When We Were the New Boys

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
When We Were the New Boys finds Rod Stewart tackling the music of his Brit-pop offspring and coming to terms with his pub rock roots. It's a bit of a risky move, since he could have embarrassed himself with stodgy singing but, surprisingly, he more or less pulls it off. Granted, he's not nearly as energetic as he once was, and he stumbles on occasion, but he recasts Oasis' "Cigarettes and Alcohol," Primal Scream's "Rocks," and Graham Parker's "Hotel Chambermaid" as comfortable rockers in the vein of "Hot Legs." They're not as vibrant as the Gallaghers' rolling thunder or Bobby Gillespie's ironic classicism, but they're easily the best rockers Rod has cut in ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
When We Were the New Boys finds Rod Stewart tackling the music of his Brit-pop offspring and coming to terms with his pub rock roots. It's a bit of a risky move, since he could have embarrassed himself with stodgy singing but, surprisingly, he more or less pulls it off. Granted, he's not nearly as energetic as he once was, and he stumbles on occasion, but he recasts Oasis' "Cigarettes and Alcohol," Primal Scream's "Rocks," and Graham Parker's "Hotel Chambermaid" as comfortable rockers in the vein of "Hot Legs." They're not as vibrant as the Gallaghers' rolling thunder or Bobby Gillespie's ironic classicism, but they're easily the best rockers Rod has cut in ages. Yet, like on any of his '90s records, he really shines on the ballads, giving Ron Sexsmith's "Secret Heart," Nick Lowe's gorgeous "Shelly My Love," and Mike Scott's "What Do You Want Me to Do" lovely, unadorned readings, while letting his sentimental streak slip through in his original "When We Were the New Boys" and a cover of the Faces' "Ooh La La," originally sung by Ron Wood. These unabashedly recall his rowdy, youthful days with the Faces, and they're warmly nostalgic. He may be reveling in memory and trying recapture his youth, but Rod hasn't sounded this comfortable in years.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/2/1998
  • Label: Warner Bros Mod Afw
  • UPC: 093624679226
  • Catalog Number: 46792
  • Sales rank: 144,853

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Cigarettes and Alcohol (4:03)
  2. 2 Ooh la La (4:15)
  3. 3 Rocks (4:45)
  4. 4 Superstar (4:21)
  5. 5 Secret Heart (4:07)
  6. 6 Hotel Chambermaid (3:49)
  7. 7 Shelly My Love (3:38)
  8. 8 When We Were the New Boys (4:39)
  9. 9 Weak (4:38)
  10. 10 What Do You Want Me to Do? (3:36)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Rod Stewart Primary Artist, Vocals
Richard Greene Fiddle
Jeff Paris Piano
Sue Ann Carwell Background Vocals
Jeff Baxter Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Pedal Steel Guitar, Electric Guitar
Rick Braun Trumpet
Paulinho Da Costa Percussion, Maracas, Tambourine
D. Harvey Background Vocals
Michael Landau Guitar, Electric Guitar
Nick Lane Trombone
Oliver Leiber Guitar
Lance Morrison Bass
Richard Page Background Vocals
David Palmer Drums
Jeff Pescetto Background Vocals
Kevin Savigar Organ, Bass, Accordion, Horn, Keyboards
Jackie Simley Background Vocals
Wil Wheaton Background Vocals
Fred White Background Vocals
Eric Rigler Low Whistle
Jimmy Roberts Tenor Saxophone
Lamont VanHook Background Vocals
Daniel Smith Cello
Suzie Katayama Cello
John Shanks Guitar, Mandolin, Slide Guitar
Caroline Corr Bodhran
Andrea Corr Penny Whistle
Sharon Corr Fiddle
Steve Richards Cello
Technical Credits
Rod Stewart Producer
Chris Lord-Alge Producer
Oliver Leiber Horn Arrangements
Barry Rudolph Engineer
Kevin Savigar Arranger, Programming, Producer, Horn Arrangements
Rob Dickins Liner Notes, Executive Producer
Steve Harrison Engineer, Drum Recordings
Ed Fotheringham Artwork
Lawrence Azerrad Art Direction
Caroline Corr Contributor
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