World of His Own

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All Music Guide - Rudyard Kennedy
During his on-again off-again tenures with Squeeze, pianist Jools Holland's fondness for boogie-woogie and R&B seemed somehow out of step with Squeeze's reputation for delivering Beatlesque new wave pop. As a result, Holland often got shunted to the sidelines on the band's records. Turnabout is fair play, though, so A World of His Own features contributions from all of Holland's then-current Squeeze bandmates (as well as a crack horn section, Sting, and Holland's old Millionaires colleagues) -- and for this album, Holland's the one who is firmly in the driver's seat. For the most part, he forgoes trying to sound anything like Squeeze, and does what he does best -- ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Rudyard Kennedy
During his on-again off-again tenures with Squeeze, pianist Jools Holland's fondness for boogie-woogie and R&B seemed somehow out of step with Squeeze's reputation for delivering Beatlesque new wave pop. As a result, Holland often got shunted to the sidelines on the band's records. Turnabout is fair play, though, so A World of His Own features contributions from all of Holland's then-current Squeeze bandmates (as well as a crack horn section, Sting, and Holland's old Millionaires colleagues) -- and for this album, Holland's the one who is firmly in the driver's seat. For the most part, he forgoes trying to sound anything like Squeeze, and does what he does best -- he joyfully pounds his way through some polished but swinging jump tunes ("The Maiden's Lament," "Biggy Wiggy"); croons a few classic R&B sides (Percy Mayfield's "Danger Zone," Ray Charles' "In the Heat of the Night"); and generally has such a good time that it's almost impossible not to get caught up in the fun. Unfortunately, when Holland experiments with more modern sounds (such as the tedious three-part synthesizer suite "Thursday"), he gets too caught up in the mechanics of finicky multi-track production to find a groove, and the good times evaporate. Still, if you can program your CD player to skip the offending tracks, World of His Own offers up another solid helping of New Orleans-meets-South London bontemps roulez from the indefatigable Holland, surely one of Britain's greatest exponents of modern-day boogie-woogie.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/20/2003
  • Label: Emi Import
  • UPC: 724358268126
  • Catalog Number: 582681

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Architectural Number (6:36)
  2. 2 The Maiden's Lament (3:28)
  3. 3 Honey Dripper (3:39)
  4. 4 Thursday in Three Movements: Awakening/Elevensies/Slumber (4:09)
  5. 5 Harp Solo (0:07)
  6. 6 Biggy Wiggy (2:31)
  7. 7 Holy Cow (4:41)
  8. 8 In the Heat of the Night (3:47)
  9. 9 Biggy Wiggy (3:39)
  10. 10 We're Through - Kim Lesley (3:05)
  11. 11 Grand Hotel (3:27)
  12. 12 Danger Zone (2:17)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jools Holland Primary Artist, Piano, Keyboards, Vocals
Barry White Sampling
Gary Barnacle Horn, Horn Section
Sharon Blackwell Choir, Chorus
Alan Cooper Clarinet
Lisa Covington Background Vocals
Martin Deegan Drums
Chris Difford Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Background Vocals
Roger Goslyn Horn, Background Vocals, Horn Section
Gilson Lavis Bass, Drums
Kim Lesley Vocals, Background Vocals
Mike Paice Saxophone, Soloist
Pino Palladino Background Vocals
The Phantom Horns Horn Section
Maz Roberts Background Vocals
John Thirkell Horn, Horn Section
Peter Thoms Horn, Horn Section
Glenn Tilbrook Guitar, Harmony, Vocal Harmony
Keith Wilkinson Bass
Clinton Derricks-Carroll Choir, Chorus
Mark Flannagan Guitar
Mark Jordan Horn, Background Vocals, Horn Section
Vic Reeves Background Vocals
Bobby Carr Choir, Chorus
Keep Bass, Drums
Richard Holland Background Vocals
Paul Bartholomew Horn, Background Vocals, Horn Section
Rosie Areathamae Glass Harmonica
Bijon Harp, Soloist
Key P. Wilkinson Bass Fiddle
Phil Veacock Horn, Saxophone, Background Vocals, Soloist, Horn Section
Ian Sampling
David Leslie Gilson Lavis Drums
George Solomon Mead Lux Lyre
Judith Bennett Choir, Chorus
Technical Credits
Percy Mayfield Composer
Ray Charles Composer
Jools Holland Composer, Producer
Joe Liggins Composer
Quincy Jones Composer
Gary Barnacle Arranger
Chris Difford Composer
Roger Goslyn Arranger
Allen Toussaint Composer
Paula Flack Reissue
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