To be perfectly honest, I am not a Rolling Stones fan. I have never owned a LP or CD of theirs. It’s not like I hate them or wont listen to them when they come one the radio. It’s just more indifference. So why you may ask, did I buy a record of one of their guitarists?
One, it was only $2 and it has guest stars galore. Two, I’m always what musicians will do when they’re left to their own devices. Three, why not it’s only two bucks.
I have Ronnie’s first solo album, I’ve Got My Own Album To Do, and I was rather unimpressed by it. So expectations for Gimme Some Neck was pretty low. I guess it’s only natural to wonder if these songs were rejected by the Stones. this album came out in between Some Girls and Emotional Rescue. “We All Get Old” is a dirty blues rock track with slide guitar that Mick would have knocked out of the park. “Buried Alive” is one of the those very dancey rock songs the Stones were cranking out. Considering how commercial the Stones were going , the poppy “Come To Realize” might have worked. However, both songs seem like B-Sides more than album cuts.
I think part of the problem on Gimme Some Neck is Ron. He is not a good singer. His voice sounds like a lazy imitation of Keith’s. Because of that the songs sound unfinished. It reminds me of being in a band and demoing a song and someone lays down vocals because the singer isn’t there. There a couple of good tracks on here. The Bob Dylan penned “Seven Days” is fantastic. It sounds like a Dylan song of the period. “F.U.C. Her” is a very cheeky rocker that in quite reminiscent of Mott the Hoople. Ian McLagan gives a favor to his ex-Faces band mate and tickle the ivories here. then there’s “Infekshun” a very infectious boogie number.
After several spins I’m a little mixed on how I feel about Gimme Some Neck. The specter of The Rolling Stones cannot be ignored. Especially when Keith Richards, Charlie Watts, and Mick Jagger make guest appearances here.But I think there’s enough of Ronnie on here to separate it. Have to mention some of the other stars that appear. Dave Mason, Mick Fleetwood and well known session drummer Jim Keltner. It’s not a bad record but I don’t know if it’s a good record. I;m more likely to pull up a specific song on Spotify than play the whole album.
I paid $2 bucks for this but I don’t know how happy I’d be if I paid $5 for it. Honestly I wouldn’t have bought it for $5.
I really really under paid
I really under paid
I paid about right
I over paid
I should have lit my money on fire