The Style Council – Long Hot Summers / The Story Of The Style Council – Review
The design and the whole artwork of Long Hot Summers is exquisitely stylish and cool in the tradition of the old Style Council records (the inspirational award goes to their previous brilliant graphic designer Simon Halfon). It comes in a luxurious gatefold cover and beautifully designed inner sleeves, using a lot of Peter Anderson’s classic photos of The Style Council.
The sound remastered at Abbey Road is top, too. Previous collections tended to sound not so powerful, but way better on vinyl than on CD. Long Hot Summersdoes sound dynamic, bright, crispy, and fresh just like the old master tapes have been freed from all dust. How the vinyl LPs sound is a revelation, even the digital album sounds okay.
The tracklisting is also excellent, the non-chronological running order sketches the big picture from the opener Headstart For Happiness to the last track, a previously unreleased demo of My Ever-Changing Moods. You couldn’t do better, could you? It’s fine to hear Long Hot Summers in full that way round. Nothing’s missing.