Back To Basics does exactly what it says on the tin. It is unashamedly stripped back. The snappy lyrics are refreshingly audible and the instrumentation is clean, subtle and accomplished.
Bill Wyman’s first solo album in 33 years wears its influences on its sleeve – Tom Waits, Leonard Cohen, JJ Cale – and there’s more than a passing nod to Bill’s own English background. It is that rare thing, a melt of styles and genres that work together – uplifting in a jaunty, dancey way and pensive in a bluesy, narrative way.
Bill Wyman’s last solo UK album, Bill Wyman, was released in 1982. Back To Basics comprises only his fourth UK solo release. But Bill has not been idle of course. 31 years in the Rolling Stones, author of seven learned books, globally exhibited photographer, metal detecting expert with his own brand of metal detector, producer, composer for film and TV and founder of the very successful Rhythm Kings who release albums and tour regularly – he has had a pretty full calendar. It was only when archiving old demos last year he realised he had around 60 songs he’d never released. He chose three songs that needed reworking and did just that. He put them together with brand new songs and went into his studio to record them. The album comprises 12 tracks in total, eight of which are new songs. Musicians joining Bill in the studio include long-time collaborator/guitarist Terry Taylor, Guy Fletcher (Mark Knopfler), Graham Broad and Robbie McIntosh while co-production credit goes to Andy Wright (Jeff Beck, Eurythmics, Simply Red). On Bill Wyman’s ‘Back To Basics’ you get music that’s the real deal!
- 180 gram audiophile vinyl
- 2015 album from former Rolling Stones bass player
- First pressing of 1000 numbered copies on red vinyl
- Available on black vinyl
With this album, Back To Basics, Wyman gives us his first solo offering in over thirty years. Wyman says some of the material here comes from an overlooked back-catalogue of songs he wrote and squirreled away some years ago. They only came to light when he was doing a tidying job, cataloguing and stashing old tapes away for a rainy day. Listening to some of this material, he decided to revisit it, rerecord some and write a few new tracks and put together a fresh solo album.
As you’d expect from someone with his stature and musical maturity, there are some fine tracks of a mostly lightish rock style and yet others with a cool, rhythmic groove bordering on classic pop. It’s clear from the lyricism that Wyman is more of a wordsmith than many might give him credit for; he seems to relish rhythm and rap-like rhyming couplets, which positively suit his faux East London accented voice. At times, you can hear the same, growling background vocals and music that gave the world the classic post-punk anthem Je Suis Un Rock Star back in the 1980s. Wyman is a guy who has no need to prove anything and the relaxed feel of this release echoes that sentiment.
BACK TO BASICS
Label : Music On Vinyl
Format : 1 LP, 180 gram
Releasedate : 2015-09-07
1. WHAT & HOW & IF & WHEN & WHY
2. I LOST MY RING
3. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE
4. STUFF (CAN’T GET ENOUGH)
5. RUNNING BACK TO YOU
6. SHE’S WONDERFUL
2. I’LL PULL YOU THROUGH
4. JUST A FRIEND OF MINE
5. IT’S A LOVELY DAY
6. I GOT TIME
Hij is niet alleen oprichter en ex-bassist van de Rolling Stones, maar ook film producer, fotograaf, restaurant eigenaar, schrijver en archeoloog. En nu brengt Renaissance man Bill Wyman ook nog eens zijn eerste solo album sinds 33 jaar uit. De titel van het album zegt het al: Wyman laat geen ruimte over voor tierelantijnen en gaat direct tot op het bot. En haakt daarmee aan bij doorleefde maar nog steeds pientere heren als Leonard Cohen en Tom Waits, maar dan natuurlijk wel gebracht met zijn typisch Engelse dictie.
Het is duidelijk: Bill Wyman hoef je niets meer wijs te maken en gaat zoals altijd zijn eigen weg op een elementair album dat met hulp van producer Andy Wright (Simply Red, Jeff Beck, Eurythmics) Blues, Soul, Rock en Pop samensmeedt tot een tijdloze stijl die even universeel als compleet eigen is. Knap werk!