Mott The Hoople (Island era)

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Mott The Hoople (Island era)

Never quite sure where the name came from at the time, I was always intrigued by the name Mott The Hoople (Yes, I know it comes from a popular novel).  I was definitely looking at their Island label records (Atlantic in the US) before I ever heard them.

CD                MOTT THE HOOPLE (1969) re                                             ANGEL AIR UK    SJPCD 157

1969 10 TRKS (2 x bonus tracks) (’03 issue)

LP                MOTT THE HOOPLE (1969)                                                 ATLANTIC US      SD 8258

1970 8 TRKS

7″                 ROCK AND ROLL QUEEN / ROAD TO BIRMINGHAM     ISLAND UK           WIP 6072

1969 2 TRKS no pic sleeve

LP                MAD SHADOWS                                                                      ISLAND CAN        ILPS 9119

1970 7 TRKS

CD                MAD SHADOWS re                                                                 ANGEL AIR UK    SJPCD 158

1970 9 TRKS (’03 issue) (2 x bonus tracks)

CD                WILDLIFE re                                                                             ANGEL AIR UK    SJPCD 159

1971 11 TRKS (’03 issue) (2 x bonus tracks)

LP                WILDLIFE                                                                                 ATLANTIC US      SD 8284

1971 9 TRKS

CD                BRAIN CAPERS re                                                                  ANGEL AIR UK    SJPCD 160

1971 10 TRKS (’03 issue) (2 x bonus tracks)

LP                BRAIN CAPERS                                                                      ISLAND CAN        ILPS 9178

1971 8 TRKS

LP                ROCK AND ROLL QUEEN (Collection)                              ISLAND UK           ILPS 9215

1972 8 TRK Collection

 

LPx2            POP CHRONIK (Collection)                                                  ISLAND DE           88 292 XCT

1976? 18 TRK Collection, booklet

Initially, I was interested mainly because they were another band on Island Records in the UK – they had good LP covers, and some of the song titles looked intriguing.  The first one I got was “Mad Shadows”, and it was fairly easy to follow their Rolling Stones-style of British rock ‘n’ roll.  There is a wonderful story that the name “Mad Shadows” was rumored to be the title of a Traffic LP – and of a Rolling Stones LP.  MTH were label mates with Traffic, so it’s likely / plausible.

The CD booklets in the recent Angel Air re-masters chronicle odd behavior from producer Guy Stevens – his attempts to get the group good ‘n’ angry – then start recording!  Sounds like more than one studio got trashed in the making of the first four MTH albums.

I have never encountered very many Island label singles by MTH, but I dearly love the one I did manage to find: “Rock and Roll Queen” b/w “Road To Birmingham” – yeah!  In the last 3 years, I have become fond of “Wildlife” and it’s lead off track, “Whisky Women”.

Tomorrow, I will relate what little I know of the CBS era of Mott The Hoople.

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