Mick Ronson was never a natural front man. As the amazingly gifted guitarist, occasional pianist and string arranger for David Bowie's Spiders From Mars, he was a natural, and very complementary foil to Bowie's otherworldly creations, be it Ziggy or Aladdin Sane. He shared management at the time with Bowie (Main Man), and when Bowie 'retired' in 1973 (albeit temporarily), it was felt that enough of Bowie's audience would run with Ronno as a soloist. This, his first solo album, reinforced the notion that Ronson was a very gifted musician, however, as a songwriter, he lacked a truly distinctive voice. Also, and this is perhaps the most unusual aspect of this album, he pays homage to the avant-garde performer Annette Peacock (he'd played on her 'I'm the One' I'm the One
album) via the tracks 'I'm The One' and 'Love Me Tender' (he'd also record her song 'Seven Days'). However, 'Slaughter On Tenth Avenue' is nonetheless an excellent album. Ronson plays magnificent guitar throughout, particularly on the brilliantly arranged title track (in which the Aladdin Sane era keyboard player Mike Garson adds wonderful piano), and the medley of 'Pleasure Man' / 'Hey Ma Get Papa' is a well-arranged and incisive cut. The Italian ballad, translated into English by David Bowie, 'This Is For You', is probably the weakest thing on here, but elsewhere, 'Only After Dark' (later covered by the Human League) sparkles, and Bowie's 'Growing Up And I'm Fine' has real charm. If you're a fan of 'The Man Who Sold The World', 'Hunky Dory', 'Ziggy Stardust', or 'Aladdin Sane', then I'm sure that this album may well appeal. Ronson's no longer with us, sadly, and I am sure that someone as talented as he would have contributed much, much more to music had he lived. This album is a strong and suitable epitaph for the man.