Ron Wood, Gimme Some Neck (1979)
You know I don’t think the world will ever pause to usher in reappraisal of Ronnie Wood’s solo records but – if it did – this would be a good place to start. Well, it’s where I started at any rate. The version of Seven Days sounds more like Bob Dylan than Dylan. And there’s some decent chugging rock and blues and cool slide and I always love Mick Fleetwood’s drumming – and seeing where he pops up on albums along the lines. Actually this record is an embarrassment of riches – session-player/guest star-wise, Swamp Dogg and Jim Keltner and most of the other Rolling Stones including the Stone Ron replaced, Mick Taylor. Dave Mason is there too and faithful Stones sax-player/hell-raiser Bobby Keys and from Ronnie’s other old band, Ian McLagan. These sorts of line-ups were just expected back then. No big deal. And maybe this album doesn’t weigh up as a sum of those parts. Then again maybe it does. I’m not saying it’s any sort of lost classic. But it is at the very least totally listenable.
Sample Track: Breakin’ My Heart
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