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Studio 150. Edition]

Album: Studio 150. Edition]
# Song Title   Time
  Disc 1
1)    If I Could Only Be Sure More Info... 3:41
2)    Wishing On A Star More Info... 5:09
3)    Don't Make Promises More Info... 3:19
4)    The Bottle More Info... 3:03
5)    Black Is The Colour More Info... 3:29
6)    Close to You More Info... 2:58
7)    Early Morning Rain More Info... 3:48
8)    One Way Road More Info... 3:20
9)    Hercules More Info... 3:28
10)    Thinking Of You More Info... 3:50
11)    All Along The Watchtower More Info... 5:54
12)    Birds More Info... 3:29
  Disc 2
1)    Thinking Of You Live Radio Session - RBB Sendesaal More Info... 3:30
2)    The Bottle Live Radio Session - RBB Sendesaal More Info... 3:31
3)    One Way Road Live Radio Session - RBB Sendesaal More Info... 3:59
4)    Wishing On A Star Live Radio Session - RBB Sendesaal More Info... 4:56
5)    If I Could Only Be Sure Live Radio Session - RBB Sendesaal More Info... 3:50
6)    Come Together More Info... 3:40
Product Details
Performer Notes
  • Legendary British Rocker Paul Weller's 2004 album features 12 tracks, including "If I Could Only Be Sure," "Black Is The Colour," and "All Along The Watchtower."
  • Limited edition includes a bonus CD with five songs performed live in Berlin and "Come Together," a tsunami benefit single.
  • Personnel: Paul John Weller (vocals, guitar, keyboards); Steve Cradock (acoustic guitar, electric guitar); Petra Rosa (harp); Bill Nusinger (mandolin); Herman Van Haaren, Lorre Trytten, Eliza Carthy, Martin De Ruiter, Sarah Koch, Seya Teeuwen, Pauline Terlow (violin); Mieke Honingh, Aimee Versloot (viola); Bastiaan Van Der Werf (cello); Benjamin Herman (flute, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone); Ray Bruinsma, Jan Van Duikeren (trumpet, flugelhorn); Joeri DeVente (French horn); Louk Boudesteijn (trombone); Frans Cornelissen (tuba); Stefan Schmid (Moog synthesizer); Damon Minchella (bass guitar); Steve "Supe" White (drums, percussion); Claudia Fontaine, Sam Leigh Brown, The Stands, Carleen Anderson (background vocals).
  • Audio Mixer: Joeri Saal.
  • Recording information: Black Barn Studios, England; RBB Sendesaal, Berlin, Germany; Studio 150 Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
  • Arranger: Paul John Weller.
  • For Studio 150, his seventh solo studio album, Paul Weller delivers his first official covers album. Not that he's been reluctant to cover other songwriters, of course. Throughout his career, he's made covers a staple of his records and concerts. In fact, he cut so many as B-sides in the '90s that his 2003 B-sides and rarities compilation Fly on the Wall had a whole disc devoted to material from other songwriters. Studio 150 feels like a sister album to that disc, and not just because it shares a similar sensibility and has songs by both Tim Hardin and Neil Young. Musically, Studio 150 sounds as if it could have been recorded in 1995 as the missing link between Stanley Road and Heavy Soul, containing the swinging mod vibe of the former with the tough, muscular punch of the latter. While it could be argued that Weller is treading water, or even retreating after the subtle shifts forward on Illumination, it's almost a moot point since the band sounds terrific and he's in fine voice. Plus, this is a covers album and innovation isn't exactly expected on covers albums. What is expected is that the artist puts his own signature on songs from another writer, and Weller does that. True, as a whole Studio 150 doesn't sound all that different from other records in his catalog, but he's managed to find new spins on perennials like "Close to You" and "All Along the Watchtower," interpretations that fit within his signature blend of '70s soul, mod pop, and singer/songwriter introspection. Not surprisingly, the bulk of the album consists of songs from the late '60s and '70s, with selections from singer/songwriters like Tim Hardin, Gil Scott-Heron, Gordon Lightfoot, and Neil Young sitting comfortably next to relatively obscure soul and disco singles (with a previously unrecorded song from Weller disciple Noel Gallagher blending into the surroundings nicely). Some of these songs are familiar, but these arrangements are distinctly Weller's own, and it makes for an effective listen -- maybe not a major effort from the Modfather, but an enjoyable one all the same. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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