‘Fingers Crossed’ is out now!

IAN HUNTER
‘Fingers Crossed’ (Proper Records)
New album released September 16 2016

Available on CD, Vinyl and Digital Download:

Amazon USA (CD or Vinyl)
Amazon USA (Download)
iTunes USA (download)
Proper Music UK (CD or Vinyl)
Amazon UK (Download)
iTunes UK (download)

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Ian Hunter’s latest studio album, Fingers Crossed unveils ten new, self-penned songs including his much-anticipated homage to David Bowie ‘Dandy’. Recorded at HOBO Studios in New Jersey, and co-produced by Hunter and Andy York, the record features his magnificent Rant Band and is the follow-up to 2012’s acclaimed When I’m President.

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. As author of such immortal anthems as, “All The Way From Memphis”, “Once Bitten, Twice Shy” and “Cleveland Rocks” and the voice of such landmark albums as, “All The Young Dudes”, “Mott”, “Ian Hunter” and “You’re Never Alone With A Schizophrenic”, he remains a hero to fellow musicians and fans around the world.

The compositions on Fingers Crossed see Hunter covering typically wide-ranging subject matter. ‘Dandy’, his fond tribute to David Bowie reflects on a relationship cemented in 1972 when Bowie produced Mott’s album All the Young Dudes and provided its hit title track. “I think ‘Dandy’ might be my favourite track on the album,” Ian admits “I like the line – ‘and then we took the last bus home’. David was an incredible artist with an insatiable curiosity for everything.”

‘Ghosts’ was inspired by a November 2014 visit to Union Avenue in Memphis where Ian and the Rant Band were invited to jam in rock ‘n’ roll pioneer Sam Phillips’ legendary Sun Studio. Title track ‘Fingers Crossed’ is a 1750’s sea-faring tale of impressment, when men were taken into the Navy by compulsion and forced recruitment.

“’Fingers Crossed’ was not inspired by a book” Ian comments, “actually it wasn’t inspired by anything material. I’ve no idea where it came from as I simply woke up one day with the line – ‘I was pressed into service, through no fault of my own’ – and from there the song took its own course. It could only go one way. It’s great when you get a strong opening line!”

‘White House’ injects a fun element, based on real-life … and a real beaver … while ‘Bow Street Runners’ tells the 18th Century tale of the Fielding Brothers. Hunter explains: “In the 1700s half-a-million people lived in London and there were no cops, so crime was rampant. It was crazy. One of the Fielding brothers was known as Blind Beak – he couldn’t see but he could smell crime and recognized thousands of criminals by the sound of their voices – so the story goes. The brothers Henry and John Fielding formed the Bow Street Runners … Britain’s first Bobbies!”

‘Morpheus’ is framed around the Ancient Greek god who had the ability to mimic human form and shape people’s dreams and has proved “the instant favourite of many people who have heard the album,” Hunter reveals. “I’m delighted with ‘Fingers Crossed’,” he adds; a sentiment sure to be shared by fans far and wide!

Available on CD, Vinyl and Digital Download:

Amazon USA (CD or Vinyl)
Amazon USA (Download)
iTunes USA (download)
Proper Music UK (CD or Vinyl)
Amazon UK (Download)
iTunes UK (download)

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Stranded In Reality – Update

“Proper Records recently received the latest sample copies of the Stranded In Reality set and they are still not happy with the packaging. They are working hard to get this sorted asap but they now anticipate shipping the set in 4 to 6 weeks. They will update you again when they have a firm date for dispatch. We are happy that Proper are striving to make the set as perfect as possible. And they haven’t charged anyone’s card yet and will not until they send the boxes out.”

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New 2016 Live Dates!

Ian Hunter and the Rant Band have just added a few more USA dates.

30 Sep 2016 – Helsinki, Hudson NY Tickets
01 Oct 2016 – Infinity, Hartford CT Tickets
02 Oct 2016 – Narrows Center, Fall River MA Tickets
04 Oct 2016 – Newton Theatre, Newton NJ Tickets
06 Oct 2016 – Bell House, Brooklyn NY Tickets
07 Oct 2016 – City Winery, New York NY Tickets
08 Oct 2016 – Ardmore, Philadelphia PA Tickets
10 Oct 2016 – The Ark, Ann Arbor, MI Tickets
11 Oct 2016 – City Winery, Chicago IL Tickets
12 Oct 2016 – City Winery, Chicago IL Tickets
14 Oct 2016 – Beachland Ballroom, Cleveland OH Tickets
15 Oct 2016 – Town Ballroom, Buffalo NY Tickets
24 Oct 2016 – The Hamilton, Washington DC Tickets New!
26 Oct 2016 – City Winery, Nashville TN Tickets New!!
27 Oct 2016 – City Winery, Atlanta GA Tickets New!!
28 Oct 2016 – Cat’s Cradle, Carrboro NC Tickets New!!

UK:

04 Nov 2016 – The Assembly, Leamington Spa England Tickets
05 Nov 2016 – The Garage, Glasgow Scotland Tickets
07 Nov 2016 – The Sage, Gateshead England Tickets
08 Nov 2016 – The Tramshed, Cardiff Wales Tickets
09 Nov 2016 – RCNM, Manchester England Tickets
11 Nov 2016 – O2 Shepherds Bush Empire, London England Tickets
12 Nov 2016 – The Tivoli, Buckley Wales Tickets
13 Nov 2016 – The Picturedrome, Holmfirth England Tickets

Scandanavia:

15 Nov 2016 – Kulturbolaget, Malmo Sweden
16 Nov 2016 – Pustervik, Gothenburg Sweden
18 Nov 2016 – Union Scene, Drammen Norway  Tickets
19 Nov 2016 – Byscenen, Trondheim Norway  Tickets
21 Nov 2016 – Nalen, Stockholm Sweden

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Stranded In Reality – Audio Clips

When we originally discussed the overall sound for the box set we decided we should be faithful to the sound of the original recordings and that we would not artificially enhance that sound, so we have purposely avoided going down the “brickwalled mastering” route therefore avoiding the screechy sound that you and most other people hate. Original tape masters from many of the licensors has helped us immensely.

We have obviously pulled together a vast amount of archive material, live and in the studio and we have been judicious in our choices of recordings and again have been sensitive in the way that they have been mastered, trying to avoid all of the nasty compression techniques.

Note that the clips provided here are compressed so that we are able to deliver them to you over this medium.

Clip 1: YOUR WAY
Recorded at The Sentrum Scene, Oslo, January 2002 but not included on the resultant album Strings Attached. Ian notes “Andy York and I were not too keen on the performance at the time. A year or two later it sounded really good to us, we were looking at each other and saying ‘Why did we dislike it’?”

Clip 2: SAN DIEGO FREEWAY
Taken from our Experiments CD which is wholly made up of previously unreleased outtakes and demos from the personal archive of Ian Hunter. Gold dust ! Ian Hunter “Songs just come to me. This was just fun. Get in line!”

Clip 3: WHERE DO YOU ALL COME FROM
Recorded at the Mick Jagger Centre, Dartford, England in 2008, Ian had not played this song live since 1973 ! It of course being the original B-side of Roll Away the Stone.

Pre-order the boxset exclusively via Propermusic.com

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IT NEVER HAPPENED – DVD preview

IT NEVER HAPPENED – a 2 DVD set as part of the gargantuan Ian Hunter Stranded In Reality box set, playable worldwide (Region 0 coded).

We have gone to great lengths to obtain rare footage of Ian in various settings throughout the years and have come up trumps with rare rehearsal footage, record company promotional videos, European TV clips, full concerts and much more.

We are providing you with over 5 hours of prime Ian Hunter and here are a few clips to whet your appetites, a studio rehearsal film from 1975, a rare as hens teeth clip from Dutch TV in 1979 and a taster from the Ryerson Theatre, Toronto concert also from 1979.

See the full track listing for the DVDs and place your pre-order at www.propermusic.com.

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The Contents of Stranded in Reality

You will all have been excited by the extraordinary content of the CDs and DVDs in the monumental Stranded In Reality set – tracks viewable at www.propermusic.com

Now, let us tell you about some of the other enticing extras that will be revealed when you open the box.
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An 88-page “album sized” hard back book containing:

  • Show me what you got now … Stranded in Reality explained
  • The journey … the Ian Hunter story, penned by Ian Hunter biographer Campbell Devine, with quotes from Ian and his musical sidekicks along the way.
  • Down the tracks … Ian reflects on over 200 tracks with fascinating insights from the man himself.
  • Go tell the superstar … reflections and testimonials from rock ‘n’ roll luminaries

All illustrated with stunning artwork, several rare and previously unseen images, many donated by Ian from his personal collection, record sleeves, promo material and memorabilia.

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A 20-page 70s facsimile music paper containing historic press features, reviews and ads – plus a Hunter Ronson double-page Tour Poster – sequentially re-constructed from Sounds, Record Mirror, DISC and Melody Maker, and completely dedicated to Ian’s solo career (1975 to 2015)

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An unissued archive black and white reproduction print, taken at the 1976 All-American Alien Boy sessions for Philip Hays’ album artwork, personally signed by Ian Hunter.

Click the image below to view some example pages from the book.
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The limited edition boxset is available to pre-order now on www.propermusic.com.

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New single ‘Dandy’ is available now

‘Dandy’, the first single to be lifted from Ian Hunter’s new album Fingers Crossed, is Hunter’s fond tribute to David Bowie reflecting on a relationship cemented in 1972 when Bowie produced Mott The Hoople’s album ‘All The Young Dudes’ and provided its hit title track.

The single is now available as a digital download on Amazon.com in the USA and Amazon.co.uk in the UK.

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Stranded In Reality – Full Track List

The monumental Stranded In Reality 30 disc box set, strictly limited to 2500 worldwide and available exclusively through propermusic.com, not only contains all of Ian Hunter’s classic solo albums, mostly as expanded versions, but also includes 9 new discs of intriguing rare and unreleased tracks, plus 2 DVDs (worldwide compatible). The full track list can now be found at propermusic.com.

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Stranded In Reality – New Box Set Announced

IAN HUNTER
‘Stranded In Reality’ (Proper Records)
30-disc box set released September 2 2016

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Ian Hunter’s ‘Stranded In Reality’, the 30-disc Anthology box set, is available to pre-order now exclusively via Propermusic.com : http://smarturl.it/ianhunterboxset

The ‘Sampling In Reality’ boxset sampler is available to buy now for just £7 and features 5 tracks taken from the forthcoming anthology plus 2 unique tracks.

The career of the British rock great and Mott the Hoople icon Ian Hunter is celebrated with this strictly limited edition 30-disc Anthology box set, Stranded in Reality, containing a swathe of rare and previously unreleased recordings and film. Compiled and curated by Ian and recognised Hunter-Mott biographer Campbell Devine, the project is the ultimate celebration of the artist’s hugely influential and sparkling solo work. Covering the years 1975 to 2015, Stranded in Reality comprises 17 original albums on 19 CDs, 9 “new” discs of intriguing rare and unreleased tracks plus 2DVDs.

All of Ian’s classic solo albums are contained in the box set including expanded Anniversary Editions of Ian Hunter, All-American Alien Boy, You’re Never Alone with a Schizophrenic and Welcome to the Club, plus special unique bonus track discs of Short Back n’ Sides, All of The Good Ones Are Taken, The Artful Dodger, Strings Attached, Shrunken Heads and When I’m President.

The new albums are titled Tilting the Mirror (Rarities 2CD), If You Wait Long Enough for Anything, You Can Get it on Sale (Live 1979-81 2CD), Bag of Tricks (Live Volumes 1, 2 and 3), Acoustic Shadows and Experiments. The box presents many unheard and “lost” songs from Ian’s archive including ‘San Diego Freeway’, ‘Nobody’s Perfect’ and ‘Salvation’ as well as rarely performed live versions of ‘Wild East’, ‘While You Were Looking At Me’, ‘The Outsider’ and a 2008 acoustic concert.

A visual 2 disc set, It Never Happened, features promo, live and archive material, and most of the footage has not been issued commercially on DVD until now. The project includes a complete 1979 Hunter Ronson concert from London’s Hammersmith Odeon and a TV film from the same tour, live in Toronto. Collectively, the albums and DVD’s offer music fans a rock ‘n’ roll jackpot of over 400 tracks!

Lavishly presented in an LP-size deluxe box with custom Escher-style cover, the collection also contains an 88-page hardback book with comprehensive essay, rare memorabilia and Ian Hunter “Track by Track” for every song, a stunning facsimile Shades newspaper featuring classic historic press features, an Alien Boy lithograph personally signed by Ian and original and brand new album artwork in replica card sleeves.

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Live 1979-81
This 2 CD Set contains the “holy grail”, the complete and legendary Hammersmith Odeon show from 1979 with Mick Ronson, and recordings from Berkeley, New York and San Francisco.
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2 CDs, 34 tracks of rarities, outtakes, soundtrack songs and more.
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BAG OF TRICKS
3 volumes of live material from 1987 in Toronto through to 2015 in Tokyo.
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ACOUSTIC SHADOWS
Previously unreleased soundboard recordings, as a trio from the Mick Jagger Centre, England, 2008.
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EXPERIMENTS
18 tracks of all previously unreleased outtakes and demos from Ian’s personal archive.
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IT NEVER HAPPENED
A 2 DVD set featuring promo, live and archive material, most of which has not been issued commercially until now.

The complete track listing for the set is available to view now on www.propermusic.com.

2016 will be a special year for Classic Songwriter Ian Hunter with a brand new studio album, an unprecedented box set release and live dates in New York City, Sweden plus a UK tour including shows in Glasgow, Cardiff, Manchester and London.

Ian Hunter’s new studio album, Fingers Crossed promises ten new songs including ‘Ghosts’, ‘That’s When the Trouble Starts’, ‘Bow Street Runners’ and Ian’s much-anticipated homage to David Bowie ‘Dandy’. Recorded at HOBO Studios in New Jersey, and co-produced by Hunter and Andy York, the record features his magnificent Rant Band and will be released later this year on Proper Records.

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Ian Hunter on Chris Carter’s British Invasion (4 Jun 2016)

Ian Hunter will be the featured artist on Chris Carter’s British Invasion program on Sirius/XM channel 21 this weekend (4 Jun 2016), Little Steven’s Underground Garage. Chris will be playing lots of Ian and Mott The Hoople stuff, plus Ian will be stopping by during the program.

Chris Carter’s British Invasion is a weekly radio show on Sirius/XM’s Channel 21 in Little Stevens’ Underground Garage (airing on Saturday at Noon ET, replaying on Sunday at 4pm ET, and available 24/7 on Sirius/XM’s On Demand). The show features four hours of British rock’n’roll rooted in the era from 1963-1967, but also features pre-Beatles sounds, seventies glam, a bit of punk, and some 90s Brit-Pop as well as the latest new music from all over Great Britain.

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