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Spinal Tap bassist to release star-studded studio album

Derek Smalls
Derek Smalls

Harry Shearer, aka Spinal Tap bassist Derek Smalls, has announced he’ll release his debut solo album later this year.

It’s titled Smalls Change (Meditations Upon Ageing) and will launch on April 13 via Twanky Records/BMG.

His Spinal Tap bandmates David St. Hubbins and Nigel Tufnel won’t appear on the record, but it does feature a star-studded lineup of guest musicians.

Those include guitar virtuosos Joe Satriani and Steve Vai, Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins, Red Hot Chili Peppers sticksman Chad Smith, Rick Wakeman, Toto’s Steve Lukather, Steely Dan’s Donald Fagen, Dweezil Zappa and Peter Framtpon.

To mark the announcement, Smalls has release a video for the title track and announced that he’ll tour in support of the album, with only one date confirmed so far: April 14 at the Saenger Theater, New Orleans.

Find the Smalls Change (Meditations Upon Ageing) tracklist below, which also features a list of guest artists.

Derek Smalls - Smalls Change (Meditations Upon Ageing) tracklist

  1. Openture (ft. The Hungarian Studio Orchestra)
  2. Rock ’N’ Roll Transplant (ft. Steve Lukather, Jim Keltner, Chad Smith)
  3. Butt Call (ft. Phil X, Taylor Hawkins)
  4. Smalls Change (ft. The Hungarian Studio Orchestra, Judith Owen, Danny Kortchmar, Russ Kunkel)
  5. Memo to Willie (ft. Donald Fagen, Jeff “Skunk” Baxter, Larry Carlton, the Snarky Puppy Horns)
  6. It Don’t Get Old (ft. Peter Frampton, Waddy Wachtel)
  7. Complete Faith (ft. The Hungarian Studio Orchestra)
  8. Faith No More (ft. The Hungarian Studio Orchestra, Todd Sucherman)
  9. Gimme Some (More) Money (ft. Paul Shaffer, Waddy Wachtel, David Crosby)
  10. MRI (ft. Dweezil Zappa)
  11. Hell Toupee (ft. The Hungarian Studio Orchestra)
  12. Gummin the Gash (ft. Steve Vai, Gregg Bisonnette, Jane Lynch)
  13. She Puts the Bitch in Obituary (ft. Richard Thompson, Jane Lynch)
  14. When Men Did Rock (ft. Michael League, Joe Satriani, Rick Wakeman, the Hungarian Studio Orchestra)

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