The Golden Age 1969–1997 – Ian Hunter – 2009



The Golden Age 1969–1997 - Ian Hunter
The Golden Age 1969–1997 - Ian Hunter

“The Golden Age 1969–1997” is a compilation album by English musician Ian Hunter. It was released in 2009 and spans the period from 1969 to 1997, featuring a selection of tracks from Hunter’s solo career.

Ian Hunter is best known as the lead vocalist and principal songwriter of the rock band Mott the Hoople. After the band’s dissolution, Hunter embarked on a successful solo career, releasing numerous albums and establishing himself as a respected artist.

“The Golden Age 1969–1997” showcases the breadth of Hunter’s solo work, highlighting his songwriting prowess and his distinctive blend of rock, folk, and introspective lyrics. The album includes tracks from his solo albums such as “Once Bitten, Twice Shy,” “Cleveland Rocks,” and “All the Way from Memphis.”

Some of the notable tracks on “The Golden Age 1969–1997” include:

1. “All the Way from Memphis” – A fan-favorite and one of Hunter’s signature songs, known for its catchy hooks and rock ‘n’ roll spirit.

2. “Once Bitten, Twice Shy” – Originally released in 1975, this track became a hit when covered by the band Great White in 1989. It showcases Hunter’s ability to craft memorable and anthemic rock songs.

3. “Cleveland Rocks” – Another well-known track, it gained popularity as the theme song for the television series “The Drew Carey Show.” The song captures the spirit of rock ‘n’ roll and pays homage to the city of Cleveland.

“The Golden Age 1969–1997” serves as a comprehensive overview of Ian Hunter’s solo career, offering a retrospective of his music and highlighting his contributions to the rock genre. It provides a good starting point for those interested in exploring Hunter’s solo work beyond his time with Mott the Hoople.

The Golden Age 1969–1997” is a great introduction to Ian Hunter’s music for new listeners. It is a timeless classic that continues to be enjoyed by listeners of all ages.


  • Derek Shulman – lead vocals, alto saxophone, bass clarinet, recorder, clavichord
  • Ray Shulman – bass guitar, violin, acoustic guitar, backing vocals, percussion
  • Gary Green – electric guitar, acoustic guitar, mandolin, recorder
  • Kerry Minnear – keyboards, cello, vibraphone, Moog synthesizer, backing vocals
  • John Weathers – drums, percussion, xylophone

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