August 8, 2006

Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood releasing hits CD

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie
Wood will release a two-disc retrospective in September,
collecting tracks from his solo outings and his work with the
Stones, the Faces, the Jeff Beck Group, and the Creation.

"Ronnie Wood Anthology: The Essential Crossexion," due
September 26 via Virgin/EMI, boasts 37 tracks, including a
previously unreleased duet with longtime pal Rod Stewart, the
2005 tune "You Strum and I'll Sing."

The first disc draws from Wood's solo albums, 1974's "I've
Got My Own Album To Do," 1975's "Now Look," 1979's "Gimme Some
Neck," 1981's "1234," 1992's "Slide On This," and 2002's "Not
For Beginners."

The second disc offers a sample of Wood's group outings,
from his first late '60s recordings with the Creation ("Midway
Down." "The Girls Are Naked"), to his subsequent work with the
Birds ("You're On My Mind," "You Don't Love Me"), the Jeff Beck
Group ("All Shook Up," "Plynth"), the Faces ("Stay With Me,"
"Ooh La La"), and the Rolling Stones ("Everything Is Turning To
Gold," "Black Limousine").

Collaborations with Beck ("I Ain't Superstitious") and
Stewart ("Maggie May") are also featured. Not included are
tracks from Wood's 1988 concert recording with Bo Diddley,
"Live at the Ritz."

The Stones, which Wood joined in 1975 for a $100,000
salary, are currently touring Europe. They return to North
America in September. In his early years with the Stones, Wood
usually co-wrote one or two tracks on each album, but
principals Mick Jagger and Keith Richards have not sought his
input since 1986's "Dirty Work."