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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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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?" Hunter had and has continued to write and record aching ballads, but this isn't one of them.
As a whole, The Hoople defines the state of rock music in 1974 like no other. Mott the Hoople, and Ian Hunter, would eventually be named as influences in the impending UK punk rock explosion of 1977. After the 1974 tour, Bender left, and Mick Ronson joined long enough to talk Ian into going solo. The rest of the band carried on as just Mott, releasing two albums of standard pub rock. I strongly recommend that you check out Ian Hunter's solo career.
Of the three remastered and expanded Columbia studio albums, The Hoople contains tracks that are all from the period, and a couple had not been released yet in the US, and one remains so. The b-sides are almost as good as what's on the album, and are previews of what Ian's solo career would sound like. All were previously available on compilations. The live cut, American Pie/Golden Age of Rock and Roll, appears on the expanded Mott the Hoople live release. Only The Saturday Kids appears no where else in the US. (It was previously released in the UK anthology, All The Young Dudes.) The track is constructed from different takes of the song Saturday Gigs, and evolves into the final take. Dale Griffin created the track especially for the UK anthology. It's interesting, but only as a curio.
I do enjoy loads of 1970s music, this just happens not to be my particular type of sound.
All the same Roll Away The Stone is a super upbeat song which bears hearing over and over.