|Studio album by The Style Council|
|Released||16 March 1984|
|Recorded||October 1983 to January 1984|
|The Style Council chronology|
Café Bleu is the official debut album released by the English band The Style Council. It was released on 16 March 1984, on Polydor Records, produced by Paul Weller with Peter Wilson. 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 Weller) except for the strings which were recorded at CBS.
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.
Stephen Thomas Erlewine of AllMusic gave the album four and half out of five stars and wrote that "Café Bleu was one of their better efforts, but it indicated the group's fatal flaw -- a tendency to be too eclectic and overambitious." also noting that "Amidst the lazy jazz instrumentals, many of them courtesy of Mick Talbot, Paul Weller inserted several solid soul-tinged pop songs, including "My Ever Changing Moods," "Headstart for Happiness," "You're the Best Thing," and "Here's One That Got Away."
Track listing (Café Bleu)
All Songs Written By Paul Weller, except where noted.
- Side one
- "Mick's Blessings" (Mick Talbot) - 1:15
- "The Whole Point of No Return" - 2:40
- "Me Ship Came In!" - 3:06
- "Blue Café" - 2:15
- "The Paris Match" - 4:25
- "My Ever Changing Moods" - 3:37
- "Dropping Bombs on the Whitehouse" (Weller, Talbot) - 3:15
- Side two
- "A Gospel" - 4:44
- "Strength of Your Nature" - 4:20
- "You're the Best Thing" - 5:40
- "Here's One That Got Away" - 2:35
- "Headstart for Happiness" - 3:20
- "Council Meetin'" (Weller, Talbot) - 2:29
- Additional track listing
|US LP track listing (My Ever Changing Moods)|
The US LP drops two tracks ("Me Ship Came In!" and "Council Meetin'"), adds one ("A Solid Bond in Your Heart"), and substitutes an extended version of "My Ever Changing Moods" for the shorter UK LP version.
|US cassette track listing (My Ever Changing Moods)|
The cassette contains the complete US LP. and also restores the two dropped tracks, "Me Ship Came In!" and "Council Meetin'".
- Paul Weller – Vocals/Guitar
- Mick Talbot – Keyboards/Piano/Hammond organ
- Steve White – Drums
- Billy Chapman – Saxophone
- Barbara Snow – Trumpet
- Randy Anderson – Guitar
- Tracey Thorn – Vocals
- Chris Bostock – Double Bass
- Dizzy Hites – Rap
- Hilary Seabrook – Saxophone
- Dee C. Lee – Vocals
- Bobby Valentino – Violin