WOOD, RON - CD
FOXES IN THE BOXES VOL.4

LABEL:
JEMS Archives
SOURCE:
Pathé Marconi Studios, Boulogne-Billancourt (near Paris), France, March and/or April 1978 and Cherokee Studios, Los Angeles, September-November 1978.
FORMAT:
1 downlioad cdr
RUNNING TIME:
54.01
SOUND/SOURCE:
Soundboard Stereo
PACKAGING:
single slimline jewel case
 


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SOUND 9.5 / PACKAGING 9 / PERFORMANCE 10

 
TRACK LIST:

1. Breakin My Heart v.2, 2. Lost And Lonely, 3. Worry No More, 4. We All Get Old, 5. Seven Days, 6. I Got Lost When I Found You, 7. F.U.C. Her, 8. Don t Worry, 9. Infekshun, 10. Tiger Balm, 11. Buried Alive, 12. Come To Realize, 13. Breakin My Heart v.1.

 

 
REVIEW:

Let s start reporting the accompanying line notes to this release, already copied by some sharks in Japan:

Here we have the return of JEMS' Foxes In The Boxes series featuring unreleased Rolling Stones-related studio recordings circa 1978-85. Based on our research, along with the expertise of Stones sessionologist nzb/RDP who helped us sort through these tapes, we believe Foxes In The Boxes was able to offer Stones fans a trove of previously uncirculated material.

 

The series is titled Foxes In The Boxes in homage to its source: boxes of in-house cassette tapes obtained by JEMS from persons on the inside of a major record label in the '70s and '80s. It is also a rhyming nod to the bootleg Static In the Attic (Midnight Beat), which mined some of the same sessions for kindred material and to which we believe Foxes makes a worthy companion.

 

Volume Four departs from pure Rolling Stones, but doesn t stray too far, presenting an alternate version of perhaps the most Stonesy side project that came out from a member of the band, Ron Wood s Gimme Some Neck. It has been called Stonesy for several reasons, notably the participation of Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Charlie Watts (plus Ian McLagan) on the album sessions. NZB notes it was recorded in the same studio at the same time as Some Girls was being mixed and it includes a song the Stones cut for that album but never released.

 

Jim R points out that in 1978, while he was in the Stones, Ron Wood was not an official partner in the band as a business, that wouldn t happen until Bill Wyman left in 1993, at which point Ronnie took his share of the band s underlying four-way split. So, the participation of Mick, Keith and Charlie in Gimme Some Neck was out of friendship and respect for Wood.

 

As nzb explains in great detail below, the early version of Gimme Some Neck features alternate mixes, earlier vocal takes and longer cuts of the key songs from the album. It also includes two unreleased and previously uncirculated recordings of the songs I Got Lost When I Found You and the long-rumoured Tiger Balm.

 

Like the sources used on Vols. One-Three of the Foxes series, the provenance of the cassette tape source we transferred dates back to 1979 when it was presumably pulled from the studio to provide a reference to outside stakeholders on the progress of the album. The overall quality and stereo separation are excellent, though not perfect, likely owing to the original dubbing of the tracks to cassette from different sources. Still it will not disappoint. no noise reduction was applied to this recording.

Some songs are entirely new, others a little different and some are for trainspotters to notice the differences. Fortunately, nzb has written a fantastic tour guide below for which we thank him immensely. He s been a partner on the Foxes In The Boxes series since the start and there is simply no way we could do this without him. RG made a substantial contribution as well, because this fox was in his boxes. Equally essential is mjk5510, post-production chief on nearly all JEMS releases. Shoutout as well to Prof. Goody for blessing the pitch and getting excited about the material and to ethiessen1for his cover art contributions.

 

BK for JEMS

 

JEMS dug out 13 previously unheard rough mixes, alternate versions and outtakes recorded by Ronnie Wood for his third proper solo album Gimme Some Neck. The recordings started at French Pathé Marconi Studios in Boulogne-Billancourt (a suburb southwest of Paris) with a 10-day session in February and/or March 1978. Ron Wood was probably filling downtime while The Glimmer Twins, Mick & Keith, did the mixing for Some Girls in the other studio of the building. Bill Wyman was probably long gone by then, but Charlie Watts stayed around and Robert 'Pops' Powell flew in to handle bass duties. Both Mick Jagger and Kith Richards can only be heard on a couple of the tracks each but Charlie is all over them.

 

I can't tell if producer Roy Thomas Baker (Queen, The Cars, Journey) was already involved during the early sessions in France, but he surely supervised the later overdubs/mixing/editing sessions in Los Angeles which took about three months starting in September 1978, doing great work polishing up the tracks.

 

The six month hiatus following the basic recording session in Paris was caused by the many Stones activities during that period: the release of Some Girls, rehearsals and the 1978 US tour and sessions at RCA Studios in Los Angeles. First rule: The Stones always come first!

 

After finishing his Stones duties, Ron Wood moved into his new house in Mandeville Canyon in Los Angeles, and Keith, Ronnie and Ian McLagan together with the late roadie Chuck McGee moved in with him to lend a helping hand with his upcoming work at LA-based Cherokee Studios.

 

Gimme Some Neck, Ron Wood s third solo album (if you don t count Mahoney's Last Stand, a soundtrack collaboration with Ronnie Lane) was finally released on April 20, 1979 and soon after promoted with a US tour of Ronnie s infamous group The New Barbarians. The band featured three members who also played on the album (Richards, Mac and Bobby Keys), but enlisted a totally new rhythm section with Stanley Clarke on bass and Joseph 'Ziggy' Modeliste (from The Meters) on drums.

 

The twelve tracks here (plus one additional alternate mix) are not merely the basic tracks which RW took from France to LA for overdubs, mixing and editing. For instance Ian McLagan, who did all his overdubs at Cherokee, can already be heard on these takes, but other additions, such as the sax overdubs of Bobby Keys on Don t Worry and some of Woods guitar overdubs and final vocals are still missing. Unfortunately, some of Keith s contributions are also not yet present.

 

But on the positive side, we get a rare chance to hear earlier versions of all the tracks we know from the finished album (minus the short instrumental Delia), some of which are unedited (four are much longer than the officially released album versions) and others feature alternate lead vocals.

 

Best of all are two totally unreleased songs, the first is a surprising re-recording of I Got Lost When I Found You, a tune Wood already released on his 1975 solo album Now Look. See the notes below for some theories on why he would redo an already released song. The second is the semi-legendary Tiger Balm a title listed on the album s fantastic but all too tiny liner notes/inner sleeve design. Tiger Balm is also referenced in Wood s autobiography Ronnie but totally unheard until now. Unfortunately, the credits on the inner sleeve are incomplete and confusing, so we did some research in an effort to present the correct and complete musician line-ups here.

 

Breakin’ My Heart II (4:22)

Drums: Charlie Watts (CW)

Bass: Pops Powell (PP)

Lead vocal: Ronnie Wood (RW)

Backing vocals: MJ (same take as heard on version II), RW

Guitars: RW

Organ: most probably Ian McLagan (Mac) (uncredited)

The only track for which we have two alternative rough mixes in this collection. Version 2 is the more developed one, as it already has the finished lead vocal which we know from Gimme Some Neck (GSN), but it also includes guitar licks not heard in the final mix. Mick Jagger does some nice backing vocals doubling Ron Wood s chorus, which can be heard much better on this early take than on the released version. It s most probably Mac who plays an uncredited organ. The finished version was later used as the B-side to the US edition of the Seven Days single.

 

Lost And Lonely (4:35)

Drums: CW

Bass: PP

Lead vocal: RW

Backing vocals: RW and ?

Guitars: RW

Organ: Mac

Percussion: Jim Keltner

This version is unedited and thus twenty seconds longer than the GSN version. All the (uncredited) backing vocals are already there, but it is hard to identify who was singing them, apart from Ron Wood. In the end section of the final mix the various vocals are panned left and right (the Lost And Lonelys to the right, and the Lonely, looking for yous on the left). That stereo split is still missing here. It s hard to make out Jim Keltner s percussion contribution, but I assume it is the percussive clicks which ping pong from the left to the right channel.

 

Worry No More (2:33)

Drums: CW

Bass: PP

Lead vocal: RW

Backing vocals: RW and Jerry Williams

Guitars incl. dobro: RW

Piano: Jerry Williams

The rough mix of the opening track of the album is very close to the final version, just lacking some guitar overdubs. Jerry Williams, who penned the song, plays great piano here and sings backing vocals.

 

We All Get Old (4:29)

Drums: CW

Bass: PP

Lead vocal: RW

Backing vocals: RW, Jon Lind and Richard

Guitars incl. pedal steel: RW

Piano: Mark T. Jordan or Harry Phillips > not yet present on this early mix.

Organ: Mac

Another song that is twenty seconds longer than the finished track on the released album. The backing vocals were provided by songwriter Jon Lind along with Richard. Some sources suspect this ´Richard´ might be Keith Richards, who stayed in the guest house of Ron Wood s home in Mandeville Canyon for some time during the Cherokee sessions, but it s most likely someone else (maybe Rick Danko? Ed.note). The piano on the album version is uncredited, but the lyric sheet on the inner sleeve includes a scribble which says H. Philips (sic!) or Mark Jordan. Maybe Ron Wood could not remember not only the surname of Jon Lind s friend Richard, but also which piano player s contribution he used in the end?

 

Seven Days (4:14)

Drums: Mick Fleetwood

Bass: RW

Lead vocal: RW

Backing vocals: still lacking from the mix

Guitars: RW

Pedal steel: RW

Organ: Mac

Ronnie Wood got this Bob Dylan composition handed to him by Dylan himself, when both were doing a session for Eric Clapton s No Reason To Cry album in March 1976. It is the only song on Gimme Some Neck with a different rhythm section (Ron Wood on bass and Mick Fleetwood on drums), so it is possible that the song was first recorded in Los Angeles. This early version has a different lead vocal and still lacks Keith Richards backing vocals. The finished version became the only single release from the album.

 

I Got Lost When I Found You (3:56)

Drums: CW

Bass: PP

Lead vocal: RW

Backing vocals: RW and (Jerry Williams?)

Guitars: RW

Electric piano: Mac

Strange that Ron Wood did a re-take of I Got Lost When I Found You (which he penned with Bobby Womack) as this was already released as the opening track on his second solo album, Now Look in 1975. Ron Wood said in an interview that he really likes the song; maybe he was not satisfied with the Now Look version for whatever reason. With GSN, Wood was aiming for a well-produced sound, hence the engagement of top producer Roy Thomas Baker. As Ron Wod said in a May 1979 Rolling Stone interview: All I wanted on those first records was a one-off, backroom sound. This time, I got a backroom sound produced to the full.

 

F.U.C. Her (3:21)

Drums: CW

Bass: PP

Lead vocal: RW

Backing vocals: still lacking from this mix

Guitars: RW

Acoustic guitar: Dave Mason

Piano: ? (uncredited)

Harp: lacking from this mix (haven t detected this on the GSN version either)

Ron Wood s funniest lyrics on the album, but maybe too sleazy for Mr. Charlie Watts, who was left out on the album credits with a blank for this song. Dave Mason is on the track playing acoustic guitar with either Ian McLagan or Mark T. Jordan on piano. Ron Wood is also credited playing harp but you cannot hear him playing it on either version.

 

Don t Worry (3:28)

Drums: CW

Bass: PP

Lead vocal: RW

Backing vocals: RW and ?

Guitars incl. dobro: RW

Piano: ? uncredited, maybe Mac or Mark T. Jordan

Tenor sax: still lacking from the mix

Bobby Keys sax overdub is not featured on this version and the cacophony of guitars is much louder and more direct in this rough mix. In the final mix the guitars are toned down for a blander blend (hard to tell if any guitar bits are left off or added) in favour of the sax. I also hear something that resembles trumpet (possibly synthesized) to recreate the Jim Price/Bobby Keys vibe. We hear an uncredited piano (Ian McLagan or Mark T. Jordan?) again as well.

 

Infekshun (4:05)

Drums: CW

Bass: PP

Lead vocal: RW

Backing vocals: The odd word from MJ

Guitars: RW, maybe also MJ

Piano: Harry Phillips

On Infekshun Mick Jagger had an uncredited hand in the composition and wrote most of the words. You can pick him out in the last two words of the lyric, "Ýou re killing all the life here, but it ain t in me to turn you loose that starts at the 1.25 minute mark. Given he was clearly present during the recording of this take, it s even possible that he plays one of the three guitars. The Stones themselves did an unreleased recording of this composition (under title Infection) during the Some Girls sessions, so it seems natural that Mick Jagger was involved himself in the recording of Ron Wood s basic track. The rough mix has some different guitar parts compared to GSN and Harry Phillips from Detroit plays a rollicking piano.

 

Tiger Balm (4:49)

Drums: CW

Bass: PP

Lead vocal: RW

Backing vocals: RW and ? (Mac?)

Guitars: RW

Organ: Mac

Electric Piano: Mac

Tiger Balm is the totally unheard composition in this collection, a real outtake so to speak. Ian McLagan is all over it on Hammond organ, also playing electric piano and maybe singing backing vocals. In Ronnie, Wood writes that he gave Tiger Balm to Ringo Starr, but there is no known Starr recording of this song.

 

 

Buried Alive (4:12)

Drums: CW

Bass: PP

Lead vocal: RW

Backing vocals: MJ

Guitars: RW

Electric Piano: Mac

Percussion: Jim Keltner

Many Stones fans favourite song on Gimme Some Neck, as it has Ronnie Wood, Keith Richards, Mick Jagger and Charlie Watts on the same track. Almost a real Stones-song! Unfortunately, Richards backing vocals and guitar part are still missing in this rough mix. But this great early version is more than half a minute longer than the officially released track, it features an alternate, early lead vocal take and you can make out much more of Mick Jagger s backing vocals. Jim Keltner s contribution might be an added snare played with brushes.

 

Come To Realize (4:18)

Drums: CW

Bass: PP

Lead vocal: RW

Backing vocals: Jon Lind, RW plus Richard

Guitars: RW

Piano: Mac

Electric Piano: Mac

At this point the song was probably still under it s working title, Over Before It Begun. This rough mix is about 25 seconds longer than the final version and has less backing vocals and some different guitar parts. The GSN-version was later used as B-side to the UK-release of the Seven Days.

 

Breakin’ My Heart I (4:22)

Drums: CW

Bass: PP

Lead vocal: RW

Backing vocals: MJ, RW

Guitars: RW

Organ: uncredited, most probably Mac

An alternative, earlier mix of track 1, with less guitar, a different lead vocal and Mac s organ in a higher register and more prominently mixed to the foreground.

 

Liner notes and research by nzb/RDP.

 

So, what to say of this newly released sessions? They are pretty raw, in true Wood style with the guitars upfront and an organ pretty much everywhere; there is still some hiss heard on this tape due to its origin, but the music can really be dig, despite a production which is not what I particularly appreciate (especially the drums). However, this is a great find which proves there is still so much unheard stuff around waiting to come out.

 

 

 


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