Studio 150

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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
Dating back to his days fronting the Jam, Paul Weller has always had a knack for putting his personal stamp on other people's songs. He really outdoes himself on this set, however, by using his smooth-soul fixation as a foundation, rather than a be-all and end-all. That's most noticeable on Studio 150's most adventurous inclusion, an intense and relatively straightforward reading of Gil Scott-Heron's substance abuse allegory "The Bottle," but Weller doesn't stop there. He takes on "All Along the Watchtower" much like Dylan himself might do in the throes of one of his reinventions, swaddling the song in Band-like keyboards and gospel choir. The traditional "Black Is the...
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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
Dating back to his days fronting the Jam, Paul Weller has always had a knack for putting his personal stamp on other people's songs. He really outdoes himself on this set, however, by using his smooth-soul fixation as a foundation, rather than a be-all and end-all. That's most noticeable on Studio 150's most adventurous inclusion, an intense and relatively straightforward reading of Gil Scott-Heron's substance abuse allegory "The Bottle," but Weller doesn't stop there. He takes on "All Along the Watchtower" much like Dylan himself might do in the throes of one of his reinventions, swaddling the song in Band-like keyboards and gospel choir. The traditional "Black Is the Colour" gives Weller the opportunity to take the opposite tack, paring the song down to its core, with Eliza Carthy's violin providing the primary foil. Some of the choices -- a hotel-lounge take on "Close to You" yes, that one, for instance -- are baffling, but as a whole, Studio 150 allows Weller to manifest the sort of wit and grit that have long been his strong suits.
All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/14/2004
  • Label: V2 North America
  • UPC: 638812721129
  • Catalog Number: 27211

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 If I Could Only Be Sure (3:41)
  2. 2 Wishing On A Star (5:09)
  3. 3 Don't Make Promises (3:20)
  4. 4 The Bottle (3:04)
  5. 5 Black Is The Colour (3:30)
  6. 6 Close To You (3:07)
  7. 7 Early Morning Rain (3:47)
  8. 8 One Way Road (3:20)
  9. 9 Hercules (3:29)
  10. 10 Thinking Of You (3:51)
  11. 11 All Along The Watchtower (5:57)
  12. 12 Birds (3:29)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Paul Weller Primary Artist, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals
Danny Thompson Double Bass
Steve White Percussion, Drums
Carleen Anderson Background Vocals
Claudia Fontaine Background Vocals
Benjamin Herman Flute, Horn, Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Aimee Versloot Strings, Cello
Martin De Ruiter Strings, Violin
Steve Cradock Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Danny Thompson Double Bass
Eliza Carthy Violin, Soloist
Damon Minchella Bass Guitar
Jan Van Duikeren Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Horn
Mieke Honingh Strings, Cello
Seya Teeuwen Strings, Viola
Sam Leigh Brown Background Vocals
Anne Knapstein Strings
David Kweksilber Clarinet, Horn
Herman Van Haaren Strings, Viola
Ray Bruinsma Flugelhorn, Horn
Lorre Trytten Strings, Viola
Pauline Terlow Strings, Viola
Stefan Schmid Synthesizer, Moog Synthesizer, Korg
Williem Friede Strings, Horn
Bastiaan Van Der Werf Strings
Dalbir Singh Rattan Tabla
Steve "Supe" White Percussion, Drums
Paul John Weller Guitar, Keyboards, Voices
The Stands Background Vocals
Louk Boudesteijn Trombone, Horn
Frans Cornelissen Tuba, Horn
Joeri DeVente Horn, French Horn
Sarah Koch Strings, Viola
Bill Nusinger Mandolin
Petra Rosa Harp
Technical Credits
Tim Hardin Composer
Gordon Lightfoot Composer
Bob Dylan Composer
Neil Young Composer
Steve White Audio Production
Burt Bacharach Composer
Bernard Edwards Composer
Nile Rodgers Composer
Hal David Composer
Benjamin Herman Horn Arrangements
Gabriel Mekler Composer
Paul Weller Audio Production
Gil Scott-Heron Composer
Allen Toussaint Composer
Noel Gallagher Composer
Nolan Porter Composer
Lawrence Watson Cover Photo, Inlay Photography
Billie Rae Calvin Composer
Simon Halfon Cover Design
Kevin Metcalfe Mastering
Charles Rees Engineer
Anne Knapstein String Arrangements
Traditional Composer
Williem Friede Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Bastiaan Van Der Werf String Arrangements
Joeri Saal Engineer
Steve "Supe" White Producer
Paul John Weller Arranger, Producer, Cover Design
Jan "Stan" Kybert Producer, Audio Production
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