Café Bleu

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Café Bleu
Studio album by The Style Council
Released 16 March 1984
Recorded October 1983 to January 1984
Genre Pop, jazz, new wave
Length 43.57
Label Polydor
Producer Paul Weller, Peter Wilson
The Style Council chronology
Introducing The Style Council
(1983)
Café Bleu
(1984)
Our Favourite Shop
(1985)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]

Café Bleu is the official debut album released by the band The Style Council on 16 March 1984,[2] reaching number 2 in the UK charts. It followed the compilation Introducing The Style Council, which was released only in the Netherlands, Canada and Japan. The album was mainly recorded at Solid Bond Studios (owned by Paul Weller) except for the strings which were recorded at CBS.[3]

Café Bleu was renamed My Ever Changing Moods in the United States to capitalise on the success of that single. Café Bleu included a large number of extra musicians, known as Honorary Councillors, including Tracey Thorn and Ben Watt from Everything but the Girl. The album represented a huge shift away from Weller's previous group The Jam and towards incorporating his favoured elements of classic soul, jazz and rap.

It was included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.

Track listing[edit]

All Songs Written By Paul Weller, except where noted.

  1. "Mick's Blessings" 1:15 (Mick Talbot)
  2. "The Whole Point of No Return" 2:40
  3. "Me Ship Came In!" 3:06
  4. "Blue Café" 2:15
  5. "The Paris Match" 4:25
  6. "My Ever Changing Moods" 3:37
  7. "Dropping Bombs on the Whitehouse" 3:15 (Weller, Talbot)
  8. "A Gospel" 4:44
  9. "Strength of Your Nature" 4:20
  10. "You're the Best Thing" 5:40
  11. "Here's One That Got Away" 2:35
  12. "Headstart for Happiness" 3:20
  13. "Council Meetin'" 2:29 (Weller, Talbot)

US Track listing[edit]

  1. "My Ever Changing Moods (12-inch version)"
  2. "The Whole Point of No Return"
  3. "Blue Café"
  4. "The Paris Match"
  5. "Dropping Bombs on the Whitehouse"
  6. "A Solid Bond in Your Heart"
  7. "You're the Best Thing" (extended 5:47)
  8. "A Gospel"
  9. "Strength of Your Nature"
  10. "Here's One That Got Away"
  11. "Headstart for Happiness"
  12. "Mick's Blessings"

The cassette contained two additional tracks, "Me Ship Came In!" and "Council Meetin'".

The track listing for the US cassette version was as follows:[4]

Side 1:

  1. "My Ever Changing Moods (12-inch version)"
  2. "The Whole Point of No Return"
  3. "Blue Café"
  4. "The Paris Match"
  5. "Dropping Bombs on the Whitehouse"
  6. "A Solid Bond In Your Heart"
  7. "Me Ship Came In!"

Side 2:

  1. "You're the Best Thing"
  2. "A Gospel"
  3. "Strength of Your Nature"
  4. "Here's One That Got Away"
  5. "Headstart for Happiness"
  6. "Mick's Blessings"
  7. "Council Meetin'"

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ NME (London, England: IPC Media): 3. 10 March 1984. 
  3. ^ Home Studio Recording (UK Magazine) p30 (Vol 1 – Issue 9 – June 1984) – Interview with Peter Wilson (Producer: Café-Bleu)
  4. ^ http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00155D8YE

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