Modern Classics: The Greatest Hits

Modern Classics: The Greatest Hits

by Paul WellerPaul Weller


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Wrapping up his contractual commitment to Go! Records, Paul Weller delivered Modern Classics: Greatest Hits, his first compilation of solo material, late in 1998. Modern Classics plays it safe, collecting all of his singles and adding a fine new song, "Brand New Start," which may not at first seem live up to its title, but eventually reveals itself to be a weightier ballad variation of the trad rock of Heavy Soul. Regrettably, the album is not sequenced in chronological order, but there was a consistency to Weller's solo work that makes the compilation hold together well. And while it certainly confirms that his solo work is easily his most conservative music to date, it also proves that it wasn't slight -- these singles are uniformly solid, whether it's the driving "Into Tomorrow," the rugged soul-pop of "Uh-Huh Oh-Yeh," the passionate "Sunflower," the ersatz ELO tribute "The Changingman," or ballads like "Broken Stones" and "Mermaids." Like Snap! and The Singular Adventures of the Style Council, Modern Classics is a testament to Weller's strength as a singles artist and a terrifically enjoyable listen in its own right. [The U.K. edition of Modern Classics included a bonus live disc, culled from various shows, which was every bit as good as Live Wood.]

Product Details

Release Date: 12/08/1998
Label: Universal I.S.
UPC: 0731452455826
catalogNumber: 5245582
Rank: 78833

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Paul Weller   Primary Artist
Carleen Anderson   Accordion,Bass Guitar,Vocals,Cyremin
Chris Bangs   Guitar,Bass Guitar,Electric Piano,Vocals
Robert   Drums,Cyremin
Brendan Lynch   Bass Guitar,fender rhodes
Yolanda Charles   Drums
Steve Cradock   Drums,Cyremin
Simon Fowler   Accordion
Steve White   Organ,Guitar,Percussion,Piano,Vocals
Jamie Johnson   Strings
Max Beasley   Organ

Technical Credits

Steve White   Composer
Mark Nelson   Composer
Brendan Lynch   Composer,Producer
Paul Weller   Composer,Producer,Sleeve Design
Cole Porter   Composer
Martin "Max" Heyes   Engineer
Simon Halfon   Sleeve Design Assistant
Steve White   Composer

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