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"Dudes" stands apart from the later albums, carrying many of the hallmarks of their earlier material, spiced up with some quirky production from Bowie and some experimental effects. Aside from the title track, highlights include a spendid version of Lou Reed's "Sweet Jane", the instantly catchy "Jerkin' Crocus", "One of the Boys" which typified the material that earned the band their 'fathers of punk' reputation, Mick Ralph's tasteful "Ready for Love" (which he tried again some years later with Bad Company - with much less success), rounded off by the delicate ballad 'Sea Divers', representing some of the despair which Ian Hunter felt at the time of the band's apparent demise.
That so much of the early Mott material is now unavailable is truly a tragedy. Anyone who enjoyed their later material should buy this album before it's too late, and get an idea of how much you have already missed.