Sunday, 3 June 2018

Mott The Hoople - Mott The Hoople (1969)



Released November 1969

Recorded at Morgan Studios, Willesden, London

Mott The Hoople’s debut album, in 1969, three years before their Bowie-inspired renaissance, was a competent, but somewhat patchy affair. A great cover, by the way, but utterly irrelevant.

TRACK LISTING

  1. You Really Got Me
  2. At the Crossroads
  3. Laugh at Me
  4. Backsliding Fearlessly
  5. Rock and Roll Queen
  6. Rabbit Foot And Toby Time
  7. Half Moon Bay
  8. Wrath And Wroll
  9. Ohio

  10. Find Your Way

Nicely remastered, it kicks off with a storming semi-instrumental cover of The Kinks’ “You Really Got Me”, that almost sounds like a studio jam, then the Dylanesque “At The Crossroads” (one of Ian Hunter’s perennial influences). A cover of Sonny Bono’s “Laugh At Me” is not bad at all, neither is the most obvious single, the upbeat, riffy “Rock n Roll Queen”. “Half Moon Bay” is a bit introspective and the quality dips a little on the old “side two”.

The bonus tracks include an excellent live cover of Neil Young’s “Ohio” and another Dylan-inspired number, “Road To Birmingham”. Both should have been on the original album, to be honest.I just feel there was more that could have been put on here, and it was something of a missed opportunity. Three more albums over the next three years would do nothing to dispel that notion.

C+



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