Mott The Hoople – Live In Stockholm (1971)

FrontCover1Ian Hunter and his brilliant band MOTT THE HOOPLE plays a great concert in Stockholm 1971!

The British magazine Melody Maker once said that MTH would rock on good days like the best band in the world. ‘ That was not exaggerated, the British Power Blues band led by singer Ian Hunter and guitarist Mick Ralphs developed especially for their concerts on the stage an incredibly punchy interplay. After the live tour in 1971, when the present title was recorded, the band was about to dissolve because of the more conservative sales of their studio albums. It was the band’s big fan David Bowie, who wrote them in 1972 with ‘All The Young Dudes’ a veritable hit on the chest, placed them in glitter and on platform shoes, and Mott The Hoople became one of the leading glam rock bands of the Seventies. Without Mick Ralphs, who was replaced by Luther Grosvenor (Spooky Tooth) aka Ariel Bender on guitar.

On their Sweden tour in 1971, Ralphs was still in the process – and how! These recordings were taken from the possession of bassist Overend Watts and mean the uncut last half of the concert in Stockholm – including the encore of the furious ‘Keep A Knockin ‘.’ The first half of the concert is unfortunately missing. The original comments by Ian Hunter and Mick Ralphs were taken over by the full way. The band played mostly songs from their albums ‘Wild Life’ and ‘Mott The Hoople’. )promo text)

And … on this album you can hear a very rare coververson of Mountain´s “Long Red” !!!

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Personnel:
Verden Allen (organ)
Dale Griffin (drums)
Ian Hunter (vocals, piano)
Mick Ralphs (guitar, vocals)
Pete “Overend” Watts (bass)

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Tracklist:
01. Long Red (Landsberg/Pappalardi/Ventura/West) 4.23
02. The Original Mixed Up Kid (Hunter) 4.37
03. Walkin’ With A Mountain (including Jumpin Jack Flash + I Can´t Get No Satisfaction/ (Jagger/Richards/Hunter) 7.08
04. Laugh At Me (Bono) 5.46
05. Thunderbuck Ram (Ralphs) 5.07
06. Keep A Knockin’ (Penniman) 7.21

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This entry is dedicated to
Terence Dale “Buffin” Griffin (24 October 1948 – 17 January 2016)

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Aged 58, Griffin was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. Griffin died in his sleep on 17 January 2016 at the age of 67

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Mott The Hoople – Live At HMV Hammersmith Apollo (2009)

frontcover1“Mott the Hoople storm back to London for a dazzling night at the Hammersmith Apollo.

The stakes in heritage rock reunions are getting so high that, soon, only the exhumation of some demised old stager will up the ante. This latest one, however, was pretty far-fetched.

Mott the Hoople were titans of mid-Seventies glam. In their early career, they struggled as unreconstructed rockers, until David Bowie, no less, remodelled them in satin suits and platform boots. He donated them a fabulously dissolute glam anthem, ‘All the Young Dudes’, and thus began their tenure in the Top Five.

This, however, was a band destined to fail. They didn’t handle whirlwind fame well at all, and quickly disintegrated, only to be championed retrospectively by fans such as Morrissey, for their raunchy, wry take on the rock ‘n’ roll life.

Forty years on from their inception, and thirty years since some of the members had concertposteractually spoken to each other, Mott stormed back into London for the first of five sold-out nights at the Apollo. Their singer, Ian Hunter, agelessly shrouded in corkscrew curls and face-blotting sunglasses, led straight into a ballad, ‘Hymn For the Dudes’, his gnarly, Dylan-esque voice roaring at the high notes. This was not to be a half-hearted canter through the hits.

The first hour was mostly devoted to the band’s pre-Bowie, high-voltage rock ‘n’ roll material. Hunter, a busy solo artist for more than three decades, and the silver-topped lead guitarist, Mick Ralphs, riffed vigorously, in active defiance of Time’s subsequent intervention. The partisan crowd — at least eighty percent of whom, gloriously, unrepentantly, were old enough to remember it all from the turn of the Seventies — responded with commensurate enthusiasm.

The electricity crackled to a new intensity, however, when Hunter moved to a piano stage-left, and finally unleashed a dazzling run of glam classics — songs about little more than rock itself. Glam, originally, existed purely to overturn prog-rock’s tedious virtuosity, to revive the raw, sexy thrill of Fifties rock’s simple, thumping beats and clanging riffs.

Perhaps it was daft, witnessing a seventy-year old man with a blond afro singing, “I get my kicks from guitar licks”, but also fabulously empowering, given his heedless dedication to the cause.

The sense of lifelong commitment was heightened during the encore, when the band’s original drummer, Dale Griffin, entered the fray.

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Martin Chambers with Ian Hunter and his daughter Tracy Hunter

Griffin has Alzheimer’s, and had to be led by the hand to a drum kit alongside his substitute for the evening, the Pretenders’ Martin Chambers. Soon, he was pounding away the rhythm to ‘Roll Away the Stone’, grinning from ear to ear. ‘All the Young Dudes’, then, was simply breath-taking, with Def Leppard’s Joe Elliott joining in for a verse.

And the rockin’ went on, unrestrainable, deafening, totally life-affirming.”(by Andrew Perry; The Telegraph, 02 October, 2009)

Okay, most of th time, Mott Te Hoople sounds like a “Mott The Hoople Revival Band” … but it´s still a very important document of one of the finest bands from the Seventies.

Note: This show was recorded and transferred to CD on the night. This means you hear a CD-R rather than factory-pressed CDs.

Recorded live at the first Mott The Hoople re-union show
at HMV Hammersmith Apollo 1st October 2009.

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Personnel:
Verden Allen (keyboards)
Martin Chambers (drums)
Ian Hunter (vocals, guitar, piano, bass on 11.)
Mick Ralphs (guitar, background vocals)
Overend Watts (bass, vocals on 11.)
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Joe Elliott (vocals on 20.)
Dale Griffin (drums on 21. + 22.)
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background vocals:
Maggie Ronson – Tracy Hunter

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Tracklist:

CD 1:
01. Jupitor Intro  (Holst) 1.12
02. Hymm For The Dudes (Allen/Hunter) 5.34
03. Rock & Roll Queen (Ralphs) 4.44
04. Sweet Jane (Reed) 4.51
05. One Of The Boys (Hunter/Ralphs) 6.15
06. Sucker (Hunter/Ralphs/Watts) 5.15
07. Moon Upstairs (Hunter/Ralphs) 6.32
08. The Original Mixed Up Kid (Hunter) 4.41
09. I Wish I Was Your Mother (Hunter) 6.36
10. Ready For Love (Ralphs) 8.13
11. Born Late ’58 (Watts) 4.33
12. Ballad Of Mott The Hoople (GriffinHunter/Ralphs/Watts) 6.18

CD 2:
13. Walking With A Mountain (Hunter) / Jumpin Jack Flash (Jagger/Richards) 5.56
14. Like A Rolling Stone (Dylan) / Laugh At Me (Bono) /The Journey (Hunter) 9.02
15. Golden Age Of Rock & Roll (Hunter) 3.35
17. Honaloochie Boogie (Hunter) 3.43
18. All The Way From Memphis (Hunter) 9.46
19. Roll Away The Stone (Hunter) 4.41
20. All The Young Dudes (Bowie) 4.52
21. Keep A Knockin’  (Penniman) 3.53
22. Saturday Gigs (Hunter) 6.28

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Mott the Hoople – Brain Capers (1971)

frontcover1Brain Capers is the fourth album by the band Mott the Hoople.

It was originally released in November 1971 in the UK by Island Records (catalogue number ILPS 9178) and on Island Records in Canada (cat. no. SW-9178), and was reissued in 2003 (on CD) by Angel Air (cat. no. SJPCD160). It was released January 1972 in the US on Atlantic Records (cat. no. SD 8304).

The album was not initially a commercial success, and was the only Mott the Hoople album that failed to chart in either the UK[4] 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.

The covers of the original UK and Canadian LPs do not feature the mask seen on the US version (and some later re-releases). There was an actual mask packaged inside with the UK version of the album, but not with the Canadian LP. The band name and line under it are in the centre of the cover where the mask would be and the title shifted upwards. The US and Canadian LPs do not have the inner sleeve picturing fighter planes that the original UK album had.

The album is dedicated to James Dean, as stated below the band photo on the back cover. (by wikipedia)

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Re-teaming with producer Guy Stevens, Mott the Hoople delivered the great forgotten British hard rock album with their fourth outing, Brain Capers. Stevens was a legendary rock & roll wildman and he kept Mott careening through their performances; they sound harder than ever, even dangerous at times. Fortunately, this coincided with Ian Hunter’s emergence as a fantastic songwriter, as tuneful and clever as any of his peers. All these changes are evident from the moment Brain Capers kicks in with the monumental “Death May Be Your Santa Claus,” a phenomenally pile-driving number that just seems inevitable. As it gives way to a cover of Dion’s “Your Own Backyard,” it becomes clear that Mott have pulled off the trick of being sensitive while still rocking. And that’s not the end of it — they ride an epic wave on the nine-minute “The Journey,” pull off a love song on “Sweet Angeline,” and generally rock like hell throughout the record. The most amazing thing about the album is that none of the songs really change character — it’s all straightforward hard rock, graced with Dylanesque organ — but there are all sorts of variations on that basic sound, proving how versatile they are. It’s a fantastic album, and stands as the culmination of their early years. When a record this confident and tremendous is stiffed, it’s little wonder they thought about chucking it all in; and it isn’t a surprise that, when they decided to continue, it was with a change in sound. They couldn’t have topped this if they tried. (by Stephen Thomas Erlewine)

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Personnel:
Verden Allen (keyboards, vocals)
Dale “Buffin” Griffin (drums, vocals)
Ian Hunter (guitar, keyboards, vocals)
Mick Ralphs (guitar, vocals)
Pete Watts (bass, vocals)
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Jim Price (trumpet)
Guy Stevens (piano)

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Tracklist:
01. Death May Be Your Santa Claus (Hunter/Allen) 4.55
02. Your Own Backyard (DiMucci) 4.13
03. Darkness, Darkness (Young) 4.33
04. The Journey (Hunter) 9.15
05. Sweet Angeline (Hunter) 4:53
06. Second Love (Allen) 3.46
07. The Moon Upstairs (Hunter/Ralphs) 5.07
08. The Wheel Of The Quivering Meat Conception (Hunter/Stevens) 1.21

(“The Wheel of the Quivering Meat Conception” is essentially part two of “The Journey,” beginning with a fade-in at the point where “The Journey” was earlier faded out.)

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Mott The Hoople – Wildlife (1971)

FrontCover1Since they had little success and seemed to be going off the tracks, Mott the Hoople was encouraged to produce their third album with anyone that wasn’t Guy Stevens. Eventually, they chose themselves, creating a record that is bright and punchy, standing in direct contrast to Mad Shadow’s enveloping fog. They wound up with Wildlife, a record that still seems a little transitional, yet is considerably more confident, unified, and enjoyable. Ironically, even if this is a much better record, few songs are as immediately gripping as “Walkin’ with a Mountain,” but both Mick Ralphs and Ian Hunter turn out some fine rockers, while driving the group toward some interesting territory, like the string-drenched “Waterlow,” the country-tinged “It Must Be Love,” and the ambling “Original Mixed-Up Kid,” or even the surprisingly straight and faithful reading of Melanie’s “Lay Down.” These give the record a slightly rural feel, lending credence to the title, and the album is unique in Mott’s decidedly urban body of work for that very reason — it’s lighter, quirkier, and more friendly than the rest. Of course, it didn’t widen their audience, and they returned to brutal rock with Brain Capers, but in retrospect it’s a charming anomaly in their catalog. (by Stephen Thomas Erlewine)

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Personnel:
Verden Allen (organ, background vocals)
Dale “Buffin” Griffin (drums, background vocals)
Ian Hunter (vocals, guitar, piano)
Mick Ralphs (guitar, vocals)
Pete “Overend” Watts (bass, background vocals)
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James Archer (violin)
Gerry Hogan (steel guitar)
Jess Roden (background vocals)
Stan Tippins (background vocals)

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Tracklist:
01. Whiskey Women (Ralphs) 3.42
02. Angel Of Eighth Avenue (Hunter) 4.33
03. Wrong Side Of the River (Ralphs) 5.19
04. Waterlow (Hunter) 3.03
05. Lay Down (Safka) 4.13
05. It Must Be Love (Ralphs) 2.24
06. Original Mixed-Up Kid (Hunter) 3.40
07. Home Is Where I Want to Be (Ralphs) 4.11
08. Keep A Knockin’ (live) (Penniman) 10.10 (*)

(*) This track is a rock and roll medley that, in addition to “Keep A Knockin'”, also includes snippets of “I Got A Woman” (by Ray Charles), “What’d I Say” (Charles) and “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On” (Jerry Lee Lewis). On the recording, however, singer Ian Hunter incorrectly introduces “What’d I Say” as being written by Jerry Lee Lewis.

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Mott The Hoople – Same (1969)

LPFrontCover1Mott 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 (cat. no. ILPS 9108), and in 1970 by Atlantic Records in North America (cat. no. SD 8258). It was subsequently re-released by Angel Air in 2003 (SJPCD157).

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.” (Both songs are in the key of Am, and use the pentatonic scale.)

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” (originally recorded by Sahm’s Sir Douglas Quintet in 1968) and Sonny Bono’s “Laugh at Me” (originally issued by Sonny & Cher on their second full-length album in 1966, but without vocals from Cher) are suitably reminiscent of Bob Dylan, as is Hunter’s “Backsliding Fearlessly.”

MottTheHoople1969Initial copies of the album were wrongly pressed with the song “The Road to Birmingham,” the B-side of their debut single, replacing “Rock and Roll Queen.”

The album’s cover is a colourised reproduction of M. C. Escher’s lithograph “Reptiles.” In an interesting coincidence considering Guy Stevens’ desire for Mott to sound like the Rolling Stones, in early 1969 Mick Jagger had approached Escher wanting to commission a painting for the cover of the Stones’ upcoming album Let It Bleed; Escher declined the request. (by wikipedia)

SingleEnough works on Mott the Hoople’s eponymous debut album, and enough is so imaginatively freewheeling, that it’s easier to think of the record as a bit more successful than it actually is. After all, their combination of Stonesy swagger, Kinks-ian crunch, and Dylanesque cynicism is one of the great blueprints for hard rock, and its potential is apparent the moment their monumental instrumental “You Really Got Me” kicks off the record. This is followed by two covers, Doug Sahm’s “At the Crossroads” and Sonny Bono’s “Laugh at Me,” that demonstrate their musicality more than their depth, since all three of these songs sound like they derive from the same vantage point. Then, to cap it off, Ian Hunter turns in “Backsliding Fearlessly” and Mick Ralphs gives Mott their first anthem with the pile-driving “Rock and Roll Queen.” Up to this point, Mott the Hoople is wildly imaginative and invigorating, and that’s enough to make this a fine debut, even if it falls off the tracks during the second side. The first side and those two originals reveal a band whose rowdy power is matched by sly humor, clever twists, and fierce intelligence — all qualities they built a career on, and this blueprint still stands the test of time. (by Stephen Thomas Erlewine)

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Verden Allen (organ, background vocals)
Dale “Buffin” Griffin (drums, background vocals)
Ian Hunter (vocals, piano, guitar)
Mick Ralphs – guitar, backing vocals, lead vocals on 2003 bonus track “Ohio”
Pete “Overend” Watts – bass, backing vocals
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Guy Stevens (piano)

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01. You Really Got Me (Davies) 2.55
02. At The Crossroads (Sahm) 5.33
03. Laugh At Me (Bono) 6.32
04. Backsliding Fearlessly (Hunter) 3.47
05. Rock And Roll Queen (Ralphs) 5.10
06. Rabbit Foot And Toby Time (Ralphs) 2.04
07. Half Moon Bay (/Ralphs/Hunter) 10.38
08. Wrath And Wroll (Stevens) 1.49

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