When it comes to Ron Wood, the words Gimme Some Neck certainly have a double meaning. Wood's demand for a guitar and/or a bottle serves well to demonstrate both his lifestyle and his commitment to music. On the one side he is a rock 'n' roll legend who played his way up the career ladder beginning with the Jeff Beck Group via The Faces to become a member of The Rolling Stones. On the other side we hear a man who was not adverse to the odd drink now and again, but who was a musician to the core, and whose slick hands conjured magical waves of sound on his slide guitar.
This sound is brilliantly demonstrated in the opening number on his 1979 solo LP, Gimme Me Some Neck, with its bluesy, earthy honky-tonk groove. It's followed by "Breakin' My Heart," which gives us a glimpse of Wood's soul by means of sharp organ chords which come from a psychedelic abyss. Then he turns another corner to take us to the gentle, sensitive poetry of "Delia" with an unamplified guitar. Wood presents "Buried Alive" and "Come To Realize" with powerful vocals and enough power for a stage performance, and then comes a previously unreleased song by Bob Dylan, "Seven Days," in which he sounds more like Dylan than Dylan himself. But this is no cover version for Wood's personality is more than alive and kicking. As always, Ron Wood remains Ron Wood through and through here, totally distinctive and quite inimitable.
And it's fitting that a collaborator as decorated and respected as Ron Wood should have a few famous friends stop by the party including Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Dave Mason, Charlie Watts, Jim Keltner, Mick Fleetwood, Robert "Pops" Popwell, Ian McLagan, Swamp Dogg aka Jerry Williams, Harry Phillips, Bobby Keys and Jon Lind. This Speakers Corner production was manufactured in 100% analogue with the use of the original analogue master tapes.
Ronnie Wood – lead vocals, guitar, pedal steel, bass
Mick Jagger – background vocals
Keith Richards – guitar, background vocals
Dave Mason – guitar
Robert "Pops" Popwell – bass
Charlie Watts – drums
Jim Keltner – percussion
Mick Fleetwood – drums
Ian McLagan – keyboards
Swamp Dogg aka Jerry Williams – piano, background vocals
Harry Phillips – piano
Bobby Keys – sax
Jon Lind – background vocals