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Ron Wood

  • I've Got My Own Album to Do [Warner Bros., 1974] C+
  • Now Look [Warner Bros., 1975] B
  • Gimme Some Neck [Columbia, 1979] B-

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I've Got My Own Album to Do [Warner Bros., 1974]
For a few minutes i thought Ron's version of "Far East Man" was co-composer George Harrison's. What can this mean? It means the next Rollling Stone ain't no Keith Richard in the vocal department. It also means that in the future he would be well-advised to stay away from Krishna. C+

Now Look [Warner Bros., 1975]
Just like former Face and co-Ronnie R. Lane, Wood has something English-folk about him. But with Lane it's deliberate--Wood sounds modal because that's the groove his lost pitch instinctively reverts to. This collaboration with producer-composer Bobby Womack is good for one major love song ("I Got Lost When I Found You"), several minor ones, and a lot of melodies that sound familiar when heard again. Just wish they didn't sound so accidental as well--might help me hum 'em. B

Gimme Some Neck [Columbia, 1979]
Ron sounds more Dylany on his new Dylan ditty than Dylan has in a while, and he sounds even better on a song about getting saved (which Dylan didn't write, praise the Lord). He's also induced Roy Thomas Baker to let him and the boys off with a mix as dirty as their rock and roll. But this is a man who should never sing two songs in a row. And he should stay away from lyrics about the perfidy of woman, too. B-