Theme Switcher
Switch to:

Notes about GDM Themes
Click to learn more about GDM themes


Not a member yet?
Click here to register.

Forgotten your password?
Request a new one here.
Site Stats
Album Reviews: 6825
Comments: 16465
Ratings: 4520
Forum Posts: 21582
Latest Comments
This debut is chocked ful...
The band really broadens ...
I've seen this many times...
A classic indeed and thei...
I hoped more from this al...
It was Heather Thomas in ...
Actually, 'Find The Lady'...
Cheers Dave, looking to g...
Great, Malcolm! I can hel...
Dave, it's already set up...
Great list, Jeffrey. The ...
Maybe an interview with G...
Finally got a copy of thi...
Thanks for the download y...
Yes Dave, I agree New Yor...
Very cool. I've always ha...
As a musician and avid li...
The problem with AOR as a...
Thanks Jose. However, man...
I would have voted "no" a...
You must login to post a message.

21-01-2018 21:04
Lucky and now skint, judging by the winning bid!!

21-01-2018 20:47
Some lucky Jeff Lynne fan got a real rarity!

21-01-2018 09:43
Yep in Argent, especially as Rod Argent and Jim we’re cousins.

21-01-2018 07:43
Didn't Rodford also play in Argent and Charlie too?

20-01-2018 22:04
Jim Rodford, bass player, The Kinks, Phoenix (I think?), but I remember him with The Zombies, saw live a while back. RIP

17-01-2018 21:50
In response to Cyrille Regis, BBC 2 repeat the Adrian Chiles documentary, Whites v Blacks, How Football Changed A Nation, unbelievable true story, worth watching

17-01-2018 18:44
Review of the rather splendid `Hornal` album is in the works too.

17-01-2018 01:57
Dave and Jeff's best of 2017 wrap-up's just around the corner too.. computer work

17-01-2018 01:56
There is a three-part article coming up for E.L.O (Eldorado, A New World Record and Out Of The Blue). Look out for it soon.

16-01-2018 08:52
Stoke fans have my commiserations.Und
er Lambert the Villa played some of the most boring, unimaginative football I`ve ever had the misfortune to witness.Relegation
?,yes I`d say so.

Articles Hierarchy
Articles Home » 1973 Articles » Mott The Hoople - 1973 Mott
Mott The Hoople - 1973 Mott

ARTIST: Mott The Hoople
YEAR: 1973
CD REISSUE: Refer Discogs Link..


LINEUP: Ian Hunter - lead vocals, piano, guitar, Mick Ralphs - guitar, backing vocals, organ, moogotron, mandolins, tambourine, lead vocals on 'I'm A Cadillac / El Camino Dolo Roso, Pete 'Overend' Watts - bass guitar, backing vocals, Dale 'Buffin' Griffin - drums, vocals, percussion, backing vocals

Additional Musicians: Paul Buckmaster - electric cello on 'Honaloochie Boogie', Andy Mackay - saxophone on 'All The Way From Memphis' & 'Honaloochie Boogie', Graham Preskett - violin on 'Violence', Thunderthighs (Karen Friedman, Dari Lalou, Casey Synge) - backing vocals on 'Hymn For The Dudes'

TRACK LISTING: 01 All The Way From Memphis * 02 Whizz Kid * 03 Hymn For The Dudes * 04 Honaloochie Boogie * 05 Violence * 06 Drivin' Sister * 07 Ballad of Mott The Hoople (26th March 1972, Zurich) * 08 I'm A Cadillac / El Camino Dolo Roso * 09 I Wish I Was Your Mother>


Mott The Hoople were a band along with the likes of David Bowie, Queen and numerous others that were to have a profound effect on me in the early 70's, and still do to this day. After 4 somewhat difficult albums for Island Records (paradoxically a large draw live, famously being the first ever band to get barred from the Royal Albert Hall to boot), they were effectively dead and buried mainly down to a lack of record sales (these were times when record sales really mattered) but they were 'saved' by the man of the moment back then, David Bowie, who upon hearing they were about to split gave the band the immortal 'All The Young Dudes'. The resulting album of the same name, whilst an improvement on the previous offerings was still somewhat patchy, but did give the band that important breakthrough hit and also a renewed burst of energy. Not wanting to be seen as Bowie's stooges, they distanced themselves from the dame and delivered one of the 70's defining albums. Ian Hunter took over the reins as their main man (see what I did there) and his song writing took a giant leap as a consequence. 'Mott' effectively captured their live energy perfectly whilst also displaying a new found maturity. Mott the Hoople was my first live experience, catching their now legendary '73 tour (with Queen in tow as special guests) in support of said album. Mott The Hoople since those heady days have been rightly cited as a major influence on a diverse range of artists, from Motley Crue, Def Leppard to The Clash and Morrissey.

The Songs
All the songs on 'Mott' demonstrate a band finally full of confidence in their own abilities. Whereas on previous albums, the songs and playing could be seen as somewhat unfocused, but not without its charms. This is not the case with 'Mott', everything is tighter yet still retaining the bands latent raw energy. The songs are better focussed and there is a clearer vision, this I believe is down to Hunter really coming into his own as a songwriter. Hunter's dominance in the band would ultimately lead to the departure of Mick Ralphs, who in turn went on to form Bad Company. 'All The Way From Memphis' kicks us off, and is a storming start, from the descending piano motif, to Andy Mackay's wailing sax, a killer tune which is an autobiographical tale of Mott's/Hunter's time on tour in America. Incidentally, this is told in more depth in probably what is one of the greatest rock books of all time 'Diary Of A Rock n Roll Star', a must read for any rock fan, showing the inner workings of touring the USA in the early 70's.'Whizz Kid' is next with Ralphs playing a Moogatron to add a new texture to Mott's sound, and with a killer chorus could quite easily have been a choice for a single at the time. 'Hymn For Tthe Dudes' is a beautiful ballad, something that Hunter has excelled in all his career, co-written with recently departed organist Verden Allen, this features Hunter on Rachmaninov piano and half spoken words, finishing with a glorious coda of the band ably assisted on backing vocals by Thunderthighs giving it all.

'Honaloochie Boogie', the first single off the album is a marvellous stomp, which screams 1973 at me even today, all glitter and swagger. 'Violence' finishes off (in old money) side one and is a malevolent, dark song, full of wonderful imagery before it all ends with a punch up sequence involving pretty much all the band. 'Drivin' Sister' is again a semi autobiographical song, reminiscing on times gone by and with a wonderful lyric by Hunter.'The Ballad Of Mott Tthe Hoople (26th March 1972 Zurich)' to give it its full title - is again a supreme ballad telling the tale of the band, and the trials and tribulations that being in a Rock n Roll band is all about. Not wanting to be left out Mick Ralphs comes up with the surprise track of the album: 'I'm A Cadillac/El Camino Dolo Roso', the first part being a understated rocker with Ralphs handling lead vocals, before we get into a lovely, instrumental acoustic piece that shows that Ralphs had a lot more in his Arsenal that just his killer riffs. The album finishes with one of the best Mott The Hoople songs of all time 'I Wish I Was Your Mother' which is a gorgeous Mandolin lead song that was at one time lined up as a single, with Hunter's vocals paying homage to one of his heroes Bob Dylan. A perfect way to finish a nigh on perfect album.

In Summary
Time has not diminished my love for this band and in particular this album, it sits very comfortably in my top 5 of all time. Hunter is the supreme story teller, his songs so full of his inner workings with him not being afraid to show us his demons and shortcomings. He is one of the best ballad writers of all time (not that his rockers are bad!!), and he continues to write and perform today, even at the grand old age of 75! In recent years the band has reformed for a series of successful gigs. I was lucky enough to catch them again back in 2009 at the Hammersmith Odeon (yes, I know it's called something different today, but it will always be the Odeon to me) and they were supreme, 3000+ 50 year old blokes singing 'Goodbye' to the band as they left the stage to 'Saturday Gigs' is one of my most cherished moments at any gig I have been to. The album has throughout the years been reissued with bonus tracks but I still prefer it in its original form. One final note, back in the 70's when an album was a real work of art, the packaging was something to behold. Initial copies of 'Mott' in the UK (the USA had a different cover by the way) had a gatefold sleeve with an 'Emperor' image printed on a transparent plastic sheet. My copy back in '73 came without the 'Emperor' plastic insert, but in recent times I have been able to get hold two copies complete with said insert, which has made me a very happy boy indeed, and long for days gone by.

All written content on this website is copyrighted.
Copying of material without permission is not permitted.

#1 | Eric on March 04 2015 04:18:52
In 1975 I moved from Chicago to NYC due to my Dad's company transfer and I befriended a long haired Mott fan from my art class named Paul. He knew I was a Queen fan and bragged how he had taped Queen at the Uris Theater in NYC when they opened for Hoople in 74. He was 2 years older than me and it made sense. I heard part of Queen but he flipped the tape to record Mott, so I heard maybe two minutes of Queen and 45 minutes of Hoople. I heard a lot of Mott the Hoople during that time while drawing and painting in class and all the better for it. My family moved to another town in NY and I lost contact with my friend but will always appreciate his turning me on to Mott the Hoople.
#2 | Explorer on March 04 2015 06:58:11
The Uris Theater shows are the stuff of legend, and are captured wonderfully on the expanded 2 disc version of Motts live album, would love to hear Queen from the same shows, but nothing has ever turned up to the best of my knowledge.
Post Comment
Please Login to Post a Comment.
Rating is available to Members only.

Please login or register to vote.

100% 100% 50% [1 Vote]
95% 95% 0% [No Votes]
90% 90% 0% [No Votes]
85% 85% 50% [1 Vote]
80% 80% 0% [No Votes]
75% 75% 0% [No Votes]
70% 70% 0% [No Votes]
65% 65% 0% [No Votes]
60% 60% 0% [No Votes]
55% 55% 0% [No Votes]
50% 50% 0% [No Votes]
45% 45% 0% [No Votes]
40% 40% 0% [No Votes]
35% 35% 0% [No Votes]
30% 30% 0% [No Votes]
25% 25% 0% [No Votes]
20% 20% 0% [No Votes]
15% 15% 0% [No Votes]
10% 10% 0% [No Votes]
Articles Cloud
XYZ - 2003 Letter To God, Celestium - 1984 Sanctuary, Markonee - 2009 See The Thunder, SPYS - 1983 Behind Enemy Lines, Larsen Feiten Band - 1980 Larsen Feiten Band, Tubes, The - 1983 Outside Inside, Capaldi, Jim - 1983 Fierce Heart, Wetton, John - 1980 Caught In The Crossfire, Demon Drive - 2003 Four Play, Ochsenknecht - 1992 Ochsenknecht, Danger Avenue - 2008 Danger Avenue [ep], Everest - 1984 Everest, Lionville - 2011 Lionville, Fairchild - 1982 Shadowland, Gentle Giant - 1980 Civilian
Michael Harris Queen Best Of 2012 In Pursuit Bridge 2 Far Mark Williamson Cannata Arcangel Jeff Cannata Marc Bolan T Rex Houston T Bell Little Caesar Soundtrack Goblin Richard Marx Deep Purple Huey Lewis Rock Candy Records More Chuck Francour Kracker Tears ABBA Lucky 13 EP FM (UK) Rock Candy Records Mike Tramp Kurgans Bane Best Of 2008 Phillip Bardowell Black Sabbath 8084 Find Me The Dig Mars Tank
All Tags
Search DDG