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The Complete Adventures of the Style Council

The Complete Adventures Of The Style Council


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. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi

  • Condition: --
    HPB condition ratings
    • New: Mint condition or still sealed (SS). Absolutely perfect in every way. New.
    • Fine/Like New (EX): No defects, little sign of use, well cared for. Plays perfectly. Close to new. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. Could be an unopened promotional or cut item. Sometimes called: mint-minus.
    • Very Good (VG): Will show some signs that it was played and otherwise handled by a previous owner who took good care of it.
    • Good (G): Attractive and well cared for, but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, scuffing or scratching, but will play almost perfectly. For vinyl: barely detectable crackles or pops.
    • Fair (FR): This item is in okay condition. For vinyl: good is not so good and the record may have low level crackles or pops when playing. CD: one or more tracks may skip.
    • Poor (P): Obviously well-worn and handled. Most vinyl collectors will not buy good or below, but some tracks on CD or vinyl will play.
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  • Format: Compact Disc
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  • Label: Polygram (Japan)
  • UPC: 731455778922
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Track listings

  • 1. Speak Like A Child
  • 2. Party Chambers
  • 3. Merry Go Round (Pt.1 & 2)
  • 4. Headstart For Happiness
  • 5. Mick's Up
  • 6. Long Hot Summer
  • 7. Paris Match
  • 8. Le Depart
  • 9. Solid Bond In Your Heart
  • 10. It Just Came To Pieces In
  • 11. My Ever Changing Moods (1
  • 12. Micky's Company
  • 13. Spring, Summer, Autumn
  • 14. Mick's Blessing
  • 15. Whole Point Of No Return
  • 16. Me Ship Came In!
  • 17. Blue Cafe
  • 18. Paris Match
  • 19. My Ever Changing Moods
  • 20. Dropping Bombs On The Whi
  • 21. Gospel
  • 22. Strength Of Your Nature
  • 23. You're The Best Thing
  • 24. Here's One That Got Away
  • 25. Headstart For Happiness
  • 26. Council Meetin'
  • 27. Big Boss Groove
  • 28. Shout To The Top
  • 29. Ghosts Of Dachau
  • 30. Piccadilly Trail
  • 31. Soul Deep (Bert Bevan's R
  • 32. Walls Come Tumbling Down
  • 33. Whole Point Ii
  • 34. Blood Sports
  • 35. Spin Drifting
  • 36. Homebreakers
  • 37. All Gone Away
  • 38. Come To Milton Keynes
  • 39. Internationalists
  • 40. Stones Throw Away
  • 41. Stand Up Comic's Instruct
  • 42. Boy Who Cried Wolf
  • 43. Man Of Great Promise
  • 44. Down In The Seine
  • 45. Lodgers Or She Was Only A
  • 46. Luck
  • 47. With Everything To Lose
  • 48. Our Favourite Shop
  • 49. (When You) Call Me
  • 50. Have You Ever Had It Blue
  • 51. Mr. Cool's Dream
  • 52. It Didn't Matter
  • 53. All Year Round
  • 54. Right To Go
  • 55. Heavens Above
  • 56. Fairy Tales
  • 57. Angel
  • 58. Walking The Night
  • 59. Waiting
  • 60. Cost Of Loving
  • 61. Woman's Song
  • 62. Francoise
  • 63. Wanted Or Waiter There's
  • 64. Cost Of Living (12 Versi
  • 65. Lift At A Top Peoples Hea
  • 66. Sweet Loving Ways
  • 67. It's A Very Deep Sea
  • 68. Story Of Someone's Shoe
  • 69. Changing Of The Guard
  • 70. Little Boy In A Castle/Do
  • 71. Gardener Of Eden (Three P
  • 72. Why I Went Missing
  • 73. How She Threw It All Way
  • 74. Iwasadoledadstoyboy
  • 75. Confession 1, 2, & 3
  • 76. Confessions Of A Pop Grou
  • 77. In Love For The First Tim
  • 78. I Do Like To Be B Side Th
  • 79. Promised Land (Longer Ver
  • 80. Can You Still Love Me?
  • 81. Long Hot Summer '89
  • 82. Everybody's On The Run (M
  • 83. New Decade
  • 84. Can You Still Love Me?
  • 85. World Must Come Together
  • 86. Hope (Feelings Gonna Getc
  • 87. That Spiritual Feeling
  • 88. Everybody's On The Run
  • 89. Love Of The World
  • 90. Sure Is Sure
 
HPB condition ratings
  • New: Item is brand new, unused and unmarked, in flawless condition.
  • Fine/Like New (F): No defects, little usage. May show remainder marks. Older books may show minor flaws.
  • Very Good (VG): Shows some signs of wear and is no longer fresh. Attractive. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Good (G): Average used book with all pages present. Possible loose bindings, highlighting, cocked spine or torn dust jackets. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Fair (FR): Obviously well-worn, but no text pages missing. May be without endpapers or title page. Markings do not interfere with readability. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Poor (P): All text is legible but may be soiled and have binding defects. Reading copies and binding copies fall into this category. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
Conditions Guide
HPB condition ratings
  • New: Mint condition or still sealed (SS). Absolutely perfect in every way. New.
  • Fine/Like New (EX): No defects, little sign of use, well cared for. Plays perfectly. Close to new. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. Could be an unopened promotional or cut item. Sometimes called: mint-minus.
  • Very Good (VG): Will show some signs that it was played and otherwise handled by a previous owner who took good care of it.
  • Good (G): Attractive and well cared for, but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, scuffing or scratching, but will play almost perfectly. For vinyl: barely detectable crackles or pops.
  • Fair (FR): This item is in okay condition. For vinyl: good is not so good and the record may have low level crackles or pops when playing. CD: one or more tracks may skip.
  • Poor (P): Obviously well-worn and handled. Most vinyl collectors will not buy good or below, but some tracks on CD or vinyl will play.
Conditions Guide
HPB condition ratings
  • New: This movie is unopened and brand new.
  • Fine/Like New (EX): Near new. No defects, little sign of use. Plays perfectly. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. No skipping; no fuzzy or snowy frames in VHS.
  • Very Good (VG): Attractive and well cared for but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, but will play almost perfectly. For VHS: barely detectable distortion or very few fuzzy or snowy frames.
  • Good (G): This item is in okay condition and basically works well. There may be some minor distortion on VHS tape; slight scratching or wear on DVD.
  • Fair (FR): Basically plays, but may be obviously well-worn with some scratching or tape distortion.
  • Poor (P): Disc or tape is intact, but may be scratched or stretched. There may be skips or distortion or product defects.
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