- Audio CD (23 April 2001)
- Number of Discs: 2
- Label: Papillon
- ASIN: B00005ATEM
- Other Editions: Audio CD | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 69,578 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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No doubt sporting a wry grin when he decided to call this two-CD set Double Bill, the old Stones bassist is further consolidating his second roll. Wyman's done well from old material since 1997 and this project is even more explicitly nostalgic, involving a very thorough excavation of his record collection. The tune-choices are admirably diverse, avoiding predictable selections. Wyman rotates his trio of lead vocalists and calls up soloists from his impressive lead guitar pool. The Rhythm Kings band is now a road-hogging concern, turning into a combo with the rapport that's only found out on tour. The old-time styles all emanate from a blues base but also embrace Staple Singers gospel, Louis Jordan jump jive and Etta James throat-burning. The start of disc two best illustrates this genre-jumping attitude, flouncing through jazz, country, rock'n'roll and operatic swamp-pop soul balladry, all in the first four tracks. With guitarists Albert Lee, Martin Taylor, Andy Fairweather Low and a sweetly hovering George Harrison on board, nearly all the set's solos are string-sprung. These never outstay their welcome, keeping things concise and pointed. Wyman also contributes six originals, mostly delivered in his own gruff-deadpan slither, making a good contrast with the dominant mood of vocal slickness. Of the singers, Beverley Skeete sometimes adopts too much of a vibrato warble and the voice of Georgie Fame is a taste not easily acquired by some, leaving the husky-throated Gary Brooker to deliver most of the best lines. The backing chorus vocals are invariably too smoothly harmonised, almost sounding like The Andrews Sisters. Actually, the strongest vocal take comes courtesy of Adrian Byron-Burns, rasping heartily through Wyman's own "Rollin' & Stumblin'". Overall, the low-reverb production style will be far too prissy for most lovers of low-down dirty boogie, tending towards a certain stiff-upper-lipped bluesology. Full marks for the repertoire and technique, though. --Martin Longley
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The sound is rooted in the blues, with strong flavourings of rock and roll and jazz. Some of my favourites include 'Long Walk to DC', 'Boogie Woogie All Night Long', 'My Handy Man', 'Rollin' & Stumblin''. All the usual crew are featured, and I'm always impressed by their skills, because the superb recording quality allows one to identify everyone playing (if so inclined) or to just wallow in the soundscape.
None of these tracks are on the earlier three CDs, Struttin' Our Stuff, Anyway the Wind Blows, Groovin' or the later Just for a Thrill. However, the later live concert recordings, available from Bill Wyman's website as the Bootleg Kings, are collected together in a double CD Jump Jive and Wail and those are almost all live and enhanced repeats of material on the first five CDs.
a different line up , but Albert Lee`s guitar is still there, I can`t say there is a bad track, if you you like bluesey rock
jazz then get this album
Though Wyman was only the bass player who had written only one song (In Another Land)and was only heard on one vocal (Jiving Sister Annie) in the Stones years there are 3 vocals here the rest divided between Georgie Fame,Gary Brooker,Andy Fairweather Lowe,Albert Lee and the female bvs the catalyst for the Rhythm Kings' albums was Willie & the Poorboys (which is also on video)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
If you like that style... Intended as a present it did not fail to please.Published 6 months ago by Daniel Martelat
I am an old rocker at heart and this just gets my feet tapping and I want to dance to itPublished on 2 May 2015 by david baston
Anything by Bill and his Rhythm Kings can't be wrong IMO.. This album is no exceptionPublished on 2 Dec. 2014 by Jill