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Editors’ Notes

Guitar hero Mick Ronson died of cancer in 1993, midway through his third solo album. His running buds—Ian Hunter, David Bowie, Joe Elliott, Chrissie Hynde, John Mellencamp, and others—stepped up to complete the project. In the results, you can hear the quality that had kept Ronson going. There are fun oddities, such as the total glam-slam reboot of Dylan’s “Like a Rolling Stone,” complete with a histrionic Bowie vocal and massive Ronson guitar hooks. There’s a tender instrumental penned by dance maestro Giorgio Moroder (“Midnight Love”) and a wah-wah’d dancefloor surrender led by Hynde (“Trouble with Me”). “Don’t Look Down” has to be 1990’s finest hard rock tune, and “Take a Long Line” tumbles forward like a rocking send-off to debauched times. The inevitabilities of immortality are profound here, especially on “Colour Me” (“We live in a grey world/A world without sun anymore”) and the tearjerking finale that finds Hunter and Ronson performing Mott the Hoople’s lamenting classic “All the Young Dudes” at 1992’s all-star tribute to Queen’s Freddie Mercury.

Customer Reviews

Love it still, nearly 20 yrs later

Though, perhaps, not as punchy as his 70's solo releases, H&H is a solemn remembrance of his six string and (not suprisingly) vocal prowness. I was sad when I purchased the CD apon its release in 1994, not because of the content, but because I knew it was his "last". Bless those who contributed to its completion. It is a beautiful and prism-like record. Listen, and rejoice in the man's memory. Peace.


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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