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Our Favourite Shop is the second studio album from The Style Council. Released in 1985, and featuring the singles, Come to Milton Keynes, The Lodgers, Boy Who Cried Wolf, and Walls Come Tumbling Down!. The album was a commercial and critical success, and also featured guest vocals by Lenny Henry, Tracie Young, and Alison Limerick. Pressed on 180G vinyl.
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The original album song order has been altered with Shout To The Top set as a bonus song and replaced with The Standup Comics Instructions. It doesn't finish there, after this the songs are out of order from the original release. Mr Weller must have had a rethink on how he wanted the album to sound. Personally I think the song that was put in there was pretty ordinary and should have been included with the extras.
It's good to have the extra disc of outtakes and some live numbers. Definitely the way to go if you own it or not, is the pick of the bunch. Comes with an extra booklet in the sleeve with liner notes and photos of the band.
I'm happy to say that the key extras are almost all included.
Disc 1 features two extra tracks. First is the so-called "USA remix" of "Shout to the top!", which we've been stuck with since the 2000 reissue (it also appears on The Sound of The Style Council). This mix is far inferior to the original, thanks to a different drum track; since the original version was included on the original CD release, and treated as though it were part of the album, I see no reason why it should have been omitted. Universal partly makes up for this by including the instrumental version of the original as the second (and last) bonus track on disc 1. I say "partly" because its inclusion illustrates just how dreadful that "USA remix" really is.
Disc 2 is the real reason any TSC aficionado should be buying this edition. All of the singles released in association with this album contained non-LP tracks. All of those tracks are here - including the club mixes of "The lodgers" and "Our favourite shop" from the "Come to Milton Keynes" 12-inch, and the live tracks that made up side B of the 12-inch of the rerecorded version of "The lodgers". (This includes "The big boss groove", which was originally reported to be the version from the Home and Abroad live album.)
In addition to these b-sides, disc 2 includes the two demo tracks and "A casual affair" from the 1993 odds-and-sods disc, Here's Some That Got Away. AND, the original 12-inch version of the Council Collective single, "Soul deep", finially makes its first appearance on CD.
Disc 2 is rounded out by four demos. "'Lodger'" has some dodgy harmony vocals, but, despite its roughness, has a little bit more soul than the album version. I could easily imagine someone like The O'Jays doing this one. The remaining three demos are not bad.
So, as far as the musical content goes, this may be the best Style Council reissue yet. Replace that hideous "USA remix" of "Shout to the top!" with the original, and it's pretty much perfect.
The overall packaging is typical for a TSC reissue. In other words, it looks good, but attention to detail is clearly lacking. The liner notes are better than usual, except that the writer constantly uses commas where semi-colons are more appropriate, making for some occasionally difficult reading. The track listing gets the parenthetical part of the title of "The Lodgers" slightly wrong (it should be "Or She Was Only A Shopkeeper's Daughter" - the original CD and the 2000 reissue both got it right). Finally, the copyright credits are way off - but I'll spare you the details.
In short: Even with a couple of minor flaws, this is an essential disc.
but "Our Favorite Shop" sounds much better.Paul Weller wrote all
those manic Jam tunes from his hey days, of Lambrettas, Rickenbacker
guitars and soft soul shoes. With a rousing shout he disbanded the
Jam in 1982. In 1985 he wrote Our Favorite shop with Mick Talbot,
and moved away from the post punk revival. He went backwards (in someways)
to finely arranged R&B, soul-based Muscle Shoal type horn section,and
somehow remained politically inventive.
Even though in later years, the other two members of the Jam, bassist
Bruce Foxton, and drummer Rick Butler enged themselves with From the Jam;
their music will never sound this good. Almost every track on Our Favorite
Shop is full of solid musicianship and is extremely hard to fault. For a
boy from Woking, Surrey England to mods and rockers to his natural
stance of dancing onstage (Live Aid 1985): Paul Weller has proved
himself to be a "worldwide" recognised talent.And in getting to such
status, he proved that sweat and hard work will result in positive rewards.
Several other purchases have just arrived in a padded bag and they were in good condition.