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Guitarist Ron Wood has been a member of several "classic" British rock outfits, but the one that he's undoubtedly most associated with is the Rolling Stones, with whom he's been a member since 1976. Born on June 1, 1947, in Hillingdon, London, Wood made his first appearances on record during the mid-'60s, first as guitarist for the Birds and then as a member of the oft-overlooked mod outfit the Creation (Wood only appeared on a smattering of singles, collected years later on the compilation Complete Collection, Vol. 1: Making Time).
First Step Releasing one album under the Small Faces' name, 1970's First Step, the group then shortened its name simply to the Faces and soon after became one of rock's most notoriously party-hearty outfits of the era (influencing such future punk outfits as the Sex Pistols and the Replacements, among others). Further albums followed (1971's Long Player and A Nod Is as Good as a Wink...to a Blind Horse, plus 1973's Ooh La La), before the group split up in 1975. Wood also found the time to issue a string of solo releases during the mid-'70s: 1974's I've Got My Own Album to Do, 1975's Now Look, and a collaboration with ex-Faces bandmate Ronnie Lane, 1976's Mahoney's Last Stand, but this era of Wood's career is best remembered for his enlistment into the Rolling Stones.
Black and Blue With the exit of Mick Taylor in 1974, the Stones began auditioning replacement guitarists, but all along, founding Stones guitarist Keith Richards knew that Wood (a longtime friend) was the man for the job. Wood contributed to half of the Stones' 1976 album, Black and Blue, before becoming a full-time member and appearing on 1977's Love You Live and 1978's Some Girls.
Live at the Ritz During this time, Wood issued such further solo albums as 1981's 1234 and 1988's Live at the Ritz (the latter a collaboration with Bo Diddley), and became an avid painter. Jagger and Richards eventually buried the hatchet by the late '80s, and the Stones sporadically issued new studio albums and toured from 1989 onward (1989's Steel Wheels, 1994's Voodoo Lounge, 1997's Bridges to Babylon, etc.). Wood has continued to issue solo recordings throughout the '90s and beyond (1992's Slide on This, 1994's Slide on Live: Plugged in and Standing, plus a pair in 2002, Not for Beginners and Live & Eclectic).
Additionally, Wood has guested on countless recordings by other artists over the years, including albums by the Band, David Bowie, Eric Clapton, Donovan, Bob Dylan, Aretha Franklin, B.B. King, and his old pal Rod Stewart, with whom he taped a popular edition of MTV's Unplugged in 1993, resulting in the hit album Unplugged...and Seated. Wood's seventh solo album, I Feel Like Playing, appeared in 2010 from Eagle Records and featured guest spots from Slash, Flea, Billy Gibbons, Bobby Womack, Jim Keltner, and ex-Faces bandmate Ian McLagan, among others.
Electric Lady Studios:
Electric Lady Studios, at 52 West Eighth Street, in New York City's Greenwich Village, is a recording studio originally built by Jimi Hendrix and designed by John Storyk in 1970. Hendrix spent only four weeks recording in Electric Lady before his death, but it has since been used by many notable artists, such as Erykah Badu, Mew, The Roots, Bob Dylan, John Lennon, Kiss, The Clash, AC/DC, Guns N' Roses, Michael Stanley Band, The Strokes, Hall & Oates, U2, Daft Punk, Kanye West, Christina Aguilera, A-ha, D'Angelo, Dan Auerbach and Lana Del Rey.
Electric Lady Studio's current address has a long history. The basement housed The Village Barn nightclub from 1930 to 1967. Abstract expressionist artist Hans Hofmann began lecturing there in 1938, eventually retiring from teaching in 1958 to paint full-time.
In 1968, Jimi Hendrix and his manager Michael Jeffery had invested jointly in the purchase of the Generation Club in Greenwich Village. Their initial plans to re-open the club were scrapped when the pair decided that the investment would serve them much better as a recording studio. The studio fees for the lengthy Electric Ladyland sessions were astronomical, and Jimi was constantly in search of a recording environment that suited him.
Construction of the studio took nearly double the amount of time and money as planned: permits were delayed numerous times, the site flooded due to heavy rains during demolition, and sump pumps had to be installed (then soundproofed) after it was determined that the building sat on the tributary of an underground river, Minetta Creek. A six-figure loan from Warner Brothers was required to save the project.
Designed by architect and acoustician John Storyk, the studio was made specifically for Hendrix, with round windows and a machine capable of generating ambient lighting in myriad colors. It was designed to have a relaxing feel to encourage Jimi's creativity, but at the same time provide a professional recording atmosphere. Engineer Eddie Kramer upheld this by refusing to allow any drug use during session work. Artist Lance Jost painted the studio in a psychedelic space theme. Jimi Hendrix hired Jim Marron to manage the construction project and run the studio.
Hendrix spent only four weeks recording in Electric Lady, most of which took place while the final phases of construction were still ongoing. An opening party was held on August 26, 1970. The following day Hendrix created his last ever studio recording: a cool and tranquil instrumental known only as "Slow Blues". He then boarded an Air India flight for London to perform at the Isle of Wight Festival, and died less than three weeks later.
Ron Wood - Electric Ladyland Studios
New York, NY, November 2, 1992
WNEW-FM 102.7 FM Broadcast
Albums (or albums including tracks) recorded at
Electric Lady Studios, New York City, 125 albums i total:
AC/DC - Back in Black
Kizz - Destroyer
Jimi Hendrix - First Rays of the New Rising Sun
Peter Frampton - Frampton's Camel
Patti Smith - Horses
Sir Lord Baltimore - Kingdom Come
Leslie West - The Leslie West Band
Cactus - One Way... or Another
Led Zeppelin - Houses of the Holy
Led Zeppelin - Physical Graffiti
Lou Reed - Sally Can't Dance
David Bowie - Young Americans
Dead Boys - Young Loud and Snotty
The Clash - Sandinista!
♦ Ronnie Wood - vocals, guitar, harmonica
♦ Bernard Fowler - vocals
♦ Ian McLagan - keyboards
♦ Johnny Lee Schell - guitar
♦ Shaun Solomon - bass
01."WNEW Introduction" - 01.43
02."Show Me" (Jerry Williams) - 03.41
03."Flying" (Ronnie Wood, Rod Stewart, Ronnie Lane) - 04.40
04."Testify" (George Clinton, Deron Taylor) 05.14
05."Pretty Beat Up" (Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Ron Wood) - 05.04
06."Always Wanted More" (Ronnie Wood, Bernard Fowler) - 05.48
07."Breathe on Me"(Ronnie Wood) - 06.38
08."Silicone Grown" (Ronnie Wood, Rod Stewart) - 03.36
09."Black Limousine" (Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood) - 04.41
10."Little Red Rooster" (Willie Dixon) - 06.59
11."Stay With Me" (Ronnie Wood, Rod Stewart) - 04.03
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