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When I'm President

Ian Hunter Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (September 4, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Slimstyle Records
  • ASIN: B008O69SZ0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,921 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rant the Hoople September 4, 2012
Format:Audio CD
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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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yet another winner ! September 4, 2012
By Jim Z
Format:Audio CD
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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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars **** 1/2 Does this guy ever age! September 4, 2012
By ScottE
Format:Audio CD
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kind of Astonishing, Really November 6, 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Really Solid Ian Hunter Album September 11, 2012
Format:Audio CD
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this because it's a masterpiece April 10, 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Ian Hunter is one of our best artists, and I own everything I can find that he has recorded.

I'M EDITING MY REVIEW after successive listenings. I do think that sometimes he plays down some of his strengths--primarily in that his voice is sometimes mixed a little low. On the positive side, I do think as well that he is carrying on the Chuck Berry tradition, which, really, with Bo Diddley, is rock and roll. It's about narrative, wit, and sly turns on an expected phrase. I was stupid not to catch the added measure on the hook for "Something Comfortable." My flaw, not his. It insinuates sex better than probably anything since Chuck patented rock and roll insinuation.

The song that really turned me around, well, heightened my appreciation is more accurate, is "When I'm President." It has a gorgeous melody, of course, but it's a kind of yearning you don't get outside of Springsteen when he's in that mood: the idea that politics is hopelessly flawed, but it's what we've got. Springsteen does it metaphorically; Hunter hits it straight on. It's really a passionate love song, full of idealism, bitterness, and finally resignation...the hallmarks of any truly great love song. Just that's about an ideal, not a woman. I'd buy this just for that one song alone, and the rest of the song are no bunts to the pitcher.

What you'll find are great melodies, obviously, but some very handsome guitar hooks that stand up with the best of Mott. You'll hear some eerie twists on Dylan, when do you not, but now it's older Dylan, which is just plain charming.

I love this artist and would wish to meet him and shake his hand, because no one can do this anymore, or appears to want to, except of course Springsteen in the mainstream, and the real country guys like Steve Earle. But that's another subject for another time. This is a very fine record, and I would recommend it most highly. Life is better with Ian Hunter in it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars HEAVEN
What can I say? GREAT, GREAT, GREAT C.D.!! If you love Ian Hunter as we do, this C,D. is a MUST to own!!
Published 3 months ago by Ly dia Doebereiner
5.0 out of 5 stars ian hunter still writing that diary of a rock legend
while not as focused to me as shrunken heads. any music by this legend is alway welcomed. what a wordsmith. like mr. bowie the genis is in the details.
Published 4 months ago by wayne swope
4.0 out of 5 stars Re: Ian Hunter
I love Ian Hunter and have since Mott the Hoople. Though this is a good CD, it is not my favorite of his.
Published 4 months ago by James R. Thomas
5.0 out of 5 stars I can't stop playing this CD
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. Read more
Published 6 months ago by AJ-Gophils
5.0 out of 5 stars My Favorite 2012 Release
If you're an Ian Hunter fan this cd is a must! Ian still writes great lyrics and all the tunes here are just fantastic! There are really no weak moments here. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Clyde W. Lutton
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album
I was a Mott the Hoople fan years ago and continued to listen to Ian long after the band was no more. Read more
Published 10 months ago by RAD Man
5.0 out of 5 stars Ian Hunter Rocks!!
I got into Mott the Hoople when I was in college back in the late 80s and I've been a fan of the band and Ian's solo work ever since. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Jack Lang
5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT
oh my god where do I begin with Ian Hunter?!?!?! Love love love love his music!!!!! Can't get enough of his brillance!!!!
Published 10 months ago by Kellianne Flynn
5.0 out of 5 stars Ian keeps getting better
This is about the fourth or fifth great CD in a row. Great songs, great lyrics, excellent playing, and wonderful attitude. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Rimshot
5.0 out of 5 stars Best one yet
Ian Hunter has out done himself again on this his latest recording it has some of his best song writing and the songs are instant classics
Published 11 months ago by Jeffrey S. Williams
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