Smalls Change (Meditations Upon Ageing)

Smalls Change (Meditations Upon Ageing)

by Derek Smalls


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The story behind Smalls Change (Meditations Upon Ageing) goes like this: Derek Smalls, the bass player for metal relics Spinal Tap, mustered the wherewithal to craft a grand, star-studded final statement at the age of 77. By having his creation Derek Smalls go solo, Harry Shearer gets to sidestep the difficultly of mounting an actual Spinal Tap reunion and also craft a nearly bulletproof project: if the album is bad, well, that's just part of the joke, because solo albums by bassists are almost always bad. As it turns out, Smalls Change is difficult to quantify as either bad or good. It simply is, a collection of songs about growing old in the modern world, filled with vulgar jokes and fond memories of days gone by. Shearer's subterranean growl serves as an anchor to a collection that's largely lumbering metal, but there are times when his guests help lighten the touch -- notably Donald Fagen, who delivers a killer punch line on the chorus of "Memo to Willie." By grounding it so heavily in the metal that served Spinal Tap so well, Shearer turns Smalls Change into a bit of a grueling hourlong experience -- there may be the occasional taste of prog pomp or a Richard Thompson cameo, but it's all in the context of hard rock -- but listened to as a series of EPs, the craft behind its silliness shines through and it's quite palatable. Which makes it not all that different from a John Entwistle album.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/13/2018
Label: Bmg Rights Managemen
UPC: 4050538372557
catalogNumber: 37255
Rank: 44669

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Derek Smalls   Primary Artist,Bass,Vocals,Recitation
Rick Wakeman   Organ,Synthesizer
Donald Fagen   Vocals
Joe Satriani   Guitar
Richard Thompson   Guitar
Steve Vai   Soloist
Dweezil Zappa   Guitar
Larry Carlton   Guitar
David Davis   Horn
Paul Shaffer   Organ,Piano
Jim Keltner   Drums
Jeff Baxter   Guitar
Gregg Bissonette   Drums
David Crosby   Vocals
Keith England   Background Vocals
Robert Gates   Performing Ensemble
Danny Kortchmar   Guitar
Russ Kunkel   Drums
Kipp Lennon   Background Vocals
Mark Lennon   Background Vocals
Steve Lukather   Guitar
Todd Sucherman   Drums
Phil X.   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Waddy Wachtel   Guitar,Background Vocals
Judith Owen   Background Vocals
Rick Livingston   Background Vocals
Steve Genewick   Horn
Taylor Hawkins   Drums
Toss Panos   Drums
Chad Smith   Drums
T.J. Troy   Percussion
Elizabeth Lea   Trombone
Nick Mancini   Vibes
Balázs Bujtor   Concert Master
Péter Illényi   Conductor
Christopher Anderson-Bazzoli   Performing Ensemble
Chris Bullock   Saxophone
Jay Jennings   Trumpet
Jane Lynch   Background Vocals
Justin Stanton   Trumpet
Cj Vanston   Organ,Synthesizer,Piano,Background Vocals
Michael League   Bass
Gabriel Noel   Cello
Hungarian Studio Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Carmina Popolovah   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Joe Satriani   Guitar Engineer
Larry Carlton   Engineer
David Torkanowsky   Engineer
Ed Cherney   Engineer,Guitar Engineer,Drum Engineering
Patrick Dillett   Engineer
Ross Hogarth   Engineer,Drum Engineering
John Paterno   Drum Engineering
Derek Smalls   Composer,Executive Producer
David St. Hubbins   Composer
Chris Walden   Orchestral Arrangements
Frank Rosato   Engineer,Drum Engineering
Brian Porizek   Art Direction
Wesley Seidman   Engineer,Drum Engineering
Tamás Kurina   Engineer
Erik Jordan   Engineer
Christopher Anderson-Bazzoli   Orchestral Arrangements
Greg Wurth   Engineer
Misha Kachkachishvili   Engineer
Cj Vanston   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Engineer,Horn Arrangements,Orchestral Arrangements,Vocal Engineer,Instrumentation
Bo Bodnar   Engineer,Drum Engineering
Billy Centenaro   Engineer
Will Delaney   Engineer,Drum Engineering
Karl Wingate   Engineer

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