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4.0 out of 5 stars Great value collection but fans will already have most of this, 25 Oct 2012
This review is from: From the Knees of My Heart: The Chrysalis Years (1979-1981) (Audio CD)
Having seen the now 73 year old Ian Hunter rock the socks off the Shepherds Bush audience last week it seems as pertinent a time as any to investigate this great value collection. With 4CDs comprising 62 tracks, we have complete albums "You're Never Alone with a Schizophrenic", "Short Back `n' Sides" and "Welcome to the Club" - a live album which is a favourite of mine featuring as it does coruscating performances by Mick Ronson. There is also a previously unissued CD (it says here) - "Ian Hunter Rocks" which is another live album, this time not featuring Mick Ronson but with a decent enough band. My one concern with the package is that to my ears this album is a bit "weedy", the guitars are way down in the mix and it definitely suffers in comparison with "Welcome to the club". There are various rare songs, studio outtakes and previously unreleased demos dotted about the piece and not being au fait with the situation vis a vis Ian Hunter bootlegs etc, these may or not already be available. Suffice to say that I didn't have them in my collection but as is the case with many such outtakes, they are not left on the cutting floor for nothing, so whilst they add something to the overall package they are hardly essential.
Nevertheless at this price this is a great opportunity to catch a glimpse of someone who is still rocking 30 years after these albums first came out. The man's a marvel!
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Initial post: 28 Oct 2012 00:05:13 BDT
Last edited by the author on 28 Oct 2012 00:05:50 BDT
G. Ratcheson says:
I've always felt the cd mastering of Welcome to the Club was awful compared to the original vinyl LP set, so from what you said I may prefer this! The following songs are on the 2 cd WTTC, but not on here (according to the Amazon track listing for this set):

When The Daylight Comes (Live)
Medley: Once Bitten Twice Shy/Bastard/Cleveland Rocks
We Gotta Get Out of Here (Live)
Sons And Daughters (original live version, Amazon shows this as an alternate version)

These 2 MAY be on disc 4 (Amazon doesn't specify the source for these 2 tracks):
Silver Needles (Live)
Man O' War (Live)

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Oct 2012 19:03:06 GMT
Big Jim says:
I'll need to check my vinyl for the track listening but be warned, I was listening to this through cheapish computer speakers so the actual sound quality may be variable but in any case it was still better than the 4th album here - although it isn't bad either
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