Ian Hunter Box Set: "Stranded In Reality"

Sleeve and track listing

Proper SHADES1(5 stars!)

Ian Hunter

  1. Once Bitten Twice Shy
  2. Who Do You Love
  3. Lounge Lizard
  4. Boy
  5. 3,000 Miles From Here
  6. The Truth, The Whole Truth, Nuthin' But The Truth
  7. It Ain't Easy When You Fall/Shades Off
  8. I Get So Excited
  9. Colwater High
  10. One Fine Day
  11. Once Bitten Twice Shy (single edit)
  12. Who Do You Love (single edit)
  13. Shades Off (poem)
  14. Boy (edit)

All American Alien Boy

  1. Letter To Britannia From The Union Jack
  2. All American Alien Boy
  3. Irene Wilde
  4. Restless Youth
  5. Rape
  6. You Nearly Did Me In
  7. Apathy 83
  8. God (Take 1)
  9. To Rule Britannia From Union Jack (session outtake)
  10. All American Alien Boy (early single version)
  11. Irene Wilde (Number One) (session outtake)
  12. Weary Anger (session outtake)
  13. Apathy (session outtake)
  14. (God) Advice To A Friend (session outtake)

Overnight Angels

  1. Golden Opportunity (4:31)
  2. Shallow Crystals (3:58)
  3. Overnight Angels (5:12)
  4. Broadway (3:46)
  5. Justice of the Peace (3:01)
  6. (Miss) Silver Dime (4:34)
  7. Wild n' Free (3:08)
  8. The Ballad of Little Star (2:32)
  9. To Love a Woman (3:54)
  10. England Rocks(2:53)

You're Never Alone With A Schizophrenic

  1. Just Another Night
  2. Wild East
  3. Cleveland Rocks
  4. Ships
  5. When the Daylight Comes
  6. Life After Death
  7. Standin' In My Light
  8. Bastard
  9. The Outsider
  10. Don't Let Go (demo)
  11. Ships (take 1)
  12. When The Daylight Comes (early version)
  13. Just Another Night (early version)
  14. Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On
  15. Ships (early version)
  16. Just Another Night (electric)

Welcome To The Club

Disc 1

  1. FBI
  2. Once Bitten Twice Shy
  3. Angeline
  4. Laugh at Me
  5. All the Way From Memphis
  6. I Wish I Was Your Mother
  7. Irene Wilde
  8. Just Another Night
  9. Cleveland Rocks
  10. Standin' In My Light
  11. Bastard

Disc 2

  1. Walkin' With a Mountain/Rock 'n' Roll Queen
  2. All the Young Dudes
  3. Slaughter On Tenth Avenue
  4. One of the Boys
  5. The Golden Age of Rock 'n' Roll
  6. When the Daylight Comes
  7. Once Bitten Twice Shy/Bastard/Cleveland Rocks (medley)
  8. We Gotta Get Out of Here
  9. Silver Needles
  10. Man O' War
  11. Sons and Daughters

Short Back And Sides

  1. Central Park n' West
  2. Lisa Likes Rock n' Roll
  3. I Need Your Love
  4. Old Records Never Die
  5. Noises
  6. Rain
  7. Gun Control
  8. Theatre of the Absurd
  9. Leave Me Alone
  10. Keep on Burning
  11. I Need Your Love (rough mix)
  12. Old Records Never Die (version 1)
  13. Rain (alternate mix)
  14. Theatre of the Absurd (alternate version)

All Of The Good Ones Are Taken

  1. All of the Good Ones Are Taken
  2. Every Step of the Way
  3. Fun
  4. Speechless
  5. Death 'n' Glory Boys
  6. That Girl Is Rock 'n' Roll
  7. Somethin's Goin' On
  8. Captain Void 'n' the Video Jets
  9. Seeing Double
  10. All of the Good Ones Are Taken
  11. Traitor (12" single b-side)
  12. Somethin's Goin' On (single radio edit)

YUI Orta

  1. American Music
  2. The Loner
  3. Women's Intuition
  4. Tell It Like It Is
  5. Livin' In a Heart
  6. Big Time
  7. Cool
  8. Beg a Little Love
  9. Following In Your Footsteps
  10. Sons 'n' Lovers
  11. Pain
  12. How Much More Can I Take
  13. Sweet Dreamer

Ian Hunter's Dirty Laundry

  1. Dancing on the Moon
  2. Another Fine Mess
  3. Scars
  4. Never Trust a Blonde
  5. Psycho Girl
  6. My Revolution
  7. Good Girls
  8. Red Letter Day
  9. Invisible Strings
  10. Everyone's a Fool
  11. Junkee Love
  12. The Other Man

BBC Live In Concert

  1. Once Bitten Twice Shy
  2. How Much More Can I Take
  3. Beg a Little Love
  4. Following In Your Footsteps
  5. Just Another Night
  6. Sweet Dreamer
  7. (Give Me Back My) Wings
  8. Standin' In My Light
  9. Bastard
  10. The Loner
  11. You're Never Too Old To Hit The Big Time
  12. All The Way From Memphis
  13. Irene Wilde

The Artful Dodger

  1. Too Much
  2. Now Is The Time
  3. Something To Believe In
  4. Resurrection Mary
  5. Walk On Water
  6. 23A, Swan Hill
  7. Michael Picasso
  8. Open My Eyes
  9. The Artful Dodger
  10. Skeletons (In Your Closet)
  11. Still The Same
  12. Fuck It Up (1996 single track)


  1. Ripoff
  2. Good Samaritan
  3. Death of a Nation
  4. Purgatory
  5. American Spy
  6. Dead Man Walkin' (Eastenders)
  7. Wash Us Away
  8. Morons
  9. Soap And Water
  10. Knees Of My Heart
  11. No One
  12. Still Love Rock 'n' Roll

Strings Attached

Disc 1

  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

Disc 2

  1. Rollerball
  2. Ships
  3. A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square
  4. Michael Picasso
  5. Wash Us Away
  6. Don't Let Go
  7. All The Way From Memphis
  8. Roll Away The Stone
  9. Saturday Gigs
  10. Dead Man Walkin' (Eastenders) (bonus track)
  11. Your Way (bonus track)

Shrunken Heads

  1. Words (Big Mouth)
  2. Fuss About Nothin'
  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
  12. Your Eyes (bonus EP track)
  13. Wasted (bonus EP track)
  14. Real Or Imaginary (bonus EP track)
  15. When The World Was Round (single radio edit)

Man Overboard

  1. The Great Escape
  2. Arms And Legs
  3. Up And Running
  4. Man Overboard
  5. Babylon Blues
  6. Girl From The Office
  7. Flowers
  8. These Feelings
  9. Win It All
  10. Way With Words
  11. River Of Tears

When I'm President

  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
  12. When I'm President (radio edito single)

Live In The UK 2010

  1. Sea Diver
  2. Arms And Legs
  3. Words (Big Mouth)
  4. The Great Escape
  5. Ships
  6. Irene Wilde
  7. Flowers
  8. Soul Of America
  9. Man Overboard
  10. Waterlow
  11. Michael Picasso
  12. Wash Us Away
  13. 23A Swan Hill
  14. Sweet Jane
  15. All The Young Dudes

Tilting The Mirror - Rarities

Disc 1

  1. All-American Alien Boy (Single A-side)
  2. You Nearly Did Me In (Single A-side)
  3. Common Disease (Alien Boy Outtake)
  4. If the Slipper Don't Fit (Alien Boy Outtake)
  5. The Outsider (Early Version)
  6. Alibi (Schizophrenic Jam)
  7. When the Daylight Comes (Single A-side)
  8. Just Another Night (Electric version #3)
  9. Detroit (Rough Mix Instrumental)
  10. Na Na Na
  11. I Believe in You
  12. Listen to the Eight Track
  13. You Stepped Into My Dreams
  14. Venus in the Bathtub
  15. China (Ronson Vocal)
  16. Detroit (Outtake 5 - Vocal)
  17. Na Na Na (Extended Mix)

Disc 2

  1. Bluebirds (Demo)
  2. All is Forgiven (Demo)
  3. Sunshine Eyes (Demo)
  4. (I'm the) Teacher
  5. Great Expectations (You Never Know What To Expect)
  6. Good Man in a Bad Time
  7. Wake Up Call
  8. Ill Wind (Demo)
  9. Women's Intuition (Single Edit)
  10. Ain't No Way to Treat a Lady (Artful Dodger Outtake)
  11. Resurrection Mary (Trio Version)
  12. Something to Believe In (Trio Version)
  13. Waterlow (Trio Version)
  14. I'm In Awe (Rant Outtake)
  15. Avalanche (Rant Outtake)
  16. Morons (Early Version)
  17. One More Time

If You Wait Long Enough For Anything, You Can Get It On Sale

Disc 1

  1. FBI (Hammersmith 1979)
  2. Once Bitten Twice Shy (Hammersmith 1979)
  3. One Of The Boys (Hammersmith 1979)
  4. Laugh At Me (Hammersmith 1979)
  5. I Wish I Was Your Mother (Hammersmith 1979)
  6. Sons and Daughters (Hammersmith 1979)
  7. Irene Wilde (Hammersmith 1979)
  8. Just Another Night (Hammersmith 1979)
  9. Life After Death (Hammersmith 1979)
  10. Angeline (Hammersmith 1979)
  11. Standin' in My Light (Hammersmith 1979)
  12. Bastard (Hammersmith 1979)
  13. The Golden Age of Rock 'n' Roll (Hammersmith 1979)
  14. All The Way From Memphis (Hammersmith 1979)

Disc 2

  1. All The Young Dudes (Hammersmith 1979)
  2. Walkin' With A Mountain/Rock 'n' Roll Queen (Hammersmith 1979)
  3. Cleveland Rocks (Hammersmith 1979)
  4. When The Daylight Comes (Hammersmith 1979)
  5. Letter to Britannia From The Union Jack (Berkeley 1979)
  6. Ships (New York 1979)
  7. Gun Control (San Francisco 1981)
  8. Violence (San Francisco 1981)
  9. Is Your Love In Vain (San Francisco 1981)
  10. Lisa Likes Rock n' Roll (San Francisco 1981)
  11. Theatre Of The Absurd (San Francisco 1981)
  12. Walkin' With A Mountain (San Francisco 1981)

Bag Of Tricks - Live Rarities Vol 1

  1. A Sane Revolution
  2. Wild East (Toronto 1987)
  3. (I'm The) Teacher (Toronto 1987)
  4. While You Were Looking at Me (Toronto 1987)
  5. Day Tripper (Toronto 1988)
  6. Pain (San Jose 1989)
  7. Resurrection Mary (Mick Ronson Memorial London)
  8. Michael Picasso (Mick Ronson Memorial London)
  9. Shades Off/Boy (Bilston 2000)
  10. Ill Wind (Bilston 2000)
  11. Good Samaritan (Manchester 2002)
  12. Purgatory (Manchester 2002)
  13. American Spy (Manchester 2002)
  14. Death of a Nation (Manchester 2002)

Bag Of Tricks - Live Rarities Vol 2

  1. Rock And Roll Queen/Death May Be Your Santa Claus (Manchester 2002)
  2. One Of The Boys (Manchester 2002)
  3. The Original Mixed-Up Kid (Manchester 2002)
  4. Knockin' On Heaven's Door (Manchester 2002)
  5. Twisted Steel (Manchester 2002)
  6. 23a Swan Hill (Manchester 2002)
  7. Dead Man Walkin' (EastEnders) (Manchester 2002)
  8. Knees of My Heart (Barcelona 2004)
  9. The Truth, The Whole Truth And Nothing But the Truth (Barcelona 2004)
  10. Rollerball (Barcelona 2004)
  11. Irene Wilde (Barcelona 2004)
  12. Roll Away The Stone (Barcelona 2004)
  13. Lounge Lizard (Austin 2005)
  14. The Outsider (Trondheim 2005)

Bag Of Tricks - Live Rarities Vol 3

  1. Hymn For The Dudes (Trondheim 2005)
  2. All-American Alien Boy (Trondheim 2005)
  3. Morons/Marionette/Broadway (Trondheim 2005)
  4. Following In Your Footsteps (Manchester 2008)
  5. Dancing On the Moon (Newcastle 2010)
  6. Shallow Crystals (Newcastle 2010)
  7. The Ballad of Little Star (Newcastle 2010)
  8. Just The Way You Look Tonight (Oslo 2012)
  9. Black Tears (Oslo 2012)
  10. Isolation (Oslo 2012)
  11. Alice (Oslo 2012)
  12. The Moon Upstairs (Oslo 2012)
  13. (Ta Shunka Witco) Crazy Horse (Oslo 2012)
  14. When I'm President (Sheffield 2013)
  15. Now Is The Time (Tokyo 2015)
  16. Shades Off

Acoustic Shadows - Live

  1. Where Do You All Come From (Dartford 2008)
  2. Wash Us Away (Dartford 2008)
  3. The Other Man (Dartford 2008)
  4. Scars (Dartford 2008)
  5. Soul of America/I Wish I Was Your Mother (Dartford 2008)
  6. Shrunken Heads (Dartford 2008)
  7. Rain (Dartford 2008)
  8. Sons 'n' Lovers (Dartford 2008)
  9. Sweet Jane (Dartford 2008)
  10. Irene Wilde/Ships/Letter to Britannia from the Union Jack (Dartford 2008)
  11. Honaloochie Boogie/How's Your House (Dartford 2008)
  12. Twisted Steel (Dartford 2008)
  13. When the World Was Round (Dartford 2008)
  14. Once Bitten Twice Shy (Dartford 2008)

Experiments - Previously Unreleased Recordings

  1. You're Messin' With The King Of Rock 'n' Roll
  2. Money Can't Buy Love
  3. More To Love
  4. Look Before You Leap
  5. My Love (The Jar)
  6. Demolition Derby
  7. Just Want It Real
  8. Coincidence
  9. Big Black Cadillac
  10. San Diego Freeway
  11. Nobody's Perfect
  12. Too Much (All I Ever Wanted) (early version)
  13. Artful Dodger (early version)
  14. Michael Picasso (early version)
  15. A Little Rock 'n' Roll (Artful Dodger outtake)
  16. Testosterone (Artful Dodger outtake)
  17. The Man In Me (Ian Hunter and Tribes)
  18. Salvation

It Never Happened - DVD


  1. Once Bitten Twice Shy (CBS promo video 1975)
  2. All-American Alien Boy (Studio film 1975)
  3. Standin' in My Light (Fragment) (Top Pop TV - Holland 1979
  4. Irene Wilde (Chrysalis promo film 1980)
  5. Once Bitten Twice Shy (Chrysalis promo film 1980)
  6. We Gotta Get Out Of Here (Chrysalis promo film 1980)
  7. Laugh at Me (Rockpalast 1980)
  8. Irene Wilde (Rockpalast 1980)
  9. I Wish I Was Your Mother (Rockpalast 1980)
  10. All of The Good Ones Are Taken (CBS promo video 1983)
  11. While You Were Looking At Me (Toronto 1988)
  12. Day Tripper (Toronto 1988)
  13. Beg a Little Love (The Dominion, London 1989)
  14. Following in Your Footsteps (The Dominion, London 1989)
  15. (Give Me Back My) Wings (The Dominion, London 1989)
  16. The Loner (The Dominion, London 1989)
  17. American Music (PolyGram promo video 1990)
  18. My Revolution (Scandinavian NRK TV Session 1995)
  19. Michael Picasso (MTV Take It To The Bridge Session 1997)
  20. Irene Wilde (MTV Take It To The Bridge Session 1997)
  21. When the World Was Round (Jerkin' Crocus Promo Video 2007)
  22. Flowers (BBC Jools Holland Show 2009)
  23. Once Bitten Twice Shy (BBC Jools Holland Show 2009)
  24. When I'm President (Proper Promo Film 2012)


  1. Trailer and Interview (Ryerson Theatre Toronto, Canada 1979)
  2. Life After Death (Ryerson Theatre Toronto, Canada 1979)
  3. Just Another Night (Ryerson Theatre Toronto, Canada 1979)
  4. The Golden Age of Rock 'n' Roll (Ryerson Theatre Toronto, Canada 1979)
  5. Standin' in My Light (Ryerson Theatre Toronto, Canada 1979)
  6. Bastard (Ryerson Theatre Toronto, Canada 1979)
  7. Cleveland Rocks (Ryerson Theatre Toronto, Canada 1979)
  8. All the Young Dudes (Ryerson Theatre Toronto, Canada 1979)
  9. When the Daylight Comes (Ryerson Theatre Toronto, Canada 1979)
  10. Slaughter on 10th Avenue (Ryerson Theatre Toronto, Canada 1979)
  11. Once Bitten Twice Shy (Dr. Pepper Festival, New York 1981)
  12. Gun Control (Dr. Pepper Festival, New York 1981)
  13. Central Park n' West (Dr. Pepper Festival, New York 1981)
  14. All the Way from Memphis (Dr. Pepper Festival, New York 1981)
  15. I Need Your Love (Dr. Pepper Festival, New York 1981)
  16. Noises (Dr. Pepper Festival, New York 1981)
  17. Just Another Night (Dr. Pepper Festival, New York 1981)
  18. Cleveland Rocks (Dr. Pepper Festival, New York 1981
  19. Irene Wilde (Dr. Pepper Festival, New York 1981)
  20. All the Young Dudes (Dr. Pepper Festival, New York 1981)
  21. Rest in Peace (The Sentrum, Oslo, Norway 2002)
  22. All of The Good Ones Are Taken (The Sentrum, Oslo, Norway 2002)
  23. I Wish I Was Your Mother (The Sentrum, Oslo, Norway 2002)
  24. Twisted Steel (The Sentrum, Oslo, Norway 2002)
  25. Don't Let Go (The Sentrum, Oslo, Norway 2002)
  26. Boy (The Sentrum, Oslo, Norway 2002)
  27. Wash Us Away (The Sentrum, Oslo, Norway 2002)
  28. 23a Swan Hill (The Sentrum, Oslo, Norway 2002)
  29. Waterlow (The Sentrum, Oslo, Norway 2002)
  30. All the Young Dudes (The Sentrum, Oslo, Norway 2002)
  31. Irene Wilde (The Sentrum, Oslo, Norway 2002)
  32. Once Bitten Twice Shy (The Sentrum, Oslo, Norway 2002)
  33. Rollerball (The Sentrum, Oslo, Norway 2002)
  34. Ships (The Sentrum, Oslo, Norway 2002)
  35. A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square (The Sentrum, Oslo, Norway 2002)
  36. All the Way from Memphis (The Sentrum, Oslo, Norway 2002)
  37. Saturday Gigs (The Sentrum, Oslo, Norway 2002
  38. Michael Picasso (The Sentrum, Oslo, Norway 2002)
  39. Roll Away the Stone (The Sentrum, Oslo, Norway 2002)


It was 2013 when fans were first teased with "coming soon... the ultimate Ian Hunter box set". Well, over three years in the making and what was originally going to be a 24-disc set is now a 30-disc whopper. And yes, it has been worth the wait.

OK, so what's in the box? Well there's every (regular) album that Ian has ever released, with the exception of 2016's Fingers Crossed and 2004's live double The Truth... Every album has been remastered, in some cases with bonus tracks (eg single edits) that haven't appears on previous issues. Each is presented in a mini-LP replica sleeve, complete with an inner sleeve (for the CD itself) and a booklet. Sound quality is excellent throughout.

In addition, there are a further nine discs of rare and previously-unreleased material. There is an acoustic gig (Acoustic Shadows) from 2008, which is an interesting contrast to the (also acoustic) Live In The UK 2010 disc (also included here). Two discs of rarities (Tilting The Mirror) gather together bonus tracks that have appeared on "bonus CDs" on previous releases. Bag Of Tricks gather together various live tracks recorded over the years, including the 2002 Manchester gig that was previously thought to be "lost". It neatly showcases the last 30 years of live shows, from Toronto in 1987 through to Sheffield in 2013 and Tokyo in 2015. Fascinating.

Then there's If You Wait Long Enough... which included for the first time the 1979 Hammersmith Odeon gig. OK, an hour of this show was broadcast on BBC Radio One but this is the full show (nearly two hours!) and an improvement on the original BBC mix. We also get a 1981 show recorded in San Fransisco. This is interesting because it features Robbie Alter on guitar and Mick Ronson - on keyboards!

Experiments is fascinating. These are demos and (complete) unreleased tracks from the past thirty or so years. Look Before You Leap is a great power ballad (is that Ronno on guitar?), while Salvation (written in 1997 but not recorded until 2008) is a great way to close the collection. Ian has said it would be on his last record, and Proper's track listing has Experiments as the last disc... if this is really the last one (and Ian says it's not) then there's no finer way to finish.

Then there's two DVDs. The first is a motley collection of promo films, TV appearances and concert clips from the past 40 years. Disc 2 includes the 1979 Rhyerson Theatre show from Toronto which was broadcast on TV and has circulated amonst fans for years. There's also the Ian Hunter Rocks show from 1981, previously only issued on VHS (and Laserdisc). Then there's the Strings Attached show from Oslo in 2002. This has two tracks not included on the original DVD and a great way to round off a fascination collection.

There is also a lavish hard-cover book which presents a biography of Ian's career so far, together with a track-by-track run-down of all the material in this collection, with Ian's (at times) brutally honest opinion. The book ends with tributes from a whole host of fellow musicians, all of whom are unstinting in their praise. Whorrabloke!

There is also a replica music paper, which contains reproductions of album and gig reviews from the past forty years. Finally, there is an Alien Boy-era lithograph (why don't they call it a photo?), signed by Ian.

The whole is presented in a large presentation case, complete with Escher-inspired artwork.

The whole collection is limited to just 2500 copies and (I'm told) none of the (extra) discs will be available separately.

The cost is a whopping £250. This collection, therefore, is not aimed at the casual fan but the dedicated IH fan (albeit one with very deep pockets). Given that such a fan will already own most if not all of the regular discs, this works out at £250 for the just nine "new" CDs and two DVDs. Whether this is worth the cost is a question for the individual fan to answer.

Ian has said his career isn't yet finished (he turned 77 in 2016!), but if it were to end now this set is an excellent way to bring the curtain down on the career of one of Britain's finest-ever rock stars.


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