Where Do You All Come From [*] - Mott the Hoople, Griffin, T.
Rest in Peace [*]
Foxy Foxy [*]
(Do You Remember) The Saturday Gigs [*]
The Saturday Kids [*]
Lounge Lizzard [*]
American Pie/The Golden Age of Rock 'N' Roll [Live][*]
Digitally Remastered Edition of Mott the Hoople's Swan Song, Originally Released in 1974. The Follow-up to their Critically Acclaimed "Mott" Album Featured a Refocused Band, Following the Departure of Mick Ralphs (Who Left... more » to Join Bad Company) and the Arrival of Ariel Bender (Aka Luther Grosvenor, from Spooky Tooth). It was Hunter's Show Though and all the Stops were Pulled for this Manic Thrust of Energy. Kicking off with the Goodtime Rocker "The Golden Age of Rock N Roll", We Immediately Plunge Into the Dramatic "Marionette" and Soon Into the Manic "Crash Street Kids". This Special Expanded Edition Includes Seven Bonus Tracks, Including Studio Recordings with Mick Ronson (Who Had Replaced Bender on Tour) plus a Live Version of "Golden Age..." Prefaced by a Snippet of Don Mclean's "American Pie".« less
Digitally Remastered Edition of Mott the Hoople's Swan Song, Originally Released in 1974. The Follow-up to their Critically Acclaimed "Mott" Album Featured a Refocused Band, Following the Departure of Mick Ralphs (Who Left to Join Bad Company) and the Arrival of Ariel Bender (Aka Luther Grosvenor, from Spooky Tooth). It was Hunter's Show Though and all the Stops were Pulled for this Manic Thrust of Energy. Kicking off with the Goodtime Rocker "The Golden Age of Rock N Roll", We Immediately Plunge Into the Dramatic "Marionette" and Soon Into the Manic "Crash Street Kids". This Special Expanded Edition Includes Seven Bonus Tracks, Including Studio Recordings with Mick Ronson (Who Had Replaced Bender on Tour) plus a Live Version of "Golden Age..." Prefaced by a Snippet of Don Mclean's "American Pie".
Richard Martin | Tampa, Florida | 06/05/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Of all of the rock acts of the 1970's, Mott The Hoople was the band that experienced the most versitile creative changes of it's day. "The Hoople" is Mott's third and final release, completing the cycle that began with "All The Young Dude's" and continued with "MOTT."
Critics hated this album upon it's release in 1974 but for me this album is their defining moment. No disrespect to guitarist Mick Ralphs who left before this recording to form "Bad Company" but Ariel Bender (Luther Grovesnor formerly of Spooky Tooth) added the missing element from the Hoople's sound on all of their previous releases. His licks on this record remind me of the sound of other bands of this time including Queen and Sparks. Morgan Fisher who replaced original keyboardist Verdi Allen proved to be a superior musician and not nearly the head case that the explosive Allen could be.
Ian Hunter's songwriting, progresses on this recording in leaps and bounds. "Marionette," " Through the Looking Glass" and "The Golden Age of Rock N Roll" are just a few of the great songs that give us a peek into what would later become an outstanding solo career for Ian.
If you are a "Hoople" fan from the the 1970's as I am, then you probably already have a copy of this. However if you are a younger fan of bands like "The Darkness" or "Keane" then you might want to get back to the roots with this all-time classic release.
Also Recommended: "Kimono My House" by Sparks "A Night At The Opera" by Queen "Desolation Boulevard" by Sweet"
The Stone Rolls Away
Robert B. Laidlaw | 07/17/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The last in the triumvirate of Mott's classic glitter rock albums, "Hoople" finds the boys near the top of their game. Although missing the higher number of standouts found on "Mott" and "All The Young Dudes," tracks such as "Crash Street Kidds," the Watt's sung "Born Late '58" rock-out sideways. "Roll Away The Stone," and "Marionette" suffer only from excessive production; Hunter knew this was the end, and wanted to make every track resonate like a cabaret version of "Rock 'n' Roll Suicide.""
The Unpopular Opinion
hammerman | Buda, Tx USA | 10/03/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Song by song for my money, this is a superior album to "Mott". It may not have the more guitar heavy tracks associated with some of MTH's Mick Ralphs era, but the songwriting is top-notch. In fact, were it not for the "Mott" tracks Drivin Sister, and I'm a Cadillac/ El camino Doloroso, it's essentially a very similar album.
It's not that this record is generally disliked, but it lives in the shadow of it's predocessor, not to mention that albums' predocessor, All the Young Dudes. It just seems unfair when you consider all of the unsung brilliance on this album. Anyone who knows Mott will tell you Golden Age of Rock n' Roll is right up there with All the Way from Memphis, and Marionette is considered by Ian Hunter (not to mention myself) to be the greatest thing Mott ever recorded. Then of coarse there's the Mott classic Roll Away the Stone, always great (though the albums legacy may have faired better were the track presented earlier in the sequence letting Through the Looking Glass end the record.
But aside from the more well known tracks on the album, there are two particular songs that really bring the whole piece together. The first is Alice, a very upbeat signature Ian Hunter pop gem complete with a quirky verse, two pre-choruses, and a very solid chorus.
The other is my favorite MTH song next to Whizz Kid and Marionette- Pearl and Roy (england). An incredible energy that reminds me of a great rowdy band playing in a pub (mostly because of the rowdy pub crowd noises at the beginning of the song.) Amazing guitar work you'd almost not even notice if you weren't listening, awesome piano riff, and a perfectly singable chorus.
Everything else here is perfect as it needs to be, the weakest track being Trudi's song, however indisposable. The bonus tracks on the import are excellent and very essentiall if you don't already have them on another MTH or Ian Hunter set. Especially the Single a-sides Foxy, Foxy, and the Mick Ronson on guitar shouldabeena classic Saturday Gigs."
Eat THIS, Jimmy Page!
Bill Board | God's Wrath, Ohio | 10/20/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"It's all been said, "Mick Ralphs" (absolutely irreplaceable) "appeared to be in Bad Company" (that, as per the album itself)...well, he and Paul Rodgers were working mircles, allright, but the lead-into-gold miracle that Ian Hunter salvaged out of "The Hoople?" Well, "Marionette," must have, indeed, "influenced" Queen who were touring with them (you know, "Bohemian Rhapsody," and all that...) And song #3, ALice," is astounding for its leslie'd bass (leslie'd bass, now!) intro and underpinning. And let's be nice and kinda ignore Born Late '58," because that was INDEED a "glimpse into the future," as what "Mott" would sound like when Ian Hunter left, taking "Ariel Bender" (AKA Luther Grosvenor) and, yeah, Mick Ronson with him. But STILL: the ALL TIME #1 'IN YOUR FACE' "lead guitar" solo is presented here by Mr. Bender on the album's first - incandescent! - track, "The Golden Age Of Rock And Roll." STONES-rock and roll...but then...the guitar solo: and ARiel eschews the current guitar cliches, and presents a - can I say it, Amazon? - masturbatory "solo" of false notes and completely gratuitous finger exercise. - BRILLIANT! For a band abot 30 minutes to being - PFFT! - completely gone, "The Hoople" is simply BRILLIANT. And despite my falling out with Ian Hunter recently, over his "post-Ronno" output, he shone like a July 4th firecracker here."
Another Masterpiece For Mott The Hoople
The Footpath Cowboy | Kingston, NY United States | 10/20/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"THE HOOPLE is yet another masterpiece for Mott The Hoople, completing a cycle that started with ALL THE YOUNG DUDES and continued with the psychodrama of MOTT. This CD includes seven bonus cuts, some featuring guitarist Mick Ronson, who'd replaced Ariel Bender (Luther Grosvenor) following the latter's mid-tour departure. Elsewhere, Bender proves himself as worthy a guitarist as HIS predecessor, Mick Ralphs. If you buy this CD along with MOTT, ALL THE YOUNG DUDES, IAN HUNTER, YOU'RE NEVER ALONE WITH A SCHIZOPHRENIC, WELCOME TO THE CLUB, RANT, and SHRUNKEN HEADS, you'll have yourself the perfect Ian Hunter/Mott The Hoople library."