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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.   Mystifies Me
  4.   Take a Look at the Guy
  5.   Act Together
  6.   Breakin' My Heart
  7.   If You Gotta Make a Fool of Somebody
  8.   Crotch Music
  9.   If You Don't Want My Love
  10.   I Can't Stand the Rain
  11.   Big Bayou
  12.   Sweet Baby Mine
  13.   Sure the One You Need
  14.   I Got Lost When I Found You
  15.   Worry No More
  16.   I Got a Feeling
  17.   We All Get Old
  18.   She Was Out There
  19.   I Can Say She's Allright
  20.   Red Eyes
  21.   Sweetness My Weakness
  22.   Spoonful
  23.   Lucky Man
  24.   I Gotta See
  25.   I Don't Think So
  26.   Why You Wanna Go and Do a Thing Like That For
  27.   Fountain of Love
  28.   If You Don't Want My Love
  29.   Breathe on Me
  30.   Flying
  31.   Josephine
  32.   Testify
  33.   Am I Grooving You
  34.   Lost and Lonely
  35.   F.U.C. Her
  36.   Seven Days by Bob Dylan
  37.   Fancy Pants
  38.   Tell Me Something
  39.   Buried Alive
  40.   Forever
  41.   Now Look
  42.   Shirley
  43.   Far East Man
  44.   Don't Worry
  45.   Infekshun
  46.   It's Unholy
  47.   Priceless
  48.   Come to Realise
  49.   Delia
  50.   Outlaws
  51.   Down to the Ground
  52.   Wind Howlin' Through
  53.   1234
  54.   She Never Told Me
  55.   Whadd'ya Think
  56.   Thing About You
  57.   100%
  58.   Catch You
  59.   Caribbean Boogie
  60.   This Little Heart featuring Leah Wood
  61.   You Strum and I'll Sing
  62.   Cancel Everything
  63.   Fountains of Love
  64.   Big Bayou
  65.   Little Mixed Up

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