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Classic Album Review: Mott the Hoople | World Cruise

Sample some long-lost late-period treasures from the iconic British glam-rockers.

This came out in 2002 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):


Here’s an odd little collector’s item — six amazingly rare tunes recorded back in 1977 by classic British glam-rockers Mott the Hoople in the final stages of their career.

The product of a short-lived post-Ian Hunter lineup fronted by obscure singer-guitarist Steve Hyams, these tracks seem to be demos for an album that never came to fruition. Pity — Hyams does a decent job of channeling Hunter’s deadpan rasp and big-lunged yelp, and hard-hitting British boogie-rockers like Dear Louise and Hotfootin’ are certainly as good as anything from Mott’s two previous mediocre albums, Drive On and Shouting and Pointing. Granted, this ain’t All the Young Dudes; but for closet-cleaning leftovers, they’re fairly impressive. And for Mott fans, they’re nothing short of buried treasure.