Post by Brian on Sept 24, 2016 23:56:20 GMT -8
Excuse me, I have to rant about the new CD by Ian Hunter and the Rant Band, his sixth brilliant album in row in the past 20 years. Few other singer-songwriters can match that record. Only guys like Bruce Springsteen and Bob Dylan have kept together studio/touring bands as distinguished as the Rant Band for as long a time. I could never figure out why Ian Hunter isn't as famous as either of them when he's older than both of them. But maybe "Fingers Crossed" can break through to the few rock and roll music consumers left on the planet.
As Montrose Peace Vigil message board member Jeanne wrote in her review of Ian's last live album, "There's a lot of passion and umph to the songs, kind of like opera without the costumes and a much scratchier voice. It's in the same league as Springsteen and Dylan." Here's more proof of that -- the title track of the new album, which had me in tears the first time I heard it:
Since 2007, I've ordered two copies of every Ian Hunter album before its release not just because I want to support Ian. I never know which preorder will arrive first. I bet on Amazon with $10 extra for next-day shipping this time. But the disc from Proper Music in the U.K. came to my mailbox seven days after it was shipped, and only three days after the official release date of September 16. Meanwhile, Amazon says that my preorder could arrive anytime from mid-October to early November. Here's the link to Proper Music, where you can also hear the first single, "Dandy," Ian's tribute to David Bowie: