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Monkey Grip
BillWymanMonkeyGripExpandedEditionFront.jpg
Studio album by Bill Wyman
Released 10 May 1974
Recorded November 1973, February 1974
Genre Rock
Length 37:05
Label Rolling Stones/Atlantic
Producer Bill Wyman
Bill Wyman chronology
Monkey Grip
(1974)
Stone Alone
(1976)Stone Alone1976
Singles from Monkey Grip
  1. "White Lightnin'"
    Released: May 1974
  2. "Monkey Grip Glue"
    Released: June 1974

Monkey Grip is the debut album by Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman. It was released in 1974 by Rolling Stones Records.[1]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[2]
Creem D[3]
Džuboks (Favorable)[4]

Critical reception[edit]

In a retrospective review, AllMusic rated the album four stars out of five. They noted "I Wanna Get Me a Gun", "White Lightnin" and "I'll Pull You Thro" as the best songs on the album and hinted approval of Wyman's vocals, describing them as "loose and joy-filled". They also praised the album for avoiding the usual egotism of solo albums: "Though these types of albums can be self-absorbed affairs, Monkey Grip is meant to be a relaxed, unpretentious outlet for the compositions that would never see the light of day in Wyman's main band -- and, as a credit to the bassist, it comes off exactly that way."[5]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks composed by Bill Wyman, except where noted.

# Track title Length
1. "I Wanna Get Me a Gun" 4:57
2. "Crazy Woman" 2:41
3. "Pussy" 2:10
4. "Mighty Fine Time" 3:36
5. "Monkey Grip Glue" 4:56
6. "What a Blow" (Wyman, Malcolm Rebenack) 5:22
7. "White Lightnin'" 2:42
8. "I'll Pull You Thro'" 4:23
9. "It's a Wonder" 5:30
Bonus Tracks
10. "Wine and Wimmen" [Instrumental]
(Imperial TECI 24302 4988004097119, Castle CMRCD1362 5050749413628 only Track 10)
3:42
11. "It's Just a Matter of Time"
(Imperial TECI 24302 4988004097119, Castle CMRCD1362 5050749413628 only Track 11)
3:03
12. "If You've Got The Feelin'"
(Castle CMRCD1362 5050749413628 only Track 12)
3:39
13. "Five Card Stud"
(Castle CMRCD1362 5050749413628 only Track 13)
3:47
14. "Monkey Grip Glue" [Single Edit]
(Castle CMRCD1362 5050749413628 only Track 14)
3:18
15. "What a Blow" [Single Edit] (Bill Wyman/Malcolm Rebenack)
(Castle CMRCD1362 5050749413628 only Track 15)
3:46
16. "White Lightnin'" [Single Edit]
(Castle CMRCD1362 5050749413628 only Track 16)
2:44
17. "Pussy" [Single Mix]
(Castle CMRCD1362 5050749413628 only Track 17)
2:11

Personnel[edit]

  • Bill Wyman – lead vocals, bass guitar, guitar, piano, clavinet, Jew's harp, horn arrangements
  • Dr. John – organ, piano
  • Gwen McCrae – backing vocals
  • Leon Russell – piano
  • Betty Wright – backing vocals
  • Mark Colby – saxophone
  • Lowell George – guitar (5, 14)
  • John McEuen – acoustic guitar, banjo, dobro, mandolin
  • Byron Berline – fiddle
  • Neal Bonsanti – English horn, saxophone, clarinet
  • Abigale Haness – backing vocals
  • Hubert Heard – organ, piano
  • Danny Kortchmar – guitar
  • Joe Lala – percussion
  • Joey Murcia – guitar
  • Wayne Perkins – guitar

Release information[edit]

  • United States 10 May 1974 LP Atlantic COC 79100 (Inner Sleeve)
  • United States 10 May 1974 LP Atlantic COC 79100 0698 (Inner Sleeve) (Promo)
  • United States 1974 LP (Quadra Disc) Atlantic QD 79100 (Inner Sleeve)
  • United States 1974 MC Atlantic (Slide Box)
  • United States 1974 8-Track Atlantic TP 79100
  • United States March 1997 CD One Way Records OW 34520 046633452021
  • United States 21 November 2006 CD Castle 02182-36266-2 021823626628 (Expanded Edition)
  • Canada May 1974 LP Atlantic COC 79100 (Inner Sleeve)
  • United Kingdom 15 May 1974 LP RSR COC 59102 (Inner Sleeve and Front Cover Labels)
  • United Kingdom 15 May 1974 LP RSR COC 59102 (Inner Sleeve) (Promo)
  • United Kingdom 24 June 1996 CD Sequel Rec. NEM CD 846
  • Australia July 1974 LP RSR/WEA COC 79100
  • Australia July 1974 MC RSR/WEA M5S 79100
  • Argentina 1974 LP RSR/Music Hall Records 50-14.122 (Inner Sleeve) (Serie Super Lujo Especial)
  • Japan 25 November 1995 CD Trattoria PSCR-5413 4988023032245
  • Japan 25 November 1995 CD Trattoria PSCR-5413 / 381483 4988023032245 (Promo)
  • Japan 24 August 2005 CD Imperial TECI 24302 4988004097119 (Paper Sleeve)
  • European Union 21 November 2006 CD Castle CMRCD1362 5050749413628 (Expanded Edition)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rolling Stones database 1974 at The Complete Works Website
  2. ^ Kurutz, Steve. Monkey Grip at AllMusic. Retrieved 18 May 2012.
  3. ^ Christgau, Robert (September 1974). "The Christgau Consumer Guide". Creem. Retrieved 20 October 2015. 
  4. ^ Konjović, Slobodan. "Bill Wyman - Monkey Grip". Džuboks (in Serbian). Gornji Milanovac: Dečje novine (7 (second series)): 22–23. 
  5. ^ Kurutz, Steve. Monkey Grip at AllMusic

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