THE STYLE COUNCIL - AMSTERDAM 1983, LONDON 1984

July 10, 2012 – 4:26 am

  

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THE STYLE COUNCIL
Amsterdam 1983, London 1984 [no label, 2CD]

Live at de Meervaart, Amsterdam, The Netherlands; October 31, 1983. Excellent FM broadcast. Live at the Dominion Theatre, London, UK; March 14, 1984. Excellent radio broadcast.

One would imagine that punk/new wave and soul would make strange bedfellows but there it was. When The Jam disbanded in 1982, Paul Weller and Mick Talbot of The Merton Parkas went on to form The Style Council.

The following extract came from a 2006 article in Mojo:

“It was totally liberating,” enthuses Paul Weller today. “With The Style Council I had thrown off the shackles acquired with The Jam, I still enjoyed The Jam’s music, but this just felt like it was the right thing to do, the right time to do it and I was at the right age. When I first started talking about doing the collective with Mick I got this great big box of records and gave them to him to go away and listen to. I said, ‘you’ll see what I am looking to do from these.’ There were old soul and R&B albums in there and a bit of jazz too. It was a musical reference for him”…

[Commented Mick:] “He saw his role as more directional, in the filmic sense of directing, he’d get involved in the arrangements rather than the playing. He wanted to experiment, he talked about labels he liked - Motown, Immediate, Blue Note, iconic labels that had influenced him, he was very open but he was also in charge because at that time he was such a prolific writer, he always had a stream of ideas, he was never without a bag with a notebook in it, he was always scribbling down lyrics, ideas.”

“When we first started he had two boxes of seven inch singles which were all relatively rare ’60s and ’70s soul, some northern, some funk, these influenced his writing on the early Style Council singles. By the time of Cafe Bleu we were trying to embrace jazz such as it is, we didn’t see ourselves as jazz musicians, we were musicians who liked jazz.”

The Style Council broke up in 1989.

When it comes to white soul or blue-eyed soul, Hall & Oates still take the cake but hardly anyone ever mentions The Style Council. But just give My Ever Changing Moods a listen and the sceptic might end up being converted too. Hopefully, these two shows should satisfy anyone who has a thirst for The Style Council.

Thanks to pata63 and Tomyoungster for keeping the Amsterdam show alive on Dime.

Thanks to John Linger for sharing the Dominion tracks and the cover art.

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (224 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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De Meervaart, Amsterdam, The Netherlands; October 31, 1983
Track 01. It Just Came To Pieces In My Hands (5.2MB)
Track 02. Money Go Round (13.0MB)
Track 03. Dropping Bombs On The White House (6.4MB)
Track 04. Here’s One That Got Away (4.1MB)
Track 05. Mick’s Up (5.9MB)
Track 06. Long Hot Summer (11.9MB)
Track 07. Up For Grabs (5.7MB)
Track 08. Le Depart (4.2MB)
Track 09. The Paris Match (7.4MB)
Track 10. Party Chambers (4.7MB)
Track 11. Speak Like A Child (5.7MB)
Track 12. Headstart For Happiness (5.4MB)
Track 13. A Solid Bond In Your Heart (5.9MB)
Track 14. Hanging On To A Memory (11.6MB)
Track 15. Speak Like A Child (Reprise) (5.2MB)

Source: 1st gen analog FM/SBD
Transfer: 1st gen tape > Tascam 112 > SB Live > Soundforge > cdwave > flac

Dominion Theatre, London, UK; March 14, 1984
Track 01. Meeting Over Yonder (5.1MB)
Track 02. My Ever Changing Moods (9.3MB)
03. It Just Came To Pieces In My Hands - Omitted*
Track 04. Mick’s Up (6.0MB)
Track 05. Here’s One That Got Away (4.4MB)
06. Up For Grabs - Omitted*
Track 07. Dropping Bombs On The White House (5.7MB)
08. Long Hot Summer - Omitted*
Track 09. Money Go Round (11.6MB)
Track 10. Speak Like A Child (6.0MB)
Track 11. Headstart For Happiness (5.2MB)
Track 12. Hanging On To A Memory (7.9MB)

*Available on The Style Council In Concert compilation.

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  1. 3 Responses to “THE STYLE COUNCIL - AMSTERDAM 1983, LONDON 1984”

  2. Thanks BigO! Everything Weller has done is brilliant. Not well known in the states, in fact he’s canceled US dates due to low ticket sales, so any Jam/SC/solo shows greatly appreciated! Truly, imho, the most underappreciated artist this side of the Atlantic. Keep up the great work!

    By JC in the other North Wales on Jul 10, 2012

  3. great music by great guys
    listen to it

    By fruchtas on Jul 11, 2012

  4. I love the music of Jam,Style council and Paul Weller.And I’m still ready for a meeting over yonder.Thanks!

    By Enrico on Aug 12, 2012

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