Raven Records RVCD-295
Another year, another compilation. It seems we get about one a year now. Surely the definitive "best of" has been released already? But hang on - this one's a bit different. Here, on just a single CD, is a "best of" not just of Mott The Hoople but solo Ian Hunter as well. And that makes this disc worthy of consideration.
We get three choice Island-era tracks, followed by the CBS-era hits. There's the US single version of One Of The Boys, and the UK single versions of All The Way From Memphis and Roll Away The Stone. The people behind this compilation clearly knew what they were doing.
Add to that choice Ian Hunter cuts like Once Bitten Twice Shy, Cleveland Rocks and Just Another Night and you've got one tasty compilation to tempt the casual fan. The sleeve notes are decent as well.
OK, so this disc "only" goes up to 1997 and so omits Ian's more recent work (Rant and Shrunken Heads), but the ballad of Ian Hunter is still being written and the compilers had to stop somewhere. For the casual fan, I can think of no better place to start.Adrian Perkins