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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). Immediately after his split from the Creation, Wood was invited to play bass in the Jeff Beck Group, a band that also included a then-unknown Rod Stewart on vocals. Despite high hopes for the group (often credited as one of the founders of hard rock/heavy metal), the band only managed to issue a pair of classic recordings, 1968's Truth and 1969's Beck-Ola, before splitting up just prior to an appearance at the legendary Woodstock festival. Wood and Stewart opted to stick together, as they joined the Small Faces the same year (with Wood returning to the six-string). 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. 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. Although the Stones didn't issue any albums during 1979, the year was a busy one for Wood, as he issued his fourth solo release, Gimme Some Neck, and toured alongside Richards in a one-off side band, the New Barbarians. Wood and the Stones conquered the charts once more in the early '80s, with such hits as 1980's Emotional Rescue and 1981's Tattoo You, but tensions between Richards and Mick Jagger caused the group to not tour the U.S. between 1982-1988, while only managing to issue a pair of spotty studio albums (1983's Undercover and 1986's Dirty Work). 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. ~ Greg Prato
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  2.   I Can Feel the Fire
  3.   Take a Look at the Guy
  4.   Big Bayou
  5.   Don't Worry
  6.   I Got a Feeling
  7.   If You Don't Want My Love
  8.   Breakin' My Heart
  9.   Caribbean Boogie
  10.   It's Unholy
  11.   Cancel Everything
  12.   I Can Say She's Allright
  13.   Worry No More
  14.   Sweet Baby Mine
  15.   Red Eyes
  16.   I Don't Think So
  17.   Forever
  18.   100%
  19.   Big Bayou
  20.   I Got Lost When I Found You
  21.   Black Limousine
  22.   Breathe on Me
  23.   Flying
  24.   Josephine
  25.   Testify
  26.   Am I Grooving You
  27.   Act Together
  28.   Lost and Lonely
  29.   Seven Days by Bob Dylan
  30.   Infekshun
  31.   Delia
  32.   She Never Told Me
  33.   Fancy Pants
  34.   Now Look
  35.   F.U.C. Her
  36.   Far East Man
  37.   Shirley
  38.   Lucky Man
  39.   Sweetness My Weakness
  40.   Catch You
  41.   Tell Me Something
  42.   Come to Realise
  43.   I Can't Stand the Rain
  44.   Mystifies Me
  45.   Buried Alive
  46.   Spoonful
  47.   1234
  48.   Down to the Ground
  49.   Outlaws
  50.   Fountain of Love
  51.   Wind Howlin' Through
  52.   She Was Out There
  53.   Fountains of Love
  54.   This Little Heart featuring Leah Wood
  55.   If You Gotta Make a Fool of Somebody
  56.   Whadd'ya Think
  57.   We All Get Old
  58.   Sure the One You Need
  59.   If You Don't Want My Love
  60.   I Gotta See
  61.   Why You Wanna Go and Do a Thing Like That For
  62.   Little Mixed Up
  63.   Crotch Music
  64.   Priceless
  65.   Thing About You
  66.   You Strum and I'll Sing

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