CHRX 1214 / 50999 698134 2 9.
*Bonus track on 30th Anniversary 2-CD issue
**Download only - not on the CD!
*Live, Agora Ballroom, Cleveland OH 18th June 1979
**Live, Hammersmith Odeon, London 22nd November 1979
***Live, Berkeley Community Theatre, Berkeley CA 7th July 1979
Ian came back after a two-year absence in 1979 with this album. Mick Ronson was back on guitar, and Bruce Springsteen's E-Street Band were the backing musicians (they had just worked on Meat Loaf's Bat Out of Hell album).
This was issued on CD on Chrysalis in the UK in 1994, and on Razor & Tie in the USA in 1995. The UK release a limited-edition "25th Anniversary" edition, in a long (blue) box, with a blue jewel-case and booklet (which was about Chrysalis generally, not Ian). Sound quality is very good. No bonus tracks.
1999 has seen this CD reissued in the UK, this time on the EMI label as part of their "Classic Rock" series. It boasts new sleeve notes, and improved (remastered) sound quality.
2009 saw a 2-CD issue with a wealth of bonus tracks and a second disc of previously-unreleased live material. As a live document the second disc works very well, despite being recorded at a variety of venues.
Of the bonus material on the first disc perhaps the most interesting is the early version of Just Another Night which features radically different lyrics, showing how such a classic song can develop from the initial germ of an idea to the finished product.Adrian Perkins