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Not For Beginners

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Artist: Ronnie Wood
Genre: Rock/Pop
Release Date: August 2002

Review by Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck
3½ stars out of 4

Ronnie Wood is a living legend; I emphasize the word living, as it is rare to see someone that has been around as long as Wood to continue to weather the storm of a rock 'n' roll life and maintain his health. That in and of itself, is a monumental accomplishment. Wood is not only an accomplished guitar player that has played with the likes of Rod Stewart and The Faces and the The Rolling Stones; he is a talented and respected artist with many well-known paintings that are in demand. The beautiful cover art for this CD is his work. Make sure you visit his website to get the scoop on all of his work.

"Not For Beginners" has a host of talent that brightens Wood's already broad-shouldered presence. Son Jesse and daughter Leah join dad as well as Bob Dylan, old band mate Ian McLagan, and world-renowned drummer D.J. Fontana on the sessions. I was very impressed by Wood's performances on the CD. He mixes things up beautifully between instrumental pieces and vocal arrangements with varying degrees of genre influences. Mainly, he digs down and pulls out all of his blues roots, which makes for an especially full and expressive group of tunes. I do not have a particular favorite; to be honest I enjoyed every track. It is nice to see a quality solo album released by such a well-respected performer as Wood. Much of the time when established players go solo and become removed from the band structure they are lost and release something that tarnishes their reputation; not in this case. This only solidifies Wood's standing and helps to cement his presence as a legitimate star in his own right.


Bob Dylan - Guitar
Ron Wood - Guitar, Vocals, Producer, Paintings, Cover Painting
Ian McLagan - Piano, Keyboards
Scotty Moore - Guitar
D.J. Fontana - Drums
Andy Newmark - Drums
Willie Weeks - Bass
Mark Wells - Bass, Guitar, Drums, Guitar (Bass), Vocals, Guitar (12 String), Producer, Engineer
Martin Wright - Percussion, Drums, Vocals, Vocals (bckgr), Producer
Leah Wood - Vocals, Vocals (bckgr)
Kelly Jones - Vocals

1. Wayside performed by Wood / Mark Wells / Martin Wright - 2:36
2. Rock N' Roll Star performed by Wood / Jesse Wood / Martin Wright / Mark Wells - 3:24
3. Whadd'ya Think performed by Wood / Kelly Jones / Jesse Wood / Mark Wells - 2:58
4. This Little Heart performed by Wood / Leah Wood / Martin Wright - 3:39
5. Leaving Here performed by Wood / Leah Wood / Martin Wright - 3:16
6. Hypershine performed by Wood / Martin Wright / Jesse Wood - 3:36
7. R. U. Behaving Yourself? performed by Wood / Willie Weeks / Ian McLagan - 3:23 8.Be Beautiful performed by Wood / Jesse Wood / Martin Wright - 3:16
9. Wake up You Beauty performed by Wood / Jesse Wood / Martin Wright / Mark Wells - 3:19
10.Interfere performed by Wood / Willie Weeks / Scotty Moore - 4:39
11.Real Hard Rocker performed by Wood / Martin Wright / Mark Wells - 3:07
12.Heart, Soul and Body performed by Wood / Martin Wright / Mark Wells - 3:23
13.King of Kings performed by Wood / Bob Dylan - 3:36



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