MOTT THE HOOPLE All The Young Dudes (1972) & MOTT (1973) (Bonus Tracks)

All The Young Dudes (1972)
MOTT (1973)

Speaking of “All The Young Dudes”… Here are two essentials from Mott The Hoople. I’ll admit up front, I was only a fair weather Mott fan. Loved the semi-hits and a few albums, but I didn’t dig in deep like some of my pals did. I think I was more attracted to the David Bowie/glam association than anything else. Regardless, it’s hard to go wrong with these two, with bonus tracks even. Bowie produced All The Young Dudes to keep the band from breaking up, while MOTT is a loose ‘concept album’ of sorts about stardom (‘you look like a star but you’re still on the dole’). The band would splinter after these, with Mick Ralphs moving on to form Bad Company. Below you can hear an extended version of “All The Young Dudes” with Bowie singing lead (along with Ian Hunter) and their classic “All The Way To Memphis.” These are the 2006 remasters, my last purchases from the late, once great institutions, the BMG/RCA/Columbia Record Clubs. Those were the days. Amazon’s got Dudes (HERE) and MOTT (HERE). one or the other.

Sweet Jane (4:21)
Momma’s Little Jewel (4:27)
All The Young Dudes (3:32)
Sucker (5:04)
Jerkin’ Crocus (4:01)
One Of The Boys (6:46)
Soft Ground (3:18)
Ready For Love/After Lights (6:48)
Sea Diver (2:56)
One Of The Boys (Demo Version) (4:18) – Bonus Track
Black Scorpio (Demo Version of Mamma’s Little Jewel) (3:36) – Bonus Track
Ride On The Sun (Demo Version of Sea Diver) (3:37) – Bonus Track
One Of The Boys (UK Single Version) (4:22) – Bonus Track
All The Young Dudes (David Bowie/Ian Hunter Vocal) (4:25) – Bonus Track
Sucker (Live, 1973 At Hammersmith Odeon) (6:28) – Bonus Track
Sweet Jane (Live, 1973 At Hammersmith Odeon) (5:01) – Bonus Track

All The Way From Memphis (5:03)
Whizz Kid (3:25)
Hymn For The Dudes (5:24)
Honaloochie Boogie (2:43)
Violence (4:48)
Drivin’ Sister (3:53)
Ballad Of Mott The Hoople (March 26, 1972 – Zurich) (5:25)
I’m A Cadillac/El Camino Dolo Roso (7:51)
I Wish I Was Your Mother (4:54)
Rose (Non-LP B-Side) (3:58)- Bonus Track
Honaloochie Boogie (Demo Version) (3:09)- Bonus Track
Nightmare (Demo) (3:38)- Bonus Track
Drivin’ Sister (Live, Hammersmith Odeon) (4:30) – Bonus Track


  • Willard
    August 26, 2011 - 09:33 | Permalink

    Search HERE

  • Lynchie from Aberdeen
    August 26, 2011 - 09:55 | Permalink

    Was never a great Mott The Hoople fan but “All The Way From Memphis” is one of my all-time favourite full tilt rockaboogie songs.

  • TheWalkingDeadMan
    August 26, 2011 - 10:42 | Permalink

    From an avowed MtH and Ian Hunter fan, I would urge you to dig deeper into that catalog – you may find yourself wondering why you hadnt before…thanks Willard!


    • Willard
      August 26, 2011 - 10:50 | Permalink

      I’ve kinda tried. I think I’ve heard all the albums, maybe only once for a few of them. Always liked their style, never disliked them, but many of the tunes just don’t stick with me. Not sure why. At his point it might be too late for me. Thanks for commenting, Deadman.

  • Anonymous
    August 26, 2011 - 11:33 | Permalink

    I can finally replace my 8 tracks! Thanks, W!

    • Willard
      August 26, 2011 - 14:29 | Permalink

      An old school Mott fan.

  • August 26, 2011 - 11:42 | Permalink

    I’ve always liked Mott‘s successor The Hoople (they didn’t waste a lot of time thinking of titles for their albums back then, did they?) quite a lot- it’s like its predecessor, except in widescreen technicolor.

    • Willard
      August 26, 2011 - 14:27 | Permalink

      I’ll try and check that one out, thanks. I know I haven’t heard it this century.

    • Matthew Best
      August 27, 2011 - 01:05 | Permalink

      I’d agree – “The Hoople” is a great album. And the bonus tracks on the reissue include “Saturday Gigs”, their last great single (which was a flop, but deserved to be huge).

  • August 26, 2011 - 13:29 | Permalink

    The problem with Mott The Hoople is the ballads. Every one is a buzz kill.

    • Willard
      August 26, 2011 - 14:28 | Permalink

      You might be right. They tend not to stick with me.

  • August 26, 2011 - 16:06 | Permalink

    Hey Willard — I felt pretty much the same as you did about Mott. These days, I don’t really think that their hit “All The Young Dudes” has stood the proverbial test of time altho I think “All The Way To Memphis” is one of the greatest rock anthems ever penned.

    • Willard
      August 26, 2011 - 16:56 | Permalink

      It is dated. But you know how some old songs can still hit the spot.

  • wiley prybar
    August 26, 2011 - 17:05 | Permalink

    I was lucky enough to get onboard with Mott from the beginning, and they’ve been essential listening for me ever since. (They should be legendary for the song title, “Death May Be Your Santa Claus,” alone!) You’re on the nose about BMG–a great club IF you hit the deals (esp. for box sets), not so great if not. I picked up all the Mott reissues and strongly encourage anyone who likes these to check out the others.
    Now, when will a label pick up the reunion shows from last year? I know they were available directly, but don’t believe they are any more.
    You’re doing a great public service, Willard, showing some love for Mott.

    • Willard
      August 26, 2011 - 17:25 | Permalink

      Hey Wiley… earlier in the month we did an ELO collection of bonus tracks. Have you got enough (meaning all) to be able to do the same thing with MOTT? Obviously I have these two, but don’t have any others. Let me know. There’s a contact link in the blog’s upper right text.

      Yeah, I was always mystified that most folks didn’t take the time to figure out the Record Clubs. Of course, the Clubs made a point of not spelling EVERYthing out for you, but with just a little patience and timing, you could score discs (and box sets) for around $5.00 to $5.50 a disc, and that’s including shipping… and that’s when you couldn’t buy them in stores for less than $13 & $14. Then, in the end of their run, when they got caught up in all those class action lawsuits over shipping costs, they were giving CDs away left and right. I think I still had a couple coupons for free discs when they went under.

  • August 26, 2011 - 21:26 | Permalink

    I did BMG to death.

  • Art Ducko
    August 27, 2011 - 02:45 | Permalink

    Thanks, Willard. These two albums helped define my high school years. “All the Young Dudes” is still one of my all-time fave songs to sing along with as I dodge idiots on cellphones in traffic. Ian Hunter had the perfect world-weary attitude at the time. Good to know he’s still kicking like a real mean teen.

  • August 27, 2011 - 08:46 | Permalink

    “The Hoople” is a great album. The first Ian Hunter with Mick Ronson is killer too, except of course for the ballads.

    • Willard
      August 27, 2011 - 17:48 | Permalink

      I’m sensing a theme.

  • August 27, 2011 - 18:19 | Permalink

    The 30th anniversary reissue of ‘Live’ just kills.

    Allmusic says “what was once the least impressive album in the entire Mott the Hoople catalog reappears as one of the most significant live albums of the 1970s.”


  • beatmichael
    October 21, 2011 - 13:15 | Permalink

    Sweet! Thanks for this.

    Going to see Ian Hunter later this month in Detroit. Very excited. I’ll let you know how it goes.

    • Willard
      October 21, 2011 - 13:31 | Permalink

      Cool, tell him we said hi (just don’t give him our address).

  • David Martin
    March 9, 2015 - 10:51 | Permalink

    Mott The Hoople were one of the first bands I got into and I still love their music. I agree that Live’ has flourished with the 30th Anniversary expansion. Any other albums?

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