Proper MusicFormer Mott the Hoople frontman Ian Hunter has gone on to have an extremely prolific solo career, as evidenced by a massive 30-disc box set titled Stranded in Reality that was released recently.
The limited-edition collection, which spans the years 1975 to 2015, features remastered versions of 17 of Hunter’s official studio and live albums, many with bonus tracks, plus nine CDs’ worth of rare and previously unreleased recordings, two DVDs, an 88-page hardback book and some collectible inserts.
“There’s CDs there with totally new stuff on ’em. There’s CDs there with outtakes, [DVDs]…You name it,” Hunter tells ABC Radio. “I mean, I don’t know anything that’s left, put it like that.”
The box set was spearheaded by Mott the Hoople and Hunter archivist Campbell Devine, along with the Proper Music label, and came together over the course of three-and-a-half years. Ian says he took a while before he personally got involved in in the project, but with Devine’s prompting he eventually wound up digging deep into his vaults to contribute unreleased demos and other rare tracks.
“Campbell [is] a bit of a terrier, and he had me digging out stuff that I really didn’t know I had,” explains Hunter, “and he had me remembering stuff that I didn’t remember.”
Meanwhile, Hunter admits that he initially “felt a little funny about” putting out such an all-encompassing anthology of his work, noting, “Normally when you do box sets, well, that’s it, right?” The 77-year-old rocker adds that he “got over that one pretty quick” because of the fact that he had a brand-new studio album, Finger Crossed, that he released around the same time as Stranded in Reality.
You can check out the full track list of the box set at ProperMusic.com.
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