Once Bitten Twice Shy

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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
Ian Hunter has to rank mighty high on rock's all-time "most underrated" list. As front man for Mott the Hoople, he lent a tough, street-smart edge to the otherwise fey world of glam-rock, all the while retaining a certain arch distance. That combination of elements likewise figures into this two-disc retrospective of his solo career, which is cleverly divided by mood, with one disc of rockers and one of ballads. More than most of his peers, Hunter has a great facility with the latter, as evidenced by tear-in-your-beer tracks like "You Nearly Did Me In" and the anthemic "Letter to Brittania from the Union Jack." The hard-edged rockers disc concentrates on slightly ...
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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
Ian Hunter has to rank mighty high on rock's all-time "most underrated" list. As front man for Mott the Hoople, he lent a tough, street-smart edge to the otherwise fey world of glam-rock, all the while retaining a certain arch distance. That combination of elements likewise figures into this two-disc retrospective of his solo career, which is cleverly divided by mood, with one disc of rockers and one of ballads. More than most of his peers, Hunter has a great facility with the latter, as evidenced by tear-in-your-beer tracks like "You Nearly Did Me In" and the anthemic "Letter to Brittania from the Union Jack." The hard-edged rockers disc concentrates on slightly better known material -- including the classic "Cleveland Rocks," which has gained a second wind through its use on The Drew Carey Show -- but also tosses in a handful of surprises. Among those are a live version of "All the Young Dudes," on which Hunter is joined by Def Leppard, and the first CD release of the strutting "All American Alien Boy." Glam aficionados will be particularly intrigued by "Coldwater High," a missing-in-action track from the final Mott sessions that's joined by a newly recorded vocal track. The 39-song set is rife with oddities and outtakes -- and completely permeated by the raw spirit of rock 'n' roll.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/25/2000
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 074646140628
  • Catalog Number: 61406

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ian Hunter Primary Artist, Guitar, Percussion, Piano, Keyboards, Vocals, Vocal Harmony
John Cale Piano, ARP
Def Leppard Bass, Guitar, Drums, Background Vocals
Dan Hartman Bass
Queen Background Vocals
Earl Slick Guitar, Slide Guitar
Jaco Pastorius Bass, Guitar
David Sanborn Alto Saxophone
Martin Briley Bass
Clarence Clemons Tenor Saxophone
Bernard Edwards Bass
Ellen Foley Vocal Harmony
Mae McKenna Background Vocals
Hilly Michaels Drums
Genya Ravan Percussion, Vocals
Mick Ronson Guitar, Vocals
Morgan Fisher Keyboards
Aynsley Dunbar Drums
Robbie Alter Guitar
Geoff Appleby Bass, Vocal Harmony
Peter Arnesen Piano
Roy Thomas Baker Percussion
Dave Bargeron Trombone
Roy Bittan Organ, Piano
Kjetil Bjerkestrand Keyboards
Eric Bloom Vocal Harmony
Jeff Bova Guitar
Bobby Chen Drums, Synthesizer Drums
Mark Clarke Bass
Phil Collen Guitar
Cornell Dupree Guitar
Erin Dickens Background Vocals
Rory Dodd Vocal Harmony
Tymon Dogg Violin
Spike Edney Keyboards
Charlie Giordano Keyboards
Lars Hanson Guitar
John Holbrook Bass
Gail Kantor Background Vocals
Wells Kelly Drums
Arnie Lawrence Clarinet
Per Lindvall Drums
Mike Lombardi Bass
Bob Mayo Keyboards
George Meyer Keyboards
Keith Murrell Background Vocals
Peter Oxendale Keyboards
Eric Parker Drums
Rob Rawlinson Bass, Vocal Harmony
Chris Stainton Organ, Keyboards
Miriam Stockley Background Vocals
Annie Sutton Background Vocals
Garry Tallent Bass
Conrad Taylor Guitar
Eric Troyer Background Vocals
Max Weinberg Drums
Darrell Bath Guitar
Peter Noone Bass
Technical Credits
Ian Hunter Composer, Producer, Engineer, Liner Notes
Bernard Edwards Producer
Sandy McLelland Engineer
Mick Ronson Producer
Roy Thomas Baker Producer
Joe Elliott Producer, Liner Notes
Max Norman Producer
Spencer Proffer Producer
Mick Rock Cover Photo
Tony Bridge Remastering
Bjorn Nessjø Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    EXCELLENT SOUND OF GENIUS

    This excellent recording is both a two-CD compilation career retrospective (covering the years 1975-1996) and a rarities collection. It presents the best of Ian Hunter, as well as a fine selection of representative work from various phases of his solo career, together with a combination of feet-tapping ''can't forget to dance'' crowd-pleasing favorites. ''Once Bitten Twice Shy'' combines tracks from his solo albums with a dozen amazing previously unreleased cuts and many hard to find items from singles and soundtracks. (Some of the selections are U.K. single versions, which are quite different from their album counterparts.) Ian Hunter has designed a CD that is sure to please anyone that knows his genius inspired underrated music and will fascinate first time listeners. Die hard fans will relish the unreleased material, particularly a few outtakes and alternates from Ian Hunter, those otherwise unavailable songs that are really great, and it will amuse many that two of the Ian Hunter outtakes have vocals recorded in 1999. Also, some of these unknown rarities should have been at the top of the charts, such as an excellent live 1996 version of ''All the Young Dudes'' performed with Def Leppard. The most outstanding thing about this material is that the quality goes up and up the later the years get, particularly from the early '80s onward. The decision to split the package into one ''rockers'' disc and one ''ballads'' disc was very astute, also. The ''ballads'' disc is superb, the production and songwriting soaring to wondrous heights on the tracks from the 1980s. One will wonder how Ian Hunter avoided super-star status to hear his post-'70s solo work, and its post-'70s material that inspires about half of this anthology. It would seem that the monotonous drone of disco fever drowned the sounds from genius. (I wonder how many other inspired voices were silenced by the disco scourge.) A must buy for any Hunter fan or music historian! TWENTY STARS!!!!

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