Stanley Road

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Stanley Road
Studio album by Paul Weller
Released

7 June 1995

30 May 2005 (10th Anniversary Edition)
Recorded The Manor, Oxford
Genre Rock
Length 52:10
Label

Go! Discs

Island (10th Anniversary Edition)
Producer Paul Weller, Brendan Lynch
Paul Weller chronology
Live Wood
(1994)
Stanley Road
(1995)
Heavy Soul
(1997)
Paul Weller chronology
Studio 150
(2004)
Stanley Road (10th Anniversary Edition)
(2005)
As Is Now
(2005)
Stanley Road (10th Anniversary Edition)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
Mojo 5/5 stars
NME (6/10)[2]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[3]
Uncut 4/5 stars

Stanley Road is the third solo album by Paul Weller, released by Go! Discs in 1995. In 1998 Q magazine readers voted it the 46th greatest album of all time. The album took its name from the street in Woking where Weller grew up.[4] Weller claimed on a BBC special that he hopes he can one day create an album as perfect as this one, stating that all the stars were aligned during the writing and recording period of Stanley Road.[citation needed] The song "I Walk On Gilded Splinters" was featured in the season ending montage of The Wire's fourth season finale, Final Grades.

In 2005, a three-disc 10th anniversary Deluxe Edition of the album was released. The expanded edition included demos, live and BBC session recordings and a DVD documentary directed by Simon Halfon which featured interviews, behind-the-scenes footage and music videos.

Artwork[edit]

The album's cover collage was created by the artist Peter Blake, designer of The Beatles' Sgt Pepper's album artwork (album package design for Weller was supervised by his longtime associate Simon Halfon).

Collaborations[edit]

The album has several notable contributors such as Noel Gallagher of Oasis, who appears playing acoustic guitar on "I Walk on Gilded Splinters", Steve Winwood (formerly of The Spencer Davis Group and Traffic) performs on the songs "Woodcutter's Son" and "Pink on White Walls," whilst Weller is also joined by long-time collaborators Steve Cradock (co-founder of Ocean Colour Scene) and Steve White (The Style Council).

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Paul Weller, except where noted.

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "The Changingman"   Brendan Lynch, Paul Weller 4:02
2. "Porcelain Gods"     4:51
3. "I Walk on Gilded Splinters"   John Creaux 5:24
4. "You Do Something to Me"     3:38
5. "Woodcutter's Son"     4:43
6. "Time Passes..."     4:56
7. "Stanley Road"     4:18
8. "Broken Stones"     3:16
9. "Out of the Sinking"     3:51
10. "Pink on White Walls"     2:39
11. "Whirlpools' End"     7:11
12. "Wings of Speed"     3:13

Personnel[edit]

  • Paul Weller - Vocals (1-12), Guitar (1-7,9-11), Piano (1,2,4,6,7,11,12), Shakers (1), Organ (3,5), Percussion (3,5), Novatron (4), Hammond Organ (8,10), Wurlitzer (8,9)
  • Yolanda Charles - Bass (4,7,9)
  • Steve Winwood - Piano (5,10), Hammond Organ (5), Wurlitzer (5)
  • Mick Talbot - Fender Rhodes (8), Pipe Organ (12), Hammond Organ (12)
  • Carleen Anderson - Back-Up Vocals (1,5,8), Extra Vocals (9), Vocals (12)
  • Steve Cradock - Guitar (1,2,6), Back-Up Vocals (1,11), Acoustic Guitar (11), Electric Guitar (11)
  • Helen Turner - Hammond Organ (4,6), Novatron Strings (6,7,9,11), Organ (9)
  • Brendan Lynch - Cyremin (1,11), Mini-Moog (7), Tambourine (8), Accordion (8), Finger Cymbals (10)
  • Dr. Robert - Bass (1,2,6,11), Back-Up Vocals (1,2)
  • Joy Hawley - Cello (12)
  • Constantine Wier - Voodoo Vocal (3)
  • David Liddle - Acoustic Slide Guitar (5)
  • Mark Nelson - Bass (3,5,8,10)
  • Steve White - Drums (1-11), Percussion (3,5)
  • Noel Gallagher - Acoustic Guitar (3)
Preceded by
Nobody Else by Take That
UK number one album
27 May 1995 – 2 June 1995
Succeeded by
Singles by Alison Moyet

References[edit]

  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Review: Stanley Road - Paul Weller". Macrovision Corporation. Retrieved 15 August 2009. 
  2. ^ Kessler, Ted. "Review: Paul Weller - Stanley Road". NME (IPC Media) (20 May 1995): 44. 
  3. ^ McDonnell, Evelyn (2 February 1998). "Review: Paul Weller, Stanley Road". Jann Wenner. Retrieved 15 August 2009. 
  4. ^ Woking YMCA. Retrieved 2012-11-06.