A Spanner in the Works

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Following the success of Unplugged...and Seated, Rod Stewart had shrewdly repositioned himself as a mature, middle-aged man who still had a slight streak of his wilder days in him. Unsurprisingly, the music both recalled his past glories in instrumentation, yet the attack was different -- the acoustics rocked, but it wasn't bracing; it was like a back-porch jam session. Stewart expanded that approach on A Spanner in the Works, his first album since Unplugged. The acoustics are still there, but they're strummed a little more gently and set in a bed of unobtrusive synths. More importantly, Stewart tackles his most ambitious and ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Following the success of Unplugged...and Seated, Rod Stewart had shrewdly repositioned himself as a mature, middle-aged man who still had a slight streak of his wilder days in him. Unsurprisingly, the music both recalled his past glories in instrumentation, yet the attack was different -- the acoustics rocked, but it wasn't bracing; it was like a back-porch jam session. Stewart expanded that approach on A Spanner in the Works, his first album since Unplugged. The acoustics are still there, but they're strummed a little more gently and set in a bed of unobtrusive synths. More importantly, Stewart tackles his most ambitious and varied set of material since A Night on the Town. From the pop
ock of Tom Petty's "Leave Virginia Alone" and the reflective take on Dylan's "Sweetheart Like You" through the R&B tribute of "Muddy, Sam and Otis" and the rocking "Delicious" to the British folk of "Purple Heather," the songs recall his classic early albums in ambition and musical diversity. A Spanner in the Works isn't quite as successful as Gasoline Alley or Every Picture Tells a Story -- it's a content album, not a probing one, which is appropriate for a middle-aged singer -- yet it is the most inspired and ambitious record Stewart released in nearly 20 years.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/21/2011
  • Label: Warner Bros Mod Afw
  • UPC: 093624586722
  • Catalog Number: 45867
  • Sales rank: 74,430

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Windy Town (5:12)
  2. 2 The Downtown Lights (6:33)
  3. 3 Leave Virginia Alone (4:07)
  4. 4 Sweetheart Like You (4:54)
  5. 5 This (5:19)
  6. 6 Lady Luck (4:25)
  7. 7 You're the Star (4:40)
  8. 8 Muddy, Sam And Otis (4:42)
  9. 9 Hang on St. Christopher (4:04)
  10. 10 Delicious (4:43)
  11. 11 Soothe Me (3:33)
  12. 12 Purple Heather (4:58)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Rod Stewart Primary Artist, Vocals
Dónal Lunny Bouzouki
David Lindley Bouzouki
Billy Preston Organ
James Newton Howard Keyboards
Jeff Golub Guitar
Bernard Edwards Bass
Davey Johnstone Guitar, Mandolin
Andy Taylor Guitar
Anne Dudley Piano, Strings, Conductor
Maire Ni Chathasaigh Fiddle
Kenny Aronoff Drums
Rick Braun Horn
Leslie Butler Harmonica
Simon Clarke Horn
Paulinho Da Costa Percussion
Jim Cregan Guitar
Lol Creme Guitar
Joey Diggs Background Vocals
Trevor Horn Bass, Background Vocals
Michael Landau Guitar
Nick Lane Horn
Robin LeMesurier Guitar
Steve Lipson Bass
Roddy Lorimer Horn
Jamie Muhoberac Keyboards
Máirtín O'Connor Accordion
David Palmer Drums
Lenny Pickett Horn
Tim Pierce Guitar
Joseph Powell Background Vocals
Guy Pratt Acoustic Guitar, Bass
Frank Ricotti Drums
Paul Robinson Drums
Carmine Rojas Bass
Tim Sanders Horn
Kevin Savigar Bass, Strings, Keyboards
J. Neil Sidwell Horn
Joe Turano Background Vocals
Oren Waters Background Vocals
Fred White Background Vocals
David Woodford Horn
Terry Young Background Vocals
Don Teschner Fiddle, Mandolin
Lamont VanHook Background Vocals
Mike Higham Keyboards
Aleisha Irving Vocals
John McSherry Pipe
Technical Credits
Rod Stewart Producer
Anne Dudley Arranger
Rick Braun Arranger
Simon Clarke Arranger
Nick Lane Arranger
Roddy Lorimer Arranger
Lenny Pickett Arranger
Tim Sanders Arranger
Kevin Savigar Arranger
J. Neil Sidwell Arranger
David Woodford Arranger
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