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"...I'm In Love With Her..." - The Hoople by MOTT THE HOOPLE,
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After three albums on Island between 1970 and 1971 that saw little chart action ("Mad Shadows", "Wildlife" and "Brain Capers") - then the David Bowie assisted breakthrough of "All The Young Dudes" in 1972 with its equally successful follow-up "Mott" in 1973 - the pressure was on to produce another winner - and Mott The Hoople's 6th LP "The Hoople" featuring Ian Hunter delivered.
Originally UK released on a 9-track vinyl album in July 1974 on CBS Records S 69064 - the April 2006 Columbia/Legacy CD runs to 69:06 minutes and features 7 properly excellent additions that actually warrant the moniker 'bonus tracks' (singles and unreleased). The 12-page booklet is pleasantly festooned with foreign picture sleeves and affectionate/knowledgeable liner notes by Campbell Devine - author of "All The Young Dudes: The Official Autobiography Of Mott The Hoople".
But the best news for fans is a fantastic new remaster by tape wizard VIC ANESINI whose credits include Simon & Garfunkel, Stevie Ray Vaughan, The Jayhawks, Elvis Presley, Carole King, Hall & Oates and Santana to name but a few. The muscle on the rockers like "Marionette" and the Overend Watts track "Born Late '58" (the only Mott song to feature a non Ian Hunter vocal) is properly great. The singles too "The Golden Age Of Rock 'n' Roll" and "Roll Away The Stone" still thrill in that T.Rex glam kind of way.
But for me the bees-knees is the gorgeous ballad to his wife "Trudi's Song" (lyrics above) - the kind of Seventies tune that reduces me to mush for some reason. Even the previously unreleased and aborted single B-side "Lounge Lizard" is guitar-driven find - fab.
Great stuff - and in 2014 - this remastered Mott The Hoople CD is cheaper than sunglasses at a Saturday Gig. Get this nugget into your home right away...
PS: Inspired by the ballad that turned me into a big girl's blouse today - I've formed a 70's FEST CD compilation below for geysers between 50 and 75 (and that's just the waistline). I've called it "Songs To Make A Grown Man Cry" and it just about fits onto an 80-minute CD-R. Here goes...
1. That's The Way - LED ZEPPELIN (October 1970 on "Led Zeppelin III" LP)
2. Home Again - CAROLE KING (March 1971 on "Tapestry" LP)
3. If I Laugh - CAT STEVENS (September 1971 on "Teaser And The Firecat" LP)
4. Debris - FACES (November 1971 on "A Nod's As Good As A Wink...To A Blind Horse" LP)
5. Old Man - NEIL YOUNG (February 1972 on "Harvest" LP)
6. Watch Me - LABI SIFFRE (July 1972 UK 7" single-only on Pye International)
7. Journey - DUNCAN BROWNE (August 1972 UK 7" single-only on Rak)
8. My Friend The Sun - FAMILY (September 1972 on "Bandstand" LP)
9. You Turn Me On, I'm A Radio - JONI MITCHELL (December 1972 on "For The Roses" LP)
10. The Right Thing To Do - CARLY SIMON (January 1973 on "No Secrets" LP)
11. The Kiss - JUDEE SILL (April 1973 on "Heart Food" LP)
12. I'm In Love With A Girl - BIG STAR (January 1974 on "Radio City" LP)
13. Trudi's Song by MOTT THE HOOPLE (March 1974 on "The Hoople" LP)
14. Roll On Babe - RONNIE LANE & SLIM CHANCE (August 1974 on "Anymore For Anymore" LP)
15. You're A Big Girl Now - BOB DYLAN (February 1975 on "Blood On The Tracks" LP)
16. Misty - RAY STEVENS (August 1975 on "Misty" LP)
17. Stay Young - GALLAGHER & LYLE (January 1976 on "Breakaway" LP)
18. On And On - STEPHEN BISHOP (December 1976 on "Careless" LP)
19. Alison - ELVIS COSTELLO (July 1977 on "My Aim Is True" LP)
20. River Song - DENNIS WILSON (September 1977 on "Pacific Ocean Blue" LP)
21. She's Always A Woman - BILLY JOEL (December 1977 on "The Stranger" LP)
22. English Rose - THE JAM (November 1978 on "All Mod Cons" LP)
Further suggestions/slagging in the 'comment' postcard section please...