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Editors’ Notes

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.

Customer Reviews

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.


I have fallen in love with that song after I saw Juno!!!! It's amazing!


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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