The Stones were rocking and rolling 14 years before Ron Wood officially brought his guitar talents to the already iconic group. In honor of his 67th birthday here are my top five Rolling Stones songs with Ron Wood:
“Start Me Up,” Tattoo You (1981) –The twin guitars in the beginning with Ron and Keith are just the signature Stone’s sound. The funny thing was this track almost never happened. In 1975 while recording the album “Black and Blue” it was cut as a reggae-rock song, not what you think of when you think of the Stones, right? Before hitting the road for their 1981 tour the song was re-worked with a more rock tone. The rest is rock and roll history my friends. Woods is heard playing a layered version of Richard’s main riff with a solo spot near the middle.
“It’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll (But I Like it),” It’s only Rock ‘n’ Roll (1974) – Only a year before Woods officially joined the Stones this song in some way proved to be an audition. This was the first time Ron contributed to a Stone’s song. He wasn’t actually an official member yet but he sure did provide some great collaborative music when helping Jagger and Richards record this track. Parts of this song were actually recorded at Wood’s house, The Wick, in Richmond, London. \
“Miss You,” Some Girls (1978) – Disco fever was at an all time high during the mid to late 70’s and this song in some way added to that fire. It peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 shortly before the release of their album, “Some Girls.”Without Ron’s guitar this song would not have been what it turned out to be, it really did make the track a success. Deeply rooted in the American country blues background Ron’s guitar provides a unique twist on the ordinary with a lot of depth.
“Undercover of the Night,” Undercover (1983) –Wood’s brings in some blues style riffing, which really enhances the pace of the main riff. Throughout the track you can distinctively hear Ron in the background with those signature riffs. At the 2:48 mark Ron and Keith let it ride with some collaborative guitar fun.
“Beast of Burden,” Some Girls (1978) –On this track, Ron practiced what they called “weaving” the dual-guitar attack. Although Keith wrote the song the lyrics would be improvised by Jagger to fit with the smooth guitars of Ron and Keith. It was this song that everyone first noticed Ron would really fit in.