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NEWS - March 2017
SSHH - "All The Young Dudes" featuring Mick Ralphs!
Singer Sshh Liguz and guitarist Zak Starkey have recorded "Issues", a fine album of their favourite covers, and invited people who played on the original versions to join them in the studio. Mick Ralphs plays guitar on "All The Young Dudes" alongside Martin Chambers on drums and Glen Matlock on bass. Zak Starkey is the son of Ringo Starr and a fine drummer himself. But on this album his instrument of choice is guitar. More info
DOWN 'N OUTZ - Japan only CD/DVD sets available!
Joe Elliott's side project Down 'N Outz have re-issued the DVD they filmed when they opened for Mott The Hoople in London in 2009. The DVD (with covers of Ian Hunter songs) sold out quickly and has been unavailable for many years. A Japan only CD/DVD combo - "Live At Hammersmith Odeon" was released in September 2016, including also the audio portion of the show on a separate CD. More info
A second CD/DVD set was released at the same time. "The Further Live Adventures Of the Down 'N Outz" was filmed in Sheffield in 2014 after the release of the second Down 'N Outz album, and because of a longer set, this time around the audio is split across two CDs. More info
WILLE AHNBERG - Ian Hunter covers album!
Wille Ahnberg released his Ian Hunter covers album "Långsamme Jägaren" on 19 October 2016. His earlier albums have included covers of "3000 Miles From Here" and "Angel Of Eight Avenue" (both reprised here) so I guess a full Ian Hunter covers album makes a lot of sense! "Det finns ingen cirkus" (ALL IS FORGIVEN) is the first digital single from the album, a radio edit is available from Spotify and iTunes. Find out more on Wille's website www.slowhunters.com | More info
NEWS - July 2016
IAN HUNTER - "Fingers Crossed" - new CD due in September!
Ian Hunter's latest album, "Fingers Crossed" unveils ten new, self-penned songs including his much-anticipated homage to David Bowie "Dandy". Recorded at HOBO Studios in New Jersey, and co-produced by Hunter and Andy York, the record features his magnificent Rant Band and is the follow-up to 2012's hugely acclaimed "When I'm President".
The new album will be available on CD, Vinyl and Digital Download and those pre-ordering the LP or CD editions from Propermusic.com will also receive an exclusive non-album mp3 download track, "Seein' Red". More info
IAN HUNTER BAND feat. MICK RONSON - "Live At Rockpalast" - new 2LP set!
UK specialist label 'Let Them Eat Vinyl' has released the 2011 album "Live At Rockpalast" as a 2LP set housed in gatefold sleeve. The album is the soundtrack from the German TV special filmed in Essen in 1980. Release date was 08 July 2016. More info
NEWS - June 2016
THE PHANTOMS - "The Ballad Of Overend Watts"
The Californian band The Phantoms has a new self-titled album out on Rum Bar Records (Rum Bar RUM013). One of the songs is called "The Ballad Of Overend Watts"! More info at bandcamp.com
BAD COMPANY - "Dangerous Age + Holy Water" - 2CD Deluxe edition!
In 2013 Friday Music (US) released a 2CD set with remastered and expanded versions of the 1988 "Dangerous Age" and 1990 "Holy Water" albums by Bad Company. More info
IAN HUNTER - "Sampling In Reality" - new CD sampler!
The "Sampling In Reality" 7 track sampler was released on 17 June 2016 by Proper Records. Tracks 1 to 5 are taken from the forthcoming, Limited Edition Ian Hunter box set "Stranded in Reality", while 2 tracks are unique to this sampler. All versions but one are previously unreleased. More info
IAN HUNTER - "Stranded In Reality" - forthcoming 30xCD box set!
The "Stranded in Reality" box set will be released on 02 September 2016. Lavishly presented in an LP-size deluxe box, the set comprises 30 discs - 17 original albums on 19 CDs, plus 11 "new" discs titled "Tilting the Mirror" (Rarities 2CD) | "If You Wait Long Enough for Anything, You Can Get It On Sale" (Live 1979-81 2CD) | "Bag of Tricks" (Live Volumes 1, 2 and 3) | "Acoustic Shadows" (The 2008 Acoustic Tour) | "Experiments" (Unreleased Trax) | "It Never Happened" (a 2 DVD set featuring rare promo, concert and archive film).
HONEST JOHN PLAIN / THE CRYBABYS - new Ian Hunter cover versions!
Honest John Plain and Darrell Bath both played on the "Ian Hunter's Dirty Laundry" project, and they have now covered two of the songs they co-wrote with Ian. "Dancing On The Moon" was recorded for Honest John Plain still unreleased 2011 solo album "The Rockfield Sessions" and is now available for streaming from Soundcloud. "Scars" was recently recorded by their band The Crybabys for a vinyl only single. More info
BAD COMPANY - "Live in Concert 1977 & 1979" - new 2CD set
This Rhino 2CD set includes more than two-and-half hours of unreleased music taken from 24-track tapes in the band's vault. The music heard on this live collection features absolutely no enhancements or overdubs, nothing but the band as they performed live on the night of the concerts. More info
THE HANDCUFFS - "All The Way From Memphis"
Chicago based The Handcuffs included a previously unreleased recording of "All The Way From Memphis" on their retrospective compilation "All The Way From Chicaco", a cassette only release issued to commemorate Cassette Store Day, 17 October 2015. More info
NEWS - March 2016
THE REBELLES - "All The Young Dudes" featuring Ian Hunter!
The Rebelles (with Tracie Hunter, Elizabeth Westwood and Phoebe White) will release "All The Young Dudes" as a single on 18 March 2016. Glen Matlock (Sex Pistols) and James Stevenson (The Cult, Generation X) lend their bass and guitar skills respectively to the song and Ian Hunter provides backing vocals. All three are also featured in the video for the song. The Rebelles' debut album is due out later this year via Turtle Recordings. More info
BLUE ZOO - "All The Young Dudes"
UK new wave band Blue Zoo recorded "All The Young Dudes" in the early 80s but it was only released in Yugoslavia! More info
Another four "All The Young Dudes" cover versions have also been added to the Mott Archive lately, by Broken Toys, Glasgow Tiki Shakers, The Razorblades and by Charisma (whose 1972 version possibly qualifies as the earliest known ATYD cover version!) More info
JACO PASTORIUS - "Jaco: Original Soundtrack" - new CD!
The soundrack CD from the 2014 Jaco Pastorius documentary was released in November 2015 and includes Ian Hunter's "All American Alien Boy" which features a bravura 16-bar bass solo played by Jaco. Ian was interviewed for the documentary and he recalls Pastorius as a figure of almost childlike focus: 'Enormous ego, but innocent.' More info
THE MIAMIS - "We Deliver: The Lost Band Of The CBGB Era (1974-1979)" - new CD feat. Tommy Mandel!
Before he teamed up with Ian Hunter in the late 70s, Tommy Mandel played with the Miamis. On this new compilation, released 29 January 2016 by Omnivore Recordings (Omnivore OVCD-162), the best of the band's studio material is collected here, as well as demos and live tracks from CBGB. The Miamis were legends in New York in the 1970s, playing shows at CBGB, Max's Kansas City, and The Mudd Club with artists like Blondie, Television, Ramones, Talking Heads, and even KISS. Led by brothers James and Thomas Wynbrandt, a Miamis show was the show to see. And, while the crowds loved them, the record business at the time couldn't decide whether they were too pop for punk, or too punk for pop. Luckily, the band recorded material - with producers like Craig Leon (Ramones) and Genya Ravan in studios including Plaza Sound and Electric Lady.
NEWS - February 2016
MICK RALPHS BLUES BAND - "If It Ain't Broke" - new CD!
From small acorns…..grew The Mick Ralphs Blues Band. Not formed just to trade on a name. Not formed just to play a set of classic tunes by one of its members (lest we forget Mr Ralphs is STILL a member of Mott AND Bad Co.). This band was formed out of a respect for a genre of music that has influenced all its members. Of course the band tip their hat to a few of those solid gold tunes but the band has its own identity, its own feel. The second Mick Ralphs Blues Band album is now available! More info
BAD COMPANY - "Rock 'N' Roll Fantasy: The Very Best Of Bad Company"
Released on 02 October 2015, this 19 track greatest hits collection covers the band's career from 1974 through 1982, featuring material from their 1974 self-titled debut all the way through 1982's 'Rough Diamonds'. Interestingly, the alternate versions of "Easy on My Soul" and "See the Sunlight" are different versions than the ones that appeared on the deluxe editions of 'Bad Company' and 'Straight Shooter', respectively, that Rhino released earlier this year. More info