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When I'm President

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As leader of 70s British rock legends Mott the Hoople and as a hugely influential solo artist, Ian Hunter is widely revered as one of rock n roll s most compelling performers and one of its most articulate songwriters.


This is Ian s 20th album of original songs, and the latest highlight in a storied career that s produced immortal anthems like "All The Young Dudes," "All the Way From Memphis," "Once Bitten, Twice Shy" and "Cleveland Rocks."

The 2012 album's 11 Hunter originals include such infectious, personally charged numbers as the wry, socially conscious title track, the gently introspective "Fatally Flawed," the bittersweet ballad "Black Tears," the chugging rocker "Wild Bunch," the swaggering "I Don't Know What You Want" (which features a guest vocal by Hunter's son Jesse) and the vivid, haunting "Ta Shunka Witco (Crazy Horse)" all of which showcase the jagged immediacy of Hunter's one-of-a-kind voice and the punchy authority of his longstanding all-star backup combo the Rant Band.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 4, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Slimstyle Records
  • ASIN: B008O69SZ0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,720 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The thing is, Ian Hunter simply writes great songs. This was obvious to those of us who loved all the Mott stuff. More importantly, he wrote the songs nobody else could write. They are intensely personal songs that somehow touched the universal. That's was a true artist is able to do. I'm thinking about "Waterlow," "When My Mind's Gone," "The Moon Upstairs"(thanks Mick Ralphs),"Boy," and too many others to mention.

His last four albums find Ian in true form. Trust me, they take a bit of time. Both Shrunken Heads and Man Overboard took several listens. But then they revealed the charms. "Girl from the Office" is as profoundly beautiful as his "Angel from Eighth Avenue." The guy bleeds humanity's tunes.

So there is only so much to do with a rock song? Not on the new Hunter album. Listen to this over and over. The nuances will present their melodies and insights. "When I'm President," "Black Tears," "Saint," are personal favorites. And then there is "I Don't Know What You Want." Jesse has a pretty good voice. The entire album simply rocks with the authority of someone who knows more about life than most of us. And, yes, the CD ends with "Life." What a wonderful song.

I love this record.
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Followed this guy since '69. Classic album after classic album. Writes more intelligent lyrics than anyone in the biz. (You know , the ones you enjoy reading when you're listening to the disc)
Can't wait to hear what Ian adds to the live set from WIP.
The disc rocks hard and repeated play benefits the listener. I spun it four times in a row after receipt.
The cd is truly a band effort , and what a band !
"When I'm President" demands a second term !
Jesus , this cd rocks !
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Ian Hunter "When I'm President" (2012).

This album rocks from the get go. Ian is 73 years-old and he out rocks people at 23, it's going to be a sad day when rock loses this guy. This album rocks with "Comfortable (Flying Scottsman)", The title track, "What For", "Wild Bunch" has a 50's vibe to it, "Saint" with some great keyboard work by Andy Burton "I Don't Know What You Want", Ta Shunka Witco (Crazy Horse)" great lyrics. His slower songs are just as good, "the raspy "Totally Flawed", "Black Tears", and the classic "Life". Great guitar by Andy York! Ian Hunter continues to write strong lyrics after 43 years.
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One of the benefits of the demise of the music business as I / we used to know it is the end of the requirement of major sales to get a wide-spread release. Thanks to the web, sites like this, and so forth, most artists are no longer under the constant pressure to have "hits" and move 100,000 copies of something in order to get their music released and heard. As a result, artists like, say Ian Hunter, are able to keep making records (yes, I still call them that - sue me) and, even more, keep making the music they want to make without regard to whether or not they make the charts. I'm not really sure what "making the charts" even means anymore. Thanks goodness.

And thank goodness for Ian Hunter. I have been a fan since the mid-1970's, my mid-teens, and am kind of astonished, really, to find that he is making what is probably the finest records of his career (Mott or solo) in the last 10 - 12 years. This, Rant, and Shrunken Heads are simply three of the finest records he ever made, ranking with the best of Mott, his first solo album (Ian Hunter) and You're Never Alone With a Schizophrenic. His writing is as cogent, trenchant, and pointed as ever, and in many cases more so. He and the Rant band rock as hard as he ever has and yet are as light on their feet as they need to be when such is called for.
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I've been listening to Ian Hunter's music since his days fronting Mott The Hoople back in the early 1970s so I guess that makes me a long term fan.

I've bought several Ian Hunter CDs through Amazon over the years so Amazon's marketing automatically sent me an email about this album before its release date. I pre-ordered it before it was released. It just arrived and I've given it a first run through the CD player.

After one play through I can say this is another excellent Ian Hunter album. If you liked his last two albums, Shrunken Heads and Man Overboard, and his 1970s albums like You're Never Alone With A Schizophrenic and the self-titled Ian Hunter, you'll like this one.

Ian is in his 70s now and he's still putting out great music. I only hope my creative energies last well into my 70s, as Ian Hunter's clearly have.

Bottom line: another excellent Ian Hunter album. Highly recommended.
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OK - I'm a 53 year old conservative republican Banker - but when Ian Hunter says in the song "when I'm President, I'm gonna lean on the 1%" - I really don't mind and I sing along. This guy has passion. Later in the song he references how everyone changes "when they become president". I've been a fan forever, saw him for the first time a few year ago, and I have 75% of his recorded material on my IPOD, but this album truly blew me away - the same way David Bowie's latest album did. Ian's Shrunken Heads and Man Overboard are solid records - but this is over the top. A GREAT rock and roll record - which there aren't many of lately. Some Rock, Some blues, Some Ballads - GREAT lyrics and a stronger voice than recent records - and a kick ass band. Roll down the windows, crank it up, and be an embarrassing gray haired 53 year old rocking and pounding his steering wheel on the drive home. I am - and I LOVE IT.
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