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Mott the Hoople: Greatest Hits

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Album Review

Enough 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.

Customer Reviews

Wake-uo

Come on iTunes let's have the appropriate review with this album; it would be 'most' helpful...

Classic!!

I was brought up on this album such a classic 70's group!! My dad (a dedicated fan) use to take us to see Ian Hunter which at the age of 11 I didn't really appreciate however he still tours now and I would happily go and see the old rocker now!! Great album!! Great memories!!

Mott the Hoople Greatest Hits stands the test of time after (yes) 40 years!

Nostalgia and quality ... it is being used in today's soundtracks and never got the credit it deserved in its original time. Well worth the 8 quid!

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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