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WOOD, RON - CD
BLUESFEST 2012

LABEL:
Midnight Dreamer 560
SOURCE:
Hammersmith Apollo, London 30 June 2012.
FORMAT:
2 cdrs
RUNNING TIME:
71.06/35.43
SOUND/SOURCE:
Audience stereo
PACKAGING:
Double Slimline Jewel case
 


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SOUND 9.5 / PACKAGING 9 / PERFORMANCE 8.5
 

TRACK LIST:

Disc One: 1. Mannish Boy, 2. Introduction Blues Giants, 3. Introduction (of the) Band, 4. Hi Heel Sneakers, 5. My Babe, 6. 300 Pounds of Joy, 7. Just Your Fool, 8. You Never Can Tell, 9. The Sun Is Shining, 10. Don t Lie To Me, 11. Walking By Myself, 12. Tell Mama, 13. Mojo Boogie, 14. At Last, 15. Spoonful.

Disc Two: 1. Big Town Playboy, 2. Talk To Your Daughter, 3. I d Rather Go Blind, 4. Johnny B.Goode, 5. Carol, 6. I Just Want To Make Love To You, 7. Ain t Got No Home, 8. It s Only Rock n Roll.

 

 
REVIEW:

The 2012 Bluesfest ran from the end of June through the first week of July both in Manchester and London featuring lots of musicians celebrating the blues; Ron Wood assembled a run of fellow musicians to particularly celebrate Chess Records: The event happened at the Hammersmith Apollo and featured former Stones members Bill Wyman and Mick Taylor as long as Geraint Watkins and Andy Wallace on keyboards, Andy Newmark and Simon Kirk on drums, Hamish Stuart on vocals, Nick Payn and Frank Mead from the Rhythm Kings on brass as well as Beverly Skeete on vocals together with Ali McKenzie and Sharleen Spiteri; Paul McCartney s son James played the guitar. There are no less than three different sources for this show (the last having been recorded from front balcony being the best), this is however the first one to have surfaced and Midnight Dreamer jumped on it to be the first label to release the concert. The beginning of the concert shows Ron Wood talking as if he was on his radio show and playing 20 seconds snippets of influential songs with the help of one of his nephews, 7 years old Luca (Howling Wolf, Little Walter, Etta James, Muddy Waters, Sonny Boy Williamson, Chuck Berry etc.). Friends musicians having been introduced, they start to play and we get Tommy Tucker s Hi Heel Sneakers followed by Little Walter My Babe where Mick Taylor comes through; special mention for 300 Pounds Of Joy, a Howling Wolf composition that has the brass substantiate the song s riff with great vigour. Little Walter Just Your Fool from 1960 is next and that is a show off for Wyman rolling bass with standoff piano solo by Geraint Watkins; Wyman himself comes to the microphone to sing You Never Can Tell, a song he has sung from the early 80s with Willy & The Poor Boys. On The Sun Is Shining Wood and Taylor have a great counterpart with great slide played and enthusiastic solo by Taylor who played with an injured foot that penalized his stage presence. Chuck Berry s Don t Lie To Me see the band rocking with Ron Wood singing the lyrics while Ali McKenzie (formerly with Wood in the Birds) sang Jimmy Rogers Walking By Myself. Beverly Skeete comes on stage singing great version of Etta James Tell Mama (famously covered by Janis Joplin) and At Last before Howling Wolf Spoonful that ends Disc One.

Disc Two opens with Big Town Playboy, a great version of Eddie Taylor s classic blues followed by Sharleen Spiteri, formerly singer for the band Texas, who sang a touching version of J.B.Lenoir Talk To Your Daughter as well as a soulful rendition of I d Rather Go Blind, while James McCartney s performance of Johnny B.Goode was anything but memorable. The two encores are Ain t Got A Home and It s Only Rock n Roll where all musicians are on stage sharing vocals for a final hello.

 



WOOD, RON

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