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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 Propermusic.com will also receive an exclusive non-album mp3 download track, "Seein' Red". 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
NEWS - November 2015
LES FRADKIN - "Rehearsals For Retirement" - new anthology!
Les Fradkin released his "Rehearsals For Retirement" anthology on 22 October 2015. This 2CD set set has 30 songs with a fine mix of album tracks plus previously unreleased demos and rare tracks. Mick Ronson plays on two tracks recorded in 1982, "Spare Change" and "Memories of Love". "Spare Change" was released on Fradkin's 2006 album "Goin' Back", but "Memories of Love" has never been issued before, and is included here in demo form.
The 2CD set is currently only available in mp3 format from iTunes, Amazon and CDBaby, but Les tells me a CD edition is possible in 2016.
DARRELL BATH - "Roll Up" - new CD from ex Ian Hunter Band guitarist!
UK punk rock blues guitarist and songwriter Darrell Bath (Vibrators, Crybabys, ex-UK Subs, Ian Hunter, Nikki Sudden, Dogs D'Amour) will release his new solo album "Roll Up" on 11 December 2015 via Livewire/Cargo Records. More info
STEVE BENNETT - "Don't Let Go"
Singer/songwriter Steve Bennett covered "Don't Let Go" on his 1984 album "Comedy", released on the UK based Smallville Records. The album was produced by Steve Van-Deller. More info
CODY MELVILLE - "The Empty Bed"
Cody Melville has made his 2015 recording of "The Empty Bed" available for download from his website, using Mick Ronson's lyrics (Mick wrote English lyrics to the song "Io Me Me Andrei" by Claudio Baglioni). In the mid-80s, Mick Ronson co-wrote and produced "Voices" with Cody, and this track is also available for download. More info
LISA RONSON - "Emperors Of Medieval Japan" - new CD with Morgan Fisher!
Lisa Ronson's debut solo album "Emperors of Medieval Japan" was released on 06 November 2015. It features special guest appearances from Reeves Gabrels (The Cure, David Bowie), Earl Slick (John Lennon and Yoko Ono, David Bowie) and Morgan Fisher (Mott The Hoople, Queen) joining guitarist programmer Paul Cuddeford (Ian Hunter, Bob Geldof) and saxophone player Terry Edwards (PJ Harvey, Gallon Drunk, Yoko Ono). More info
NEWS - May 2015
BAD COMPANY - 2CD Deluxe editions - out now!
For the first time ever, Rhino Records has remastered "Bad Company" (1974) and "Straight Shooter" (1975) using the original tapes to create new Deluxe Editions. It was paramount to founding members that the CD and LP be copied from the original tapes to guarantee the best sound possible. Each set includes a newly remastered version of the original album, along with a number of rare and unreleased recordings. More info
TRUE BELIEVERS - "Walkin' With A Mountain"
True Believers was Alejandro Escovedo's mid-80s band based in Austin, Texas. They released a cassette only live album in 1986 which included a great cover of "Walkin' With A Mountain". More info
DANNY'S - "The Golden Age Of Rock 'n' Roll"
Danny's is a Swedish swing/schlager/dance band who covered "The Golden Age Of Rock 'n' Roll" on their 1977 album "Boogie Woogie Rock 'n Roll". The Swedish swing/schlager/dance bands typically dress in identical suits, are named after one of the band members and play easy listening arrangements of pop hits of the day. I strongly advice you to google dansband for picture proof! Having said that, Dannys surely are better than the rest, based on their good taste in music! More info
NEWS - February 2015
SPOOKY TOOTH - "The Island Years (an Anthology)" - new box-set!
This box set from Universal UK is released on 27 April 2015 and contains the first seven Spooky Tooth albums, the Art album recorded before Gary Wright joined the band, plus a previously unreleased 1972 live album. The box set is available as a nine-CD box set (with a 48 page book) or an eight-LP collection. Most albums feature rare bonus material. In total, there is over 30 previously unreleased recordings. More info
SIN CITY SINNERS - "All The Way From Memphis"
The Sin City Sinners' 2013 album "Divebar Days Revisited" was a fine collection of cover versions with guest appearances by Cheetah Chrome, Phil Lewis, Frank Dimino and George Lynch among others. Dizzy Reid helped out on "All The Way From Memphis". More info
NEWS - November 2014
MOTT THE HOOPLE - "Complete Atlantic Studio Albums" - new box-set!
Rhino Records released a limited and numbered edition Mott The Hoople box set on 180gram vinyl on 14 October 2014. The set includes the first four Mott The Hoople albums. The LPs and covers are exact replicas of the original Atlantic albums and comes with a 12x12 poster with informative liner notes and a rarely seen band photo from the early 1970s. The 4 LPs are housed in an attractive cardboard box (pictured right). More info
The box was also made available for for download at iTunes with different cover art, entitled "The Atlantic Studio Album Collection: 1969-1971". More info
STRATOCRUISER - "Rock And Roll Queen"
North Carolinas Stratocruiser covered "Rock And Roll Queen" on their 2013 album "Sitting Pretty At The End Of The World". One reviewer says the album 'successfully highlights more nascent psych influences that augment the ringing jangle pop and glammy hard pop of antecedents such as Badfinger and Cheap Trick'.... More info
NEWS - September 2014
BAD COMPANY - "Original Album Series" - new 5CD box-set!
Rhino Records released the Bad Company 5CD box set 'Original Album Series' on 08 August 2014. The set collects the first five Bad Company albums "Bad Company", "Straight Shooter", "Run With The Pack", "Burnin' Sky" and "Desolation Angels" with cardboard LP replica sleeves. The albums offer just the original tracks, there are no bonus tracks and no booklet. More info
SPIKE - "100% Pure Frankie Miller" - new CD feat. Ian Hunter!
Many years in the making, "100% Frankie Miller" is the ultimate tribute to Frankie Miller, featuring the Rolling Stones' Ronnie Wood, famed Free rhythm section Andy Fraser and Simon Kirke, Ian Hunter and Bonnie Tyler. This heartfelt collection of classic songs has been lovingly compiled by The Quireboys' lead singer Spike, a family friend of the Millers and self-styled custodian of an historic back catalogue. More info
WILLE AHNBERG - "Angel Of Eight Avenue"
Swedish artist Wille Ahnberg has covered "Angel Of Eight Avenue" on his third solo album "Det Finns Ingen Circus", released 28 May 2014. A big Hunter fan, Wille also covered "3000 Miles From Here" on his second album "Ett Uns Nåd". More info
NEWS - August 2014
IAN HUNTER AND THE RANT BAND - "Live in the UK 2010" - new CD!
In 2010 Ian Hunter and The Rant Band embarked upon an UK tour, accompanied by a string quartet. The shows were recorded professionally using a 32 track mobile, and the songs are completely live with no overdubs or fixes. The finished CD was mixed and mastered by Peter Moshay (Shrunken Heads, Man Overboard and When I'm President). More info
TAKUMI IWASKY - "All The Young Dudes"
Takumi Iwasky is a Japanese singer, composer, arranger and producer. His cover of "All The Young Dudes" was released in 1994. More info
"Waterlow" - two new cover versions discovered!
Details of "Waterlow" cover versions by George Elliott (USA 2011) and BlåCompaniet (Norway 2013) have been added. More info
NEWS - May 2014
MOTT THE HOOPLE - "Live 2013" - new 2CD+DVD set!
This live DVD, featuring exclusive video footage from Mott's memorable performance on the 17th November at Manchester Apollo is the first full-length video release by the band and most likely the only to be included in their extensive catalogue. In addition to the DVD, this commemorative set includes bonus audio from the same night, across two discs. Official release date was 12 May 2014. More info
RAY MAJORS - "The 7% Solution" - new CD!
Angel Air Records released Ray's second solo album "The 7% Solution" on 13 January 2014. Ray is now celebrating his fifth decade in music and he is also celebrating the fact he is still alive, against tremendous odds having fought successfully Stage 3 throat cancer. Fans will immediately notice on this album that his voice has changed but will recognise his exemplary and stunning guitar playing and song writing skills for which he is renowned. "The 7% Solution" is an album of self-discovery blues and rock and he is aided by his wife Sandy Dillon who also takes lead vocals on one of the tracks. More info
JOE ELLIOTT'S DOWN 'N OUTZ - "The Further Adventures Of…" - new CD!
On 22 April 2014, Down 'n Outz released a brand new album "The Further Adventures Of…", which is the third instalment of the project fronted by Def Leppard's lead singer Joe Elliott, and features tracks connected to Mott The Hoople. 2010 saw the release of the critically acclaimed debut "My Re-Generation" through Bludgeon Riffola via Mailboat Records. "My Re-Generation" included the singles "England Rocks" and "Overnight Angels" that reached No. 4 and No. 1, respectively, on the U.S. Mediabase rock chart — keeping Eric Clapton's new single off the top of the chart for two weeks. The band then released a live DVD taken from those initial shows called "Live At Hammersmith Apollo".
The new Down 'n Outz album, "The Further Adventures Of…", picks up where the live DVD left off and features the driving groove of album opener — and first single — "Rock And Roll Queen". The collection also includes the good time of rock 'n' roll tune "One Of The Boys", and ballad "The Journey", plus the drum-heavy song "Violence". The album was produced by Joe Elliott with co-production by Ronan McHugh. It was recorded at Joe Elliott's own studio Joe's Garage.
Says Morgan Fisher: "It's like Joe and the boys have taken some vintage films and slapped them onto a big, bright Technicolor screen. A great, in-your-face new way to experience some of Mott's finest songs!"