Bill Wyman was the first member of The Rolling Stones to actively pursue an extra-curricular, parallel solo career. During the 70s, 80s and 90s whilst still the bassist for The Stones, Wyman cut various albums, and tracks, of which the most significant feature on this career-spanning collection Stoned Alone - The Solo Anthology 1974-2002, released as a deluxe 2-CD set by Sanctuary Midline on March 20, 2006.
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Frustrated by his lack of success in persuading his colleagues to record his songs, Wyman dabbled at management, production and songwriting. His albums, Monkey Grip (1974) and Stoned Alone (1976) garnered favourable reviews with the press, but it was his 1983 hit single (Si, Si) Je Suis Un Rock A Star and A New Fashion which pushed his solo career even further.
However, it was after he left The Stones in 1993, that Wyman formed The Rhythm Kings which were an immediate success on every level, charting with a series of studio albums and establishing themselves as a major live draw. But hit albums or not, they remained essentially a Live band, to which end they were billed as The Bootleg Kings. - the hits from his Live albums, Live In Europe (1998), Ride Again (2000), Travlin' Band (2001) and On The Road Again (2002) provide the backbone of Disc 2 of the anthology.
Compiled and annotated by the intrepid David Wells, with input from Wyman himself, the inlay/booklet includes extensive interview material and many rare pictures and memorabilia, making this album a unique and definitive overview of his second-stage career.