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The Hoople Original recording remastered

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  • Audio CD (December 16, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • ASIN: B001IFZLD2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #242,046 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Golden Age Of Rock 'N' Roll
2. Marionette
3. Alice
4. Crash Street Kidds
5. Born Late '58
6. Trudi's Song
7. Pearl 'N' Roy (England)
8. Through The Looking Glass
9. Roll Away The Stone
10. BONUS TRACKS: Where Do You All Come From (Non-LP B-Side Of 'Roll Away The Stone')
11. Rest In Peace (Non-LP B-Side Of The Golden Age Of Rock N Roll )
12. Foxy Foxy (Non-LP Single A-Side)
13. (Do You Remember) The Saturday Gigs (Non-LP Single A-Side)
14. The Saturday Kids (Work In Progress Mixes)
15. Lounge Lizard (Aborted Single B-Side)
16. American Pie
17. The Golden Age Of Rock 'N' Roll (Live From Broadway)

Editorial Reviews

The last in the triumvirate of Mott The Hoople s classic glitter rock albums, The Hoople (1974) was the band s third album for CBS/Columbia Records, following All The Young Dudes and Mott. The Hoople featured a refocused band after the departure of Mick Ralphs (who left to join Bad Company) and the arrival of Ariel Bender (aka Luther Grosvenor, from Spooky Tooth). Singer Ian Hunter was now established as the undisputed band leader and his songwriting progresses by leaps and bounds on this recording, providing a preview of what would later become an outstanding solo career. This special expanded and remastered reissue features 7 bonus tracks, including studio recordings with Mick Ronson (who had replaced Bender on lead guitar).

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By T. McCool on December 18, 2013
Format: Audio CD
Mick Ralphs left for Bad Company, Ariel Bender aka Luther Grosvernor joins, and the band cuts loose. Not that Mott had never been over the top or gaudy in the past, but they had their subtle moments. The previous "Mott" album was full of subtle moments. "The Hoople" may have one subtle moment, but it's a rather dull one.

On the positive side, Ian Hunter's development as a songwriter takes another big leap. Social commentary and meditations on rock stardom are not the usual themes one finds in glam rock. But Ian tackles them anyway.

Yes, the arrangements are over-the-top and Bender's wild man guitar solos lack all the depth that Mick Ralphs brought to the table. But they are over-the-top in a way that makes it seem like a fun time is being had by all. Pearl and Roy is about the state of the UK economy, and it swings with such gusto that you catch yourself singing along with the chorus. Alice (not that Alice) is about the kind of starry-eyed hooker that you imagine, but she can't be real. Hunter predicts punk and British class wars in Crash Street Kidds (including hokey "machine gun" sounds). The catchy melodies pull you in until you forget that there's a "message" here, albeit overproduced that they are. Even the most over-the-top song, the mini-opera titled Marionette, flirts with excess then redeems itself with great lines like, "And when the coffin comes, make sure there's room for two." The album ends with the great Roll Away The Stone that should have been a huge hit.

Hunter only trip up is an ode to his wife, Trudi. It's very ordinary and boring. If I were his wife, I would have asked, "This is the best you write for me?
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