Bill Wyman – Stone Alone (1976)

William George Wyman (born 24 October 1936), born as William George Perks Jr., is an English musician, record producer, songwriter and singer. He was the bass guitarist for the English rock and roll band The Rolling Stones from 1962 until 1993. Since 1997, he has recorded and toured with his own band, Bill Wyman’s Rhythm Kings.
He has worked producing both records and film, and has scored music for film in movies and television.After establishing himself the eccentric but interesting Monkey Grip, Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman resumed his solo career in 1976 with Stone Alone. Sadly, this album lacks the focus and solid songs of the previous album and ends up feeling like the typical rock star’s ego-trip side project. Stone Alone can’t be faulted for ambition, though: nearly every song tries out a different musical style (’50s-style rock, disco, and reggae) and Wyman enlists a veritable who’s who of guest musicians (everyone from Dr. John to Al Kooper to Joe Walsh) to bring the songs to life. However, this impressive degree of ambition is undone by the fact that Wyman treats everything as self-parodic kitsch: he delivers the ragtime jazz exercise “No More Foolin'” in a mock-Louis Armstrong voice that makes the song grueling to listen to and weighs down the catchy disco-pop melody of “Peanut Butter Time” with smutty, juvenile lyrics and sugary-sweet female backing vocals. Other tunes are undone by lackluster songwriting: “Wine and Wimmen” is an attempt to create a Rolling Stones-style rocker, but is too halfhearted and hookless to get the job done. Despite the overbearingly cutesy approach that dominates Stone Alone, a few solid songs manage to shine through: “Apache Woman” is a disco/rock hybrid that blends hypnotic dance beats with ethereal synthesizer touches and “Quarter to Three” is a ’50s-style rock rave-up whose infectious sense of swing overpowers its tongue-in-cheek arrangement. However, highlights like these are few and far between and this problem reduces Stone Alone to a curio that should only be sought out by Bill Wyman fans and Rolling Stones completists.

Tracklist

1.  A Quarter To Three  – 3:08
2.  Gimme Just One Chance  – 2:47
3.  Soul Satisfying  – 2:50
4.  Apache Woman  – 3:32
5.  Every Sixty Seconds  – 4:12
6.  Get It On  – 3:42
7.  Feet  – 3:53
8.  Peanut Butter Time  – 3:50
9.  Wine & Wimmen  – 3:27
10.  If You Wanna Be Happy  – 2:42
11.  What’s The Point  – 2:32
12.  No More Foolin’  – 3:32

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Credits

  • Mastered ByDennis King
  • Producer, Arranged ByBill Wyman
  • Engineers: Gary Kjellgren, Howard Albert, Ron Albert
  • Audio Mixers: Bill Wyman; Gary Kjellgren; Anita Wexler; Tom Dowd; Tom Moulton

Personnel

Bill Wyman – vocals, guitar, piano, percussion
Van Morrison – guitar, harmonica, saxophone
Danny Kortchmar, Terry Earl Taylor, Joe Walsh , Ron Wood, Bob Welch, Jackie Clark – guitar
John McFee – fiddle
Lenny Pickett , Mark Colby – saxophone
Stephen Kupka – baritone saxophone
Mic Gillette – trumpet, tuba
Floyd Cooley – tuba
Craig Dentweiler – horns
Joe Vitale – piano, electric piano
Paul “Blind Man” Harris, Hubert Heard, Nicky Hopkins – piano, organ
Al Kooper, Mark Naftalin – piano
Dr. John – organ, marimba
Albhy Galuten – synthesizer
Greg Errico, Jim Keltner – drums
Kwasi “Rocky” Dzidzornu, Guille Garcia – percussion
Clydie King, Paul Harrison, Ruth Pointer, Venetta Fields, Bonnie Pointer – background vocals

Notes
Release Date: 1976
Genre: Pop / Rock
Style:  Blues Rock
Duration:  40:07

Label – Rolling Stones Records

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