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“It’s all about how a guitar is used, and Mick Ronson was an impeccable arranger. The way he placed the guitars in the recordings really informed the sound of the whole album. He had a very developed sense of composition.
“On the title cut, the tightness of his chording and his soloing is so well thought-out that it reminds me of how a composer would score a symphony. The album itself may not be original, but the way it’s put together, and the way the guitars are arranged, is highly original.
“I love the intelligent, theatrical use of the guitar. And even on something like Suffragette City, where Ronson really rocks out, it’s still beautifully composed. That song, in particular, is kind of a precursor to the Ramones. Its lineage probably goes back to The Stooges and Fun House.”