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Overnight Angels Import

3.7 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews

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Audio CD, Import, February 4, 2002
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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Golden Oppurnunity
  2. Shallow Crystals
  3. Overnight Angels
  4. Broadway
  5. Justice Of The Peace
  6. (Miss) Silver Dime
  7. Wild N' Free
  8. The Ballad Of Little Star
  9. To Love A Woman
  10. England Rocks (Bonus Track)


Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 4, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Sbme Import
  • ASIN: B00005UJ95
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #428,612 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Format: Audio CD
Stupidly, it seems the "hip" thing is to disdain this alblum. Why? A) Because Mick Ronson, Ian's soulmate/lead guitarist was, at the time, running around with Bobby Zimmerman (and let's be generous and forget he was also helping produce Johnny C. Mellonbrain's first album). So what did Ian do? He dipped into Bowie's bag of sidemen/guitarists, and retrieved Earl Slick, truly a guitarist worth of his last name. And B) the naysayers whine, "it's too overproduced." Well, DUH: production of OA was courtesy of Roy Thomas Baker, who was concurrently producing - QUEEN. And, as we all know, the late, great, sorely-missed Fred and company were fond of being excessive in...a LOT of things, not just music. That being said, let's examine the songs. The opening track, "Golden Opportunity," is like a blast of sonic amyl-nitrate, with Slick's "in your face" power chords, and bassist Rob Rawlinson's Jaco-esque triplet bass patterns. The next track, "Shallow Crystals" seems to be Ian working thru some Oedipal angst; he says in the liner notes to "Once Bitten Twice Shy" that "he & Slick spent hours figuring out the guitar solo." Regarless, there's a LOT of pain in the man's voice. Skipping ahead, the track "Justice Of The Piece" is an absolute hoot, showcasing keyboardist Peter Oxendale's considerable talents, evidentally describing an encounter between Ian and an angry father. I really like the Stones-esque guitar that Slick contributes to "Miss Silver Dime," the one track he co-authored. There's not really a weak track in the whole set, but the album's tour-de-force is the title track.Read more ›
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Format: Audio CD
After the critical success of Hunter's previous solo album, "All American Alien Boy", 1976, but commercial failure, Ian Hunter decided it was time to get a proper band to record the follow up album. But before a band was put together and after a chance meeting in a late night New York bar, Ian Hunter had made a deal with famous American producer Roy Thomas Baker ("Rolling Stones"," The Cars", and most famously for giving "Queen" that smooth sound) to do his next album, which was a good start. Miller Anderson had recommended the services of bassist Rob Rawlinson, who, after the break-up of yet another line-up of "Chicken Shack", was looking for a worthwhile cause to ply his trade. Ian Hunter had long admired the skills of "The Glitter Band's talented but underused keyboard player Peter Oxendale, so he was coerced away by not only being given the keyboard role, but that of musical director. Dennis Elliot had been a long time friend of Ian Hunter, so in a schedule break with "Foreigner" he moonlighted on the drum stool for the sessions only to be replaced by the time the band went on the road by one of the true wild men of Rock 'n' Roll, Curly Smith. Finally a new guitarist had to be found, and while in America and looking for a Rock 'n' Roll guitarist... why not go for the best? Earl Slick, who had just finished sessions with David Bowie on his 'Station to Station' album, was brought in, if you like, as the icing on the cake. With the band ready and the songs written, the band went into Le Studio Morin Heights, Quebec, Canada, with the intention of laying down a classic Heavy Rock Ian Hunter album as a re-action to the light weight 'All American Alien Boy'.Read more ›
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Being an Ian Hunter fan for many years and never having heard this Europe-only release, I understand Ian's own review of the album as a "mistake" and being sung in "too high of a register." While musically and lyrically solid, the vocals do sound strained quite often, and I doubt it would have gotten much play on US radio had it been released, or that Ian would have played more than a couple tracks on a supporting tour without changing keys on 80% of it. Worth it for a diehard fan, not much of interest for newbs.
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Format: Audio CD
OK - every artist is entitled to a let down and after 2 great albums and Ian delivers the only "clunker" of his solo career right here. He even admits this is a medicore album and his singing is too "high" here - and he is right because this is a collection of mediocre songs not sung very well. And he delivers the worst song of his career in "Justice of the Peace" - wow is that BAD!! No wonder it was not released in the U.S. However, this is still Ian and Ian's worst is better than 95% of what is out there. Here is a track by track ranking.

1. Golden Opportunity - 7
2. Shallow Crystals - 7
3. Overnight Angels - 9
4. Broadway - 7
5. Justice Of The Peace - 4
6. (Miss) Silver Dime - 7
7. Wild N' Free - 8
8. The Ballad Of Little Star - 7
9. To Love A Woman - 7
10. England Rocks - 8

Get all his other albums first and then get this one to complete your collection.
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