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Mott The Hoople - 2004 Live (30th Anniversary Edition)


ARTIST: Mott The Hoople
ALBUM: Live (30th Anniversary Edition)
LABEL: Columbia
SERIAL: 516051 2
YEAR: 2004


LINEUP: Ian Hunter - vocals, rhythm guitar, Peter Overend Watts - bass guitar, vocals, Dale 'Buffin' Griffin -
drums, vocals, Ariel Bender - lead guitar, vocals, Morgan Fisher - piano, vocals * Blue Weaver - organ (U.S.) Mick Bolton - organ (UK) Stan Tippins - vocals on 'All the Young Dudes'

TRACK LISTING: CD1 Recorded at the Uris Theatre, Broadway, New York, May 8th & 9th 1974
Intro (Jupiter) * 01 American Pie/The Golden Age Of Rock 'N' Roll * 02 Sucker * 03 Roll Away The Stone/Sweet Jane * 04 Rest In Peace * 05 All The Way From Memphis * 06 Born Late '58 * 07 One Of The Boys * 08 Hymn For The Dudes * 09 Marionette * 10 Drivin' Sister/Crash Street Kidds/Violence * 11 All The Young Dudes * 12 Walking With A Mountain

CD2 Recorded at the Odeon Theatre, Hammersmith, London, December 14th 1973
Intro (Jupiter) * 01 Drivin' Sister * 02 Sucker * 03 Sweet Jane * 04 Sweet Angeline * 05 Rose * 06 Roll Away The Stone * 07 All The Young Dudes * 08 Rock Medley: Jerkin' Crocus/One Of The Boys/ Rock And Roll Queen/Get Back, Whole Lotta Shakin'/Violence * 09 Walking With A Mountain

WEBLINKS: Official Website

Initially released in 1974 as a heavily edited single live album, but even then a fantastic listen, this 30th anniversary edition that was put out in 2004 sees pretty much both the London and New York shows here in all their glory. As I said recorded in London and New York, these tours really were the stuff of legend. The London show ended in a full-blown riot with the safety curtain coming down while the band played on. The New York shows at the Uris Theatre saw Mott The Hoople (MTH) being the very first rock band to play Broadway with the first show of their run very nearly being ruined by the appearance of some drunken members of Led Zeppelin who were backstage. Both of these tours saw a fledgeling Queen as their support band, now that's one helluva bill! This album is also special to me as the London side of the album is from the very tour that I broke my gigging duck with.

The Songs
The band at this point had seen founding members Mick Ralphs and Verden Allen move on only to be replaced with the wonderfully named Ariel Bender (that's ex Spooky Tooth Luther Grosvenor to you and me) and the flamboyant Morgan Fisher on keyboards. The unreleased songs on this expanded release were rescued from the existing multi-tracks that had been in Columbia's archives and now we got hear a band at the very top of their game and as a live act were pretty peerless back then. Both sides open with 'Jupiter' from Holst's 'Planet Suite' before we get MTH literally blasting forth with unbridled power. Tracks such as the hits 'The Golden Age Of Rock N Roll', Roll Away The Stone' and the timeless 'All The Young Dudes' as well as less familiar material but nevertheless fan favourites 'Sucker', 'Walking With A Mountain' see Ian Hunter leading his troops through a stream of unforgettable performances, and yes you can hear all the mistakes, none of that studio trickery malarkey here, and it's all the better for it too. Even when the band do the slower numbers 'Rose' and 'Rest In Peace' this just demonstrates how good a song smith Ian Hunter was (and still is for that matter)'.The London show, in particular, has a real air of menace about it. The Rolling Stones might have been coined 'The most dangerous band in the world' at that time but I reckon it was these boys, and on their closing Rock Medley and 'Walking With A Mountain' you can hear the pandemonium breaking out as the band played on. A quite brilliant recording considering its age and the various sources that the original tapes came from, and hearing Ian Hunter goading the audience is a joy to behold.

In Summary
There are some truly great live albums out there, mainly from the 70's, 'KISS Alive', 'Frampton Comes Alive', UFO's 'Strangers In The Night' etc, but strangely this one gets forgotten about. This album is right up there with those classics, and as I said earlier no studio tomfoolery either which in my eyes makes it all the more valid for being alongside (and above in some cases) the aforementioned albums. It's just a pity that it took 30 years to get the damn thing right. MTH is one of my all-time favourite bands (as you probably already know!) and from my favourite era in rock music too. I feel very privileged to have witnessed the glory that was MTH back then. There was power, passion and performance, just about the perfect combination.. anyone with a spare time machine?

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