March 30, 2009
Sony BMG
Pop/Rock, Glam Rock, Album Rock, Rock & Roll

Album Review

Sony Germany's Original Album Classics box sets are an inventory clearance method to move classic albums as well as lesser ones off the shelves by packaging them together in a slipcase. Great Britain's Mott the Hoople existed between 1969 and 1976, and recorded for two labels: their earliest recordings were with Atlantic between 1969 and 1971, and their best known were cut between 1972 and 1974 for Columbia, while there were two additional later dates -- both of them included here -- for the latter imprint. Mott's great trilogy of albums -- All the Young Dudes (their commercial breakthrough), Mott, and The Hoople -- are here, and these three recordings alone are worth the price of the box. While only the first two of these feature guitar genius Mick Ralphs -- who would, with Paul Rodgers, later blast Bad Company into rock & roll glory (BC's big hit "Ready for Love" was originally recorded on All the Young Dudes) -- all three heavily showcased the brilliant songwriting and emerging super glam god status of frontman Ian Hunter at center stage. Hunter departed after The Hoople, leaving Morgan Fisher in charge of the band, and that's the lineup represented by the two latter albums in this box.
Thom Jurek, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Sweet Jane
  2. Momma's Little Jewel
  3. All the Young Dudes
  4. Sucker
  5. Jerkin' Crocus
  6. One of the Boys
  7. Soft Ground
  8. Ready for Love/After Lights
  9. Sea Diver
  10. One of the Boys [*]
  11. Black Scorpio [*][Demo Version]
  12. Ride on the Sun [*][Demo Version]
  13. One of the Boys [UK Single Version][*]
  14. All the Young Dudes [David Bowie/Ian Hunter Vocal][*]
  15. Sucker [Edit][*]
  16. Sweet Jane [*]
  17. All the Way from Memphis
  18. Whizz Kid
  19. Hymn for the Dudes
  20. Honaloochie Boogie
  21. Violence
  22. Drivin' Sister
  23. Ballad of Mott the Hoople [Live]
  24. I'm a Cadillac/El Camino Dolo Roso
  25. I Wish I Was Your Mother
  26. Rose [*]
  27. Honaloochie Boogie [*]
  28. Nightmare [*]
  29. Drivin' Sister [Live][*]
  30. The Golden Age of Rock 'n' Roll
  31. Marionette
  32. Alice
  33. Crash Street Kidds
  34. Born Late '58
  35. Trudi's Song
  36. Pearl 'n' Roy (England)
  37. Through the Looking Glass
  38. Roll Away the Stone
  39. Where Do You All Come From [*]
  40. Rest in Peace [*]
  41. Foxy Foxy [*]
  42. (Do You Remember) Saturday Gigs [*]
  43. The Saturday Kids [*]
  44. Lounge Lizard [*]
  45. American Pie/The Golden Age of Rock 'n' Roll [*]
  46. By Tonight
  47. Monte Carlo
  48. She Does It
  49. I'll Tell You Something
  50. Stiff Upper Lip
  51. Love Now
  52. Apologies
  53. The Great White Wail
  54. Here We Are
  55. It Takes One to Know One
  56. I Can Show You How It Is
  57. Shouting and Pointing
  58. Collision Course
  59. Storm
  60. Career (No Such Thing as Rock 'n' Roll)
  61. Hold on, You're Crazy
  62. See You Again
  63. Too Short Arms (I Don't Care)
  64. Broadside Outcasts
  65. Good Times
  66. Too Short Arms (I Don't Care) [Eddie Kramer/Electric Lady Mix]
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