A Spanner in the Works

A Spanner in the Works

by Rod StewartRod Stewart


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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/21/2011
Label: Warner Brothers
UPC: 0093624586722
catalogNumber: 45867
Rank: 36757

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
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
Stephen Lipson   Bass

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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