You're Never Alone with a Schizophrenic [30th Anniversary Edition]

You're Never Alone with a Schizophrenic [30th Anniversary Edition]

by Ian Hunter

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Overview

This classic album from 1979 is considered by many to be the high point of Ian Hunter's solo career. Although its sales never matched up to the enthusiastic critical reaction it received, this polished hard rock gem has held up nicely through the years and is definitely deserving of its strong cult reputation. You're Never Alone with a Schizophrenic also marked the reunion of Hunter with his finest creative ally, Mick Ronson, who had been forced to sit out of Hunter's last few albums due to management problems. Together, the reunited duo put together an album that matches Hunter's literate lyrics to a set of catchy, finely crafted tunes brimming with rock & roll energy. Two of the finest tracks are "Cleveland Rocks," an affectionate, Mott the Hoople-styled tribute to an unsung rock & roll city that later became the theme for The Drew Carey Show, and "Ships," a heartrending ballad built on a spooky and ethereal keyboard-driven melody that was later covered with great success by Barry Manilow. Elsewhere, the album features plenty of tunes that soon became mainstays of Hunter's live show: "Just Another Night" is a rollicking rocker with an infectious, piano-pounding melody reminiscent of 1970s-era Rolling Stones, and "Bastard" is a pulsating rocker that features guest star John Cale contributing to its ominous hard rock atmosphere. However, the unsung gem of the album is "When the Daylight Comes," a beautifully crafted mid-tempo rocker that balances a soulful, organ-driven melody with rousing guitar riffs and surprisingly vulnerable lyrics about romance. It should also be noted that You're Never Alone with a Schizophrenic benefits from a sterling mix by Bob Clearmountain, who gives the sound a muscular quality that makes it leap out of the stereo speakers. In the end, You're Never Alone with a Schizophrenic is not only Ian Hunter's finest and most consistent album but one of the true gems of late-'70s rock & roll.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/22/2019
Label: Chrysalis
UPC: 5099969813429
catalogNumber: 981342
Rank: 5431

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ian Hunter   Primary Artist,Organ,Guitar,Percussion,Piano,Harp,Vocals,Moog Synthesizer,ARP,Vocal Harmony
John Cale   Piano,ARP
Martin Briley   Bass
Ellen Foley   Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Hilly Michaels   Drums
Mick Ronson   Guitar,Vocals
Roy Bittan   Organ,Piano,Moog Synthesizer,ARP,Vocal Harmony
Rory Dodd   Vocal Harmony
Garry Tallent   Bass
Max Weinberg   Drums
Lew Del Gatto   Baritone Saxophone

Technical Credits

Ian Hunter   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Mick Ronson   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Don Berman   Engineer
Roy Bittan   Arranger
Bob Clearmountain   Engineer
Sunny David   Composer
Bill Inglot   Reissue Producer
Howard Kilgour   Engineer
Scott Litt   Engineer
Arnie Rosenburg   Engineer
Curley Williams   Composer
Leon Wilkinson   Reissue Art
Rod Dyer   Illustrations
Nigel Reeve   Reissue Producer
Edward B. Marks   Reissue Producer
Campbell Devine   Liner Notes
Jim Hillenbrand   Engineer
Marvin Welch   Composer

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