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12 Bar Blues Import

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Product details

  • Audio CD (18 May 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Atlantic
  • ASIN: B0000062RU
  • Other Editions: Audio Cassette  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 108,247 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  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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Format: Audio CD
I approached this with some trepidation. As a big fan of the Stone Temple Pilots and being aware of the personal mess Scott Weiland was in at the time of this recording I could only imagine a self-indulgent cacophany. I was knocked sideways by the sheer departure of this album. From the harsh distorted guitars to the Jim Morrison style poetic twists and the sheer moments of selfless beauty in such songs as 'Son' this recording is a personal voyage and a joy to be a part of.
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Yes, quite enjoyed it there was a slight mark on disc which is unusual but managed to treat it
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Excellent album
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9a6ae870) out of 5 stars A persal favorite of mine 20 May 2003
By Daniel Ferguson-Maltzman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
While Scott Weiland's debut album "12 Bar Blues" (1998) may never get recognized as a great work of art, it's always been a favorite album of mine.

Imagine throwing Tom Watts, David Bowie and Trent Reznor in a blender...and you'd get something like this...

"12 Bar Blues" is far different from anything that Weiland released in either STP or Velvet Revolver. If you are a fan of Stone Temple Pilots or VR, this album may not appeal to you, because it's not really a "rock" album. Rather, "12 bar Blues" is a much more eclectic, diverse collection of songs. The album is rather electronic, with effects, etc. And Unlike STP or VR, this isn't really a guitar and riff driven album.

And while each song sounds unique and different, the album still manages to flow perfectly. Each song is well crafted, arranged, and well written with a good hook. Out of the 12 songs on this CD, I don't consider anything to be filler. I can't name a standout tune, because really, each song is terrific. To me, the songs read like a diary of a tortured soul, but without sounding whiny or full of self-pity.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9a6ae8c4) out of 5 stars Not STP 17 Sept. 2004
By tlnm - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This isn't a Core or Purple album, but follows more in the vein of Tiny Music.... I really enjoyed the variety and experimentation of this album, though it took a few listens to decide I liked the album. The lyrics aren't the strongest I've heard, but I attribute that to the possibility that the lyrics are strongly personal and make more sense to Scott than to the rest of the world. A good listen and a good buy. There's only 1 track on the CD that I just really don't like.
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99fb80b4) out of 5 stars Lyrics only Weiland can comprehend 31 Mar. 2000
By Sal Nudo - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
And that's fine with him. Scott Weiland once admitted that this CD ranges from A to Z and back to G. He's right. But given the chance, these strange, distorted noises ultimately blend together in fulfilling harmony. If given the chance.

"Desperation #5," for example, should have been released as a single. With despairing, cryptic, mournful lyrics and a buzzsaw of a guitar riff that will knock you on [...], this was a great leadoff choice for the album. Oddly, the cumbersome and disjointed "Barbarella" was the misguided choice for a single. Other better tunes that would have worked as radio singles and sold Weiland more albums include "About Nothing," "Divider" (pleasant lounge sound) and the ultra-sheeny rocker "Opposite Octave Reaction."

As for Weiland's voice, it's produced in a purposely distorted mixture of glammy sheen and a tinge of grittiness that's likely to trip up Stone Temple Pilots Core listeners. But great musicians surrounded Weiland on "12 Bar Blues," no doubt learning to play what Weiland could only hum or lightly strum on a guitar; undoubtedly, his musician friends pulled through for him. Still, Weiland did a formidable job with this disc. 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 experimentation -- plastic guitars stretched to the nines, spacey lounge, dated industrial, soft guitar and piano, stretched vocals, weird lyrics, Irish barroom odes, techno rock and glam -- check out "12 Bar Blues." I don't know what this guy was on when he wrote some of these unique tunes, nor what was going on in his life, but despite his condition it sounds like Weiland was having a great time in the studio, twiddling knobs and God knows what else.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9a6aeb4c) out of 5 stars Artistic, Creative And Memorable. 30 Oct. 2003
By Robert Blake - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
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. With "12 Bar Blues" he went for a more free, experimental route. STP had an obvious classic, somewhat psychedelic influence in their unique and timeless sound, but here Weiland decides to take his classic rock influences and mesh and splash them together with his own touches. A lot of it is actually very good, original and sometimes visceral and evocative. Some if it will surely impress the more artistic listener, anyone looking for standard STP material will not find it here, they will recognize the voice melodies that are Weiland's signature, but here he is acting more like a rock n' roll Jackson Pollock, splashing color and mood around by the bucket-fulls, excessive yes, but an excess meant to reach the goal of fully expressing his ideas. "12 Bar Blues" reminds us of the experimental spirit of the 60's, and it also has traces of David Bowie and the glamrock era. But Weiland here is no imitator, you can tell he loves The Beatles, but isn't trying to copy them. Some of the songs have a very emotional flavor, like "Barbarella" which sounds very personal and has a nice slide guitar break and a catchy, enrapturing chorus. "Where's The Man" is a moody, heartfelt song that may represent some of the well-known pain known in Weiland's life filled with drug-addiction struggles ("what is your name, the name behind the shame"). "Divider" is an almost jazzy tune, very atmospheric with it's piano instrumentals. There are also some rougher edges such as "Cool Kiss," which is more of a glamrock shout, it rips and grinds. Some of the songs simply go from one mood to another, "Mockingbird Girl," with it's witty lyrics, switches from a pop-friendly sound to an aggressive guitar progression. "Date" feels spacey and almost gothic."Lady, Your Roof Brings Me Down" sounds like a retread to musical opera or cabaret with gusto in the spirit of The Doors with their cover of "Alabama Song (Whiskey Bar)." "12 Bar Blues" will not appeal to everyone, it is not the type of repetitive, mainstream rock we hear these days from bands like Linkin Park, this is an album for the freerer spirit, for the more experimental type. But Weiland here proves he can indeed produce very good material apart from his work with STP, and a promising solo career shows itself here but as we know, Weiland has joined forces with the ex members of Guns N' Roses to form Velvet Revolver. Fans of Stone Temple Pilots might want to get it, but it is more recommended for those who are looking for something, literally, different.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9a6aed8c) out of 5 stars Scott shines with or without STP 6 Jun. 2000
By Kevin Fink - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
A lot of people said some ugly things about this album, saying that if this is how Scott sounds without heroin he should get back on it (which I find a disgusting thing to say). I however, think that this album shows that Scott can shine on his own. Although a lot of the songs sound like STP (which makes sense since Scott writes the lyrics to most of their songs), the album is an eclectic mix of hard rock, grunge, electronica, country/folk, and even a little elevator muzak. Songs like "The Date," "Cool Kiss," and "About Nothing" take a little listening to, but there are some great songs on here. "Divider" is a funky/jazzy song that stays in your head; "Barbarella" is a phenomenal ditty that makes fun of itself - "This must be boring by now." "Where's the Man" is a ballad likened to STP's "Big Empty" that has an edge of insanity behind it; & "Lady, Your Roof Brings Me Down" sticks out as a sad but powerful piece with guest Sheryl Crow on accordian. In short, this album takes awhile to get used to, but any fan of STP would, in my opinion, be comfortable listening to it. Scott should be commended for his incredible amount of work and time involved in this album.
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