WILLIE AND THE POOR BOYS - Live (1994)
With Mick Jagger and Keith Richards bickering back and forth in the press during the mid-'80s (leading many to assume that the Stones were kaput), bassist Bill Wyman decided to fill up his newly acquired spare time by forming an all-star band, Willie and the Poor Boys. The group's roots lay in the series of high-profile 1983 ARMS Concerts (which raised money for multiple sclerosis research), which led to several of the tour's participants taking it a step further and laying down some tracks in the studio. Included in this stellar lineup were Wyman's Stones mates Ron Wood and Charlie Watts, as well as Jimmy Page, Mel Collins, Andy Fairweather Low, Kenny Jones, and Ringo Starr, among others, while Wyman also served as the album's producer. The resulting 1985 self-titled album was a pleasant enough set of 12 rock & roll/R&B standards (including "Baby Please Don't Go," which a promo video was filmed for), but certainly not anything musically earth-shattering. A self-titled home video was also issued the same year as the album, but little was heard from the group subsequently, leading many to believe that Willie and the Poor Boys was a one-off side project. Yet in 1994 (a few years after Wyman retired from the Stones), Willie and the Poor Boys reappeared once more with an live album.
Recorded live by Lars Hedh of Swedish radio in Halmstad, Sweden on July 31st 1992.
TRACKS: 01. High School Confidential 02. Tear it Up 03. Baby Please Don't Go 04. Medley: a) Ooh Poo Pah Doo - b) Rockin' Pneumonia and the Boogie Woogie Flu 05. Mystery Train 06. Chicken Shack Boogie 07. Stagger Lee 08. What'd I Say 09. Red Hot 10. Lovin' up a Storm 11. Medley: a) Hound Dog - b) Shake Rattle and Roll - c) Looking For Someone To Love 12. Land of 1,000 Dances
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