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5.0 out of 5 stars Hairy dudes, 30 Mar 2013
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GlynLuke (York UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Very Best Of Mott The Hoople (Audio CD)
Can`t believe I`m only the second here to review this magisterial compilation. Oh well, here goes.
Mott released seven studio LPs and a live one, before packing it in by the end of 1974. Four of those were made before a certain Mr Bowie gave them All the Young Dudes (they`d turned down Suffragette City - can`t blame them, myself) to record as their next single. The rest is, as they say, history, if a brief one.
Over twenty tracks and 78 minutes, this excellent collection - along with superb booklet, with lots of photos and some of the best-written sleeve-notes I`ve ever read in such a context, courtesy of one Campbell Devine - gives the listener reasons enough to hear what the fuss was about, and why so many in and out of the business loved Mott and, in some cases, were inspired and influenced by them.
There`s a wonderful sense of controlled shambles about the Hoople, but under all the pretence of long-haired chaos this was a band who cared what they played and sang, and songs like All the Way From Memphis, Roll Away the Stone, Honaloochie Boogie, the lushly elegiac yet (at the time) absurdly overlooked Saturday Gigs, and of course the ecstatic, immortal All the Young Dudes - well, they`re all here in their majesty, plus many more great songs, such as minor hit Foxy Foxy, one of their finest tracks, as well as the gorgeous ballad Waterlow and the brilliant Sea Diver.
And so many more...
Mott the Hoople were a very English outfit - rather in the way The Band or Little Feat were quintessentially North American - with little of the trans-Atlantic swagger and glitz of the Stones, or the self-conscious artiness of Roxy Music. You can hear it in Ian Hunter`s voice, in their lyrics, and in the pre-punk `home-made` feel of much of their music. They were, in short, a national treasure we prized too casually, and hearing them at their peak on these mostly marvellous songs brings back an era when a band like Mott - fiercely individual, with fire in their bellies and something to say - could take the stage for all too brief a time, and rock the world on its axis!
I can`t help thinking that this is what rock is all about. This is, all in all, one of the best compilations I`ve ever heard, beautifully presented, with loving care, which is no more than this great band deserves.

Do you remember the Saturday gigs?
We do, we do...
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good cross-section of the band's history., 9 May 2014
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Gotta say though, that there are really only 8 tracks I like listening to on this album. Guess I'm just not a huge fan.
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4.0 out of 5 stars wallowing in the past, 7 April 2014
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Lovely collection of Mott the Hoople's work. Very much guided by the reviews of other purchasers in making this particular selection
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5.0 out of 5 stars My childhood!, 17 Nov 2013
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M. Williams "Mardin" (UK) - See all my reviews
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Early 70s was an age of some excellent bands and music. I grew up with this. What more can I say?
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4.0 out of 5 stars happy, 7 Oct 2013
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the disc is in very good condition but the case wasn't brilliant but I am happy with this product. would recommend
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5.0 out of 5 stars wow, 4 April 2013
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Had forgotten how great Mott and Ian Hunter were. This is a must for great Rock 'n' Roll fans. Driving guitars, great sax and keyboards. All the hits are there.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 8 Aug 2014
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An excellent cd always wanted some of their music, thanks for prompt delivery
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4.0 out of 5 stars 60s & 70s Super Group, 11 May 2013
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A fantastic collection of this groups work over the years. Ian Hunter's voice growls its way through this collection of top recordings,
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2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I just wanna dance to - Honalouchie boogie yeah, 3 Feb 2013
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My hair get longer as the beat gets stronger. Love the CD well worth it! All the best and favourite tracks on it!
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