Melissa Menifield | Pittsburgh, PA | 01/06/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Before this album, the only Mott the Hoople song I knew was the great "All the Young Dudes." I was pleasantly surprised to discover that in addition to that Bowie-penned classic, Mott the Hoople is a great band who came out with some great songs. The opening number "All the Way from Memphis" had me hooked, but my favorite has to be the retrospective "Saturday Gigs," in which the band discusses their various incarnations both on and off the stage during the late 60's/early 70's. Ian Hunter delivers the vocals at times with a half singing-half speaking voice, kind of like Bob Dylan with an accent. It is placed against a great sound thanks in part to former 'Spiders from Mars' guitarist Mick Ronson, and the rest of the band fills in the backgrounds nicely. Mott the Hoople is truly a great rock n roll band that seems to have slipped through the cracks when it comes to great 70's classic rock bands; I guaruntee you, one listen to this album and you will see why they should be ranked as one of the greatest and most influential that ever came around."
Soaring Seventies Rock
Pieter | Johannesburg | 02/13/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Mott made great music in the early seventies with their blend of hard, almost metal-rock and intelligent lyrics. All The Way From Memphis is a typical rock `n roll road saga, Hymn For The Dudes is quite tender, almost spiritual, All The Young Dudes is their stunning interpretation of the Bowie composition and Roll Away The Stone is a slab of rollicking rock. The live track Ballad of Mott is a complex, soulful ballad with beautiful organ infusions, The Golden Age Of Rock `n Roll something of a tour de force with its traditional rock riffs and energetic vocals, while while Foxy Foxy is an impressive power ballad. The album ends on a sad note with Saturday Gigs which is a history of the band and their comments on the changing fashions, including witty remarks about glam rock. Yes, there WAS life before punk."