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Aside from Bob Dylan, Ian Hunter was one of the most evocative rock ’n’ roll wordsmiths of the '70s. And in many ways, Hunter’s 1975 debut solo album (recorded with guitarist Mick Ronson after the two left Mott the Hoople) sounds like self-invention, like the singer/songwriter is truly finding his legs as a storyteller. In fact, rock star loss-of-innocence had never been better expressed than on Hunter’s well-covered rock standard “Once Bitten Twice Shy,” nor had sexual ambiguity been as hilariously rendered as on the driving “Lounge Lizard” (which features some of Ronson’s best, most unhinged playing). Hunter’s repentant on the beautiful “3,000 Miles from Here,” and he further confesses sins on the ascending “It Ain’t Easy When You Fall” and its spoken outro, “Shades Off.” Hunter and Ronson jack fists on “I Get So Excited,” stomp glam on “Who Do You Love” (dig the handclap breakdown), and soften up on the eight-plus-minute piano opus “Boy.” That's a brutal-but-tender missive directed at David Bowie and pop stardom, with telling James Cagney and Beau Geste references and lines like “Boy shoot a rocket clean out of your mind.”

Customer Reviews

What might have been.

It's easy to spend a lot of time pondering what might have happened had this been the next Mott the Hoople album instead of the first Ian Hunter album. No doubt, the album would have sold more but I don't think it would have had the great feel fueled by the partnership between Ian and Mick Ronson. This is one of the truly great albums of the 70's and, in my opinion, one of the greatest rock albums ever made. Ian has had a career full of highs and lows but this is a high that I don't think he reached again until his recent career with "Artful Dodger" and "Shrunken Heads." God bless Ian Hunter.

great album

One of the greatest overlooked albums of rock. Ian Hunter at his best and the amazing Mick Ronson on guitar and production. All guitar players should listen to this.

Rock Masterpiece

Was fortunate enough to see Mott a few times and Ian with Mick Ronson more than a few. Was also fortunate enough to have met Ian twice way back in the day. A genuinely nice man who went out of his way for a couple of star struck kids... Love most everything the man has done but this album is special. The late Mick Ronson's guitar work is brilliant! Tone, tone and tone... One of Rocks most underrated guitarists. His playing defines the phrase "less is more"... BTW, Ian is still releasing great music. Check out his latest "When I'm President". Why in the world has he yet to be inducted into the R&R hall of fame???


Born: June 3, 1939 in Owestry, Shropshire, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

With Mott the Hoople, guitarist/vocalist Ian Hunter established himself as one of the toughest and most inventive hard rock songwriters of the early '70s, setting the stage for punk rock with his edgy, intelligent songs. As a solo artist, Hunter never attained the commercial heights of Mott the Hoople, but he cultivated a dedicated cult following. Hunter was born in Owestry, Shropshire, but was raised in cities throughout England since his father worked in the British Intelligence agency called...
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