Mott The Hoople
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I have previously written about my interest in Island Records from
What I will say is that now I have the first four MTH albums on CD from Angel Air Records in
As a youth, after “Mad Shadows” I next ran into Mott The Hoople on the back of my discovery of David Bowie. The “All The Young Dudes” b/w “One Of The Boys” 7” provided a good excuse to re-evaluate MTH. My
I have really been into UK 70’s glam rock since an ’03 visit to Japan – and the CBS era MTH albums all made themselves apparent to me more recently. So, it took 40 years for me to hear all of the ‘proper’ MTH albums – but the verdict is strictly ‘thumbs up’! Naturally, my glam interests made me try Ian Hunter’s first solo album, “Overnight Angels” – I guess it will take me another 40 years to digest Hunter’s solo career. I always found it interesting that British reviewers always seemed to make a lot out of the mild fact that Hunter sounded something like Bob Dylan – I always thought he sounded / acted a bit more like Mick Jagger! “…with his Beatles and his Stones…”
Now we get to the “not progressive enough” argument: another reason I likely didn’t carry on with MTH at the time was that by ‘72/3, I was totally into German artists like Neu!, Harmonia, Cluster, Faust, Can, Amon Duul II et al. Electronic music, if you will. MTH were a rock band, not entirely unlike The Rolling Stones, for instance. Mainstream rock music. Not progressive rock, which is what I was after as a teenager.
It’s much easier for me to fully embrace the first four (
Seems to me that there needs to be a proper Guy Stevens biography and CD boxed set of his ‘notorious’ productions.