Tuesday, 1 April 2014

"The Hoople" by MOTT THE HOOPLE (2006 Columbia/Legacy 'Expanded Edition' CD - Vic Anesini Remaster) - A Review by Mark Barry...

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After four albums on Island between 1969 and 1971 that saw little chart action ("Mott The Hoople", "Mad Shadows", "Wildlife" and "Brain Capers") - then the David Bowie assisted breakthrough of "All The Young Dudes" in 1972 with its equally successful follow-up "Mott" in 1973 - the pressure was on to produce another winner. And Mott The Hoople's 7th LP "The Hoople" featuring Ian Hunter delivered what was needed.

UK released April 2006 – "The Hoople" by MOTT THE HOOPLE on Sony/Legacy 82796 978732 (Barcode 827969787328) is an 'Expanded Edition' CD Remaster and plays out as follows (69:06 minutes):

1. The Golden Age Of Rock 'n' Roll
2. Marionette
3. Alice
4. Crash Street Kidds
5. Born Late 1958 [Side 2]
6. Trudi's Song
7. Pearl 'N' Roy (England)
8. Through The Looking Glass
9. Roll Away The Stone
Tracks 1 to 9 are their seventh studio album "The Hoople" - released in the UK in July 1974 on CBS Records S 69064 and Columbia PC 32871

10. Where Do They All Come From
Non-album B-side of the November 1973 UK 7" single "Roll Away The Stone" on CBS Records S CBS 1895
11. Rest In Peace
Non-album B-side of the March 1974 UK 7" single "The Golden Age Of Rock 'n' Roll" on CBS Records S CBS 2177
12. Foxy, Foxy
Non-album A-side of a June 1974 UK 7" single on CBS Records S CBS 2439
13. (Do You Remember The) Saturday Gigs
Non-album A-side of a September 1974 UK 7" single on CBS Records S CBS 2754 (credited as "Saturday Gig" on the label)
14. The Saturday Kids (Work In Progress Mixes)
15. Lounge Lizard (Aborted B-side)
16. American Pie/The Golden Age Of Rock 'n' Roll (Live From Broadway)

The 12-page booklet is pleasantly festooned with foreign picture sleeves and affectionate/knowledgeable liner notes by Campbell Devine - author of "All The Young Dudes: The Official Autobiography Of Mott The Hoople".

But the best news for fans is a fantastic new remaster by tape wizard VIC ANESINI whose credits include Simon & Garfunkel, Stevie Ray Vaughan, The Jayhawks, Elvis Presley, Carole King, Hall & Oates and Santana to name but a few. The muscle on the rockers like "Marionette" and the Overend Watts track "Born Late '58" (the only Mott song to feature a non Ian Hunter vocal) is properly great. The singles too "The Golden Age Of Rock 'n' Roll" and "Roll Away The Stone" still thrill in that T.Rex glam kind of way (Lynsey De Paul contributes vocals to "Roll Away The Stone"). But for me the bees-knees is the gorgeous ballad to Ian Hunter's wife "Trudi's Song" (lyrics above) - the kind of Seventies tune that reduces me to mush for some reason.

This is also one of those reissues where the Bonus Tracks actually up the ante rather than just acting as filler. The previously unreleased mix of "The Saturday Kids" rocks and the aborted single B-side "Lounge Lizard" is a guitar-driven find - fabulous stuff. And those great single sides like "Saturday Gig" remind me of the buzz I got just finding their stuff in record stores and in secondhand shops. It does seem odd though that the "Saturday Gig" non-album B-side Medley of "Jerkin' Crocus, Sucker and Violence" isn't here too when there was room. But overall - a very tasty package indeed.

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PS: Inspired by the ballad that turned me into a big girl's blouse this afternoon - I formed the following 70's FEST CD compilation list for geysers between 50 and 75 (and that's just the waistline). I've called it "Songs To Make A Grown Man Cry" and it just about fits onto an 80-minute CD-R. Here goes...

1. That's The Way - LED ZEPPELIN (October 1970 on "Led Zeppelin III" LP)
2. Home Again - CAROLE KING (March 1971 on "Tapestry" LP)
3. If I Laugh - CAT STEVENS (September 1971 on "Teaser And The Firecat" LP)
4. Debris - FACES (November 1971 on "A Nod's As Good As A Wink...To A Blind Horse" LP)
5. Old Man - NEIL YOUNG (February 1972 on "Harvest" LP)
6. Watch Me - LABI SIFFRE (July 1972 UK 7" single-only on Pye International)
7. Journey - DUNCAN BROWNE (August 1972 UK 7" single-only on Rak)
8. My Friend The Sun - FAMILY (September 1972 on "Bandstand" LP)
9. You Turn Me On, I'm A Radio - JONI MITCHELL (December 1972 on "For The Roses" LP)
10. The Right Thing To Do - CARLY SIMON (January 1973 on "No Secrets" LP)
11. The Kiss - JUDEE SILL (April 1973 on "Heart Food" LP)
12. I'm In Love With A Girl - BIG STAR (January 1974 on "Radio City" LP)
13. Trudi's Song by MOTT THE HOOPLE (March 1974 on "The Hoople" LP)
14. Roll On Babe - RONNIE LANE & SLIM CHANCE (August 1974 on "Anymore For Anymore" LP)
15. You're A Big Girl Now - BOB DYLAN (February 1975 on "Blood On The Tracks" LP)
16. Misty - RAY STEVENS (August 1975 on "Misty" LP)
17. Stay Young - GALLAGHER & LYLE (January 1976 on "Breakaway" LP)
18. On And On - STEPHEN BISHOP (December 1976 on "Careless" LP)
19. Alison - ELVIS COSTELLO (July 1977 on "My Aim Is True" LP)
20. River Song - DENNIS WILSON (September 1977 on "Pacific Ocean Blue" LP)
21. She's Always A Woman - BILLY JOEL (December 1977 on "The Stranger" LP)
22. English Rose - THE JAM (November 1978 on "All Mod Cons" LP)

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