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|Ian Hunter||Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Harmonica, Vocals|
|Andy Burton||Piano, Accordion, Harmonium, Harpsichord, Hammond Organ, Wurlitzer, Vox Organ, Marxophone, Piano (Grand)|
|Steve Holley||Percussion, Drums|
|Jim Mastro||Bouzouki, Mandolin, Electric Guitar, Slide Guitar, Hi String Guitar (Acoustic), Guitar (Baritone)|
|Jack Petruzzelli||Piano, Electric Guitar, Slide Guitar|
|Andy York||Acoustic Guitar, Banjo, Percussion, Electric Guitar, Background Vocals, Vibes, chamberlain, Guitar Loops, Resonator, Guitar (Baritone)|
|Cat Martino||Background Vocals|
|Ian Hunter||Composer, Producer|
|Andy York||Composer, Producer, Orchestration|
|Justin Purington||Computer Editing|
Posted October 1, 2010
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Ian Hunter has been a prolific solo artist, eclipsing the output of his storied Mott the Hoople days. The ability to convey the story via his songs has always been a strength. While the songs of his youth were appropriate to those times and activities, we find a wise and sage storyteller at work throughout this CD.
Ian utilizes many of the same group of musicians he had assembled for 2007's Shrunken Heads effort, primarily teaming in production and playing with Andy York to deliver another set of heartfelt, life experiences to present to the listener. A very solid line-up of talent maintains the quality of music that forms the foundation for Ian's tales and travails.
To be 70 and to be able to write, sing and deliver these songs is a remarkable achievement. Hunter begins by telling a story in his youth (The Great Escape) where he had to make himself scarce in order not to end up in a fight he obviously would have been overmatched in. The story is obviously that of a young mans' brashness, with an older man's wisdom now telling the tale. No need for Ian to edit the facts to come out as the hero- he is comfortable in his skin, if nothing else.
Other standouts include, the title track "Man Overboard", "Flowers" "Babylon Blues" "These Feelings" and "River of Tears". If the TV show "The Office" ever needs a new musical element I would have to recommend Ian's "Girl From the Office".
I am biased by the sheer brilliance that Ian has always provided to his fans and music lovers overall. He is simply one of the very best at his craft, and it is a craft to him. May he continue to write and perform his works of magic as long as he wants.