Sunday, 3 June 2018

Ian Hunter - Ian Hunter (1975)

Cheer up mate, put the dramas in the past....

  

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.

TRACK LISTING

1. Once Bitten Twice Shy

2. Who Do You Love
3. Lounge Lizard
4. Boy
5. 3000 Miles From Here
6. The Truth, The Whole Truth, Nothin' But the Truth
7. It Ain't Easy When You Fall/Shades Off
8. I Get So Excited                                                            

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.

"3000 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, with a classic Hunter spoken bit at the end (the "Shades Off" poem) and the original album ends with the frantic, riff-driven "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, although in other ways it is very much of its time. 

B+

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