Released: Mar 2009
Label: HIP-O (PG)/Fontana
You get 18 remastered Style Council A-sides here. The first dozen singles are hard to beat and include "Speak Like a Child," "Long Hot Summer," "The Big Boss Groove" and nine other tunes that helped define the early 1980s while avoiding that decade's digital pitfalls. Things get more dicey after that, especially with the deadly dull "Waiting" (the worst single of Paul Weller's entire career) and the endless electro-funk of "It Didn't Matter." Things conclude well with the Merseyside soul of "How She Threw It All Away" and the contemporary R&B of "Wanted" or "Promised Land."