Ballad of Mott the Hoople: Retrospective Import
Though their recording career spanned a mere five years, Mott the Hoople saw more than their share of ups and downs; the ups being of the artistic sort while the downs were related more closely to the grind of the road and the demands of their short-lived stardom. Unfortunately, those musical highs couldn't fend off the emotional lows and the band fell apart shortly after completing a genre-defining trilogy of glam-rock records--1972's All the Young Dudes, '73's Mott, and '74's The Hoople. Those three august achievements are well represented here by the likes of the David Bowie-penned "All the Young Dudes," "All the Way from Memphis," and Mott frontman Ian Hunter's heartbreaking "I Wish I Was Your Mother." Delving gingerly into the group's pre-breakthrough Atlantic years, this handy two-disc anthology is further fleshed out with some nifty rarities and unreleased tracks. --Steven Stolder
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it didn't KILL THE MUSIC INDUSTRY (that would be the WWW and the new emphasis on
terrible bloody music, mainly, as well), now long gone, meant to get the CD edition
ages ago and finally caught up with The Ballad of Mott, since it was getting nearly impossible
to find this in indie shops or anywhere else recently. The closest I came was
getting a new copy of the quite solid Live Mott collection at the now-sadly-defunct Kim's
Music/Video in the East Village NYC several years ago. Any Mott fan,
I would say even if you own all the studio LPs, will want to own this. Just for the car
or home system you'll want to keep this in frequent rotation.
Whether this compilation, dating as it does from the early 1990s, is the absolute freshest
remastering I dunno, doubtful, and there are newer reissues of the studio LPs with
bonus tracks and all, I have those and they're also obviously essential and well-done,
but since you can now get a good copy super cheap, go for it,
I thought it sounded fine and I swear I was always a Mott fan but hearing
this fantastic anthology straight through just cemented how great a band they were,
I mean, even their weakest tracks on here are better than any 10000 new rock
bands one could name today. I've heard people slag Mott off as being a wildly uneven,
or even abysmal, band, but hearing this strength-to-strength collection, I believe, puts paid to that
criticism: this band kept doing great work all along and, it must be stated, definitively
improved over time, as with many artists, but their early work is also still equally
However, by Disc 2 they never let up, and the goods just keep getting more
enthralling and butt-kicking. What they may have lacked in experimentalism or depth,
they made up for with Ian and great musicianship, great songwriting, a comprehensive
sense of rock and roll history, sheer fun and a sense of humor about
rock and roll and themselves, never buying into their own myths and just rocking out
and seemingly, having a great time doing it. They never got wrapped up in the
artifice that Bowie sometimes did, and mind you, that's a Bowie fanatic saying that. All I mean by
that though is they were a great rock band but simply, unpretentiously so. That being
said, although it's not on here, one really needs to go track down the album reissue
that has Bowie's vocal version (with Mott) of All The Young Dudes, which was a revelation to me,
and is at least as good as the band's version, it's hard to even say which is better,
both are utterly stupendous.
Mott's version of Sweet Jane alone is worth the price of admission, one of the finest Sweet Jane's ever in history.
The booklet included herein is still a good read, nice pics, and pretty informative and particularly
on some of the more prickly band issues that led to their eventual dissolution,
they're quite honest about it all. I love a lot of Ian Hunter's solo work just as much,
although for me, he's never quite topped what Mott achieved together, although
he has on certain albums, and certainly live he always brings it.
Just go get yourself one, it's radical, and any real rock fan should appreciate this
stupendous anthology, and now also bargain beyond belief.
Recommended as a primer, or concise gathering of songs, for Mott the Hoople fans
This 2 CD collection concentrates on their CBS period, though each of their 4 Island albums are represented by one track. These 4 tracks are all good songs in their own right, but can obviously not cover the great variety of their output during that period. So go for other compilations / or the originals ( now with bonus-tracks ) if you want to research their early days.
David Bowie produced their first album "All the Young Dudes", and his touch his very apparent through-out the album. The sound is close to his own on albums like "Hunky Dory", "Ziggy Stardust" or "Alladin Sane". Only two track has been left out from that album, which along with the follow-up "Mott" was their most consistent record. Their song-writing matured during that period, and although the band was uncertain whether they would be able cope with Bowie's skill, when the recording's of "Mott" began, that self-produced album shows the band at the peak of their creativity. Only one track is missing from the album. Outstanding tracks from the album are the rockers "All the Way From Memphis" and "Honaloochie Boogie" along with the great ballads ""I Wish I Was Your Mother", "Ballad of Mott the Hoople" and "Hymn for the Dudes".
Unfortunately guitarist and songwriter Mick Ralphs was growing frustrated with Ian Hunter taking more and more of the spotlight, and he left soon after the release of "Mott". Spooky Tooth guitarist Luther Grosvenor ( Ariel Bender ) was recruited to take his place, but things never become the same again.
Their final studio album, the slightly chaotic and spotty "The Hoople", did contain some fine tracks and was a commercial succes, containing the two hit-singles "The Golden Age of Rock'n Roll" and "Roll Away the Stone"; but the spark had gone, and they spilt up in 1974.
Besides their albums the band recorded some fine singles-only tracks; all of which are included here. Hunter's ballad "Rose" is outstanding and it also became a live-favourite. The late B-side "Rest in Peace" is another song in the same category - great song!
The two 1974 A-sides "Foxy Foxy" and "Saturday Gigs" are also great; especially the autobiografical ballad "Saturday Gigs" is outstanding. This was one of the very last recordings they did, featuring guitarist Mick Ronson. A little sad they did split up after that, because the recording shows that this new line-up had the potential of creating new exciting material. On the other hand "Saturday Gigs" is a worthy final note to the career of a great band.
Great informative booklet!! Recommended!