better.Read more ›
IMHO, that's a pretty 'darn' TALL order. Pulling it off...even 50% of the time is a massive artistic achievement in my book. Had Mr Weller ever known I'm sure he would count among TSC's biggest successes as having the Black (nearly all) "Dusties" (oldies) format radio station (in Los Angeles) add "Long Hot Summer" to their rotation back when it was released...which it was! I heard it.
Most recent customer reviews
Wow...All I can say is buy this while its still available...A talent like Paul Weller only comes around once a lifetime.... Read morePublished on June 7 2001 by LR
A delightful feast for your senses. This box set has it all, and Im not rating it based on quantity. TSC produced fine music, will please any discerning listener. Read morePublished on May 4 1999
The STYLE COUNCIL will always be considered "The Ever Changing Stylists!" The music here is all anyone would have to hear,to realize,WHAT THEY MISSED when these guys... Read morePublished on April 14 1999
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