MOTT THE HOOPLE Mott The Hoople (Angel Air SJPCD157) (2003)
First in a series of Mott the Hoople's Island albums, that have been
re-mastered and add bonus tracks. This being the band's 1969 debut album,
with the line-up was Ian Hunter (vocals/piano), a pre-Bad Company Mick
Ralphs (guitar), Verden Allen (organ), Overend Watts (bass) and Dale Griffin
(drums). It's a mix of covers and band's originals - pick of the
covers is the bonus live track 'Ohio', originally by Neil Young and an
instrumental workout of the Kinks' 'You Really Got Me'. Classic slice
of rock on the Ralphs' penned 'Rock 'N' Roll Queen', with Hunter
showing his vocal talents on 'At The Crossroads'.
One for the fans and those with an interest in the roots of 70's rock.
As you'd expect from Angel Air, there are extensive sleeve notes (a
mini-book in this case!) and the sound is very clean and clear, even the
live track benefits.