Modern Classics: The Greatest Hits is a compilation album of music by English singer-songwriter Paul Weller, originally released in 1998. It featured most of his solo singles up to that point as well as a new track "Brand New Start".
Entered the U.K. Albums Chart on 21-11-98 and stayed for 19 weeks.
"Out of the Sinking" from Stanley Road
"Peacock Suit" from Heavy Soul
"Sunflower" from Wild Wood
"The Weaver" from Wild Wood
"Wild Wood" from Wild Wood
"Above the Clouds" from Paul Weller
"Uh Huh Oh Yeh" from Paul Weller
"Brushed" (Paul Weller, Steve White, Mark Nelson, Brendan Lynch) from Heavy Soul
"The Changingman" (Weller, Lynch) from Stanley Road
"Friday Street" from Heavy Soul
"You Do Something To Me" from Stanley Road
"Brand New Start" Single release only
"Hung Up" from Wild Wood
"Mermaids" from Heavy Soul
"Broken Stones" from Stanley Road
"Into Tomorrow" from Paul Weller
After making his name with the Jam--at least in England, where their post-Kinks, Brit-centric lyrics; mod appeal; and blend of punk and soul sounds made them stars--and then nearly losing it with the Style Council, Paul Weller reemerged in 1992 with a self-titled album. Since then he's released four studio albums (and one live set, the British import Live Wood); Modern Classics is a democratic collection, choosing three tracks from Paul Weller, four tracks from each of the rest, and adding one new single, "Brand New Start," for good measure. There's not a loser in the lot, but the remarkable thing to note here is the coherence of this collection: Weller's mature rock and love of classic soul has resulted in a sound that's remained remarkably consistent over the course of the 1990s. There's plenty more that could've been included--his cover of "Sexy Sadie" and the touching "Has My Fire Really Gone Out?" just for starters--which simply means there are plenty of reasons to mine his catalog after Modern Classics whets your appetite. --Randy Silver
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