Ian Hunter

Ian Hunter
S/T (LP Reissue)
2015, Music On Vinyl
Rating: 4.5/5

I first became aware of Ian Hunter/Mott The Hoople back when Great White covered “Once Bitten, Twice Shy” back in the day. Unbeknownst to me at the time I already knew Hunter’s “Cleveland Rocks” which I had on an old TDK tape. Fast forward a few years as I began to explore the catalog deeper, thus becoming a fan. When Music On Vinyl announced Hunter’s self-titled LP was being reissued I became interested.

Being a fan, the majority of the songs are quite familiar to me. Hearing “Who Do You Love”, “The Truth, The Whole Truth, Nuthin’ But The Truth” and the aforementioned “Once Bitten, Twice Shy” emit from my speakers from a finely pressed LP was fantastic. While the source may be digital, it sounds great to these ears. The folks at MOV know how to issue classic LP’s. My LP is flat and quiet, the way it is supposed to be.

For those that are unfamiliar with this album but know the infamous opening track need to check it out. It is filled with excellent music that helped shape many Hard Rock acts that followed such as Def Leppard. Hunter’s music had an immense affect on Joe Elliot and helped shape his music to this day. He has even covered some of the album tracks with his Down n’ Outz band.

Hunter’s distinct vocals and Mick Ronson’s tasty guitar make for an incredible album that should be in your collection.

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