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  • Audio CD (April 19, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Wounded Bird Records
  • ASIN: B0007W7HBG
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #585,283 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. You Really Got Me
2. At the Crossroads
3. Laugh at Me
4. Backsliding Fearlessly
5. Rock and Roll Queen
6. Rabbit Foot and Toby Time
7. Half Moon Bay
8. Wrath and Wroll

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Mott The Hoople was their first album and features 'You Really Got Me' & 'Rock & Roll Queen'. Wounded Bird. 2005.

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Passionate About Music on August 30, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Early Mott, not to be confused with later Mott. It's their debut album. It's not as good as their fourth album, Brain Capers, which is the best of early Mott. Early Mott is not in any way the glam rock band they became. If you like "All the Young Dudes" and are buying your first Mott the Hoople album, do not start with this one!

The choice of the Escher cover image tells you how smart they were. Guitarist Mick Ralphs later formed Bad Company, so you know that their hard rock credentials are secure. They covered the Kinks' "You Really Got Me" years before Van Halen existed. The surprise is how much, in the second and third tracks, they sound like Bob Dylan on the Highway 61 Revisited album. Singer Ian Hunter never sounded more like Dylan than he does here. These two slow songs are also cover versions. Again, their smarts are on display in picking two songs that you don't expect to hear from a hard rock band.

"Rock n Roll Queen" is a great original rocker and always sounded great on the radio, except it also demonstrates that at this stage of their career they're still not very original. It's basically a thin rewrite of the Rolling Stones' "Jumping Jack Flash." They give their source away when they actually start singing "Jumping Jack Flash" at the end.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mark H. on January 9, 2010
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Mott the Hoople burst upon the scene at the end of the Sixties with five musicians who could barely be considered a real band at the time. Their lead vocalist had just been replaced by strange looking and sounding pianist who had "changed his name in search of fame". Little did Mott know at the time that Ian Hunter would become the dominant force in the band eventually causing original leader, guitarist Mick Ralphs to leave the band he started. Mott's first record is a typical mess of course considering the condition of the band during its genesis but it is still a very good record. The first three songs are covers including a pounding instrumental reimagining of the Kinks classic "You Really Got Me", which is the first song on the album! Sonny Bono's "Laugh at Me" also gets a Mott rendition and both this and "At the Crossroads" seemed perfectly suited to Hunter's legendary Dylanesque vocal delivery. However the album's most memorable track is Mott's first great rocker, Mick Ralph's "Rock and Roll Queen" which has metal bite and classic band meets groupie lyrics. It really should be better known than it is but like much of Mott's pre-Bowie saving era, it has been unfortunately overlooked. Mott's self titled debut is an interesting little record, not essential but still worth a few quality listens.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J P Ryan on September 23, 2006
Format: Audio CD
The Wounded Bird label has reissued some terrific near forgotton rock'n'jazz gems, but this edition of Mott The Hoople's 1969 debut is unnecessary, inferior sonically, in terms of packaging and liner notes, and musical content to the lovingly restored Angel Air edition (UK - check the other recent edition of this CD in amazon's listings), which was issued less just months earlier under the supervision of Mott drummer Buffin. The A.A. versions of the early MTH catalog also feature bonus tracks and archival releases. The debut is not the best Mott album, but it has a melancholy charm and raw, haunting quality that led those who discovered it 37 years ago to hope for finer, more developed work in the future. Here, Ian Hunter's vocals remain too reminisicent of Dylan, and the two keyboard lineup recalls The Band (as does the pace of most songs). Mott were a lot more raw, however, and the instrumental take on "You Really Got Me" and Mick Ralphs' hard rocking (and lyrically slight) "Rock 'n' Roll Queen" move along quite nicely. "Half Moon Bay" may be Hunter's best original here, but covers of Doug Sahm and Sonny Bono are also rather impressive, if conceptually jarring. But you'll forget the seeming incongruity once the tracks have been heard - which they should be, but on the Angel Air label's edition of Mott's very promising if flawed debut.
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