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Mott The Hoople – Mental Train – The Island Years (1969-1971) (2018) 6CD [16-44]

Mott the Hoople are an English rock band, popular in the glam rock era of the early to mid-1970s. They are best known for the song “All the Young Dudes”, written for them by David Bowie. The song appeared on their 1972 album of the same name.

UK six CD set encapsulating legendary English Rock-band Mott the Hoople’s recorded output for Island Records, to whom they were signed, between 1969 and 1971. Bringing together all of their albums from the period, the set also includes bonus material, BBC sessions and live concerts. The studio albums have all been remastered from the original tapes by renowned engineer Andy Pearce and have been complemented by bonus tracks selected by Mott the Hoople expert, Kris Needs. Disc Five comprises more unheard and, in some cases, unreleased music from the Island archive while Disc Six rounds everything off with live material recorded at Fairfield Hall, Croydon on September 13, 1970 and a BBC Radio One In Concert from the Paris Theatre, London on December 30, 1971. The CDs are packaged with a 50-page booklet designed by Phil Smee who scoured the archives for rare photos and memorabilia, tracing the evolution of the band. It is completed with comprehensive sleeve notes by Kris Needs.

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Release Date: October 3, 2018

Track Listings:
Mott The Hoople (ILPS 9108)

1-1 You Really Got Me 2:51
1-2 At The Crossroads 5:33
1-3 Laugh At Me 6:32
1-4 Backsliding Fearlessly 3:46
1-5 Rock And Roll Queen 5:09
1-6 Rabbit Foot & Toby Time 2:04
1-7 Half Moon Bay 10:38
1-8 Wrath And Wroll 1:38
(Bonus Tracks)
1-9 If Your Heart Lay With The Rebel (Would You Cheer The Underdog?) (Instrumental Take 2) 3:47
1-10 Rock And Roll Queen (Single A Side WIP 6072) 3:28
1-11 Road To Birmingham (Single B Side WIP 6072) 3:51
1-12 Road To Birmingham (Guy Stevens’ Mix) 3:51
1-13 You Really Got Me (Complete take) 11:14
1-14 You Really Got Me (Vocal mix) 2:51
1-15 Rock And Roll Queen (Guy Steven’s Mono Mix) 3:21
1-16 Rock And Roll Queen (Kitchen Sink Instrumental) 5:22
1-17 Little Christine 3:13

Mad Shadows (ILPS 9119)
2-1 Thunderbuck Ram 4:49
2-2 No Wheels To Ride 5:51
2-3 You Are One Of Us 2:25
2-4 Walking With A Mountain 3:52
2-5 I Can Feel 7:12
2-6 Threads Of Iron 5:11
2-7 When My Mind’s Gone 6:32
(Bonus Tracks)
2-8 Thunderbuck Ram (BBC Session Top Gear 21st Feb 1970) 3:40
2-9 Thunderbuck Ram (Original Take With Organ Solo) 4:50
2-10 No Wheels to Ride (Demo) 6:29
2-11 Moonbus (Baby’s Got A Down On Me) 5:26
2-12 The Hunchback Fish (Vocal Rehearsal) 6:01
2-13 You Are One Of Us (Take 9) 5:12
2-14 Going Home 3:03
2-15 Keep A-Knockin’ (Studio version – Take 2) 2:30

Wildlife (ILPS 9144)
3-1 Whiskey Women 3:38
3-2 Angel Of Eighth Avenue 4:32
3-3 Wrong Side Of The River 5:19
3-4 Waterlow 3:03
3-5 Lay Down 4:13
3-6 It Must Be Love 2:23
3-7 Original Mixed Up Kid 3:40
3-8 Home Is Where I Want to Be 4:11
3-9 Keep A-Knockin’ (Live) 10:16
(Bonus Tracks)
3-10 Midnight Lady 4:30
3-11 The Debt (Single B side WIP 6105) 4:21
3-12 Downtown (Single A side 6112) 3:00
3-13 Brain Haulage (Whiskey Woman) 3:55
3-14 Growing Man Blues (Take 10) 3:40
3-15 Long Red (Demo) 3:53
3-16 The Ballad Of Billy Joe 3:38
3-17 Lay Down (Take 8) 5:08

Brain Capers (ILPS 9178)
4-1 Death May Be Your Santa Claus 4:54
4-2 Your Own Backyard 4:12
4-3 Darkness, Darkness 4:32
4-4 The Journey 9:15
4-5 Sweet Angeline 4:53
4-6 Second Love 3:50
4-7 The Moon Upstairs 5:01
4-8 The Wheel Of The Quivering Meat Conception 1:19
(Bonus Tracks)
4-9 Mental Train (The Moon Upstairs) 5:16
4-10 How Long? (Death May Be … ) 4:10
4-11 Darkness, Darkness 3:04
4-12 Your Own Backyard (Complete Take) 4:12
4-13 Where Do You All Come From? (Backing Track) 3:16
4-14 One Of The Boys (Take 2) 4:22
4-15 Movin’ On 2:47
4-16 Black Scorpio (Mommas Little Jewel) 3:35

The Ballads of Mott The Hoople
5-1 Like A Rolling Stone (Fragment) 1:29
5-2 No Wheels To Ride (1st House Fairfield Hall, Croydon) 7:51
5-3 Angel Of 8th Avenue 5:19
5-4 The Journey 10:24
5-5 Blue Broken Tears 3:11
5-6 Black Hills (Full Ralph’s Version) 4:07
5-7 Can You Sing the Song That I Sing? 15:14
5-8 Till I’m Gone 3:18
5-9 The Original Mixed Up Kid (BBC Session, Mike Harding 16th March 1971) 2:52
5-10 Ill Wind Blowing 3:58
5-11 I’m A River (Rehearsal) 10:40
5-12 Ride On The Sun (Sea Diver) 2:46

It’s Live And Live Only – Fairfield Hall, Croydon 13th September, 1970
6-1 Rock And Roll Queen 4:30
6-2 Ohio 4:31
6-3 No Wheels To Ride – Hey Jude 8:13
6-4 Thunderbuck Ram 5:44
6-5 Keep A-Knockin’ 7:57
6-6 You Really Got Me 9:49
BBC Radio 1 – In Concert 30th December 1971
6-7 The Moon Upstairs 6:03
6-8 Whiskey Women 4:40
6-9 Your Own Backyard 4:59
6-10 Darkness, Darkness 7:36
6-11 The Journey 8:53
6-12 Death May Be Your Santa Claus 5:06

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