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Ian Hunter Strings Attached by Joe Viglione

STRINGS ATTACHED

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The DVD of Strings Attached could also be called Ian Hunter Lite, a nice bookend to the singer's Just Another Night: Live at the Astoria, London disc. The orchestration here, recorded in Oslo back in January of 2002, doesn't have (or require) the bombast found on Ian Anderson Plays the Orchestral Jethro Tull, but it is fun to see the always serious Hunter actually indulging in a more spirited, humorous, and playful mode. Of course, "Twisted Steel" is all business, and with more distance in time and space from the 9/11 tragedy, how many outside of Hunter's hardcore fans realize that this artist is effectively articulating the insanity of that day? The R.E.M.-style delivery works well in this setting, as does the rise and fall of the accompaniment in "Boy" and the pure pop of "23A Swan Hill." As with the Just Another Night DVD, there are some delicious soundcheck cuts and valuable interview material. And while Rod Stewart is selling millions of "Songbook" albums like a Columbia House special in the 1960s supermarket racks, one might think it parody for Ian Hunter to follow suit. Remarkably, the Mott the Hoople frontman successfully dips into that arena, providing a pleasant diversion from the mission at hand. Brook Benton, Bobby Darin Nat King Cole, Rosemary Clooney, and Bing Crosby have all sung the Eric Maschwitz/Manning Sherwin classic "A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square," and that gem provides a nice segue into Hunter's own "Michael Picasso." Def Leppard's Joe Elliott keeps showing up on Hunter's DVDs, and he provides the intro on a collection of orchestrated folk-rock that touches upon key moments in the songwriter's prolific career. The haunting approach to "Roll Away the Stone" breathes new life into a song that has never received the appreciation it deserves. To see this Oslo audience mouthing the words to "Saturday Gigs" provides another clue to what the U.S.A. missed when the song wasn't pushed in America, and when Mott the Hoople couldn't rejuvenate themselves with the addition of Mick Ronson. The insightful interviews add much and the rendition of "All the Young Dudes" is so campy gay that it could be considered politically incorrect in this era of Brokeback Mountain, when gay without the glitter is definitely the trend. Perhaps because Hunter is merely acting the part (where Gyllenhaal and Ledger might not be -- acting, that is), Strings Attached reminds viewers that the times they are a-changing. ~ Joe Viglione

    • 1.
      [DVD]
      • 1.
        Rest in Peace
      • 2.
        All of the Good Ones Are Taken
      • 3.
        I Wish I Was Your Mother
      • 4.
        Twisted Steel
      • 5.
        Boy
      • 6.
        23A Swan Hill
      • 7.
        Waterlow
      • 8.
        All the Young Dudes
      • 9.
        Irene Wilde
      • 10.
        Once Bitten Twice Shy
      • 11.
        Rollerball
      • 12.
        Ships
      • 13.
        Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square, A
      • 14.
        Michael Picasso
      • 15.
        Wash Us Away
      • 16.
        Don't Let Gos
      • 17.
        All the Way From Memphis
      • 18.
        Roll Away the Stone
      • 19.
        Saturday Gigs                                                                                                                                                                       

      rant
    • review by Joe Viglione

AllMusic Review by Joe Viglione  [-]

The musical statement that is Rant includes textures and ideas that pick up where Brain Capers by Mott the Hoople left off. "Still Love Rock and Roll" ignites this set; it rocks with an authority that "All the Way From Memphis" only hinted at. As Dion DiMucci's Shu Bop album redefined the position of a '60s artist and delivered the goods, Hunter's Rant reveals a '70s artist refining his philosophy. Rant he does, with eloquence and a new fire. Every track works, entertaining and enlightening, taking the listener through curves and turns, reaching the zenith in track ten, "Ripoff." From the "that's all you've got to live for" lyric to the song title itself, this song is a perfect pop tune, full of anger, passion, slashing guitar sounds, a condescending vocal, and hooks that are real magnetic grabbers. With production that is absolutely topnotch, Hunter bids adieu to his homeland. Although "Ripoff" is guaranteed to keep "Sir" from being added to Hunter's name, he should still be knighted for delivering a kick-in-the-pants rock & roll song that every car radio should be blasting. The Rolling Stones haven't injected this much majesty into a single tune, let alone an album, in over a decade. R.E.M. could learn a thing or two from "Knees of My Heart"; it has the jangle jangle guitar, but where R.E.M. seems stuck in some past groove, Hunter utilizes that Nick Lowe/Bob Dylan/Byrds melancholic musical essay to great and satisfying effect. This album smartly moves sounds from guitar to keys, shifting moods, making a grand musical statement. "No One" is Hunter delivering a ballad with drive. This isn't "Ships," his Barry Manilow hit, nor is it Mad Shadows' pre-"All the Young Dudes" composition "You Are One of Us"; this has flavors of early British pop, guitar sounds from the George Harrison textbook, and a meaningful vocal from this rock & roll troubadour. Rant is a record that transcends so much of what is going on right now in music, a record that is much too good for radio today. The Columbia/Legacy compilation Once Bitten Twice Shy delivered 38 Ian Hunter solo titles in the year 2000, giving the world a clear picture of his post-Hoople work and paving the way for this sensational recording.   https://www.discogs.com/Ian-Hunter-Rant/release/4360689

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Ian Hunter - Rant - 2001 - Papillon

The musical statement that is Rant includes textures and ideas that pick up where Brain Capers by Mott the Hoople left off. "Still Love Rock and Roll" ignites this set; it rocks with an authority that "All the Way From Memphis" only hinted at. As Dion DiMucci's Shu Bop album redefined the position of a '60s artist and delivered the goods, Hunter's Rant reveals a '70s artist refining his philosophy. Rant he does, with eloquence and a new fire. Every track works, entertaining and enlightening, taking the listener through curves and turns, reaching the zenith in track ten, "Ripoff." From the "that's all you've got to live for" lyric to the song title itself, this song is a perfect pop tune, full of anger, passion, slashing guitar sounds, a condescending vocal, and hooks that are real magnetic grabbers. With production that is absolutely topnotch, Hunter bids adieu to his homeland. Although "Ripoff" is guaranteed to keep "Sir" from being added to Hunter's name, he should still be knighted for delivering a kick-in-the-pants rock & roll song that every car radio should be blasting. The Rolling Stones haven't injected this much majesty into a single tune, let alone an album, in over a decade. R.E.M. could learn a thing or two from "Knees of My Heart"; it has the jangle jangle guitar, but where R.E.M. seems stuck in some past groove, Hunter utilizes that Nick Lowe/Bob Dylan/Byrds melancholic musical essay to great and satisfying effect. This album smartly moves sounds from guitar to keys, shifting moods, making a grand musical statement. "No One" is Hunter delivering a ballad with drive. This isn't "Ships," his Barry Manilow hit, nor is it Mad Shadows' pre-"All the Young Dudes" composition "You Are One of Us"; this has flavors of early British pop, guitar sounds from the George Harrison textbook, and a meaningful vocal from this rock & roll troubadour. Rant is a record that transcends so much of what is going on right now in music, a record that is much too good for radio today. The Columbia/Legacy compilation Once Bitten Twice Shy delivered 38 Ian Hunter solo titles in the year 2000, giving the world a clear picture of his post-Hoople work and paving the way for this sensational recording. © Joe Viglione © 2011 Rovi Corporation. All Rights Reserved http://www.allmusic.com/album/rant-r528655/review

  N.B:Track sequence on the Papillon CD issue differs from other editions


MUSICIANS

Ian Hunter - Vocals, Keyboard, Harmonica, Acoustic Guitar, Piano, Backing Vocals
Andy York - Electric Guitar, Mandoguitar, Groovebox, Autoharp, Organ, Zither, Keyboards, Madolin, Bass, Backing Vocals
Robbie Alter - Guitars, Bass, Piano
Rick Tedesco - Guitar, Gang Vocals
John Conte - Bass
James Mastro - Sixstring Fuzzbass, Mandolin, Electric Slide, Electric 12-string, Acoustic 12-string
Doug Petty - Organ, Keyboards
Tommy Mandel - Organ, Keyboards, Loops
Dane Clark, Mickey Curry - Drums
Steve Holly - Drums, Percussion
Rock Pagano - Backing Vocals, Bongos, Drums
Jesse Paterson, Willie Nile, Lisa Ronson - Gang Vocals



JUST ANOTHER NIGHT  http://www.sortmusic.com/_i/ian-hunter-albums,up636551521475,len.html


While watching this 21-song concert by {$Ian Hunter & His Rant Band}, one is struck by the DVD's great sound -- superb clarity on {&"I Wish I Was Your Mother,"} {&"Knees of My Heart,"} and the other 19 tunes (the British label {@Snapper} wisely deciding to release the audio on a separate disc entitled {^The Truth, the Whole Truth, and Nuthin' But the Truth} for those who prefer CD). {&"23A Swan Hill"} rocks harder than its appearance on another recent DVD, {=Strings Attached}, and is classic {$Mott the Hoople}-style angst {\rock} accompanied by great backing vocals, long camera shots, and colorful close-ups on the DVD. {$The Rant Band} are superb, {$Steve Holley} from {$Paul McCartney}'s {$Wings}, journeyman {$Andy York}, {$Kinks} keyboardist {$Ian Gibbons}, {$the Look}'s {$Gus Goad} on bass, and fellow {$Hoople} {$Mick Ralphs} bringing his magic back to {$Hunter}'s repertoire. Where {$Jethro Tull}'s {$Ian Anderson} purposefully ages 100 years every tour, {$Hunter} is perpetually ageless, and for those who caught many a {$Hoople} or {$Hunter} solo show in the '70s and '80s, the singer amazingly maintains his youthful look and voice, so much so that the DVD -- though totally contemporary -- makes you feel like you're in a time warp. {$Hunter}'s song about 9/11, {&"Twisted Steel,"} shows up here, as it does on the {@Sanctuary} {^Strings Attached} disc, a respectful ode without the cringe factor that came with the song attempts by {$Neil Young} and others to memorialize the World Trade Center tragedy. The band is exquisitely tight, maintaining a {\rock & roll} grit while avoiding that slick gloss {$the Rolling Stones} have been adding to their efforts lately (to the chagrin of {$the Stones}' hardcore fans). The members of the {$Rant} ensemble control the chaos, but they know how to crunch, and that's the key. There's a nice medley of sorts, with {&"Roll Away the Stone"} and {&"Saturday Gigs"} flowing into {&"All The Young Dudes,"} as brother and sister {$Jessie} and {$Tracie Hunter} help their dad out on backing vocals. {$Def Leppard} vocalist {$Joe Elliott} shows up to duet on {&"Dudes,"} coming back with {$Brian May} of {$Queen} to have some fun with {&"All the Way from Memphis"} at the conclusion of the show. Along with the lengthy set produced and directed by {$Dave Meehan}, there's a revealing 38-minute interview with {$Hunter} conducted by {$Jet Martin}, with the singer talking about personal things such as how the song {&"Twisted Steel"} was composed. A real plus that other DVDs need to copy is the addition of close to 14 minutes of soundcheck video/audio taped at 3:30 p.m. that afternoon, including {$May} working out his parts on {&"All the Way from Memphis."} The dual guitars of {$Mick Ralphs} and {$Brian May} in the concert's closing moments are a real treat, as are the many extras on this top-notch effort. ~ Joe Viglione, All Music Guide
Track Listing :
1 Rest in Peace [DVD]
2 Rock and Roll Queen [DVD]
3 Once Bitten Twice Shy [DVD]
4 Twisted Steel [DVD]
5 I Wish I Was Your Mother [DVD]
6 Knees of My Heart [DVD]
7 23A Swan Hill [DVD]
8 Irene Wilde [DVD]
9 Truth, the Whole Truth, and Nothing But the Truth [DVD]
10 Rollerball [DVD]
11 Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square [DVD]
12 Roll Away the Stone [DVD]
13 Saturday Gigs [DVD]
14 All the Young Dudes [DVD]
15 Journey [DVD]
16 Dead Man Walkin' [DVD]
17 Just Another Night [DVD]
18 Cleveland Rocks [DVD]
19 Michael Picasso [DVD]
20 Standin' in My Light [DVD]
21 All the Way from Memphis [DVD]
22 Exclusive Interview with Ian Hunter [DVD][*]
23 Band Soundcheck [DVD][*]
24 Animated Biography [DVD][*]


Ian Hunter signs to Yep Roc Records, to release new album May 15

Legendary Mott the Hoople frontman and renowned solo artist Ian Hunter has signed with Yep Roc Records. Shrunken Heads, due out May 15th, is Mr. Hunter's first studio recording since 2001's highly acclaimed full length, Rant.

With Mott the Hoople, Ian Hunter quickly established himself as an incredibly inventive songwriter with his gritty and thought provoking songs which paved the way for the original wave of punk rock. The 1972 David Bowie produced breakthrough album All The Young Dudes catapulted the band into the British Top 10 and the American Top 40. Additionally, the band was the first act to ever sell out a week of Broadway concerts in New York City. Ian Hunter's autobiography, Diary Of A Rock and Roll Star, written during the band's 1972 US Tour and published in 1974, was also acclaimed by Q Magazine as "the greatest music book ever written."

As a solo artist, Mr. Hunter has been responsible for instantly recognizable classics as "Once Bitten, Twice Shy," "Cleveland Rocks" (which went on to be the theme song for ABC's hit series The Drew Carey Show), and many, many more. Both Ian Hunter and Mott the Hoople have been cited as major inspirations for numerous artists including The Clash, Kiss, R.E.M., Oasis, Motley Crue, Blur, and Primal Scream among others. Hunter's influence on modern rock and roll music has been immeasurable, with over 150 different cover versions of his songs.

Shrunken Heads is Ian Hunter's 12th solo studio album since his eponymous debut in 1975. Recorded in 2006 in Pawling, NY, the 11-song Shrunken Heads covers a wide-range of honest emotions and wry observations that we've come to expect from Mr. Hunter: touching on such topics as late-night soul-searching to the devastation of Hurricane Katrina and today's political climate. Produced by Andy York (veteran guitarist for John Mellencamp) and himself, Hunter stated "The record was done quickly and very much as a band effort. It's more relaxed than usual for some reason and all in all a most enjoyable experience."

The recording also features Wilco's Jeff Tweedy performing backing vocals on three tracks, "Words (Big Mouth)," "Fuss About Nothing," and "Guiding Light." E-Street Band Violinist Soozie Tyrell also appears on "Words (Big Mouth)," and "Brainwashed." The backing band is additionally comprised of superstar talent with Steve Holly on drums (Wings, Joe Cocker), Graham Maby on bass (Joe Jackson, Natalie Merchant, Joan Baez), Jack Petruzzelli on guitar (Rufus Wainwright, Joan Osbourne), James Mastro on guitar (John Cale), Andy Burton on keyboards (The dB's, Tommy James) and Producer Andy York on guitar and keyboards.

Ian Hunter has worked with many musical legends such as the members of Queen, David Bowie, Mick Jones of The Clash, Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band, Mick Ronson and Ringo Starr's All Star Band. He was most recently seen at the 2006 benefit for Love's Arthur Lee at New York's Beacon Theatre, performing alongside Led Zeppelin's Robert Plant. In 2006, Columbia released the highly acclaimed 3-CD set Journey: A Retrospective of Mott the Hoople and Ian Hunter.

SHRUNKEN HEADS Track Listing
1. Words (Big Mouth)
2. Fuss About Nothing
3. When the World Was Round
4. Brainwashed
5. Shrunken Heads
6. Soul Of America
7. How's Your House?
8. Guiding Light
9. Stretch
10. I Am What I Hated When I Was Young
11. Read 'em n' Weep

SEPT 20 2012 

Ian Hunter  WHEN I'M PRESIDENT

By Joe Viglione

Ian Hunter, When I’m President

Track Listing

1. Comfortable (Flyin' Scotsman)
2. Fatally Flawed
3. When I'm President
4. What For
5. Black Tears
6. Saint
7. Just The Way You Look Tonight
8. Wild Bunch
9. Ta Shunka Witco (Crazy Horse)
10. I Don't Know What You Want
11. Life



On September 3rd I reviewed the wonderful title track of this album, and seventeen days later Mr. Hunter is scheduled to be on my TV show, Visual Radio Live, 8:00 PM carried on http://www.wincam.org   We're going to explore his album in depth, but right now, here are my immediate thoughts.

"Comfortable (Flyin' Scotsman)" has a roller coaster "Brown Sugar" ride resplendent in that classic style familiar to Mott The Hoople fans around the globe.  The Rolling Stones may have been exiled on Main Street back in the 1970s but as Ian Hunter crafts album after album with solid songwriting his musical essays are expanding the original vision while simultaneously migrating from label to label.   1995's Dirty Laundry was on Cleveland International, 1997's Artful Dodger on the OutofTime imprint, 2000's Rant on Fuel 2000, the live DVD Just Another Night on MVD (2004)the beautiful Strings Attached on Sanctuary (2005),  Shrunken Heads on YepRoc (2007),   Live In London - a cd release of some of Just Another Night on The Great American Music Company (2007), Man Overboard on New West (2009) and now, three years later, When I'm President on Slimstyle Records (2012). 

If you're counting that's nine labels in 17 years, an amazing feat in an era when hit radio is controlled by corporations spoon-feeding nonsense to the masses.  We can thank Congressman Ed Markey (located right down the street from my home where I write this) and the usually reliable Bill Clinton for the disarray. The Telecommunications Act of 1996 didn't work out the way Markey and Clinton figured it would, and the radio industry as we knew it no longer exists.  Nor does the record business, two components of alleged "free enterprise" that have exacted even more hardship on creative artists and their fans.  
And perhaps that's the submliminal message that "When I'm President", the song, sends out.

This album rocks with authority, picks up and delivers, and has some unique surprises. "Ta Shunka Witco (Crazy Horse)" is not an ode to an old Neil Young band, nor is it Paul Revere & The Raiders' "Indian Reservation."  "Ta Shunka Witco (Crazy Horse)" quotes the film Galaxy Quest's battle cry "Never Surrender" (well, their rant was actually "Never give up! Never surrender!").   It's a slow, dreamy, eerie stylistic change for Hunter, and it is brilliant.   Where 2009's Man Overboard had its moments the CD When I'm President chugs along with the inspiration we want...and expect...from this rock icon.  "What For" could have been an out-take from Brain Capers or Mad Shadows, vintage Hunter in great voice and a charging Rant band that is relentless in its execution.  "Black Tears" is another abrupt change of pace, everything falling into a groove with stylish lyrics and splashy sounds from the very efficient and very spontaneous band, Ian churning out the passion in a way the rock-star-wannabe 20somethings of today have yet to provide... or experience.

"Just The Way You Look Tonight"   is not a cover of the classic Frank Sinatra tune ("The Way You Look Tonight", no "just" in the title), nor a take-off on former (early, early) almost Deep Purple musician's "The Way I Feel Tonight" (made famous by the Bay City Rollers), it's a fun stomp that has magical instrumentation and an eloquent expression from the veteran frontman.   The entire album works, "Wild Bunch" deserving special mention, and while Man Overboard had an extraordinary few moments ("Arms & Legs"), this album has Ian Hunter being Ian Hunter, a great leap forward, a welcome return to what the fans love about this icon, the title track recalling "Ripoff" from the classic Rant, in sound, attitude and approach.   He's got our vote.

Some of these websites may be gone, amazing the dozens and dozens of places that published my work.

my review of Ian Hunter's RANT

Barnes & Noble

Allmusic.com

Emusic.com

Answers.com

HMV.Com

Strings Attached  Allmusic.com

Just Another Night: Live At Astoria


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