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Reviews: Paul Weller: Studio 150

Reviews: 4

Review by Marc P October 8, 2004 (2 of 4 found this review helpful)
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Paul Weller has been a star ever since he made it to fame with his band the Jam. After leaving the Jam Paul started the Style Council, and even though this was a totally different direction musically he was still very successful. But the Style Council wasnít his last stop in his musical travels. He went on as a solo artist and he never stopped changing his style of music.
No we have come to his latest offering, Studio 150.
Studio 150 is named after a sound Studio in Amsterdam (the Netherlands) in which this album was recorded. This album is filled with classics with a twist. For me this is a great album, I like what Paul has done with the songs, so sound pretty close to the original versions some are very different. Through out the album Paulís vocal sound very untouched, like everything was recorded live. It makes the whole album sound very pure.

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Review by Frankie say sacd January 22, 2005 (0 of 2 found this review helpful)
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Recorded in the city where i live; Amsterdam.
It's not Paul's best performance and also the sonics arn't that good.
There is some noise to be heard and the sound (bass and treble) switched to often.
I think the person behind the mixingtables in the studio was stoned (it's Amsterdam you know).
I've bought this SACD version without listening. I think you be better of with the normal stereo one and save some money.

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Review by eesau February 2, 2005 (0 of 2 found this review helpful)
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This is OK but not close to his best i.e. Wild Wood,Stanley Road, Heavy Soul, etc.

Obviously he is out of new ideas now because he has to make covers like this.

The background violins are just too much ... and they are a stupid mistake in style, too.

Multi-channel mix is average but I did not expect anything special here.

In multi-channel songs, there is a phasing error in the front channels like this:

If you move your head to the left, Paul's voice moves to the right (should be opposite!).
If you move your head sideways, you can hear a comb filter created by signals from all three front speakers.

Stupid mixing error in human voice, where multi-channel mixes have the greatest potential.

But in some songs, the multi-channel mix works.

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Review by fredblue May 2, 2013 (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
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firstly, I'd like to respond to one aspect of "eesau's" review here in so much as I do not get the same phase issues across the front 3 channels.. if you move to the left PW's vocals move left with you and if you move right he follows you to the right, all is just as it should be for me on this one. as for the comb filtering issues they encountered, I'm not technically minded enough to know what to look out for so I can't comment on that score.

as for my own review, I have to say this is much better than I was expecting, this SACD doesn't get much love or attention, which is a shame as it has a lot of good things going for it.

the surround mix (the reason I bought the SACD, lets face it high-resolution stereo's a bit of a waste of time on a fairly lo-fi recording such as this) has its fair share of high points. rear activity is pretty aggressive at times but is still mostly sympathetic to the material.

as for the album itself, this is a solid set of strong covers with a healthy mix of what are more natural/logical covers for Weller and others that while rather unexpected/less predictable for an artist such as him still work very well. there's a breezy organic feel to most songs' arrangements and its all a great laid back summery upbeat vibe, which the 5.1 effectively opens up and enhances.

as its still so cheap and easy to get in the scheme of so many now overpriced out of print "Rock & Pop" MultiChannel SACDs, it's a bit of a no-brainer really so I'd say grab it while you can, you may well be pleasantly surprised as I was.

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