Digitally remastered reissue of Ron Wood's album originally released in 1981. DSD remastered in 2006. Includes a special cardboard sleeve case. Every aspect of this Rolling Stone's solo album screams of superstar indulgence, from its bizarre cover shot – look, there's Ron riding a camel under some jets – to co-producer Andy Johns' fawningly surreal back cover exhortation to "don't let anybody tape it because the label needs the money." There's no chance of such an occurrence: three studios are credited – and every track boasts a different lineup.
Only in the 70's could a 'motion picture soundtrack' be made for a non-existent movie! The then-newly appointed Rolling Stones guitarist decided to try something a little different on his third solo release overall, so he rounded up yet another all star cast of rockers - something Wood seems inclined to do with each solo album. Present were some of his ex-bandmates in the Faces (Ronnie Lane, Kenny Jones, Ian McLagan), as well as such other rock notables as Rick Grech (ex-Blind Faith) and a few Stones sidemen (pianist Ian Stewart and horn-blowers Jim Price and Bobby Keys). Comprised of both instrumentals and actual songs, MAHONEY'S LAST STAND remains the most curious of Wood's solo releases.
Live from Kilburn, the second in what may be an ongoing series of archival releases from Ron Wood's vaults, is rawer and rougher than the first, Buried Alive: Live in Maryland. Essentially, this is an official bootleg – containing a CD and a DVD of the entire show – of the first solo concert Woody played in support of his first album, 1974's I've Got My Own Album to Do. When Ronnie took to the stage he was supported by his new Stones bandmate Keith Richards, his old bandmate keyboardist Ian McLagan, bassist Willie Weeks, and drummer Andy Newmark – in other words, this is not the New Barbarians of the late '70s, but close enough that it's cleverly billed as the First Barbarians on this release.
Already a member of the Rolling Stones for four years by 1979, Ron Wood issued his fourth solo release, GIMME SOME NECK. Like his first two solo albums (1974's I'VE GOT MY OWN ALBUM TO DO and 1975's NOW LOOK), NECK boasts an all star guest list. The list is long, but such renowned rockers as Dave Mason, Mick Fleetwood, Ian McLagan, and such fellow Stones members as Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, and even the man Wood replaced in the Stones, Mick Taylor, appears. Featured are the previously unheard Bob Dylan original "Seven Days" and the guitar-heavy rocker "Buried Alive." Producer Roy Thomas Baker keeps things simple (unlike his work with Queen and the Cars), which makes GIMME SOME NECK another tasty slice of fun and sloppy rock n' roll.
1975 turned out to be a major year for Ron Wood. He split from his longtime band of drinking buddies, the Faces, became a full-time member of the Rolling Stones(taking Mick Taylor's recently vacated spot), and he released his second solo album, NOW LOOK. It's pretty surprising that Wood even had time to put an album together, let alone one that was as strong as his debut, I'VE GOT MY OWN ALBUM TO DO. Although it's produced by soul singer Bobby Womack, NOW LOOK followed in the same loose rock 'n' roll direction as its predecessor. The album contains such ragged rock highlights as "I Got Lost When I Found You" (penned by Womack) and "Breathe on Me," the latter containing backing vocals by Keith Richards.
Up until the early 1970's, Ron Wood was known primarily as a sideman in various bands (The Creation, the Jeff Beck Group, and the Faces). In 1974, Wood took a step out from out of the shadows and issued his first solo release, I'VE GOT MY OWN ALBUM TO DO. His debut has a definite 'home made' feel to it, with such all-star friends as the Face's keyboardist/pianist Ian McLagan and the Rolling Stones' Keith Richards join Wood in the festivities. Standouts include a pair of Richards tracks ("Act Together" and "Sure the One You Need"), a cover of "If You Gotta Make A Fool of Somebody," and the crude n' bluesy album closer, "Crotch Music."
Ron Wood had a rough couple years following the publication of his 2007 autobiography, splitting with his wife of over 20 years and entering rehab for yet another time, but you never would be able to tell this based on his 2010 album I Feel Like Playing. Like his previous six solo albums, it has nothing more on its mind than a good time, a studio party where everybody is invited. This time around, Slash, Billy Gibbons, Bobby Womack and Flea all drop by to have a little fun on a collection rockers, reggae, blues and boogie, the sounds that have been Woody’s stock in trade since 1974’s I’ve Got My Own Album to Do.
Two CD set featuring the first official release of this legendary live performance, recorded in Maryland in 1979. The New Barbarians were a live-only band consisting of Rolling Stones members Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood, Jazz great Stanley Clarke, former Faces/Small Faces keyboardist Ian McLagan, Bobby Keys and Ziggaboo Modeliste. 20 tracks including 'Sweet Little Rock 'N Roller', 'Love In Vain', 'Let's Go Steady', 'Before They Make Me Run', 'Jumping Jack Flash', 'Seven Days' and more. Includes an eight page full color booklet with extensive liner notes. Released on Ron Wood's Wooden Records label.
Slide on This is Ronnie Wood's best record. Written in collaboration with Bernard Fowler (backing vocalist of the Rolling Stones, and lead singer in several Charlie Watts'records) is very inspired and very intriguing. Testify, Breathe on Me and Always Wanted More are among Ronnie's best songs ever–they're as fresh as 'I can feel the fire' but they have better lyrics. The record is enriched by (the reproduction of) Ronnie's paintings. It's kind of curious that the Stones have only sporadically (pretty Beat Up, Dance, ..) used Ronnie's compositions. In any case, Slide on this is a must.