What does it sound like?:
Subtitled “The Complete Mainman Recordings”, this 4 CD release on Cherry Red sweeps up pretty much all Mick Ronson’s solo recordings from the period between 1974 and 1979. The first 2 CDs each showcase the officially released RCA albums from 1974 and 1975: Slaughter On 10th Avenue and Play Don’t Worry. Each CD concludes with a selection of out-takes, b-sides and live recordings. CD 3 contains a dozen studio recordings that Mick Ronson made with a power trio in late 1976. This material essentially constitutes a largely unheard album of recordings. They are very good and strongly reminiscent to me of the hard rock albums that Rory Gallagher released in the late 70s. CD 4 is a motley collection of demos and live songs entitled Rarities. This CD is a little underwhelming to begin with and contains mainly songs heard before in the set but picks up at the end with 7 fine live songs from 1976. The good news is that the sound quality of this release is very decent indeed. Not too much compression and on a par with previous CD releases of the 2 Mainman albums. Mick had an ear for mixing » Continue Reading.