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.