MOTT THE HOOPLE Bonus Tracks & Rarities (Nearly 4 Hours)

Bonus Tracks & Rarities (2011)
A Righteous Gathering Of Prime Mott

Boy, did I step in it when I brought up this idea. In keeping with some of our previous posts focusing on reissue bonus tracks (ELO, Costello, Ramones, Marvin, Procol, JeffAir, Byrds), it seemed like a neat idea to gather together all of the extras found on Mott The Hoople’s mid-oughts reissue series. That part was easy. I had no clue, however, that over the years Mott had a habit of also peppering their numerous compilation albums with alt mixes and unreleased outtakes. Albums worth of oddities that die-hards knew about, but was a whole other world for me. Fortunately, our pal Wylie Prybar not only had all this stuff, he knew the details of those long-lost tracks lingering on obscure and out of print comps, and kindly provides it all here for your approval. The result is an absolutely wonderful collection that should be of interest to any hardcore fan (that didn’t spring for all the extras initially) and – as I can personally attest – to the casual listener weened only on the radio hits or a couple of albums. I’ve been thoroughly enjoying this nearly 4-hour set for the last few days, even more so than the original albums. I assume because it’s all new and fresh to these ears, and maybe even – as buzz baby jesus might suggest – because there aren’t as many ballads (not to mention two smokin’ Neil Young covers). The bonus material comes from the 2006-09 reissues, while the rarities are those stray files scattered on comps like The Ballad Of Mott: A Retrospective (1993), All The Young Dudes: The Anthology (1998), Family Anthology (2005) and even studio outtakes from a live box set, In Performance 1969-1974 (2008). Another rich alternate Mott source was the 1980 album Two Miles From Heaven, reissued on CD in 2003 (with bonus tracks, natch). The only real rule we applied was to leave out all the post-Ian Hunter Hoopla – which wasn’t hard, since the labels do the same thing when they compile Mott. Two large downloads, about 253 MB each, split into Bonus Tracks and Rarities. In short, a great listen, and if you’re the type to say thanks, thank Wylie, who did the dirty work on this one… making it easy for us to just sit back and enjoy. Thanks Wylie.

Mott The Hoople (1969)

Ohio (Live) (4:26)
Find Your Way (3:32)
Mad Shadows (1970)
It Would Be A Pleasure (1:50)
How Long? (Death May Be Your Santa Claus) (3:56)
Wildlife (1971)
It’ll Be Me (2:58)
Long Red (3:48)
Brain Capers (1971)
Midnight Lady (3:34)
The Journey (Alternate Version) (9:49)
All The Young Dudes (1972)
One Of The Boys (Demo) (4:18)
Black Scorpio (Demo of Momma’s Little Jewel) (3:36)
Ride On The Sun (Demo of Sea Diver) (3:37)
One Of The Boys (UK Single Version) (4:22)
All The Young Dudes (David Bowie/Ian Hunter Vocals) (4:25)
Sucker (Live 1973 Hammersmith Odeon) (6:28)
Sweet Jane (Live 1973 Hammersmith Odeon) (5:01)
MOTT (1973)
Rose (B-Side Honaloochie Boogie) (3:58)
Honaloochie Boogie (Demo) (3:09)
Nightmare (Demo) (3:38)
Drivin’ Sister (Live Hammersmith Odeon) (4:30)
Where Do You All Come From (B-Side of Roll Away The Stone) (3:27)
The Hoople (1974)
Rest In Peace (B-Side of The Golden Age of Rock ‘N’ Roll) (3:55)
Foxy Foxy (Single A-Side) (3:32)
(Do You Remember) The Saturday Gigs (Single A-Side) (4:21)
The Saturday Kids (Work In Progress) (6:04)
Lounge Lizard (Aborted Single B-Side) (4:20)
American Pie/The Golden Age Of Rock ‘N’ Roll (Live Broadway) (4:16)

IN PERFORMANCE 1969-1974 (2008)
Death May Be Your Santa Claus (I Don’t Give A Fuck Version) (5:05)
The Ballad Of Billy Joe (Demo) (3:25)
If Your Heart Lay With The Rebel (Demo) (2:56)
It Would Be A Pleasure (Demo) (1:19)
Can’t Get Enough (Demo) (3:59)
Can You Sing The Song That I Sing (Mad Shadows Outtake) (5:37)
You Really Got Me (Vocal Version) (June 27, 1969) (3:06)
Road To Birmingham (B-Side To Rock ‘N Roll Queen) (July 7, 1969) (3:28)
Thunderbuck Ram (Alternate Mix) (November 15, 1969) (4:39)
Going Home (Mad Shadows Outtake) (January 16, 1970) (2:58)
Little Christine (June 24, 1969) (3:05)
Keep-A Knockin’ (Studio Version) (February 18, 1970) (3:23)
Black Hills (October 17, 1970) (1:30)
Growin’ Man Blues (November 16, 1970) (2:44)
Until I’m Gone (April 11, 1971) (3:12)
Surfin’ UK (December 14, 1970) (2:36)
(There’s An) Ill Wind Blowing (April 14, 1971) (3:51)
The Debt (B-Side) (April 21, 1971) (4:13)
Like A Rolling Stone (Impromptu Jam) (1:28)
Rock And Roll Queen (45 RPM Version) (3:18)
Moonbus (Live/Demo/1998 Mix) (5:05)
Downtown (Demo Version) (3:02)
Mental Train (Demo/1998 Mix) (4:58)
Movin’ On (Demo/1998 Mix) (2:58)
The Hunchback Fish (Backtrack) (4:00)
Transparent Day (Demo Version) (2:26)
Shakin’ All Over (Demo Version) (2:50)
Please Don’t Touch (Demo Version) (2:34)
So Sad (To Watch Good Love Go Bad) (Demo Version) (2:12)
Hymn For The Dudes (Demo Version) (5:21)
Henry And The H-Bomb (3:31)
Through The Looking Glass (4:38)
American Pie (Excerpt From American Pie/The Golden Age Of Rock ‘N’ Roll) (1:24)



  • Willard
    September 2, 2011 - 10:39 | Permalink

    Find it all HERE

  • September 2, 2011 - 11:19 | Permalink


    A brilliant concept applied to a brilliant group. A big “thank you” to you and Wylie for compiling all these Mott odds ‘n’ sods. Now I’ll have some great driving music for my camping trip this weekend.


  • September 2, 2011 - 13:17 | Permalink

    When I dropped the turd in the punch bowl about the ballads, I noticed no one stepped up to defend any of them.

    • Willard
      September 2, 2011 - 13:19 | Permalink

      I’m not big on their ballads either.

  • courtney
    September 2, 2011 - 13:18 | Permalink

    Kudos to willard and Wylie! Mott’s up, doc!

  • September 2, 2011 - 14:47 | Permalink

    I’m liking this a lot. Thanks for going to all the trouble.

  • MOTT
    September 2, 2011 - 16:13 | Permalink

    Thank you for all of this
    (including the Mott ballads……they are a classic band!)

  • boboquisp
    September 2, 2011 - 19:08 | Permalink

    Well BBJ…if you don’t like the Mott ballads, that’s your thing. I like ’em, but will defending them make you suddenly like them? OK, Hymm For The Dudes and Ballad Of MTH are really freekin’ great! Give some good songs a chance, they could change your mind. Rock out…

  • Art Ducko
    September 2, 2011 - 19:44 | Permalink

    Thanks for posting this, Willard & a big thank you to Wylie for this little labor of love. Mott the Hoopla? Yes, please.

  • Stephen Parkin
    September 3, 2011 - 04:08 | Permalink

    I find “Sucker” worse than any of their ballads: embarrassing, but lovely drum sound. But this is a really good set, so thanks, both of you.

  • TheWalkingDeadMan
    September 3, 2011 - 08:58 | Permalink

    I hate being right all the time…

    Thanks to Willard and Wylie

    By the by, I didn’t feel compelled in the last thread to defend the ballads, but since the gauntlet has been thrown again…I love the ballads. Ian Hunter’s world weary vocals and unique delivery make them essential to any Mott die hard.

    Thanks again,

    • Willard
      September 3, 2011 - 10:17 | Permalink

      I think “die-hard” might be the qualifier. I don’t know about Buzz Baby Jesus, but I’m just a casual fan and some/many (not all) of the ballads don’t grab me like the rockers naturally do. You all know how it is… when you’re not really a fan, you sometimes just listen for characteristics you already like. That’s how I can enjoy the most insipid, simplistic power pop or bubblegum imaginable, right out of the box. Yet, for something else with a little depth, or maybe a few distinctive hurdles to jump, you kind of have to be in it for the long run to fully grasp the nuance. That’s how it works in my case, anyway. I think this collection will help me, though. It mixes it all up and tosses a lot of curves and different angles, which helps me in revisiting Mott’s overall sound and style. Thanks, love the dialog.

  • September 3, 2011 - 13:29 | Permalink

    I don’t mind the slow ones, “All The Young Dudes” is technically a ballad, and even the rockers are mid tempo, but with one on each side, “Hymn For The Dudes”, and “Ballad Of Mott The Hoople (26th March 1972, Zürich)” just killed “Mott”. They just meander forever with nary a memorable moment. That’s what I meant by buzz kill.

    • Willard
      September 3, 2011 - 14:11 | Permalink

      And you’re all about the buzz, Buzz.

  • ge
    September 3, 2011 - 15:37 | Permalink

    but a great slowdancer is Waterlow!!
    We did our own thenthitive reading of it
    on Album: I’m Temporarily Working for Eternity

  • September 3, 2011 - 16:04 | Permalink

    The buzz is where it’s at. And slow doesn’t have to mean boring.

  • September 3, 2011 - 16:22 | Permalink

    Sucker is indeed pretty bad. I was having fun with the ballad thing, but I’m not looking for a fight.
    We’re all friends here in the Wormholes.

  • Willard
    September 3, 2011 - 23:28 | Permalink

    Aww… don’t apologize. I’m the one that inadvertently fanned the flames by mentioning it in the text.

  • Steven
    September 4, 2011 - 00:09 | Permalink

    I’m too busy enjoying all this great music to formulate an intelligent contribution to the ballad debate. Thanks to Willard and Wylie for providing the great distraction! Wonderful post — very much appreciated.

    • Willard
      September 4, 2011 - 00:37 | Permalink

      Thanks. But the lack of an intelligent contribution never stopped us.

  • September 4, 2011 - 10:41 | Permalink

    I didn’t apologize. But didn’t want certain elements to escalate. I’m listening through the whole thing and it certainly puts the band in a good light. Is there a saying somewhere about being able to tell the depth of a band by it’s bonus tracks?

  • September 4, 2011 - 13:40 | Permalink

    I just listened to two thirds of it and can finally put into words my objection to the ballads in general. For me they highlight Ian Hunter’s shortcomings as a songwriter and singer. He ain’t no Bob Dylan. When I want sensitive, which is practically never, I put on something else by someone who can sing.
    Mott The Hoople, on the other hand, was one of the best hard rock bands of the day.
    I thought “(Do You Remember) The Saturday Gigs (Single A-Side)” would never end, and then it’s followed by “Lounge Lizard”. ’nuff said. I’m sorry I couldn’t leave it alone.

    • Willard
      September 4, 2011 - 20:41 | Permalink

      We all have our beefs. I hate Joanna Newsome’s voice. There, I said it.

      • January 18, 2016 - 13:31 | Permalink

        I’m not convinced that Joanna Newsom isn’t Lisa Simpson.

  • September 4, 2011 - 20:10 | Permalink

    This is so cool…. Just what the doctor ordered.
    Thanx, Will.

  • Don (ASH)
    September 6, 2011 - 18:06 | Permalink

    I have all of these as a mad completist.

    I can see the argument, but the aforementioned Waterlow and Hymn For The Dudes added to Sea Diver and Rest In Peace disprove the theory partially.

  • Anonymous
    September 11, 2011 - 17:04 | Permalink

    Nice place to leave it.

  • rap
    April 20, 2012 - 19:34 | Permalink

    Took me years to get my hands on the UK-only All The Young Dudes anthology. Had I waited a bit, this would have more than sufficed. Oh well…..

  • Ernie45
    September 21, 2012 - 09:21 | Permalink

    Great post! Thanks.

  • Mark
    January 6, 2013 - 21:08 | Permalink

    Thanks very much, Wylie and Willard.

  • Supersonic75
    March 4, 2014 - 12:31 | Permalink

    Didn’t know this was here until you provided that nice montage of all the bonus tracks/rarities collections along with the recent Bowie post. It’s an AMAZING collection! I was lucky enough to see MTH (w/ Queen as the opening act, not long after their first LP was released) at the Uris Theater, a Broadway house in Manhattan. Both bands were fantastic live (to my 14 y/o ears). I still have the program that they gave out at the show. Thanks so much for this!

  • Supersonic75
    March 7, 2014 - 06:53 | Permalink

    Well, I’m sitting here early in the morning, freshly-recovering from two spine surgeries, enjoying the music. As I was listening, I flashed on my then-14 y/o girlfriend whom I had taken to that show, who despite not really knowing too much about the bands, was quite excited about the date and had decided to go peasant-bloused and braless for the first time in our young relationship to look as “rock and roll” as possible. My back sure felt different in those days; I guess it really didn’t feel like anything of note…and the music is helping to take my mind off of things right now. Just hearing that very different version of “The Journey” from “Brain Capers” was enough to take some pain away:-). That was my first MTH LP; I’d bought a promo copy (Atlantic white label) of it at a school yard flea market for 25 cents, just cuz it looked kind of weird with its terrible cover art, odd band name, and the great photo of them on the back. I was REAL surprised when I got it home and found that it was as good as it was.
    Thanks again!

  • aitoid
    March 19, 2014 - 06:50 | Permalink

    Been a Mott fan for over 40 years and I’m sure I’ve got all this stuff (because I bought all the reissues and compilations) but getting them all together in one set is great and splendidly convenient. I like the rockers and the ballads! Thanks Willard and Wylie!

  • Peter
    August 5, 2015 - 22:20 | Permalink

    Link down,

  • Willard
    August 5, 2015 - 22:22 | Permalink

    Links are fine. Try a different browser.

  • December 16, 2015 - 17:17 | Permalink

    Thank you very much.

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