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Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Mott The Hoople Live 1974
And then Live, also from 1974, was released just before the departure of Ian Hunter. The band made a few more without Mr. Hunter, but they are...well, they're without Ian Hunter, and Mott without Hunter is, well, it's just not Mott The Hoople.
And so this live document, their swan song, fittingly, is just like a live version of their studio recordings- it's not perfect, it's flawed, it's a little ragged, not all the songs are equally good, but... it's Mott. Nobody does this shtick better than these guys. Big ballads, hard-rocking tales of being a rock star, aggressive, crunchy, power-rock glam. And Ian Hunter's vocals, all cock-strut attitude and panache.
All The Way From Memphis kicks things off, and it's a fine live rendition of one of the very best rock road songs ever written.
I got to Oreoles, ya know, it took a month
And there was my guitar, electric junk
Some spade said "rock and rollers, they're all the same-
Man, that's your instrument", I felt so ashamed
Now it's a mighty long way down rock and roll
Through the Bradford cities and the Oreoles
An' you look like a star but you're still on the dole
All the way from Memphis
Sucker follows, and outshines the studio version by kicking things up several notches. All The Young Dudes is grand, and the perennial live favorite Walking With A Mountain rocks hard. Side two opens with Sweet Angeline, a magnificent song sounding way better than the studio version, and also benefiting from a hot live band firing on all cylinders. The record closes with an 11-minute medley that includes One Of The Boys, Rock 'N' Roll Queen, Violence, and a bit of the Beatles' Get Back.
It's a shambles. And it's shamboliffic.