Shades of Ian Hunter may not be the most comprehensive of hits packages from this longtime rock & roller, but it does combine the best tracks from three of his most successful recordings. With 15 songs, this minor compilation pulls his best material from the outstanding You're Never Alone With a Schizophrenic album, as well as the off-the-wall Short Back N' Sides release from 1981 and the live Welcome to the Club offering from 1980. The first seven tunes from Schizophrenic include "Just Another Night" and the monumental "Cleveland Rocks," as well as the gorgeous "Ships." The next five are taken from Short Back N' Sides, highlighted by the haunting "Old Records Never Die." "Gun Control" rolls along firmly with its jittery pace, and the dissonance of "Central Park N' West grows with a strange appeal every time it's heard. The last three tracks that are taken from the live album include two of Mott the Hoople's biggest tunes in "All The Way From Memphis" and the teen rock anthem "All the Young Dudes." Ending the album with songs from his former band is an effective finish to this compilation, which makes for an abbreviated but pleasant listen.
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AllMusic Review by Mike DeGagne