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12 Bar Blues [Import]

Scott Weiland Audio CD
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1. Desperation #5
2. Barbarella
3. About Nothing
4. Where's The Man
5. Divider
6. Cool Kiss
7. The Date
8. Son
9. Jimmy Was A Stimulator
10. Lady, Your Roof Brings Me Down
11. Mockingbird Girl
12. Opposite Octave Reaction

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When an artist comes back from the kind of trauma that dogged Scott Weiland following the release of Stone Temple Pilots' Tine Music ... Songs from the Vatican Gift Shop, said artist often comes back a changed person--and that's exactly what this surprising, fascinating solo bow shows Weiland to be. Middle finger pointedly directed at his past and eyes firmly affixed to his navel, Weiland slithers through the dauntingly dense disc with little of the simplicity implied in the title. Shaky and slurred, songs like "Where's the Man" and "Barbarella" conjure up some mighty frightening images without resorting to the brute force that was once Weiland's weapon of choice. Wrapped in grandiose post-glam, drag-heavy on strings, sequencers, and special effects, 12 Bar Blues is a daring leap, and it's clearly been done without a safety net. --David Sprague

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SCOTT WEILAND 12 Bar Blues (1998 German pressed 12-track CD album featuring the debut solo album from the former Stone Temple Pilots / Velvet Revolver vocalist consisting mainly of original compositions with additional collaborations with Daniel Lanois Sheryl Crow Brad Mehldau and Jeff Nolan. Includes Barbarella and Lady Your Roof Brings Me Down. This is the original misprinted version [with the tracklisting on the back insert incorrectly including Lazy Divey as track 3]. This CD retains its original stickered jewel case with a picture / lyric inlay)

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3.0 out of 5 stars Lyrics Only Weiland Can Understand March 30 2000
Format:Audio CD
And that's fine with him... Scott Weiland once said this record goes from A to Z and back to G. He's sort of right, but really all these strange, distorted noises ultimately kind of blend together in fulfilling harmony, if that makes any sense. "Desperation #5," for example, should have been a radio hit. With despairing, cryptic, mournful lyrics, and a buzzsaw of a guitar bridge that will knock you on your butt, this was a great leadoff choice for the album. Oddly, the slow moving and disjointed "Barbarella" WAS released as a single, foregoing much better tunes that would have sold Weiland more albums, like "About Nothing," or the pleasant louge tune, "Divider," or the ultra-sheeny rocker "Opposite Octave Reaction" - all three much better songs, fantastic. As for Weiland's voice, it's a purposely distorted mixture of glammy sheen and a tinge of grittiness likely to trip STP listeners up. Great musicians surrounded Scott Weiland on "12 Bar Blues," no doubt learning to play what Weiland could only hum or lightly strum on a guitar; undoubtedly his friends pulled through for him. Still, Weiland did a great job. Those not willing to grow with their favorite artists won't even hear this album half the way through. However, if you're up for some experimentation - plastic guitars stretched to the 9's, spacey lounge, dated industrial, soft guitar and piano, stretched vocals, weird lyrics, Irish barroom odes, techno rock and glam - check "12 Bar Blues" out. I don't know what this guy was on when writing some of these unique tunes, nor what was going on in his life, but despite his condition, it sounds like he was having a great time in the studio, twiddling knobs and God knows what else.
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5.0 out of 5 stars WOW Dec 13 2004
By Lexy
Format:Audio CD
From STP to Solo artist, Scott Weiland never ceases to amaze me!!! From the strong and painfully real Barbarella to the easy going Jimmy was a Stimulator.Then of course you have the mellow Divider and Where's the man. All these songs have eye opening lyrics that show the listener what the goes through the mind of someone who has been brought back from the brinks of death many times.
Overall I believe that this album will eventually be a classic rock album!
Good Job Scott!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD June 21 2004
Format:Audio CD
I love this period of STP. The other guys went and did a project called "Talk Show." I remember when the DeLeo's came to my town promoting that disc and were booed for a few seconds. In addition, "Talk Show" was listed by Maxim magazine as "one of the worst ever." Once again, my tastes do not agree with the mainstream. "Talk Show" was a great, great disc and this one from Mr. Weiland was fantastic as well. Both "12 Bar" and "Talk Show" are favorites of my varied 1000 disc CD collection. My only gripe about "12 Bar Blues" is that it did not include a song that was included on the promotional only version, a great song called "Nosey Divey." Go to other sources to find that one, I guess.
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5.0 out of 5 stars SCOTT WEILAND ROCKS May 24 2004
Format:Audio CD
I like this CD and being a fan of the Stone temple pilots and a huge fan of Scotts voice and lyrics I expected a lot. I think Scott's delivered a lot and he shows that he has a lot of talent in writing music as well. He is experimenting with a lot of different things, different instruments and music styles and it isn't very similar to the work of STP. If you're not just into STP and similar music you'll love this one but don't expect it to sound like the STP.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Paints a Glorified Portrait of a Slacker Jan. 3 2004
Format:Audio CD
More of an art-pop record than the typically hard driving alterna-rock of Stone Temple Pilots, this music is irresistably quirky and clever.
The overall theme seems to deal with a cad or druggie with a semi-charmed life (or possibly several different ones). Even many of the musicians that play on 12 BAR BLUES are "outsider" musicians in some way or another ( Daniel Lanois, Martyn LeNoble). I assume the album titile is some kind of joke because this music is pretty far removed from 12 bar blues as far as I can tell. Vague Velvet Underground, Beatles and trashy 70's rock influences permeate these recordings though they're sometimes hard to put a finger on.
Actually, 12 BAR BLUES is something pretty unique. Clearly, a lot of care was taken to construct these songs and choose interesting instruments and sounds. "Cool Kiss" and "Jimmy was a Stimulator" are the hardest hitting songs, both sporting corrosive synths. Either would soundgreat in a really seedy James Bond flick.
"Lady Your Roof Brings Me Down" is a kick, sounding like it walked off a Broadway stage with its dipping strut accompanied by string section, piano and accordian. There's some great piano elsewhere on this album, such as on the jazz-inflected "Divider." "Desperation #5" and "About Nothing" are both great, guided by souped-up drum machines and drenched in quasi-psychedelic distortion. "Barbarella," sung from the point of view of a rather articulate, insightful loser, really captures a sort of shambling majesty. Probably the best song and centerpiece of the album.
The quieter moments on this album are very good too. The melencholy "Where's Your Man" ("he's lost and gone again") finds our hero doing what he does best, yet "Son" finds him in an affectionate mood.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Artistic, Creative And Memorable.
As the wild, erratic frontman of Stone Temple Pilots, Scott Weiland already established himself as a talented, memorable singer, this aside from also his known drug excesses. Read more
Published on Oct. 30 2003 by Robert Blake
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the greatest albums of all time-very underrated
Scott Weiland's 12 Bar Blues is a very under-appreciated album. Stone Temple Pilots is, undoubtedly, a great band and has put out five of the best albums in rock. Read more
Published on May 20 2003 by Daniel Maltzman
5.0 out of 5 stars Come and save me from my misery
This is a GREAT album. Its different from STP however. So if you're looking for that I would just pass this up. This album is better than anything STP has released ever. Read more
Published on April 26 2003 by Jesse J. Morris
4.0 out of 5 stars Buy this CD for One of Weiland's Greatest Songs
There are some very high points and very low points. All in all, fans of Stone Temple Pilots might find this album a little disappointing because it really has none of the normal... Read more
Published on April 4 2003 by J. Oborny
4.0 out of 5 stars Experimental pop?
I'm not sure what to call it. Most people either loved
or hated this cd. It just happened to grow on me over the
years... Read more
Published on March 3 2003
4.0 out of 5 stars HOW COULD YOU?
BRAVO! A musical sensation for all the senses. I think Scott Weiland triumphed with this albulm. I was shocked when I saw some of the negative reviews from the obviously musically... Read more
Published on Feb. 8 2003 by Mandy F.
3.0 out of 5 stars Overlooked
I have hundreds of albums in my personal collection, from vinyl to compact disc, but I've never been sufficiently provoked or stimulated to write a review of one of them; until... Read more
Published on Jan. 15 2003 by Jordan J. Gow
4.0 out of 5 stars I Really Don't Know What To Say...
This album is weird. I think Scott Weiland created his own style of music. I'm not saying that it's bad, it's just not as good as STP. Read more
Published on Dec 24 2002 by "jbuilt"
5.0 out of 5 stars A mainstream masterpiece!!!
Scott Weiland proves beyond a doubt on "12 Bar Blues" why he should just leave the STP Pilots and go it alone. Read more
Published on Dec 10 2002 by Da Peace Dogg
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