Monday, July 17, 2017

MOTT THE HOOPLE



Mott The Hoople are one of the great also-rans in the history of rock & roll. Though Mott scored a number of album rock hits in the early '70s, the band never quite broke through into the mainstream. Nevertheless, their nasty fusion of heavy metal, glam rock, and Bob Dylan's sneering hipster cynicism provided the groundwork for many British punk bands, most notably the Clash. At the center of Mott the Hoople was lead vocalist/pianist Ian Hunter, a late addition to the band who developed into its focal point as his songwriting grew. Hunter was able to subvert rock & roll conventions with his lyrics, and the band — led by guitarist Mick Ralphs — had a tough, muscular sound that kept the group firmly in hard rock territory, even when flirting with homosexual imagery and glammy makeup. However, their lack of success meant that they inevitably splintered apart in the '70s, with Ralphs forming Bad Company and Hunter launching a cult solo career.

Mick Ralphs (lead guitar, vocal), Verden Allen (organ), Overend Pete Watts (bass), and Dale "Buffin" Griffin (drums) formed Silence in 1968 and began playing around their hometown of Hereford, England. Early in 1969, the band added vocalist Stan Tippens and landed a record contract with Island (Atlantic in the U.S.), heading to London to record with producer Guy Stevens, whose first move was to change the band's name to Mott The Hoople, after a Willard Manus novel. By the summer, Tippens was fired, later becoming the band's road manager, and was replaced by Ian Hunter. The eponymous debut album Mott the Hoople was released in the fall of 1969 and it became an underground hit, known for its fusion of Blonde on Blonde-era Dylan and heavy metal, as well for its straight cover of Sonny Bono's "Laugh At Me" and its pounding instrumental version of the Kinks' "You Really Got Me."

Despite all of the attention, Mott The Hoople received, it didn't sell well and neither did its poorly reviewed 1970 follow-up, Mad Shadows. The band returned in 1971 with the country-tinged Wildlife, which was its least popular record to date. Despite their lack of sales, Mott The Hoople had gained a cult following in Britain through their constant touring. At a concert at the Royal Albert Hall in July 1971, the band sparked a mini-riot that led the venue to ban rock concerts for a number of years. More than any of their previous releases, Brain Capers (1971) demonstrated the band's live power, but when it failed to sell, the group was prepared to disband.

Just as the band was about to split, David Bowie intervened and convinced the group to stay together. Riding at the height of his Ziggy Stardust popularity, Bowie agreed to produce Mott's next album and offered "Suffragette City" for the band members to record. They refused the song, asking for "Drive-In Saturday" instead. They eventually settled for "All The Young Dudes," which became the group's breakthrough hit. An explicitly gay anthem recorded by a heterosexual band, "All The Young Dudes" became the anthem for the glam rock era, becoming a number three hit in the U.K. and a Top 40 hit in the U.S. in the summer of 1972. An album of the same name was released on Columbia Records in the fall, and it became a hit in the U.K. and the U.S.

Allen left the band before the recording of the group's follow-up to All the Young Dudes, citing Hunter's reluctance to record his songs. A concept album about a rock band struggling for success, Mott, released in the summer 1973, expanded the band's success, receiving good reviews and peaking at number seven in Britain and number 35 in America. "All The Way From Memphis" and "Roll Away The Stone" became Top Ten hits in the U.K., confirming the band's status as one of the leaders of the glam rock movement. In the summer of 1974, Hunter published Diary of a Rock Star to great acclaim in the U.K.

While the band members were finally experiencing the success that they had desired, the group was beginning to fall apart. Frustrated with Allen's departure, as well as the fact that his song "Can't Get Enough" was out of Hunter's range, Ralphs left Mott in late 1973 to form Bad Company with Paul Rodgers. He was replaced by former Spooky Tooth guitarist Luther Grosvenor, who changed his name to Ariel Bender upon joining the band; keyboardist Morgan Fisher also joined the group. The new lineup toured in late 1973, and the concerts were documented on 1974's Mott The Hoople Live. The live record was released after The Hoople appeared in the spring, peaking at 11 in the U.K. and 28 in the U.S. on the strength of the singles "The Golden Age Of Rock 'n' Roll" and "Foxy Foxy." Former Bowie guitarist Mick Ronson replaced Bender in the fall of 1974 upon Hunter's request. Within a few months, the pair left the band to begin working as a duo. The remaining members of Mott The Hoople added guitarist Ray Major and vocalist Nigel Benjamin, truncating their name to Mott. The new incarnation of the group released Drive On (1975) and Shouting And Pointing (1976) to little attention before adding John Fiddler as their lead singer and changing their name to British Lions. They split up two years later.

For a more comprehensive biography of Mott The Hoople go here: http://www.hunter-mott.com/history/index.html


01. [1969] Mott The Hoople (2003 Remaster)


Mott The Hoople is the debut studio album by the band of the same name. It was produced by Guy Stevens and released in 1969 by Island Records in the UK, and in 1970 by Atlantic Records in North America. It was subsequently re-released by Angel Air in 2003.

Stevens, the group's initial mentor and guide, wanted to create an album that would suggest Bob Dylan singing with the Rolling Stones. This was partially achieved, with the album including several Dylanesque cover versions along with aggressive rock originals. Years later, vocalist Ian Hunter - who had only just joined the band prior to Mott the Hoople's recording and had yet to play live with them - would insinuate, in an August 1980 Trouser Press magazine interview, that the Stones' 1971 track "Bitch" bore more than a passing resemblance to this album's "Rock and Roll Queen."

An instrumental version of The Kinks' "You Really Got Me" introduces the album, though a vocal version was recorded and is available on Mott's compilation release Two Miles From Heaven. Doug Sahm's "At The Crossroads" and Sonny Bono's "Laugh At Me" are suitably reminiscent of Bob Dylan, as is Hunter's "Backsliding Fearlessly."

01. You Really Got Me
02. At The Crossroads
03. Laugh At Me
04. Backsliding Fearlessly
05. Rock And Roll Queen
06. Rabbit Foot And Toby Time
07. Half Moon Bay
08. Wrath And Wroll
09. Ohio (Live)
10. Find Your Way (Instrumental)

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02. [1970] Mad Shadows (2003 Remaster)


Mad Shadows was the second album by Mott The Hoople. It was recorded in 1970 and released in the UK on Island Records in September 1970 and in the US by Atlantic Records. It was subsequently re-released by Angel Air in 2003.

As with their debut album it was produced by Guy Stevens. The album title "Mad Shadows" was originally planned for Steve Winwood's solo project that evolved into Traffic's John Barleycorn Must Die. Mott The Hoople's original title, Sticky Fingers, was dropped when The Rolling Stones used it for their own record. Indeed, Mick Jagger sang backing vocals on the song "Walkin' With A Mountain". The album was notable for its darker, heavier sound, and oppressive cover artwork. The final track of the original album, "When My Mind's Gone", was allegedly performed by Hunter under producer Stevens' hypnotic influence. Although the album received mixed reviews and sold poorly, "Walkin' With A Mountain" remained a live favourite until the band folded.

01. Thunderbuck Ram
02. No Wheels To Ride
03. You Are One Of Us
04. Walkin' With A Mountain
05. I Can Feel
06. Threads Of Iron
07. When My Mind's Gone
08. It Would Be A Pleasure
09. How Long? (Death May Be Your Santa Claus)

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03. [1971] Wildlife (2003 Remaster)


Wildlife is the third studio album by the British band Mott The Hoople.

The album was originally released in 1971; in the UK by Island Records and in the US by Atlantic Records. It was subsequently re-released by Angel Air in 2003. After the edgier rock of their first two albums this record has a softer feel (leading to its nickname "Mildlife" among band members). Even Ian Hunter's trio of compositions are introspective, though disarmingly beautiful. For the first (and only) time Mick Ralphs' contributions predominate, leading to an almost country-rock feel for much of the album.

"Keep A Knockin'" is a shambolic live version, all that was deemed salvageable at the time from a prospective live album recorded by Mott's original producer Guy Stevens at Croydon's Fairfield Halls in 1970.

01. Whiskey Women
02. Angel Of Eighth Avenue
03. Wrong Side Of The River
04. Waterlow
05. Lay Down
06. It Must Be Love
07. Original Mixed Up Kid
08. Home is Where I Want To Be
09. Keep A Knockin' (Live)
10. It'll Be Me
11. Long Red

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04. [1971] Brain Capers (2003 Remaster)


Brain Capers is the fourth album by the band Mott The Hoople.

It was originally released in November 1971 in the UK by Island Records and was reissued in 2003 by Angel Air. It was released January 1972 in the US on Atlantic Records and on Island Records in Canada.

The album marked a return to the harder, heavier style of Mott's first two albums, with several songs recorded live in the studio. (A close listen to "The Moon Upstairs," for example, will reveal two instances where Dale Griffin's drumsticks clatter to the floor upon his losing them.) The album was not initially a commercial success, and was the only Mott The Hoople album that failed to chart in either the UK or US.

Its working title was "AC/DC" though this was abandoned in favour of either "Brain Damage" or "Bizarre Capers" before a compromise was settled on. Earlier sessions, self-produced by the band, were also abandoned when svengali Guy Stevens was called in to rescue the album but a number of these recordings have resurfaced on All The Young Dudes: The Anthology and as bonus material on Angel Air's re-issues of Mott The Hoople albums.

01. Death May Be Your Santa Claus
02. Your Own Backyard
03. Darkness, Darkness
04. The Journey
05. Sweet Angeline
06. Second Love
07. The Moon Upstairs
08. The Wheel Of The Quivering Meat Conception
09. Midnight Lady (Non-LP Single Version)
10. The Journey (Alternate Version)

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05. [1971] Wolverhampton Civic Hall 1971


Recorded 20th December 1971, poor quality audience recording, for completists only.

01. The Moon Upstairs
02. Death May Be Your Santa Claus
03. In Your Own Backyard
04. Walkin' With A Mountain
05. Whiskey Women
06. The Journey
07. Sweet Angeline
08. Darkness, Darkness
09. Rock 'n' Roll Queen
10. Midnight Lady
11. Keep A Knockin'

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06. [1972] All The Young Dudes (2006 Remaster)


All The Young Dudes is the fifth studio album by Mott The Hoople, released in 1972. It was their initial album for the CBS Records label (Columbia Records in North America), after three years with Island Records in the UK and Atlantic Records in North America.

All The Young Dudes was a turning point for the then-struggling British band. Mott the Hoople were about to break up when David Bowie stepped in and gave them the song "All The Young Dudes". Bowie also produced the album, which took Mott "from potential has-beens to avatars of the glam rock movement". A remastered and expanded version was released by Sony BMG on the Columbia Legacy label in the United Kingdom and the United States on 21 February 2006.

The title track, "All the Young Dudes", was released as a single prior to the album and charted worldwide, becoming the "ultimate '70s glitterkid anthem". "Sweet Jane", a cover of the Velvet Underground song from their 1970 album Loaded, was issued as a single in Canada, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain and the United States, though not in their home market of the UK. "One of the Boys", originally the B-side of "All the Young Dudes", was also released in North America and Continental Europe.

In 2003, the album was ranked number 491 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. In 2012, the album listed at No. 484 on a revised list by the magazine.

01. Sweet Jane
02. Momma's Little Jewel
03. All The Young Dudes
04. Sucker
05. Jerkin' Crocus
06. One Of The Boys
07. Soft Ground
08. Ready For Love / After Lights
09. Sea Diver
10. One Of The Boys (Demo Version)
11. Black Scorpio (Demo Version Of Momma's Little Jewel)
12. Ride On The Sun (Demo Version Of Sea Diver)
13. One Of The Boys (U.K. Single Version)
14. All The Young Dudes (David Bowie / Ian Hunter Vocal)
15. Sucker (Live 1973 At The Hammersmith Odeon)
16. Sweet Jane (Live 1973 At The Hammersmith Odeon)

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07. [1973] Mott (2006 Remaster)


Mott is a 1973 album by British band Mott The Hoople. "All The Way From Memphis", an edited version of which was released as a single, received considerable airplay on U.S. radio and captured the band many overseas fans, as well as reaching the UK Top 10.

It was clear by the time Mott was released that Ian Hunter had become the dominant figure of the band. Aside from the lead track, the album includes introspective songs such as "Ballad Of Mott The Hoople", which exposes Mott’s near break-up, and the peculiar "I Wish I Was Your Mother", featuring multi-tracked mandolin, in which Hunter sings of his wish to see his love as a child. Hard rockers are given their due with "Whizz Kid", "Drivin’ Sister", "Violence" and "Honaloochie Boogie", the last-named being another UK single. A fine performance is delivered by Hunter in the almost religious "Hymn For The Dudes."

The album featured different covers in the U.K. and U.S., as well as remastered tracks on some editions. The U.S. cover featured a photo of the four band members with the word "MOTT" on it, with "Mott The Hoople" written in the O. The U.K. front cover featured an illustration based on the bust of a Roman emperor, the band's name written in a typeface simultaneously evocative of a '20s Art Deco font and the "Future Shock" font inspired by computer-readable punch cards. Initial copies had a gatefold sleeve with the emperor image printed on a transparent plastic sheet. The emperor would appear again on the inner sleeve of The Hoople, the band's next and final album in both the United States and the United Kingdom. A remastered and expanded version was released by Sony's Columbia/Legacy imprint in the United States in 2006.

In 2003, the album was ranked number 366 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.

01. All The Way From Memphis
02. Whizz Kid
03. Hymn For The Dudes
04. Honaloochie Boogie
05. Violence
06. Drivin' Sister
07. Ballad Of Mott The Hoople (March 26th 1972 Zurich)
08. I'm A Cadillac / El Camino Dolo Roso
09. I Wish I Was Your Mother
10. Rose (Non-LP B-Side)
11. Honaloochie Boogie (Demo)
12. Nightmare (Demo)
13. Drivin' Sister (Live 1973 At The Hammersmith Odeon)

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08. [1974] The Hoople (2006 Remaster)


Mott was so good that the sequel, appropriately named The Hoople, has been unfairly dismissed as not living up to the group's promise. Yes, it doesn't compare to its predecessor, but most records don't. The bigger problem is that Mick Ralphs chose to leave during the supporting tour for Mott, leaving Ian Hunter as the undisputed leader of the group and subtly changing the character of the band's sound.

Even with Hunter as Mott the Hoople's main songwriter, Ralphs helped shape their musical direction, so without a collaborator in hand, Hunter was left without a center. So, it isn't surprising that the record seems a little uneven, both in terms of songwriting and sound, but it's hardly without merit. "Roll Away the Stone," a leftover from Mott, is first-rate; "Crash Street Kidds" rocks viciously; "The Golden Age Of Rock 'n' Roll" is a pleasant spin on Bowie-esque nostalgia (think "Drive-In Saturday"); and Overend Watts follows through on that theme with "Born Late '58," a perfectly credible rocker. This all makes The Hoople an entertaining listen, even if it doesn't compare to Mott's earlier masterpieces.

01. The Golden Age Of Rock 'n' Roll
02. Marionette
03. Alice
04. Crash Street Kidds
05. Born Late '58
06. Trudi's Song
07. Pearl n' Roy (England)
08. Through The Looking Glass
09. Roll Away The Stone
10. Where Do You All Come From (Non-LP B-Side)
11. Rest In Peace (Non-LP B-Side)
12. Foxy Foxy (Non-LP Single)
13. (Do You Remember) The Saturday Gigs (Alternate Version)
14. The Saturday Kids (Demo)
15. Lounge Lizard
16. American Pie/The Golden Age Of Rock 'n' Roll (Live 1974 At Uris Theatre, Broadway)

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09. [1974] Live (2004 2CD 30th Anniversary Edition)


Live is a 1974 album by British band Mott The Hoople recorded during their debut US performance at the Uris Theater on Broadway in Manhattan, New York City with Queen as the opening act. A remastered and expanded 30th Anniversary Edition was released by Sony BMG on the Columbia label. The release of the album in its original form in 1974 coincided with the announcement of the band's demise and it was, therefore, their final release. It was a single disc album in its original format but the addition of thirteen extra tracks has seen it expand to a double CD package.

Disc 1 Broadway 8th May 1974

01. Intro - Jupiter From 'The Planets'
02. American Pie - The Golden Age Of Rock 'n' Roll
03. Sucker
04. Roll Away The Stone / Sweet Jane
05. Rest In Peace
06. All The Way From Memphis
07. Born Late '58
08. One Of The Boys
09. Hymn For The Dudes
10. Marionette
11. Drivin' Sister/Crash Street Kidds/Violence
12. All The Young Dudes
13. Walkin' With A Mountain

Disc 2 Hammersmith Odeon 14th December 1973

01. Intro - Jupiter From 'The Planets'
02. Drivin' Sister
03. Sucker
04. Sweet Jane
05. Sweet Angeline
06. Rose
07. Roll Away The Stone
08. All The Young Dudes
09. Jerkin' Crocus/One Of The Boys/Rock 'n' Roll Queen/Get Back/Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On/Violence
10. Walkin' With A Mountain

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10. [1976] Greatest Hits


Greatest Hits suffers a bit because this band, whose "Tales of the Near Great" stories made them sentimental favorites, produced only two albums of real worth after they moved from Atlantic to Columbia. One sees the breakdown of the group following the departure of guitarist Mick Ralphs in the terribly ill-fitting and annoying lead guitar work of Ariel Bender. Still, such gems as "All The Way From Memphis," along with a different take of "Roll Away The Stone" and two previously unheard cuts, "Foxy Foxy" and "Saturday Gigs," give this absorbing group a belated last testament.

01. All The Way From Memphis
02. Honaloochie Boogie
03. Hymn For The Dudes
04. Born Late '58
05. All The Young Dudes
06. Roll Away The Stone
07. Ballad Of Mott The Hoople (March 26th 1972 Zurich)
08. The Golden Age Of Rock 'n' Roll
09. Foxy Foxy
10. Saturday Gigs

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11. [1980] Two Miles From Heaven (2003 Remaster)


Two Miles From Heaven is a compilation album of tracks recorded by British underground rock band Mott The Hoople during their period with Island Records from 1969 to 1972. It features the original band line-up of Ian Hunter (vocals, piano, guitar), Mick Ralphs (guitar, vocals), Peter Watts (bass guitar, vocals), Dale Griffin (drums) and Verden Allen (organ). Incomplete tracks from original sessions were supplemented by overdubs of vocals, keyboards (by later Mott The Hoople and Mott member Morgan Fisher) and guitar (including contributions from Mott guitarist Ray Majors).

Of significance to followers of the group were the inclusion of alternative versions of extant Mott the Hoople songs - a vocal version of "You Really Got Me", the discarded mix of "Thunderbuck Ram" and early demo tapes of songs that were later recorded for their All the Young Dudes album once the band had left Island and signed to Columbia Records: "One of the Boys", "Ride on the Sun" (better known as "Sea Diver") and "Black Scorpio" (Momma's Little Jewel). "Until I'm Gone" was an otherwise unreleased Ralphs track.

The initial vinyl release was on Island's German label in 1980, but it has subsequently been re-released on Angel Air in 2003 with additional bonus tracks.

01. You Really Got Me
02. The Road To Birmingham
03. Thunderback Ram
04. Going Home
05. Littel Christine
06. Keep A Knockin'
07. Black Hills
08. Movin' On
09. Ride On The Sun
10. Growin' Man Blues
11. Until I'm Gone
12. One Of The Boys
13. Surfin' UK
14. Black Scorpio
15. (There's An) Ill Wind Blowing
16. The Debt
17. Downtown

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12. [1993] The Ballad Of Mott: A Retrospective (2CD)


Although it was subsequently rendered academic by the release of the All the Young Dudes box set, Ballad of Mott would stand proud as the finest Mott the Hoople collection on the market for close to five years — and, in many ways, it remains so. The emphasis is on the band's years at the top, the 1972-74 period when they machine gunned out hit singles, at the same time as operating a virtual revolving door for guitarists. Mick Ralphs, Ariel Bender, and Mick Ronson all filed through the band during that period, and all three left some startling classics behind them — the tasteful effervescence of "All the Young Dudes," "Violence," and "Whizz Kid" (Ralphs); the playful flash of "Roll Away the Stone," "Crash Street Kidds," and "Golden Age of Rock'n'Roll" (Bender); the majestic sobriety of "Saturday Gigs" and "Lounge Lizard" — both present here in previously unreleased form (Ronson). Of course all the hit singles are aboard, together with four well-chosen cuts from the band's years with Island/Atlantic in the days before fame came knocking.

There's also some meaty rarities above and beyond the aforementioned — the jokey "Henry & The H-Bomb", recorded during the Dudes sessions with producer David Bowie, a version of The Hoople's masterful "Through The Looking Glass," which dissolves midway through into an utterly unexpected barrage of invective; and the opening verse of Don McLean's "American Pie," with which Mott introduced their 1974 era tours. Add a clutch of U.K. B-sides (nothing spectacular, but nice to have), and a generous dose of primo album cuts and, while The Ballad Of Mott did draw some criticism from a Mott fanbase which was hoping for even more vault-exhuming lovelies, in terms of truly telling the story, it's a peerless collection. Yes, even more so than the box set.

Disc 1

01. Rock And Roll Queen
02. Walkin' With A Mountain
03. Waterlow
04. Sweet Angeline
05. All The Young Dudes
06. Momma's Little Jewel
07. One Of The Boys
08. Sucker
09. Sweet Jane
10. Sea Diver
11. Ready For Love / After Lights
12. Ballad Of Mott The Hoople (March 26, 1972 Zurich)
13. Drivin' Sister
14. Violence
15. Rose
16. I Wish I Was Your Mother

Disc 2

01. Honaloochie Boogie
02. All The Way From Memphis
03. Whizz Kid
04. Hymn For The Dudes
05. The Golden Age Of Rock 'n' Roll
06. Rest In Peace
07. Marionette
08. Crash Street Kidds
09. Born Late '58
10. Roll Away The Stone
11. Where Do You All Come From
12. Henry & The H-Bomb
13. Foxy Foxy
14. (Do You Remember) Saturday Gigs
15. Lounge Lizard
16. Through The Looking Glass
17. American Pie (Excerpt)

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13. [1998] All The Way From Stockholm To Philadelphia - Live 71/72 (2CD)


There isn't much revelation here as far as songs that can't be found on Mott's studio albums, or in radically redefined interpretations of early-'70s material. Still, this double CD of previously unavailable live concerts is a worthwhile document for serious Mott fans, taken from good-quality radio broadcasts.

A February 1971 show in Stockholm comprises the whole of disc one, which runs only 34 minutes with a smattering of material from their first three albums ("Laugh At Me" and "The Original Mixed Up Kid" are the best numbers) and an otherwise unavailable cover of Mountain's "Long Red."

Disc two is entirely devoted to a Philadelphia show in November 1972, and offers considerably more music (75-minutes worth). By this time the band's international reputation had grown considerably, and most of the set consists of songs from the All The Young Dudes album, filled out by a too-long (nine-minute) encore cover of "Honky Tonk Women"; David Bowie (who introduces the concert) sings with them on "All The Young Dudes," the highlight of the program.

For all the modern talk of Mott as precursors of sorts to punk, so much of this is period hard rock or boogie, prone to overlong solos (check out the 13-minute version of "Ready For Love" and that theory is hard-put to hold water, at least on this package). Even the glam quotient is rather sporadic (indeed absent from the 1971 concert), although disc two does provide goods in this regard with "All The Young Dudes," "Hymn For The Dudes," and "Sweet Jane". "Sweet Angeline" is the best example of Hunter's more introspective side.

Disc 1 The Konserthuset, Stockholm 16 February 1971

01. Long Red
02. The Original Mixed Up Kid
03. Walkin' With A Mountain
04. Laugh At Me
05. Thunderbuck Ram
06. Keep A Knockin'

Disc 2 The Tower Theatre, Philadelphia 29 November 1972

01. Introduction - Jupiter (From Holst's Planet Suite)
02. Jerkin' Crocus
03. Sucker
04. Hymn For The Dudes
05. Ready For Love
06. Sweet Jane
07. Sea Diver
08. Sweet Angeline
09. One Of The Boys
10. Midnight Lady
11. All The Young Dudes
12. Honky Tonk Women

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14. [1998] All The Young Dudes - The Anthology (3CD)


This long-awaited Mott The Hoople box set was compiled by Dale Griffin and was finally released on 14 September 1998. It has a good mix of hits and rarities and it also covers the early days as The Buddies (1964), Doc Thomas Group (1966), Shakedown Sound (1968) and Silence (1968-69), plus spin-off bands Mott and British Lions. The box includes a 56-page booklet with a MTH chronology, a discography and detailed information about each track.

Disc 1 The Twilight Of Pain Through Doubt (Three Years On Treasure Island) 1969-1972

01. Like A Rolling Stone (Impromptu Jam)
02. Rock And Roll Queen (45rpm Mono Version)
03. You Really Got Me (Original 1969 Mono Vocal Mix)
04. Wrath And Wroll (1998 Mix)
05. SILENCE - Find Your Way (Backtrack Demo)
06. Moonbus (Baby's Got A Down) (Demo) (1998 Mix)
07. It Would Be A Pleasure (Demo)
08. Ohio (Live) (1998 Mix)
09. Midnight Lady (The Road To Rome) (Demo)
10. The Debt
11. Downtown (1998 Mix)
12. Long Red (Demo) (1998 Mix)
13. It'll Be Me (Demo) (1998 Mix)
14. Until I'm Gone (Demo) (1998 Mix)
15. One Of The Boys (Alternate Version) (1998 Mix)
16. The Journey (Alternate Version) (1998 Mix)
17. Mental Train (The Moon Upstairs) (1998 Mix)
18. How Long (Death May Be Your Santa Claus) (1998 Mix)
19. Ride On The Sun (Early Sea Diver Demo) (1998 Mix)
20. Movin' On (Demo) (1998 Mix)
21. The Hunchback Fish (Original 1969 Backtrack Mix)

Disc 2 Temptations Of The Flash (Columbia Hitts & Hottrax) 1972-1974

01. All The Young Dudes
02. One Of The Boys
03. Sweet Jane
04. Ready For Love
05. Honaloochie Boogie
06. Ballad Of Mott The Hoople (March 26th 1972 Zurich)
07. I Wish I Was Your Mother (1998 Mix)
08. I'm A Cadillac
09. All The Way From Memphis
10. Hymn For The Dudes
11. Violence
12. Roll Away The Stone
13. Crash Street Kidds
14. Marionette
15. Golden Age Of Rock 'n' Roll
16. Rest In Peace
17. Born Late '58
18. Foxy Foxy
19. (Do You Remember) The Saturday Gigs

Disc 3 Blistered Psalms (Demos & Rarities) 1964-1978

01. All The Young Dudes (David Bowie Guide Vocal)
02. THE BUDDIES - It's Goodbye (Mono)
03. DOC THOMAS GROUP - Just Can't Go To Sleep (Mono)
04. SHAKEDOWN SOUND - Transparent Day (Mono Demo)
05. Shakin' All Over (Demo)
06. Please Don't Touch (Demo)
07. So Sad (To Watch Good Love Go Bad) (Demo)
08. Honaloochie Boogie (Demo) (1998 Mix)
09. Hymn For The Dudes (Demo) (1998 Mix)
10. Nightmare (Demo) (1998 Mix)
11. The Saturday Kids
12. Lounge Lizard
13. MOTT - Shout It All Out
14. MOTT - It Don't Come Easy (Demo) (1998 Mix)
15. MOTT - Barking Up The Wrong Tree (Demo) (1998 Mix)
16. MOTT - Too Short Arms (I Don't Care) (Eddie Kramer Electric Lady Mix)
17. MOTT - Get Rich Quick (Demo) (1998 Mix)
18. BRITISH LIONS - International Heroes (45rpm Version)
19. American Pie / The Golden Age Of Rock 'n' Roll (Live) (1998 Mix)
20. Roll Away The Stone - Sweet Jane (Live) (1998 Mix)
21. Rock And Roll Queen (Live) (1998 Mix)
22. Blowing In The Wind (Live) (1998 Mix) (Coda From Hymn For The Dudes)

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15. [2000] Rock 'n' Roll Circus - Live


As most fans know, Mott The Hoople "split" after a disastrous gig in Zurich, Switzerland in late March 1972. However, they were "persuaded" to fulfil their contractual obligations, which included the "Rock 'n' Roll Circus" tour in April of that year. This is the second gig from that tour, recorded at Wolverhampton Civic Hall.

This show has been bootlegged (as Island Farewell). The source here is still an audience tape, albeit a first-generation tape, the show having been taped on a portable deck sitting on the mixing desk. So although the result is a distinct improvement, Hi-Fi it most definitely ain't.

01. One Of The Boys
02. The Ballad Of Mott The Hoople (March 26th 1972 Zurich)
03. Darkness, Darkness
04. Sweet Angeline
05. Thunderbuck Ram
06. Mr. Bugle Player (Mr. Tambourine Man)
07. Honky Tonk Women
08. Until I'm Gone
09. The Moon Upstairs
10. Rock 'n' Roll Queen
11. Midnight Lady

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16. [2006] Live Fillmore West, San Francisco


Two great sets recorded at the legendary Fillmore West venue in San Francisco in 1970 and 1971, showing just what a great live band Mott The Hoople were.

The live material here was previously released as a bootleg (Wild Side Of Live), but the sound quality here is a marked improvement (especially Thunderbuck Ram). Don't expect perfection, however - tracks 5 to 12 sound like an above-average audience recording.

01. Angel Of Eighth Avenue
02. It'll Be Me
03. Walkin' With A Mountain
04. Whiskey Women
05. Darkness, Darkness
06. No Wheels To Ride
07. Rock 'n' Roll Queen
08. At The Crossroads
09. Keep A Knockin'
10. Thunderbuck Ram
11. Laugh At Me
12. You Really Got Me
13. The Wreck Of The Liberty Belle (Previously Unreleased Studio Track 1969)

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17. [2007] Fairfield Halls, Live 1970


Prior to the release of the (at the time, disappointing) Live album in 1974, the only officially available record of Mott The Hoople's live prowess was one track tacked onto the end of 1971's Wildlife album, a protracted take on "Keep A Knockin'" that was, apparently, the only salvageable cut from a projected full live album. The rest, producer Guy Stevens insisted, was so marred by technical problems as to be unusable.

However, 36 years later listeners would discover that Stevens was a lot of things, but — at least on this occasion — he wasn't necessarily honest. Fairfield Halls, Live 1970 captures the full concert, from the tumultuous opening "Ohio," all ragged guitars and Verden Allen's foreboding organ, through a dynamite "Rock 'n' Roll Queen" and three slabs from the then-forthcoming Mad Shadows, and on to the closing oldies, "Keep A Knockin'" and "You Really Got Me." And, alongside the Fillmore tapes recorded earlier in the year, at last the true magic of the original Mott the Hoople has been unleashed, a rock band that could have redefined "rock" if only more breaks had gone its way.

Less exciting, but filling up the disc regardless, five tracks recorded five months later in Sweden (and previously available on the same label's All The Way From Stockholm To Philadelphia: Live 71/72 set) repeat "Thunderbuck Ram" but do add a Himalayan "Walkin' With A Mountain," "Laugh At Me," and "The Original Mixed Up Kid" to the brew, plus a volcanic cover of Mountain's "Long Red" that will leave you reeling. As if the rest of the disc hasn't already battered you hard enough.

01. Ohio
02. No Wheels To Ride
03. Rock 'n' Roll Queen
04. Thunderbuck Ram
05. When My Mind's Gone
06. Keep A Knockin'
07. You Really Got Me
08. Long Red
09. The Original Mixed Up Kid
10. Walkin' With A Mountain
11. Laugh At Me
12. Thunderbuck Ram

Tracks 08-12: The Konserthuset, Stockholm 16 February 1971

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18. [2008] Roll Away The Stone - The Best Of (2CD)


2008 2CD set. Mott The Hoople started out at the end of the '60s but they didn't pick up commercial steam until the '70s and eventually epitomised all that was grand about '70s Glam Rock. Their influence lived on through Queen and Kiss to Motley Crue and Def Leppard, The Clash, REM, Blur and even Oasis. Their finest moments are all here.

Disc 1

01. All The Young Dudes
02. By Tonight
03. All The Way From Memphis
04. Foxy Foxy
05. Roll Away The Stone
06. Honaloochie Boogie
07. Hymn For The Dudes
08. The Golden Age Of Rock 'n' Roll
09. It Takes One To Know One
10. One Of The Boys
11. Ready For Love / After Lights
12. Rest In Peace (Live)
13. Good Times
14. Rose (Live)
15. Saturday Gigs
16. Shouting And Pointing
17. Soft Ground
18. Alice

Disc 2

01. Sucker
02. Sweet Jane
03. Storm
04. Violence
05. Whizz Kid
06. Drivin' Sister
07. Career (No Such Thing As Rock 'n' Roll)
08. Ballad Of Mott The Hoople (March 26th 1972 Zurich)
09. Hold On, You're Crazy
10. I Wish I Was Your Mother
11. Jerkin' Crocus
12. Monte Carlo
13. Pearl 'n' Roy (England)
14. Sweet Angeline (Live)
15. Through The Looking Glass
16. Too Short Arms (I Don't Care)
17. Walkin' With A Mountain (Live)

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19. [2008] In Performance 1970-1974 (4CD)


In Performance 1970-74 is an essential 4-CD box set that acts as a comprehensive resumé of the ups and downs of Mott The Hoople.

This 4CD box set was compiled by Buffin and comes with a 48 page booklet written by Keith Smith. It has rare unseen photos being supplied from the personal archives of Allen, Buffin, Ralphs and Watts.

All material is previously released. Disc 1 is "Fairfield Halls, Live 1970", Disc 2 is the second CD from "A Tale Of Two Cities" 2CD set, Disc 3 and 4 are the "Two Miles From Live Heaven" 2CD set.



Disc 1 Fairfield Halls, Croydon 1970/The Konserthuset, Stockholm 1971

01. Ohio
02. No Wheels To Ride
03. Rock 'n' Roll Queen
04. Thunderbuck Ram
05. When My Mind's Gone
06. Keep A Knockin'
07. You Really Got Me
08. Long Red
09. The Original Mixed Up Kid
10. Walkin' With A Mountain
11. Laugh At Me
12. Thunderbuck Ram

Tracks 01-07: Fairfield Halls, Croydon 13th September 1970
Tracks 08-12: The Konserthuset, Stockholm 16th February 1971

Disc 2 The Tower Theatre, Philadelphia 1972

01. Intro - Jupiter From 'The Planets'
02. Jerkin' Crocus
03. Sucker
04. Hymn For The Dudes
05. Ready For Love
06. Sweet Jane
07. Sea Diver
08. Sweet Angeline
09. One Of The Boys
10. Midnight Lady
11. All The Young Dudes
12. Honky Tonk Women

All tracks recorded 29th November 1972

Disc 3 Live Heaven - USA Tours 1971-1973

01. No Wheels To Ride
02. Whiskey Women
03. Walkin' With A Mountain/Jumpin' Jack Flash/Satisfaction
04. It'll Be Me
05. Angel Of Eighth Avenue
06. Drivin' Sister
07. All The Young Dudes
08. All The Way From Memphis
09. Sweet Angeline
10. Death May Be Your Santa Claus (Wild And Rude Mix)
11. The Ballad Of Billy Joe (Demo)
12. If Your Heart Lay With The Rebel (Demo)
13. It Would Be A Pleasure (Demo)

Tracks 01-05: recorded 3rd-6th June 1971
Tracks 06-09: recorded 13th September 1973
Tracks 10-13: live-in-the-studio demos

Disc 4 Live Heaven II - USA Tour 1974

01. American Pie
02. The Golden Age Of Rock 'n' Roll
03. Sucker
04. Roll Away The Stone/Sweet Jane
05. Rest In Peace
06. Here Comes The Queen
07. One Of The Boys
08. Born Late '58
09. Hymn For The Dudes
10. Marionette
11. Drivin' Sister/Crash Street Kidds/Violence
12. All The Way From Memphis
13. All The Young Dudes

All tracks recorded 12th April 1974

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Mott The Hoople are widely regarded as one of the best live acts of the early 70s. For many years the only supporting evidence was their Live album, recorded somewhat late in their career. Evidence from their earlier years was rather thin on the ground. Angel Air have done sterling work rectifying the situation, although their efforts have been diluted somewhat by a seeming endless stream of compilations and a couple of audience recordings that, let's face it, lack the sonic clarity of a properly recorded set.

This collection goes a long way to rectify that, gathering together in one package the four best live discs in their catalogue. There's the Croydon set, recorded in 1970 but only released in its entirety in 2007. This is the night when they blew headliners Free off the stage and perhaps realised they were well on their way to becoming headliners. This after only fifteen months of existence.

Then there's the Philadelphia set from late 1972, which was their very first headlining performance in the United States. David Bowie introduced them and joined them onstage for the encore.

Disc 3 collects two Stateside shows, one from 1971 and the other a TV show from 1973, together with a few live-in-the-studio demos. The demos seem out of place here, but without them the disc would run significantly shorter than the others.

Disc 4 is from The Hoople tour in 1974. When first issued it was an essential purchase, given that it was an almost complete recording from that tour. Now that the aforementioned Live album has been reissued this disc falls in the "nice to have" category, given that the band are suffering from a variety of ailments - Ian's voice in particular is sub-par, and Overend's vocal on Born Late '58 also suffers.


20. [2009] Live At HMV Hammersmith Apollo 2009 (2CD)


October 2009 saw the return of one of the most dominant Glam Rock bands of the early to mid 1970s. Mott The Hoople returned to the Hammersmith Apollo for five sell out shows which saw the bands original line-up reunited for the first time in 35 years! With the combined talents of Ian Hunter, Mick Ralphs, Verden Allen, Pete Overend Watts and Dale Buffin Griffin as well as Martin Chambers (The Pretenders) the shows featured hit songs including perhaps their most popular track 'All The Young Dudes'. This double disc set was recorded as an "instant live" 2-CD set at the bands opening show of their reunion shows and features 22 tracks.

Disc 1

01. Intro - Jupiter From 'The Planets'
02. Hymn For The Dudes
03. Rock 'n' Roll Queen
04. Sweet Jane
05. One Of The Boys
06. Sucker
07. Moon Upstairs
08. The Original Mixed Up Kid
09. I Wish I Was Your Mother
10. Ready For Love
11. Born Late '58
12. Ballad Of Mott
13. Sweet Angeline

Disc 2

01. Walkin' With A Mountain
02. Like A Rolling Stone/The Journey
03. The Golden Age Of Rock 'n' Roll
04. Honaloochie Boogie
05. All The Way From Memphis
06. Roll Away The Stone
07. All The Young Dudes
08. Keep A Knockin'
09. Saturday Gigs

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21. [2014] Live 2013 (2CD)


Recorded 17 November 2013 Apollo, Manchester, UK.

Unlike the 2009 reunion concert, this one was professionally recorded and mixed. The performances are top-notch.

Disc 1

01. Jupiter (Intro)
02. Rock And Roll Queen
03. One Of The Boys
04. The Moon Upstairs
05. Hymn For The Dudes
06. Sucker
07. Soft Ground
08. Waterlow
09. Born Late '58
10. You Really Got Me/Death May Be Your Santa Claus
11. Ballad Of Mott The Hoople

Disc 2

01. Walkin' With A Mountain
02. Violence
03. The Journey
04. Honaloochie Boogie
05. The Golden Age Of Rock 'n' Roll
06. All The Way From Memphis
07. All The Young Dudes
08. Roll Away The Stone
09. Saturday Gigs

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R.I.P

Terence Dale "Buffin" Griffin (24 October 1948 – 17 January 2016)
Peter "Pete" Overend Watts (13 May 1947 – 21 January 2017)

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