Title - 'Ronnie Wood Anthology: The Essential Crossexion'
Artist - Ronnie Wood
It is impossible to appreciate Ron Wood's music and musicanship to the fullest without the context of the original albums. Buying every single album Ron Wood has ever been part of, however, is obviously not cost effective for the casual fan. So the compilation "albums" are the next best thing. Every music fan needs to have a little Woodie in their collection. That being said, "Essential Crossexion" is arguably the best Ron Wood compilation available; and a great place to start a Ron Wood collection for someone on a budget. Disc One features the best of his solo material from 1975-95 while the second disc features tracks by the most well known bands he's been a member of including The Birds, The Faces, The Jeff Beck Group, The Creation and, of course, The Rolling Stones. The track selection here is phenomenal. The songs span from his early career as a bassist with Jeff Beck to guitarist and Keith's foil in the Stones. The sound quality is very, very good and a definite upgrade if you have some of this music on the original cd releases or even vinyl. The great thing about this is you can use this album as a springboard to explore Wood's individual albums or work with his other bands. My personal favorites are "I've Got My Own Album To Do" and the best album the Stones never did, "Gimme Some Neck"; both feature Keith Richard too. For fans out there who already have some of Wood's CDs, get "Crossexion" for playing in the car - especially if you are too lazy, like me, to compile your own disc from the original album CDs!