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You're Never Alone With A Schizophrenic (30th Anniversary  Edition)
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Schizophrenic is possibly the finest moment of Ian Hunter's solo career. Everything comes together: a great band including the late Mick Ronson on guitar along with Roy Bittan, Max Weinberg and Gary Tallent from Bruce Springsteen's E Street band; a heartfelt vocal performance from Hunter; and above all a strong set of songs, from the raucous rock of Just Another Night to the tenderness of Ships (that pass in the night), a song which Cambell Devine's enclosed essay tells us was written about Ian's father.

Easy to recommend then; but the chances are that many potential customers for this package already have it. Is the remaster worth it?

It's nicely done, with a trifold sleeve, the aforementioned essay by Devine, five bonus tracks, and a second CD assembled from contemporary live performances. Sound quality wise, I didn't hear much improvement over the original CD release, but was relieved to find that it was not wrecked by excessive loudness.

The bonus tracks are demos and early takes, and good to hear though nothing special, with the exception of a very different early version of Just Another Night, less rocking, different lyrics, more emotion.

The concert CD is a treat, though we already have a decent live CD from the period in the form of Welcome to the Club. Still, there are a couple of songs here that are not on Club - Life After Death and Letter to Brittania from the Union Jack - and of course the performances are different. Some of the songs are from Mott the Hoople days, including the anthemic All the Young Dudes.

All very enjoyable, and should be snapped up by Ian Hunter fans.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 3 September 2012
Had the original vinyl years ago, it was brilliant. So is this!! Time doesn't fade great music. Added extras on this one are a good chunk of "Welcome To The Club" album, recorded at different venues than "Club"(the Roxy, L.A.). Same Tour!!The track listing is almost the same, but the songs sound different, probably due to Ian and Mick(R.I.P) being able to gauge a crowd!!
If you're new to Hunter, then a very good place to start.

"When I'm President", the new one's sounding pretty good too. Listening to it as I write this.....(purchased from Amazon I must add).

He may be getting oldish, but he's definately NOT lost his bite.. BUY AN' ENJOY!!!..
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on 7 November 2011
If you are a Mott The Hoople fan and you have not added this to your collection then you should. Ian Hunter at his rocking best. Good value 2 CD set with 29 tracks including bonus tracks and some duplication of tracks and Mott songs, but still well worth it for the likes of Just Another Night, Cleveland Rocks, Ships, Life After Death, Standin In The Light, The Outsider. You're never alone with Ian Hunter coming out of your speakers.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 15 August 2010
When this album came out in 1979 many might have thought that Ian's career was over but this album saw Ian embrace modern technology whilst pairing it with his old fashioned rock'n'roll sound. Just Another Night is a standard rocker designed to be played live with it's singalong outtro - much in the vein of Once Bitten Twice Shy. Wild East also treads familiar ground and sounds a bit like Lounge Lizard from his solo debut. Cleveland Rocks is a showstopper though although compared to the live version on the later release Welcome to the Club it sounds a little tame. Ships sees Ian write his first synthesiser, rather than piano, ballad and When the Daylight Comes is a throwaway pop love song. So far so good - but not quite great. Life after death successfully takes the album by the scruff of the neck and Standing in my Light is the perfect cigarette lighter song. Bastard is probably the best song on the record (but again is outclassed in the live version found on Welcome to the Club). It is really surprising how often Ian can find a riff or a hook that can get under your skin. The album closes with the slightly overwrought Ronson collaboration The Outsider which for my money goes on a little too long.

Verdict? Well it's difficult to say. Hunter has said that he tired of this record quickly when he took it on the road. The album is a bit like a Chinese meal, filling at first but you're still left hungry an hour later. In this respect it resembles Lou Reed's New Sensations or David Bowie's Let's Dance which charted similar territory. I think this is because Hunter's remit with this record seems to have been to write a commercial smash that was radio friendly and would win over a new post-punk audience. While he partly succeeds in doing this it is bought at the expense of his song writing craft and the customary depth of the lyrics just isn't there for me. The 'modern' production also hasn't aged as well as his mid 70's output. So despite being possibly the best known Hunter solo album, with his most memorable title and cover art, I can't give this record 5 out of 5. However it would be almost 2 decades before he would produce anything like as good again.
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on 9 May 2013
an excellent CD good value from one of the most perceptive singer song writers of the 1970's. Would recommend to any MTH fan
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on 21 June 2013
One of Ian Hunter's best from his early solo days. Loved this from the beginning and still love it now.
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on 10 October 2014
The truth is in the title, and with this album, you wont be either.
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on 21 July 2015
SIMPLY GREAT ALBUM
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 6 January 2013
I just knew it was going to be good, it's Ian Hunter so of course it's good. I always thought Hunter could do Dylan better then Dylan!
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1 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on 25 January 2010
I remember this album much better, and i`ts also very low!

If you like I. Hunter you can buy it, if you don`t, leave it, this time also!
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