Ian Hunter LP/CD: "The Very Best of Ian Hunter"

Sleeve and track listing

CBS 467508-2. (1 star!)

  1. Roll Away the Stone
  2. Once Bitten Twice Shy
  3. England Rocks
  4. Sweet Jane
  5. Saturday Gigs
  6. Rest in Peace
  7. You Nearly Did Me In
  8. Seeing Double
  9. Overnight Angels
  10. I Get So Excited
  11. All The Way From Memphis
  12. All The Young Dudes
  13. The Golden Age of Rock 'n' Roll
  14. Who Do You Love
  15. Foxy Foxy
  16. One of the Boys
  17. Rose
  18. All of the Good Ones are Taken

Review

With Ian touring again, CBS in Germany decided to release this compilation of Mott the Hoople and Ian Hunter material in 1990. Apart from having a good track selection, there is very little to commend this package - all this material is available on CD in better quality elsewhere.

The sleeve-notes I can't comment on (as I don't speak German), but the sound quality is very poor - the tonal balance is all wrong, it is distorted, the dynamic range is horribly compressed, half the tracks fade out too early - and You Nearly Did Me In starts half-way through the third note (a quite unforgivable mastering error). The cover as well is totally naff - why not a photo to show the casual buyer what Ian looks like?

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