Mott The Hoople Extra tracks, Import
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Enter a bass guitarist/vocalist: Ian Hunter Patterson. The group wanted their new singer to play piano and sing a bunch. Ian, could barely play piano but had a rough Dylan voice and style, that the band was searching for. Eleven days after Ian met Silence, the group was in the studio working on this album. Changes were in order. First the name of the new singer was shortened to Ian Hunter, Dale Griffin, became: Buffin, Pete Watts was now: Overend Watts. The band name of Silence was re-christened: Mott The Hoople.
This startling debut record opens with a cover of The Kinks: "You Really Got Me." Not happy with the vocal track, the instrumental track was used as it was deemed more powerful. "At The Crossroads" By Doug Sahm & "Laugh At Me" by Sonny Bono spotlight Ian Hunter's vocal skills as a Bob Dylan type singer as backed by a Rolling Stone's style band. The Ian, penned: "Backsliding Fearlessly" is the first original song on the record, and it is a gem. "Backsliding" features a smoldering vocal and relentless piano that is all anchored by the pounding beat...the first glimse of what Mott The Hoople were to become.
Side two opens with the first classic MTH song: "Rock And Roll Queen." With the guitars of Mick Ralphs, and shared vocals between Ian and Mick, this is now a BAND and here is right where it all begins. "Rabbit Foot & Toby Time" is a short jam that leads in the album's centerpiece: "Half Moon Bay" a sweeping 11 minute ballad orchestrated by the mighty organ of Verden Allen.Read more ›
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from the day I first heard this album, in 1969, I have been a hoople fan (up to the leaving of mick ralphs for that awful bad company). Read morePublished 5 months ago by c. manson
Initially released in Jolly Old England in 1969, Mott The Hoople didn't hit the states until 1970. In 1970 I was around 15 and hadn't heard of Mott until '73 when All The Young... Read morePublished on January 27, 2014 by Johnny B. Quick
This is a great debut -- could be their best album. Not sure why it gets no respect?? I think it is much better than All The Young Dudes and as good as Mott (maybe even better)! Read morePublished on December 4, 2013 by MJH
One of the best rock'n'roll bands of all time, Mott the Hoople are still little appreciated in the U.S. Read morePublished on November 3, 2013 by TLR
Mott the Hoople's first album demonstrates the well known vision held by the band and producer Guy Stevens - a cross between Dylan and the Rolling Stones. Read morePublished on June 11, 2013 by T. McCool
The original Mott was one of my favorite bands in the 1970s. This album feels like it was put together to fulfill a contract obligation. Read morePublished on May 1, 2013 by music lover
Mott the Hoople was definitely not an ordinary rock group, and this first album establishes them as a unique quantity with a lot of nerve. Read morePublished on November 10, 2007 by The Glass Guitar