Ace storyteller in live retrospective ...
One thing that can be said about Ian Hunter is that he is a great storyteller, another is that he puts on a bloody good show. This DVD was filmed
at London’s Astoria on 28 May 2004 and features a great set list spanning
Hunters entire career - from Mott the Hoople through his solo career and
songs he recorded with the late and great Mick Ronson.
It has to be said the backing band are good but it is on the rockier songs,
and in particular the Mott tracks, that they really let rip. 'Roll Away The
Stone', 'All The Young Dudes' (featuring Def Leppards’ Joe Elliott)
and closing number 'All The Way From Memphis' (again featuring Joe Elliott
and also Queens Brian May on guitar) are all absolutely bang on.
The surprise number is a piano and vocal version of 'Nightingale Sang In
Berkeley Square'. Mott the Hoople and Bad Company guitarist Mick Ralphs
features throughout the gig and plays with the enthusiasm of someone half his
age. Hunter's solo material may be more laid back at times but as he has
proved over the years, he is one hell of a songwriter.
Bonus material includes band sound check, band biography and interview with
Ian Hunter. It is nice to see a great DVD with added extras like this.
Review by Nikk Gunns