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Mott the Hoople were about to disband, frustrated with poor sales and an inability to capture their live energy on record, when David Bowie, just about to launch into his “Ziggy Stardust” phase, offered to produce their next album, penning the title track that became one of the glam rock era’s most identifiable anthems. Bowie not only caught the band’s energy, but also produced a definitive album that best represents early ‘70’s rock’s strongest assets: tough guitars, spirited rockers, a singer in Ian Hunter who comes across as one of rock’s true believers, and a sense of fun and mischief that future punk groups would take to heart. The album begins with a light and swinging version of “Sweet Jane,” a then-obscure track by the Velvet Underground whose singer, Lou Reed, Bowie was also producing an album for in 1972 (Transformer). The band’s originals were among their most fully realized as “Momma’s Little Jewel” and “One of the Boys” displays the band’s loose, funky street-swaggering side. “Ready for Love / After Lights” showcases a tune that guitarist Mick Ralphs would bring with him to his next group, Bad Company. The expanded edition contains seven bonus cuts, including a version of “Dudes” with David Bowie singing lead, a live “Sweet Jane” and “Sucker” from a successful night at the Hammersmith Odeon, along with several worthy demos.

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All The Young Dudes; Carry The News

David Bowie brought them to fame in the light of the glam rock scene but I never believed that Mott deserved that label. Whether the sexually ambiguous references of some of their lyrics are sincere or meant to market, their music didn’t fit quite with Marc Bolan’s Slider or Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust. “One Of the Boys” and “Jerkin’ Crocus” are testaments to the fact that Mott’s influences were deeply rooted in the classic rock and roll of the 60’s and 50’s. The title track is outstanding and will be revered throughout Rock eternity. So good in fact Mr. Bowie couldn’t let Mott keep it for themselves, releasing it himself on his live album a few years later. One of the greatest rock albums of the 70’s if not of all time. Buy the entire album and play it loud.


The REAL version? The real version was written and released by The Velvet Underground a few years before this was released! Mott The Hoople was obviously influenced by The Velvet's 'crappy' version to put it on their own album. Aside from that, this is a great album.. Great songs and sound all around.

Ring! Ring!

(By the way, this is my 300th review.) By the time 1972 rolled around, Mott the Hoople's album sales were going down and the band members themselves were disappointed in their live performances. They were just on the verge of breaking up when glam rocker (and long-time Mott the Hoople fan) showed up and offered to produce their next album. With Bowie producing, Mott the Hoople actually gained success and, for the first time, an album of theirs actually appeared on the charts. To this day, that album, called All the Young Dudes, remains a memorable chapter of glam rock history and one of the most important rock albums ever created. Needless to say, Mott the Hoople's All the Young Dudes is an amazing album. It contains several great songs by the band. The album opens with an energetic cover of The Velvet Underground's "Sweet Jane," (From their 1970 album Loaded) an idea from producer Bowie. It also contains the angry "Sucker," and the yearning, poignant "Ready for Love / After Lights" medley. But, as many may already know, the true main highlight of All the Young Dudes is its title track. "All the Young Dudes" is considered to be the end-all, be-all glam rock anthem, much like "All You Need Is Love" was a hippie anthem. It contained famous, powerful lyrics that applied to the generation of that time as well as good vocals and a nice guitar riff. All the Young Dudes is essential for any rock fan and belongs in any serious glam rock album collection. I'd like to recommend it to long-time Mott the Hoople fans (Of course, if you are a long-time Mott the Hoople fan, chances are you've heard this album already) or David Bowie fans (The album sounds a lot like David Bowie's early '70s work). To sum up, All the Young Dudes is great for any generation, be they an old or a young dude. Great music. Five stars. Recommended Tracks: "All the Young Dudes" "Sucker" "One of the Boys" "Ready for Love / After Lights"


Formed: 1969 in London, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s

Mott the Hoople were 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...
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