Wednesday

Ron Wood

I've Got My Own Album To Do - 1974

Ranking right up there with Harry Nilsson's Pussy Cats LP in terms of the greatest "buddy" album of all time, Ron Wood's first solo effort was one that simultaneously showcased his immense talent as a guitarist and songwriter, as well as his seemingly endless pool of kick ass rock star friends that were willing to lend him a hand. Considering his reputation as one of the all around nicest guys in rock music, it's no surprise that the list of guest musicians here includes not only the majority of the Rolling Stones, half of the the Faces and George Harrison but a wealth of contributors that remain uncredited (although I swear I hear the voice and drums of The Band's Levon Helm on a couple of tracks). Such an immense pool of musicians and the egos that they carry could have easily overwhelmed the proceedings here, but the sense of camaraderie and unabashed joy rules over this album, and the result is a tight collection of tunes that sounds exactly as you'd expect it to when considering the participants. Equal parts Stones and Faces, the LP features duets galore, most notably Jagger and Wood on the opening track, Keith Richards is all over the place here, obviously enjoying the brief step away from the spotlight, and the Faces' Ian McLagan is an absolute monster on the Wurlitzer piano. Hell, even Rod Stewart took a break from chasing supermodels to join in on the action. Easily one of the finest off-the-radar albums of the decade.

6 comments:

Vincenzo the Bedouin said...

NICE!!!! I would've never thought of giving Woody a chance, but this is a solid album. The first track is a doozy--it probably should have been recorded as a Stones song (maybe on 'Black and Blue'), because Mick 'steals' the vocals...but it is a great tune. The guitar riffs are consistently awesome.

John said...

Wow! This gives me an even greater appreciation of Ron Wood. Great album! Great blog JR!!!

Mr. Dubbs said...

A very fine post. Ron Wood has only very recently been brought to my attention—by Band of Horses to be exact. I caught them a couple of weeks ago on tour supporting their new LP and they covered "Act Together" from this LP. It was the highlight of the show so I've been wondering what the original sounds like. Thanks!

Professhah said...

Great blog, musical "gems and nuggets." Ever have or hear Ron Wood's other solo album, 'Gimme Some Neck'? I guess it's the sort of unofficial "New Barbarians" album? peace,

JR HeatWarp said...

Thanks Vince and John! I'll have to look for that BoH version of this tune Mr. Dubbs. Being a big My Morning Jacket fan, I've always been a bit turned off by them, since the similarities are a bit too close for my blood. If they're covering Ron Wood though, all bets are off!

Hey Professhah! Heck yeah, "Gimmie Some Neck" is another fine one. woody definitely puts out some quality material.

Chinaski said...

Always good with a bit of Ronnie! And this one is (I'm afraid) easily his best. Thanx again, keep up the good archeological work. It's a dirty job and the record companies won't do it...

Cheers,

Chinaski