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Named after the 1957 Arnold Laven film, Mick Ronson’s 1974 solo debut was recorded and released following his work on five David Bowie albums. So hearing some Bowie influence seep out of Ronson’s vocal cords is understandable, even in the opening version of Elvis Presley’s “Love Me Tender.” Bowie cowrote the glam-touched “Growing Up and I'm Fine,” where Ronson’s prowess as a '70s guitar deity is more pronounced. And should “Only After Dark” seem to shift from glitter rock to Detroit garage, that’s because SRC’s Scott Richardson had a hand in penning this heavy riff-rocking standout. But Ronson’s work with Bowie and Mott the Hoople left an indelible trace of elegant sophistication in his performance style, as evidenced by “Music Is Lethal,” a breathtaking ballad forged for the top ranks of rock ‘n’ roll’s glamorous aristocracy. Bowie and Richardson join songwriting forces with Ronson for “Pleasure Man/Hey Ma Get Papa,” a mini rock opera that stretches for nearly nine minutes, replete with a Keith Emerson–inspired Arp solo that does battle with Ronson’s awesome six-string mastery.

Customer Reviews

Ronson First Solo

Sl. on 10th Ave has the finest selection on songs Ronson ever recorded. It isn't a concept album but it is pretty close. The previously unreleased material has a real nugget in it with Leave My Heart Alone. I wish the general public knew Ronson for his work other than as Bowie's guitarist. Though , if you ask me, he put Bowie on the map and it was Bowie's worst career move to lose him. Bowie pretty much lost his hard rock edge forever by firing the Spiders.

Mick Ronson Is One of My Rock'n'Roll Heroes

This album has influenced me greatly over the years. I was a fan of Mick Ronson when he was with David Bowie.

David Bowie went off to record his DIAMOND DOGS album, which stunk. This is the band that made Bowie famous. The bassist has probably influenced my bass playing more than I know.

Mick Ronson's vocals strengthened and blended so well with David Bowie's voice that most people probably thought his voice was David's. On this first solo album of Mick, he shows his vocal strengths but goes a little too far, trying to pull off "Love Me Tender."

Mick's record production skills have also been an inspiration for me. I almost got him to produce my 1980 band, THE RICH, when we were living in Venice, California. That would have been awesome.

Playing guitar with Mick Ronson would have been awesome also. Perhaps he influenced my rhythm guitar attitudes. Sometimes when I'm creating guitar riffs, I'm reminded to find something catchy but simple--like Mick Ronson would play.

Several songs on this album, I've always skipped over, but several songs on this album have been in my music catalogs and regular listenings. Most notable is the title of this album, "Slaughter on 10th Avenue," which has inspired my songwriting and record production style. I've enjoyed sharing this song with hundreds of people over the past decades.

The song, "Hey Ma Get Papa," is a precursor of "Billy Porter," on the next album.

Overall, I'm such a big fan of several songs on this album, that I don't average in the other songs I care less about.

My favorite songs: "I'm The One," "Pleasure Man/Hey Ma Get Papa," "Slaughter on 10th Ave."

The live version of "Slaughter On 10th Ave" is really good also.

The "SOLO on 10th Avenue" doesn't sound live to me. I think it's the solo from the album without the other tracks. That's fine, I love this solo. It may have influenced my guitar solo on "Elaine" on my LEVEL 4 = Kung Fu Cowboy PART 1: King Solomon's Temple album by American Zen.

Although it may not be a great album, it has a couple really great songs.


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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