|Anthology: The Essential Crossexion|
|Previously released material|
|Released on September 26, 2006|
|no chart information|
|Find it at GEMM|
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K ronomyth 8.5: INTO THE WOOD. This is a really intriguing idea: a double-disc anthology featuring Ronnie Wood’s solo material on disc one and his group material on disc two. Even more intriguing is the decision to include four tracks from Ronnie’s earliest and seldom-heard work with The Birds. And then there’s the even more than more intriguing to the point where I should actually admit it’s just baffling and not intriguing at all decision to include as many tracks from the Creation, a band that no one even remembers Wood playing in, as the Rolling Stones, a band that arguably overshadows all of his other work combined. The solo disc is pretty good, although it omits anything from Gimme Some Neck and Mahoney’s Last Stand. The best tracks are those that feature a little help from friends like Mick Jagger, David Bowie, Keith Richards, George Harrison and Bob Dylan. It sags in the middle but picks up again on the last few tracks, when Wood returns to the roots for songs like “Whaddya Think” and “You Strum And I’ll Sing.” The second disc (featuring group material) takes a while to heat up, but it finally does when the Jeff Beck cuts roll around and never cools down again. Wood had the good fortune to work with some great vocalists (Rod Stewart, Mick Jagger) and the iron balls to play alongside some great guitarists (Jeff Beck, Keith Richards). I can appreciate the fact that The Essential Crossexion looks to shake his image as the Stones’ third second guitarist by heavily favoring his work with Rod and The Faces, but what emerges here is a journeyman guitarist whose solo career never took off. And maybe that is Ronnie Wood’s story: a good guitarist on an amazing journey. These songs don’t tell the whole story, or even the more interesting parts of the story, but I’ll give Virgin a nod and a wink for dreaming up the idea in the first place.
Judy Totton -- cover photo
Andrew Day -- design
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|REGION||RELEASE DATE||LABEL||MEDIA||ID NUMBER||FEATURES|
|US||September 26, 2006||Virgin||2CD||74523-2|
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