When We Were the New Boys

When We Were the New Boys

by Rod StewartRod Stewart


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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/02/1998
Label: Warner Records
UPC: 0093624679226
catalogNumber: 46792
Rank: 57046

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Rod Stewart   Primary Artist,Vocals
Richard Greene   Fiddle
Jeff Paris   Piano
Sue Ann Carwell   Background Vocals
Jeff Baxter   Acoustic 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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