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Clapton, Frampton To Appear On Bill Wyman Box Set

Monday, October 3rd 2011 01:00

The former Stones bassist compiles his current band's albums

Ultimate Classic Rock reports that the bassist has put together a 5CD collection of the Bill Wyman's Rhythm Kings recordings for a new box set. The box will contain guest appearances from Eric Clapton, George Harrison, Mark Knopfler, Peter Frampton, fellow former Stone Mick Taylor and others.

Wyman says he sees the Rhythm Kings — who mostly cover rock and R&B tunes from the '50s and '60s — as a chance to indulge in his love of roots rock. "The Stones never liked early rock 'n' roll — they're hard-core blues fans," he tells the Wall Street Journal. "I'm a bit older, and I love Fats Domino, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnnie Ray and people I grew up with."

He's also planning on publishing a follow-up to 'Stone Alone,' a memoir that covered the early years of the Stones, the band's rise and the death of late guitarist Brian Jones. "It [will be] my second Rolling Stones memoir," Wyman says of the as-yet-untitled book. "I'm writing from the start. My first, 'Stone Alone,' covered 1962 to 1969 but was criticized for being too long and detailed. This is more reflective. I'm now up to 1973."

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