Once Bitten Twice Shy

Once Bitten Twice Shy

by Ian Hunter
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Once Bitten Twice Shy

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/25/2000
Label: Sony
UPC: 0074646140628
catalogNumber: 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
Bjorn Nessjø   Producer

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Once Bitten Twice Shy 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!!!!