Sunday, 3 June 2018

Ian Hunter - Ian Hunter (1975)

   

Released April 1975

Recorded at Air Studios, London

In early 1975, my favourite band, Mott The Hoople, had split the previous October, leaving us with the valedictory anthem of "Saturday Gigs" as a goodbye. Fans like myself waited eagerly for Ian Hunter's anticipated debut solo album, with Mick Ronson featured heavily on it too. I was not disappointed.

The opening rocker, the hit single "Once Bitten Twice Shy" kicked things off well, while "Who Do You Love" sounded a bit soully, to be honest, but no matter (I love it now). "Lounge Lizard" was a full on Mott-style rocker and then came "Boy". Eight minutes of Hunter heaven. Was it about Bowie? Course it was. A drawn out rock ballad saw Hunter worried about the state of his old mentor (not without good reason, it would seem). I finally saw him perform this epic song live a few years ago.

"1000 Miles From Here" is a short heartbreaking ballad then we get the insistent tour de force of "The Truth, The Whole Truth & Nothing But The Truth" with a searing Ronson guitar solo. "It Ain't Easy When You Fall/Shades Off" is another classic Hunter rock ballad/anthem and the original album ends with the frantic "I Get So Excited". Great stuff. I was left very satisfied back then.

The extras give you "Colwater High" and "One Fine Day", both rockers which should have been included on the original album to be honest. Both are reasonably short, so they should have fitted on with no problems.

This album still sounds good today.

B+

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