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The Collection - The Best of Mott the Hoople

Mott the Hoople

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Album Review

The Best of Mott the Hoople is actually a retitled version of the 1975 compilation Greatest Hits. The tracks are exactly the same, and in the same sequence, with the addition of two bonus cuts, "Sweet Jane" and "One of the Boys," tacked onto the end (as well as new liner notes). This is a good sampling of the band's most familiar material, but it's not exactly a career-spanning overview; all of the cuts are taken from their Columbia period, which means there's nothing from what they did at Atlantic prior to 1972. Still, it does have the songs you'd expect from such a survey, among them all seven of their British chart singles, including "All the Way from Memphis," "All the Young Dudes," "Roll Away the Stone," and "The Golden Age of Rock & Roll."

Biography

Formed: 1969 in London, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s

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...
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