YUI Orta

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YUI Orta
Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 3 1989
StudioPower Station, New York City
GenreHard rock
ProducerBernard Edwards
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YUI Orta is the seventh solo studio album by English singer Ian Hunter. The title is a play on the phrase "Why you, I ought to...". Hunter reunites again with longtime collaborator Mick Ronson, as The Hunter Ronson Band.

It was intended as a sort of comeback for both men, but the record company did little promotion and eventually they were dropped from the label.[2] There were plans for a follow-up, but these were put on hold when Ronson was diagnosed with liver cancer.[2] In "Big Time", Hunter borrows the riff from his own song "Once Bitten Twice Shy". In "Tell It Like It Is" Ronson borrows the riff from "Get It On".

In 2003, the album was reissued with two bonus tracks.[2]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Ian Hunter except where noted

  1. "American Music" – 4:12
  2. "The Loner" – 4:47
  3. "Women's Intuition" (Hunter, Ronson) – 6:31
  4. "Tell It Like It Is" (Hunter, Ronson) – 4:23
  5. "Livin' in a Heart" – 4:34
  6. "Big Time" – 4:03
  7. "Cool" (Hunter, Ronson) – 4:30
  8. "Beg a Little Love" (Hunter, Robbie McNasty) – 6:26
  9. "Following in your Footsteps" (Hunter, Ronson) – 5:02
  10. "Sons 'n' Lovers" – 4:55
  11. "Pain" (Hunter, Donnie Kehr) – 4:43
  12. "How Much More Can I Take" – 3:48
  13. "Sweet Dreamer" (Don Gibson, Ronson) – 6:28
  14. "4th Hour of My Sleep" (Tucker Zimmerman) – 3:08 *
  15. "Power of Darkness" (Ronson, Benny Marshall) – 3:32 *
  • * Bonus tracks on 2003 CD re-release. This was a re-release of the January 1971 single by Ronno; which consisted of Benny Marshall (vocals), Mick Ronson (guitar), Tony Visconti (bass) and Woody Woodmansey (drums). Tucker Zimmerman was an American friend of Visconti.


  • Ian Hunter - lead vocals, backing vocals; piano on "Sweet Dreamer"
  • Mick Ronson - guitars, backing vocals
  • Pat Kilbride - bass
  • Tommy Mandel - keyboards
  • Mickey Curry - drums
  • Joe Cerisano - backing vocals
  • Carmella Long - backing vocals
  • Donnie Kehr - backing vocals
  • Robbie Alter - backing vocals
  • Carola Westerlund - backing vocals
  • Bernard Edwards - bass on "Women's Intuition"
  • Benny Marshall - vocals on bonus tracks
  • David O'Donnell, Matthew "Boomer" Lamonica, Michael Christopher, Roy Hendrickson - engineer
  • Bernard Edwards, Larry Alexander - mixing
  • Mitchell Kanner - art director, designer


  1. ^ "YUI Orta - The Hunter Ronson Band | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 17 July 2021.
  2. ^ a b c "Ian Hunter CD: "YUI Orta"". Hunter-mott.com.