10 Songs, 42 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Guitar hero Mick Ronson died of cancer in 1993, midway through his third solo album. His running buds—Ian Hunter, David Bowie, Joe Elliott, Chrissie Hynde, John Mellencamp, and others—stepped up to complete the project. In the results, you can hear the quality that had kept Ronson going. There are fun oddities, such as the total glam-slam reboot of Dylan’s “Like a Rolling Stone,” complete with a histrionic Bowie vocal and massive Ronson guitar hooks. There’s a tender instrumental penned by dance maestro Giorgio Moroder (“Midnight Love”) and a wah-wah’d dancefloor surrender led by Hynde (“Trouble with Me”). “Don’t Look Down” has to be 1990’s finest hard rock tune, and “Take a Long Line” tumbles forward like a rocking send-off to debauched times. The inevitabilities of immortality are profound here, especially on “Colour Me” (“We live in a grey world/A world without sun anymore”) and the tearjerking finale that finds Hunter and Ronson performing Mott the Hoople’s lamenting classic “All the Young Dudes” at 1992’s all-star tribute to Queen’s Freddie Mercury.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Guitar hero Mick Ronson died of cancer in 1993, midway through his third solo album. His running buds—Ian Hunter, David Bowie, Joe Elliott, Chrissie Hynde, John Mellencamp, and others—stepped up to complete the project. In the results, you can hear the quality that had kept Ronson going. There are fun oddities, such as the total glam-slam reboot of Dylan’s “Like a Rolling Stone,” complete with a histrionic Bowie vocal and massive Ronson guitar hooks. There’s a tender instrumental penned by dance maestro Giorgio Moroder (“Midnight Love”) and a wah-wah’d dancefloor surrender led by Hynde (“Trouble with Me”). “Don’t Look Down” has to be 1990’s finest hard rock tune, and “Take a Long Line” tumbles forward like a rocking send-off to debauched times. The inevitabilities of immortality are profound here, especially on “Colour Me” (“We live in a grey world/A world without sun anymore”) and the tearjerking finale that finds Hunter and Ronson performing Mott the Hoople’s lamenting classic “All the Young Dudes” at 1992’s all-star tribute to Queen’s Freddie Mercury.

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