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Buy The Double-Disc Instead
on 14 June 2004
If you've never heard this band, you do owe it to yourself to check them out.
The critics loved Mott, partly because they seemed to regard the band as a fantasy of Dylan fronting the Stones. Obviously, the material never met that implied quality, but Mott were a very good rock band, even if over-rated.
Be wary of this compilation. It emphasises their Spinal Tap-ist flaws, viz. pretentious self-important balladry, cheesy nostalgia and ham-handed camp.
A few more pounds will get you the double-disc anthology "Ballad Of Mott The Hoople" which has 33 tracks and argues their merit convincingly - particularly as it has enough tracks to ignore the flaws and still enjoy some great rock music.
If you want to spend less cash, get the "All The Young Dudes" album which is their strongest. (It includes "Jerkin' Crocus", unfortunately not compiled here - possibly due to one very politically incorrect line.)