Mott The Hoople and Ian Hunter

Ian Hunter unofficial LP: "Drunk On Wisdom And Wine"

Sleeve and track listing

Excitable 4516-1. (3 stars!)

  1. Once Bitten Twice Shy
  2. Life After Death
  3. Laugh At Me
  4. Letter To Britannia From The Union Jack
  5. Just Another Night
  6. Angeline
  7. Standin' In My Light
  8. Bastard
  9. Cleveland Rocks


For many years, this was the only unofficial live Ian Hunter album in circulation. Its source is a 1979 FM radio show recorded at the Berkley Community Theatre early in the Schizophrenic tour. The performance is strong, and the playing is top-notch. The band work well together, and are clearly enjoying themselves. By the time this was recorded, the Schizophrenic album was selling strongly, beyond everyone's expectations, which of course helps enormously.

Sound quality is good, although a bit muddy in places. This is probably the fault of the mix engineer - it sounds as though the show was recorded straight onto quarter-inch (two-track) for broadcast, with no re-mixing/cleaning up otherwise done. This is another essential purchase for the dedicated fan, and is highly recommended.