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on 29 July 2006
Yes Mott did have a number of chart hits. No they are not included on this CD. Read the album title carefully - it's the Best of the Island Years 1969-1972. The hits came later and were all on the Columbia/Sony label! What you get here is pre-Bowie influenced Mott; more hard rock than glam rock. If you have never heard early Mott than this is the place to start; a good selection at a cheap price. Beware though, this may as well have been a different band to the 'All the Young Dudes' era Mott.
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on 13 November 2005
This album is a steal, it sums up the pre Dudes Mott brilliantly, this for me was them at their finest. Get this and the Mojo set which covers the CBS hits era and for the price of a round of drinks you have a great introduction to one of the greatest bands ever.
The only thing to watch is that you'll then want everything they ever released!
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on 2 October 2005
Just for once, the clue is in the title. I'm not surprised none of Mott the Hoople's seven hit singles make this "best of" compilation, because with the possible exception of "All The Young Dudes", Mott's best work never went anywhere near the singles charts. None of their hits were worth a candle compared with great, albeit not particularly well-remembered tracks like "At the Crossroads" & "Thunderbuck Ram", both of which feature on this excellent collection.
If you want the singles, buy the "greatest hits" compilation instead.
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on 5 December 2004
wow what can i say about this best of compilation from one of the most underrated bands who most people only remember for there cover of the bowie classic "all the young dudes" but the hoople where more than a one hit wonder and this best of shows it. buy this album now it's got a wonderful instrumental version of the kinks classic "you really got me" BUY IT NOW Please!!!
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on 19 July 2014
Several reviewers have commented about the lack of "hits" on this "Best of" compilation. The reason is fairly obvious from the full title. This is the best of Mott's output for Island records when they were primarily and albums band. They didn't have any hit singles until they moved to CBS in 1972, hence the lack of them on this disk.

I was a big Mott fan during both the Island and CBS periods and this is a very good reflection of what the band were capable of during the earlier "pre-pop star" days.

I highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys bands like Free (who, incidentally, were Mott's stablemates at Island), Edgar Broughton and other gritty UK blues bands of the period. However if you're looking for the glam-rock sound of the CBS years this is probably not the disk for you.
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on 4 July 2014
Only bought for one track 'At The Crossroads' which was on the old Island sampler 'Nice Enough To Eat'. I'm not really a fan, but the rest of it is competent.
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on 29 March 2015
The Island years were the best; this is a great CD for all real 'Hooples'
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on 2 August 2015
brilliant,great tracks,super sound quality.
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VINE VOICEon 4 August 2015
All you need to have the best of early Mott
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on 17 April 2016
Best played on No-11
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