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Where Mick Ronson’s 1974 debut album mixed originally penned rock songs with glammy covers of some of his favorite tunes, 1975’s Play Don’t Worry tips the scales toward the latter. It starts with Ronson’s own “Billy Porter,” a jaunty pop song that plays like an outtake from David Bowie’s Hunky Dory. He follows with a scorching-hot rendition of Pure Prairie League’s “Angel No. 9,” wherein the country-rock twang is replaced with heavy-footed wah-wah guitar and Ronson's vocals, which show less Bowie influence. Fans of The Velvet Underground will want to skip straight to Ronson’s hard-driving take on “White Light/White Heat,” the backing track of which was harvested from Bowie’s Pin Ups sessions. The title track is a groovy number that boasts Ronson’s most versatile guitar work here, seamlessly segueing from acoustic strumming to shimmering glam-rock leads and Thin Lizzy–esque guitarmonies. Ronson also gives Little Richard’s “The Girl Can’t Help It” some gritty distortion. Of the nine bonus tracks, his cover of Bowie’s “Stone Love (Soul Love)” is a particular standout.

Customer Reviews

where has this album been!

This album is fantastic! I wore this out back in 75'. Mick Ronson was one of the greatest guitarist ever! What a great voice and really cool songs. This album shows why he was thee guitarist for Bowie. The Empty Bed is a must-classic Ronson with the acoustic and what a voice. Title track is terrific, White Light White Heat, The Girl Cant Help It, Billy Porter- all must haves. BUY IT!

Fantastic Album

This album is a great one!!!!! I had it in 8 Track and cassette,now on I-tunes,Angel No.9 is a GREAT SONG,PLAY DONT WORRY,Billy Porter and the rest are great songs,I seen Mick Ronson live with Mott The Hoople,One of the Great Guitarist of all time,He was a great sidekick for David Bowie,The Spiders from Mars was a Band you will never see again,AWESOME BAND......

Mick Ronson At His Best

This album is an improvement over his previous album, "Slaughter On 10th Ave." Mick Ronson was at his best on this album. His guitar work is incredible. His songwriting is great, and his singing was inspiring.

Just as a couple songs on the previous album have continued to inspire and entertain me for decades, this album has two songs that have always been in my current playlist. "Billy Porter," and "Empty Bed," are a couple of my favorite songs. The comical music production of "Billy Porter," makes me smile every time I listen to it. The vocal on "Empty Bed," has been a benchmark for me since the year this album was released.

As with Mick's first solo album, I love this album, even if I did have to skip over a few songs to get to the songs I liked best.


Born: May 26, 1946 in Hull, Yorkshire, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s

Guitarist, arranger, songwriter, producer, and perennial sideman Mick Ronson made his mark during glam rock's early-'70s heyday but worked consistently with frequent collaborators David Bowie and Ian Hunter until his death in 1993. From 1967-1968 he played with a hometown garage rock group, the Rats, in Hull. In 1969, he was discovered by fledgling folksinger and producer Mike Chapman, who asked him to join his recording band. From there he was on to a collaboration with Bowie beginning with Space...
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