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This page last updated 28th August 2018.

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Ian's "Diary..." to be republished in October 2018

Ian's 1972 tour "diary" is to be republished on 11th October 2018 by Omnibus Press. Diary of a Rock 'n' Roll Star has been out of print for some 20 years, despite being one of the best on-the-road books ever written.

This new edition contains an introduction by Johnny Depp, a new chapter by Mott biographer Campbell Devine explaining the background to the 'diary', new photos, Ian's 2015 Japan 'diary' (previously published in Mojo magazine) and an afterword by Ian Hunter.

It can be pre-ordered from amazon.co.uk

28th August 2018

6-CD box set of Island-era material due

A 6-CD box set of Island-era material (ie 1969-1971) is set for release some time later this year, possibly November. The sleeve notes have been written by Kris Needs (who ran the fan club in the early 70's). It looks to contain the four original albums, the Croydon live set from 1970, the BBC live set from 1971 and various rarities some of which have not been released before.

Titled Mental Train (The Island Years 1969-71), I understand the tracks are as follows:

Disc 1 (Mott The Hoople)

  1. You Really Got Me (Album Version) (02:53)
  2. At The Crossroads (Album Version) (05:31)
  3. Laugh At Me (06:29)
  4. Backsliding Fearlessly (Album Version) (03:45
  5. Rock And Roll Queen (Album Version) (05:08)
  6. Rabbit Foot & Toby Time (Album Version) (02:04)
  7. Half Moon Bay (10:35)
  8. Wrath And Wroll (Album Version) (01:43)
  9. If Your Heart Lay With The Rebel (Would You Cheer The Underdog?) (03:47)
  10. Rock And Roll Queen (Single Edit) (03:43)
  11. Road To Birmingham (Single Version) (03:28)
  12. Road To Birmingham (Guy Stevens Mix) (03:52)
  13. You Really Got Me (Full Take) (11:14)
  14. You Really Got Me (Guy Stevens Vocal Mix) (02:51)
  15. Rock And Roll Queen (Guy Stevens Mono Mix) (03:21)
  16. Rock And Roll Queen (Kitchen Sink Instrumental) (05:21)
  17. Little Christine (03:13)

Disc 2 (Mad Shadows)

  1. Thunderbuck Ram (Album Version) (04:50)
  2. No Wheels To Ride (Album Version) (05:49)
  3. You Are One Of Us (02:23)
  4. Walkin' With A Mountain (Album Version) (03:51)
  5. I Can Feel (07:12)
  6. Threads Of Iron (05:12)
  7. When My Mind's Gone (06:29)
  8. Thunderbuck Ram (BBC Live Session) (03:40)
  9. Thunderbuck Ram (Organ Solo Version) (04:51)
  10. No Wheels To Ride (Demo) (06:30)
  11. Moonbus (Baby's Got A Down On Me) (05:26)
  12. The Hunchback Fish (Vocal Rehearsal) (06:02)
  13. You Are One Of Us (Take 9) (05:13)
  14. Going Home (03:03)
  15. Keep A-Knockin' (Studio Version / Take 2) (02:31)

Disc 3 (Wildlife)

  1. Whiskey Women (Album Version) (03:39)
  2. Angel Of Eighth Avenue (Edit) (04:30)
  3. Wrong Side Of The River (05:16)
  4. Waterlow (Album Version) (03:01)
  5. Lay Down (04:11)
  6. It Must Be Love (02:20)
  7. Original Mixed Up Kid (03:38)
  8. Home Is Where I Want To Be (04:09)
  9. Keep-A-Knockin' (Live At Fairfield Halls, Croydon, UK / 1970) (10:08)
  10. Midnight Lady (Single Version) (04:30)
  11. The Debt (04:21)
  12. Downtown (03:00)
  13. Brain Haulage (03:55)
  14. Growing Man Blues (Take 10) (03:40)
  15. Long Red (Demo) (03:52)
  16. The Ballad Of Billy Joe (03:39)
  17. Lay Down (Take 8) (05:08)

Disc 4 (Brain Capers)

  1. Death May Be Your Santa Claus (Album Version) (04:53)
  2. Your Own Backyard (Album Version) (04:11)
  3. Darkness, Darkness (Album Version) (04:30)
  4. Journey (09:13)
  5. Sweet Angeline (04:50)
  6. Second Love (03:45)
  7. The Moon Upstairs (Album Version) (05:02)
  8. Wheel Of The Quivering Meat Conception (01:16)
  9. Mental Train (The Moon Upstairs) (05:16)
  10. How Long (Death May Be ) (04:11)
  11. Darkness, Darkness (Bonus Track) (03:04)
  12. Your Own Backyard (Complete Take) (04:13)
  13. Where Do All Come From (Backing Track) (03:16)
  14. One Of The Boys (Take 2) (04:22)
  15. Movin' On (02:47)
  16. Black Scorpio (Momma's Little Jewel) (Remix (1980)) (03:42)

Disc 5 (Rarities)

  1. Like A Rolling Stone (01:29)
  2. No Wheels To Ride (First House Take) (07:52)
  3. Angel Of Eighth Avenue (05:21)
  4. The Journey (10:24)
  5. Blue Broken Tears (03:13)
  6. Black Hills (04:08)
  7. Can You Sing The Song That I Sing? (15:54)
  8. Until I'm Gone (03:17)
  9. The Original Mixed up Kid (BBC Live Session) (02:52)
  10. Ill Wind Blowing (03:58)
  11. I'm A River (10:40)
  12. Ride On The Sun (Sea Diver) (03:44)

Disc 6 (Croydon and BBC Live)

  1. Rock and Roll Queen (Live) (04:31)
  2. Ohio (Live) (04:31)
  3. No Wheels To Ride/Hey Jude (Live) (08:12)
  4. Thunderbuck Ram (Live) (05:45)
  5. Keep A-Knockin' (Live) (07:57)
  6. You Really Got Me (Live) (09:50)
  7. The Moon Upstairs (BBC Live Session) (06:04)
  8. Whiskey Women (BBC Live Session) (04:40)
  9. Your Own Backyard (BBC Live Session) (05:00)
  10. Darkness, Darkness (BBC Live Session) (07:36)
  11. The Journey (BBC Live Session) (08:54)
  12. Death May Be Your Santa Claus (BBC Live Session) (05:07)

28th August 2018

Ian touring in 2019

In his Horse's Mouth column, Ian Hunter has hinted at much Rant Band tour activity being lined up for 2019. I have no further details at the moment, but expect major UK, Europe and USA tours.

20th April 2018

Overend Watts solo album released September 2017

Mott bassist Overend Watts' long-awaited solo album was released on 1st September 2017 on Angel Air. In keeping with his sense of humour he stipulated that it only be released posthumously and that it be called He's Real Gone. Tracks are as follows:

  1. She’s Real Gone
  2. The Dinosaw Market
  3. Caribbean Hate Song
  4. He’d Be A Diamond
  5. The Legend Of Redmire Pool
  6. Prawn Fire On Uncle Sheep Funnel
  7. Belle Of The Boot
  8. There's Berkeley Power Station
  9. The Magic Garden
  10. Endless Night
  11. Rise Up
  12. The Search
  13. Miss Kingston
  14. Born Late 58 (demo)

The album includes Overend's original demo for Born Late 58 (which he sang on The Hoople in 1974). Catalogue number is SJPCD050.

14th September 2017

Massive 30-disc box released October 2016

The long-awaited 30-disc Ian Hunter box set was released on 21st October 2016. Called Stranded In Reality it covers Ian's solo output from 1975 to 2015 (ie no Mott content or any of his pre-Mott career).

There are 17 original albums on 19 CDs, and 2 DVDs and 9CDs of rare, live and unreleased material. It also includes an 88-page book with track-by-track info and a signed Alien Boy lithograph. Price is £250 (OK, £249.99, about $300).

Further details are on Proper's Stranded In Reality page. A seven-track sampler, Sampling In Reality, is available now at a slightly more reasonable £7 (about $10). Further details are on Proper's Sampling In Reality page.

27th October 2016

New album released September 2016

Ian Hunter's latest album, titled Fingers Crossed, was released on September 16th. The track listing is as follows:

  1. That's When The Trouble Starts
  2. Dandy
  3. Ghosts
  4. Fingers Crossed
  5. White House
  6. Bow Street Runners
  7. Morpheus
  8. Stranded In Reality
  9. You Can't Live In the Past
  10. Long Time

Initial orders received a free mp3 download of the non-album track Seein' Red.

The first single from the album was Ian's tribute to David Bowie, Dandy. There are links to audio for this on Proper's website and on Ian's website.

22nd November 2016

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