The Very Compact Paul Weller / Style Council / Jam: Favorites 1977-2005

Artist Song Buy
The Jam  Life From a Window (1977)  buy on itunes
The Jam  I Got By In Time (1977)  buy on itunes
Paul Weller  Right Underneath It (outtake 1998, Fly On The Wall 2003)  buy on itunes
Paul Weller  From the Floorboards Up (2005)  buy on itunes
Paul Weller  The Changingman (single edit 1995)  buy on itunes
Paul Weller  Don't Make Promises (2004)  buy on itunes
Paul Weller  Feelin' Alright (b-side 1992, Fly On The Wall 2003)  buy on itunes
The Style Council  Mick's Up (1983)  buy on itunes
The Style Council  The Lodgers ("Our Favorite Shop" version, 1985)  buy on itunes
The Style Council  Spin Drifting (1985)  buy on itunes
The Style Council  Blue Cafe (1984)  buy on itunes
The Style Council  The Whole Point II (1985)  buy on itunes
The Style Council  The Picadilly Trail (1984)  buy on itunes
The Style Council  Homebreakers (1985)  buy on itunes
The Style Council  The Cost of Loving (1987)  buy on itunes
The Style Council  Here's One That Got Away (1984)  buy on itunes
The Jam  Beat Surrender (1982)  buy on itunes
The Jam  Town Called Malice (1982)  buy on itunes
The Jam  Absolute Beginners (1981)  buy on itunes
The Jam  Thick As Thieves (1979)  buy on itunes
The Jam  Away From the Numbers (1977)  buy on itunes
The Jam  In the Crowd (1978)  buy on itunes
The Jam  Ghosts (1982)  buy on itunes
Paul Weller  One Way Road (2004)  buy on itunes

Comment:

Lately I've been discovering Weller's solo work and revisiting The Jam and The Style Council. I have mixed feelings about Weller: he is and always has been a musician of consummate taste and skill who draws upon musical sources I like in ways that sound good to me, but I fall short of being a fan, mainly because Weller's lyrics often strike me as distractingly bad and his "frontman persona" (or lack thereof) off-putting. But not always, and here's a disc of tracks I consider great and in some cases downright life-affirming, with special emphasis on The Style Council at their groovy, breezy, eclectic, politicized best. Comments on two of the songs: I think the version of "The Lodgers" from "Our Favorite Shop" is much better (like, night & day) than the version released as a single. Also, "Right Underneath It" (outtake from Weller's "Fly On The Wall" B-sides/rarities set) is a real hidden gem: four minutes of crunchy, anthemic, stirring guitar rock, one of his very best IMO.

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tornadoZ
Date: 4/12/2007
you should come to Seattle and dig around in some of the used record stores. someone here dumped their entire Style Council record collection, and I keep finding large chunks of it in every record store I visit. I swear there's about 14 tons of used Style Council vinyl in this town as I type this. like, right now this minute.
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Mixxer
Date: 4/12/2007
Well done.
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Mr. Mirage
Date: 4/14/2007
I really am sitting here, fuming and trying to avoid stomping my feet in impotent rage at you, Yaminon!About a month ago, I drug out my copy of In The City, and sat through it (okay, pogo'd around the house) and thought, I really should get off my lazy arse and put together a mix of ...Paul Weller.So, here I sit, early AM, staring... I don't feel the same as you about a lot of the things you said (hey, the internet is the last bastion of free speech, so speak your mind!) but I have to admit some of your choices have been living on my MP3 player for quite a while now.Track # 21 is an all time fave of mine, and I remember playing it once for a friend who asked if it was Elvis Costello...I may (MAY???) have to get off that lazy appendege of fat and respond... Should I take leave of my senses, I can tell you certain tracks would be repeated, like the aforementioned 21, as well as 8, 22, and 23.
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Mr. Mirage
Date: 4/14/2007
And of course, I have no one to blame but myself for putting it off, so feel free to point and mock...
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Yaminon
Date: 4/16/2007
April 20, channel that rage into putting together your Paul Weller mix! I have mixed feelings about having mixed feelings about Weller, I think "In the City" is magnificent and my not including "Non-Stop Dancing" and "Sounds From the Street" (two more favorites from that album) is disgraceful, disgraceful I say...

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