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12 Bar Blues
Studio album by Scott Weiland
Released March 31, 1998
Recorded Scott's house, Foxy Dead Girl, Royaltone, Oceanway, The Village, and Master Control
Genre Alternative rock, psychedelic rock
Length 58:51
Label Atlantic Records
Producer Blair Lamb, Tracy Chisholm, Scott Weiland, Daniel Lanois
Professional reviews
Scott Weiland chronology
12 Bar Blues
(1998)
"Happy" in Galoshes
(2008)

12 Bar Blues is the debut solo album from Stone Temple Pilots singer Scott Weiland. Its sound and style differs greatly from his band's releases. The design concept of the cover is a homage to the cover design of John Coltrane's Blue Train album. The title name comes from the simple chord progression known as "Twelve-bar blues."

Contents

Development

In a 1998 interview on MTV's 120 Minutes, Weiland states that his then brother-in-law introduced him to Blair Lamb, the one who co-produced 12 Bar Blues with Weiland and Tracy Chisholm.[1]

Reception

Released in 1998 on Atlantic Records, the album was a commercial failure, but achieved some critical acclaim. Stephen Erlewine of allmusic gave the album 4 out of 5 stars, declaring "12 Bar Blues is an unpredictable, carnivalesque record confirming that Weiland was the visionary behind STP's sound. He's fascinated by sound, piling on layers of shredded guitars, drum loops, and keyboards, making sure that each song sounds drastically different from its predecessor."[2] David Fricke of Rolling Stone awarded the album 3.5 out of 5 stars and declared that "12 Bar Blues isn't really a rock album, or even a pop album. Weiland, out on his own, has simply made an honest album – honest in its confusion, ambition and indulgence. It was worth the risk." but also remarked that "Maybe it's a little early for Scott Weiland to be going the solo way."[3] Historian Piero Scaruffi gave it a 7 out of 10 and claimed that "12 Bar Blues is a noble work in the tradition of "lo-fi" songwriters like Robert Pollard and Beck, a collection of quirky ditties with lively and inventive arrangements."[4] He later listed the album as being one of the best rock albums of the 90s.[5]

Track listing

  • All Songs Written By Scott Weiland (Foxy Dead Girl Music). Co-Writers in parenthesis.
  1. "Desperation No. 5" - 4:05
  2. "Barbarella" - 6:36 (Tony Castaneda)
  3. "About Nothing" - 4:48 (Castaneda)
  4. "Where's the Man" - 4:55
  5. "Divider" - 4:23 (Victor Indrizzo; Famous Music Corp.)
  6. "Cool Kiss" - 4:55
  7. "The Date" - 5:21
  8. "Son" - 5:04 (Indrizzo; Famous Music Corp.) (dedicated to "Zack")
  9. "Jimmy Was a Stimulator" - 3:58
  10. "Lady, Your Roof Brings Me Down" - 5:26 (Indrizzo; Famous Music Corp.)
  11. "Mockingbird Girl" - 5:02 (Jeff Nolan, Zander Schloss; UA Music Inc., Floated Music, EMI Virgin Music; "Its The Mega", United Lion Music, Sho Me Mo)
  12. "Opposite Octave Reaction" - 4:18
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Track information

  • An additional track entitled "Lazy Divey" was recorded for the album, and was included on some early promotional copies of the album.
  • "Mockingbird Girl" was a re-recording of a song Weiland had originally recorded with The Magnificent Bastards for the 1995 Tank Girl soundtrack three years prior.
  • In April 2009, Weiland is expected to release an autobiography titled Desperation No. 5, the title of the first track on 12 Bar Blues.

Personnel

  • Scott Weiland - lead vocals, beatbox, guitar, keyboards, piano, bass, synthesized bass, drum loops
  • Tracy Chisolm - theremin
  • Blair Lamb - beatbox
  • Holly Reiger - guitars
  • Jeff Nolan, Zander Schloss - guitars
  • Sheryl Crow - accordion
  • Brad Mehldau - piano
  • Peter DiStefano - guitars, bass
  • Victor Indrizzo - vocals, guitar, piano, keyboards, bass, drums
  • Daniel Lanois - synthesizers
  • Tony Castaneda - guitars, bass
  • Martyn LeNoble - bass, cello
  • Michael Weiland - drums, percussion, drum loops
  • Suzie Katayama - cello
  • Novi Novog - viola
  • Joel Derouin, Robin Lorentz - violin

Production

  • Produced By Blair Lamb, Tracy Chisholm, Scott Weiland & Daniel Lanois
  • Recording & Engineers: Chad Banford, Chris Goss, Tracy Chisolm
  • Additional Engineers: Daniel Lanois, Jason Gladden, Tracy Chisolm, David Nottingham, Eric Greedy, Jeff Robinson, John Sorrenson, Rafa Sardina, Reid Miller
  • Mixing: Mark Howard, Daniel Lanois, Tracy Chisolm
  • Mastering: Daniel Lanois, Mark Chalecki

Chart performance

Album

Chart Peak
United States Billboard 200 42 [6]
New Zealand New Zealand Chart 47 [7]

Singles

Year Title Peak Chart positions
US
Mod
1998 "Lady, Your Roof Brings Me Down" 39
"Barbarella" 36

References

  1. ^ YouTube.com: Scott Weiland - interview 1998
  2. ^ Allmusic review, cited September 20, 2008
  3. ^ Rolling Stone Rolling Stone Magazine review, cited September 20, 2008
  4. ^ Piero Scaruffi review Piero Scaruffi review, cited September 20, 2008. Accessed 2009-03-22. Archived 2009-05-02.
  5. ^ Piero Scaruffi list Piero Scaruffi's "Best Rock Albums of the 90s" list, cited September 20, 2008
  6. ^ "Scott Weiland - 12 Bar Blues [albums]". Billboard. http://www.billboard.com/#/artist/scott-weiland/chart-history/114507. Retrieved 2009-08-04. 
  7. ^ Steffen Hung. "Scott Weiland - 12 Bar Blues". NorwegianCharts.com. Archived from the original on 2009-08-06. http://www.webcitation.org/5iq3txhgK. Retrieved 2009-08-04. 

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