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Ian Hunter You're Never Alone With A Schizophrenic (1979)
1993 Razor & Tie Music Corp.\n\nOriginally Released 1979\nRazor & Tie CD Edition Released May 18, 1993\n\nAMG EXPERT REVIEW: This classic album from 1979 is considered by many to be the high point of Ian Hunter's solo career. Although its sales never matched up to the enthusiastic critical reaction it received, this polished hard rock gem has held up nicely through the years and is definitely deserving of its strong cult reputation. You're Never Alone With a Schizophrenic also marked the reunion of Hunter with his finest creative ally, Mick Ronson, who had been forced to sit out of Hunter's last few albums due to management problems. Together, the reunited duo put together an album that matches Hunter's literate lyrics to a set of catchy, finely crafted tunes brimming with rock & roll energy. Two of the finest tracks are "Cleveland Rocks," an affectionate, Mott the Hoople-styled tribute to an unsung rock & roll city that later became the theme for The Drew Carey Show, and "Ships," a heartrending ballad built on a spooky and ethereal keyboard-driven melody that was later covered with great success by Barry Manilow. Elsewhere, the album features plenty of tunes that soon became mainstays of Hunter's live show: "Just Another Night" is a rollicking rocker with an infectious, piano-pounding melody reminiscent of 1970s-era Rolling Stones, and "Bastard" is a pulsating rocker that features guest star John Cale contributing to its ominous hard rock atmosphere. However, the unsung gem of the album is "When the Daylight Comes," a beautifully crafted mid-tempo rocker that balances a soulful, organ-driven melody with rousing guitar riffs and surprisingly vulnerable lyrics about romance. It should also be noted that You're Never Alone With a Schizophrenic benefits from a sterling mix by Bob Clearmountain, who gives the sound a muscular quality that makes it leap out of the stereo speakers. In the end, You're Never Alone With a Schizophrenic is not only Ian Hunter's finest and most consistent album but one of the true gems of late-'70s rock & roll. -- Donald A. Guarisco\n\nAmazon.com Customer Review\nHunter On Target In Rock Music Pursuit, March 14, 2002 \nReviewer: rocknscrolls from Calgary, AB Canada \nAs far as solo material is concerned, this IS Hunter's anthology disc or at least his very best studio undertaking. The album should better have been titled `You're Never Disappointed With Ian Hunter Taking Musical Charge`. All songs included except possibly the last track [The Outsider] demonstrate his fantastic music skills and well represent Rock's three main categories -\n\n1) Classic Rock: The feel good, get yourself goin' level. \n2) Driven Rock even Heavy Metal: The crude but sincere approach taken by musicians willing to sing their surprisingly honest opinions about issues that never really meant a great deal to themselves anyway.\n3) Soft or Ballad Rock: Calm/slower tunes better to relax by or to plain take an introspective moment.\n\nHunter certainly knows how to rock and he knows how to roll. Performances with Mott the Hoople of course set forth for him strong foundation but it was his workings done as a solo recording artist that proved his status in the Rock world and developed his Western freedom principle(s) in general. Both for undisputed talent and purpose I give this disc top ranking... \n\nAmazon.com Customer Review\nIan Hunter's Magnum Opus., February 26, 2002 \nReviewer: tonyaccordino from Massapequa Park, New York United States \nIn 1979 former Mott The Hoople lead man Ian Hunter released "You're Never Alone With a Schizophrenic". The album is easily his greatest work and quite possibly the most overlooked rock n roll album ever made. There is no filler with this package. The song "Just Another Night" received decent radio airplay on most AOR radio stations which helped give Ian some long overdue recognition. This cd just rocks with tunes like "Cleveland Rocks"[His Overnight Angels album has a european version England Rocks]. I can't say enough about the quality of the songs like "Wild East", "Bastard", "Standin In My Light" and the fantastic ballad "Ships"[Barry Manilow had a big hit with it, but Ian's version blows Manilow's out of the water]. If you like well played rock n roll and have not heard any of Ian Hunter's work I guarantee this cd will turn you into one of his fans. His most recent release "Rant" proves Ian Hunter has not lost his touch. \n\nAmazon.com Customer Review\nGreat Album, July 4, 2002 \nReviewer: A music fan from Sunnyside, New York United States \nIan can do it all. Ian writes the best intros in rock n' roll, and this is no exception. The opening drum beat in "Just Another Night" kicks off a great album. Of course he has ample support from Mick Ronson and the E Street Band. But it all comes down to Ian writing great songs. He has a unique sound as well. He sings like nobody else. He rocks on "Cleveland Rocks", and soars on "Ships". Forget Barry Manilow, "Ships" is a beautiful ballad about Ian's relationship with his father. It's great music... period. It's a great album. \n\nAmazon.com Customer Review\nYOUR NEVER ALONE WITH MOTT, March 12, 2002 \nReviewer: Kim Fletcher from Pattaya, Chonburi Thailand \nSlip this wonderfully newly remastered version of Ian Hunter's Classic album from 1979 into your player and out bursts Dam-Dah-Ram-Dam, then drums followed by guitar with keyboards, and there you are in the middle of the Schizophrenic world of Ian Hunter. The nine songs featured on this collection used to comprise five on side A and four on side B in the days of good old vinyl. The Schizophrenic title wasn't meant to be wholly serious (it was actually taken from graffiti on a New York toilet wall), however, listening to the record it soon became clear that musically it was split. Side one featured five relatively commercial songs, and side two four longer more heavy introverted pieces that dwelt on past influences on Ian's life and showed the darker side of his character.\n\nAfter the fire and spat of opener 'Just Another Night' comes swaggering to a halt, it immediately merges into the bump and groove of 'Wild East', a mildly energetic and melodic piece with a sax-based riff concerning the crazed east side of New York City. It had an undoubted Springsteen and Dylan flavour, which is not highly surprising as joining Hunter in the studio were 3 of Springsteen's E-street band in Ray Bitten (Piano), Gary Tallent (Bass) and Max Weinberg (Drums) alongside guitar ace Mick Ronson who had just come off Dylan's Rolling Thunder tour.\n\nNext up is Ian Hunter's anthem to Cleveland, 'Cleveland Rocks' (now used as the theme tune for the Drew Carey show). It opens with a spoken section from the infamous Alan Freed before Ronson fires the whole thing off with some guitar pyrotenics, now a staple of all Ian Hunter's concerts.\n\nHunter included a touching hymn-like ballad, 'Ships', concerning his relationship with his father. 'Ships' was subsequently covered by Barry Mannilow and charted as a hit single, probably earning more money in royalties for Ian Hunter then he'd ever made before. Funny old world this Rock 'n' Roll, ain't it.\n\nClosing side one was Mick Ronson's favorite track 'When The Daylight Comes', a light and simple song that Ian encouraged Mick to sing duel lead vocals on.\n\nSide two opens with 'Life After Death', which allowed Ian to explore metaphysical issues with an all out belting rocker. 'Standing In My Light' shifts moods and dynamics in gospel fashion. It builds up slowly and compellingly in terms of musical anger as Ian gives a stately account of a new beginning in his life.\n\n'Bastard' is a powerful piece of macho-funk with a throbbing beat and percussion that recalls the Rolling Stones Black & Blue era. Built on a relentless grinding slow burn the track concerns some poor unfortunate who crossed Ian and incurred his wrath.\n\n'The Outsider' closes the record in dramatic fashion, employing arresting drum and vocal echoes, topped with more scorching Ronson lead guitar.\n\nWith three months of pre-production the record produced by Mick & Ian, engineered by the notorious Bob Clearmountain, took only one week to record, a further three weeks to mix, and then went straight into the Billboard top forty and became Ian Hunter's most successful solo project to this day.\n\nOverall the album was a hard hitting surging rock record with superb studio sound.\n\nAmazon.com Customer Review\nOne I always go back to, September 20, 2001 \nReviewer: A music fan from USA \nI remember being about 12 years old. Listening to the crappy Iowa radio very late at night. Then, out of the usual old classic rock or heavy metal songs came this really cool drum intro then... 'Dum-Da-Dum-Da, 1-2-3-4!'. I about fell on the floor. Intently listened to the rest of the song and imediately called the radio station to find out who this was. Of course I never heard this or any other Ian Hunter song on the radio again.\nBut the next day I ran out and bought the album. I was NOT disappointed about spending my allowance on this one. Song after song, lyric after lyric, guitar, piano, drums... it's all so Rock-n-Roll! The spontaneity and excitement just grabs you. It justs sounds like they were all having a great time making this record.\nThe only possible downers on the album could possibly be 'Ships' or 'The Outsider'. Only because they seem to slow things down which, I guess you probably need a breather.\nEven though the music is absolutely spectacular and inventive, the lyrics always did it for me. He made it seem so easy!\nOf course I ended up buying all his stuff and was rarely disappionted with Ian but this has got to be my favorite, just slightly edging out even his classic solo debut.\nEven today, after all these years, it still sounds so fresh to me. \n\nAmazon.com Customer Review\nOne Of The Albums That Got Me Through College, April 9, 2001 \nReviewer: Clark Paull from Livonia, MI United States \nThere is no justice in a world that worships Madonna, Michael Jackson, and hip hop and ignores the heartfelt brilliance of Mr. Ian Hunter, both with Mott The Hoople and solo. With the opening salvo of "Just Another Night" and "Wild East," "You're Never Alone With A Schizophrenic" was an album that stood up and shouted "Hey, pal, look at me, I'm over here!" An album that will forever remind me what it was like to be young, full of piss and vinegar, and without a care in the world, just like all great rock and roll should do. Of course, just like everthing else I cotton to, it sank with a resounding "Thud!" Just as well, I guess. Can you imagine Ian Hunter playing a "Save The Rainforest" benefit? Me neither. I'd like to buy you a drink some time Ian and tell you what your music has meant to me, but unless some miracle happens I guess this will have to suffice. \n\nAmazon.com Customer Review\nIAN HUNTER'S FINEST MOMENT, January 26, 2001 \nReviewer: Patrick Earley from Edmond, Oklahoma USA \nMy expectations were high when I went to purchase this album back in '79. Afterall, this was the ex-lead singer and primary sonwriter of one of the most underated rock bands ever, Mott The Hoople. And because he brought on board for this album such great veteran musicians as Mick Ronson, Roy Bittan, and Max Weinberg. Needless to say, I wasn't disappointed. When this album got it's first spin on my turntable, and Just Another Night came on, I was hooked. I no longer missed my beloved Hoople. Except for the ballad "Ships", the first side from the vinyl version just rocked! "Just Another Night" takes you right in to "Wild East", with some strong Roy Bittan piano playing, and then follows with yet another great rocker "Cleveland Rocks", which is now used as the theme song for the Drew Carey Show. My favorite song on here is "When The Daylight Comes". Nicely arranged song with some great organ playing that builds up to a cool spanish horn climax. This album got a lot of spins, and I waited in anticipation for Ian Hunter's next project, which never really came. Hunter produced bands and did a lot of side projects after this, but never did really have a solo career after this album. Maybe he thought he couldn't top this one. All I know is, this music holds up well after 20 years...Just ask Drew \n\nAmazon.com Customer Review\nRokfully innovative, perfectly produced, January 20, 1999 \nReviewer: A music fan from Sarasota Florida \nWhen I recently found " Schizophrenic" in a budget bin I felt remorse. This is one album that should never be in a bin much less associated with budget. I find it offensive to anchor Hunter with Dylan and Ronson with Specter.. Although I love the original vagabo to death and can't find fault wit Phil, this compilation is nothing short of pure genios unadulterated ROCK. It,s originality lies in its lyrics(which are more T>S>Eliot than Dylan) and in it,s production which is more expansive yet cohesive than Spectre. Only 4 starsthough, at times mushy. \n\nHalf.com Album Credits\nEllen Foley, Contributing Artist\nGary Tallent, Contributing Artist\nGeorge Young, Contributing Artist\nJohn Cale, Contributing Artist\nMax Weinberg, Contributing Artist\nMick Ronson, Contributing Artist\nRoy Bittan, Contributing Artist\nBob Clearmountain, Engineer\nIan Hunter, Producer\nMick Ronson, Producer\n\nAlbum Notes\nPersonnel: Ian Hunter (vocals, guitar, piano, organ, keyboards, percussion); Mick Ronson (guitars, percussion, background vocals); George Young (tenor saxophone); Lew Delgatto (baritone saxophone); John Cale (piano, keyboards); Roy Bittan (piano, organ, keyboards, background vocals); Gary Tallent (bass); Max Weinberg (drums); Eric Bloome, Rory Dodd, Ellen Foley (background vocals).\n\nRecorded at the Power Station, New York in 1979. YEAR: 1979
This rock cd contains 9 tracks and runs 42min 6sec.
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  1. Ian Hunter - Just Another Night (04:36)
  2. Ian Hunter - Wild East (03:58)
  3. Ian Hunter - Cleveland Rocks (03:48)
  4. Ian Hunter - Ships (04:11)
  5. Ian Hunter - When The Daylight Comes (04:27)
  6. Ian Hunter - Life After Death (03:49)
  7. Ian Hunter - Standin' In My Light (04:35)
  8. Ian Hunter - Bastard (06:37)
  9. Ian Hunter - The Outsider (05:58)

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