Mott The Hoople and Ian Hunter

Mott The Hoople 2-LP: "The Golden Age of Rock 'n' Roll"

Sleeve and track listing

(4 stars!)

Side 1

  1. All The Young Dudes (UK Single Version) (3:29)
  2. Jerkin' Crocus (3:59)
  3. One Of The Boys (UK Single Version) (4:19)
  4. Sweet Jane (4:21)
  5. Sea Diver (2:53)

Side 2

  1. Honaloochie Boogie (UK Single Version) (2:43)
  2. Rose (3:55)
  3. Ballad Of Mott The Hoople (26th March 1972, Zurich) (5:23)
  4. I Wish I Was Your Mother (4:49)
  5. All The Way From Memphis (3:25)

Side 3

  1. Hymn For The Dudes (5:23)
  2. Whizz Kid (3:25)
  3. Violence (4:47)
  4. Roll Away The Stone (UK Single Version) (3:01)
  5. The Golden Age Of Rock 'N' Roll (3:23)

Side 4

  1. Marionette (5:01)
  2. Crash Street Kidds (4:29)
  3. Rest In Peace (3:53 )
  4. Foxy, Foxy (UK Single Version) (3:30)
  5. Saturday Gigs (UK Single Version) (4:20)


What do we have here? 2019 and a vinyl-only release? Well, with vinyl supposedly being more popular than it has been in ages I suppose it makes some kind of sense. And it makes a change from an endless array of CDs rehashing the same content over and over.

What we have is a 2-LP collection spanning Mott's most commercially-successful period (1972-74). All the singles are here (including Roll Away The Stone), together with some choice LP cuts.

The two discs themselves are housed in replica LP sleeves - one All The Young Dudes, the other replicating the Mott and Hoople sleeves There are also decent enough sleeve notes by Mott/Hunter biographer Campbell Devine.

OK, there's nothing new here, and the die-hard fan will have everything already. But for the casual music fan this is a good introduction to Mott.

My only real criticism (I've docked a star for it) is the main LP sleeve - Mott were a band, not just Ian Hunter.

I understand that Sainsbury's (in the UK) have a limited-edition version on orange vinyl (it being their corporate colour). So there is something rare available after all. And I understand in Germany there is a pink vinyl edition.