Mott the Hoople debut albums head for 180 gram vinyl reissue


The quartet of training albums released by British rock band Mott The Hoople on Island Records in the UK between 1969 and 1971, are to be re-edited in 180 gram vinyl editions. UMC will release the titles, for the world outside the United States, on September 13.

The four albums are the 1969 of the group eponymous first set, the 1970 follow-up Crazy shadows and the two studios they released in 1971, Wildlife and Brain capers. The 180 gram vinyl was cut from the masters Andy Pearce who were used for the widely acclaimed box set The mental train. With meticulous attention to detail, the artwork reproduces the original sleeves, even down to the free eye mask that was included with Brain capers.

Mott The Hoople occupies an indisputable place among the most influential and innovative British rock groups of the early 1970s. This has been underlined again by the enthusiastic media and the public reaction to the recent Mott The Hoople ’74 tour with original members Ian Hunter, Ariel Bender and Morgan Fisher. Among those who cited Mott as inspiration were members of Queen, Def Leppard, Oasis, REM, Kiss, Motley Crue and The Clash.

“Mott rocked relentlessly and unstoppable in their show every night,” says Brian May of Queen, “like a marauding bunch of outlaws and every night there was something like a riot – the children could not get close enough; they just couldn’t get enough. Ian Hunter – the unwritten boss – would take center stage behind his sunglasses and challenge anyone to sit still.

Def Leppard frontman Joe Elliott adds: “The first time I heard Mott the Hoople was on Radio Luxembourg in 1971, when ‘Downtown’ was playing all the time. I was transfixed. It was the single of the week and they played it every hour. It was unlike anything I had heard before and I was instantly a total fan.

“After that,” Elliott continues, “there was a series of events that got me into the band even more. I bought these Island Records compilations that were in the local second-hand record store and they were there too and those songs were great too.

Mott The Hoople, Mad Shadows, Wildlife and Brain capers are reissued on 180 gram vinyl on September 13. Scroll down for the full listings and pre-order them here.

Mott the hoop 1LP

In front of

You really got me
At the crossroads
Laugh at me
Downgrade without fear

Side B

Queen of rock and roll
Rabbit’s Foot and Toby Time
Half moon bay
Anger and Wroll
Crazy Shadows 1LP

Crazy shadows 1LP

In front of

Ram thunderbuck
No wheels to ride
You are one of us
Walk with a mountain

Side B

I can feel
When the spirit is gone
Wildlife 1LP

Wildlife 1LP

In front of

Whiskey Women
Eighth Avenue Angel
On the wrong side of the river
Water current
To set down
Side B

It must be Love
The original children mixed up
Home is where I want to be
Keep A-Knocking (Live)
Brain Capers 1LP

Brain capers 1LP

In front of

Death can be your santa claus
Your own backyard
Darkness, Darkness
The trip

Side B

Sweet Angeline
Second love
The Moon upstairs
The wheel of simmering meat design


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