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Ian Hunter
"You're Never Alone With A Schizophrenic"

© Razor & Tie Records
Year of Release: 1997

track listing
  • Just Another Night
  • Wild East
  • Cleveland Rocks
  • Ships
  • When The Daylight Comes
  • Life After Death
  • Standin' In My Light
  • Bastard
  • The Outsider

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    "You're Never Alone With A Schizophrenic"

    Ian Hunter's first appearance as a WSVNRadio Album Pick of the Week (APW) was in 1987 -- All Of The Good Ones Are Taken -- a very well-done album, I should say... His next appearance as APW was in 1995, with the band he was most famous for, Mott The Hoople -- All The Young Dudes. 18 years later, he returns with his 1979 solo release, You're Never Alone With A Schizophrenic.

    The big hit off this album is the one I remember: "Just Another Night" -- It's your typical, basic rock n roll Ian Hunter sound. His voice is rough, raw, and rockin'. Other good rockers in this mode are: "Wild East" (where the basic beat of the tune reminds me of a song that would be released years later by Gary "U.S." Bonds -- "Out Of Work." "Cleveland Rocks" reminds me of another rock band (based in Chicago), and like Ian, the lead singer had the same last name -- John Hunter (no relation). The band was called The Hounds. This song would later become the theme song for the Drew Carey Show. "Life After Death" also has the typical "Ian Hunter rock sound." The same can can be said (somewhat) on Bastard.

    The rest of the album are slow-paced songs, some better than others. "Ships" is done very well, however the remaining of just your average slow-paced rock tunes: "When The Daylight Comes," "Standin' In My Light" and "The Outsider."

    Mott The Hoople only released 9 studio albums, one live, anda an anthology, from the years 1969 - 2008. His solo carer has spanned over three decades, a grand total of 20 albums. His most recent was released in 2012.

    You're Never Alone With A Schizophrenic is not as good as All Of The Good Ones Are Taken. I guess I'm more used to Ian Hunter's music with a more rougher rock sound. There is plenty of that on the All Of The Good Ones release. There are more slow paced songs on Schizophrenic. The harder rock tunes are the highlights, like "Just Another Night." "Ships" seems to be the best of the slow-paced tracks. There will be other solo Ian Hunter releases to come, and looking forward in listening and reviewing more of his music.

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