Ronnie Wood: Anthology: The Essential Collection

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After keeping the Stones’ recent live tours from completely falling off the rails, guitarist Ronnie Wood has issued a vast and enjoyable compilation of his personal best. The two-disc, 27-track collection contains his solo work and group work. Disc one is all solo beginning with the reggae-tinged “I Can Feel The Fire” featuring David Bowie on backing vocals while “Cancels Everything” is a mellow, roots-y tune with Keith Richards helping out.

The ‘70s vibe can be heard throughout the early portion of this record, whether “Far East Man” or the slower, moodier “If You Don’t Want My Love.” Fortunately things pick up again for the Dylan-ish chugging “1234.” Wood also performs “Seven Days” with Dylan in tow. Another highlight, aside from the funky “Testify,” includes the laidback “Always Wanted More” that sounds like Def Leppard.
The Edge also makes an appearance on the groovy “Somebody Else Might.”

Wood has always been better in a group, and the second disc is his work with The Faces Rod Stewart, Stones and The Jeff Beck Group among others. Even The Birds, one of Wood’s earlier bands, is included on the bluesy “You’re On My Mind” and the Diddley-tinted “You Don’t Love Me.” Wood’s work with The Faces and Stewart make up the crème de la crème of this disc, with “Maggie May,” the timeless “Stay With Me” and “Ooh La La” obvious gems here. And don’t forget the jammy, Black Crowes-boogie of Elvis Presley’s “All Shook Up.”
   

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