Mick Ronson – Heaven And Hull – Cassette
With Ronson’s untimely 1993 death, an era of British rock went with him. Few other guitarists were so influential on the glam rock sound that infiltrated the records of the early 1970s. His weepy intro to “All The Young Dudes” or the brilliant riffage seeping out of Bowie’s ZIGGY STARDUST will perpetually immortalize Ronson to the ranks of guitar god.
His swan song, HEAVEN AND HULL, is a veritable glam rock family reunion, boasting cameos from the performers who brought his guitar playing to international attention. To Ronson’s own disciples, HEAVEN AND HULL is a tasteful goodbye from a true originator.
To his credit, there is no hierarchy given to the guest performers on the album. Def Leppard’s Joe Elliot has as many vocal contributions as David Bowie, and even sings along with the era’s anthemic “All The Young Dudes.” It is Ronson’s guitar work, however, that makes the album shine. After years of being overshadowed by the singers he worked with, HEAVEN AND HULL was Ronson’s time in the sun.
The gorgeous “Trouble With Me” finds Chrissie Hynde wrapping her delicious vocals around a song which plays better than half of her new album. Similarly, Joe Elliot’s contributions are stronger than most of Def Leppard’s recent material. And to prove that Ronson was a guitarist’s guitarist, and not just a scenester, the acoustic instrumental, “You And Me,” sets the pace. HEAVEN AND HULL lovingly says goodbye to a guitarist who shaped the guitar sound of the early 1970s, and does so with joy, not tears
1. Don’t Look Down – (with Joe Elliot)
2. Like A Rolling Stone – (with David Bowie)
3. When The World Falls Down – (with Sham Morris)
4. Trouble With Me – (with Chrissie Hynde)
5. Life’s A River – (with John Mellencamp)
6. You And Me
7. Colour Me
8. Take A Long Line -(w/Joe Elliot & Ian Hunter)
9. Midnight Love
10. All The Young Dudes – (live, David Bowie, Joe Elliot and Queen, with Ian Hunter)
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