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Mott The Hoople – The Atlantic Studio Album Collection 1969-1971 (2014) [Official Digital Download 24-bit/192kHz]

Mott The Hoople – The Atlantic Studio Album Collection 1969-1971 (2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time – 152:51 minutes | 5,89 GB
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 152:51 minutes | 3,32 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front cover(s)

Mott the Hoople were an English rock band with strong R&B roots, popular in the glam rock era of the early to mid-1970s. The band released four albums on Atlantic Records between 1969 and 1971. All of them included into this Hi-Res collection – features “Mott the Hoople” (1969), “Mad Shadows” (1970), “Wildlife” (1971), and “Brain Capers” (1971).

Mott The Hoople – Mott The Hoople (1969/2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time – 38:09 minutes | 1,63 GB
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 38:09 minutes | 904 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front cover

Enough works on Mott the Hoople’s eponymous debut album, and enough is so imaginatively freewheeling, that it’s easier to think of the record as a bit more successful than it actually is. After all, their combination of Stonesy swagger, Kinks-ian crunch, and Dylanesque cynicism is one of the great blueprints for hard rock, and its potential is apparent the moment their monumental instrumental “You Really Got Me” kicks off the record. This is followed by two covers, Doug Sahm’s “At the Crossroads” and Sonny Bono’s “Laugh at Me,” that demonstrate their musicality more than their depth, since all three of these songs sound like they derive from the same vantage point. Then, to cap it off, Ian Hunter turns in “Backsliding Fearlessly” and Mick Ralphs gives Mott their first anthem with the pile-driving “Rock and Roll Queen.” Up to this point, Mott the Hoople is wildly imaginative and invigorating, and that’s enough to make this a fine debut, even if it falls off the tracks during the second side. The first side and those two originals reveal a band whose rowdy power is matched by sly humor, clever twists, and fierce intelligence – all qualities they built a career on, and this blueprint still stands the test of time.

Tracklist:

01 – You Really Got Me
02 – At The Crossroads
03 – Laugh At Me
04 – Backsliding Fearlessly
05 – Rock And Roll Queen
06 – Rabbit Foot And Toby Time
07 – Half Moon Bay
08 – Wrath And Wroll

Mott The Hoople – Mad Shadows (1970/2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time – 35:41 minutes | 1,4 GB
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 35:41 minutes | 826 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front cover

If Mott the Hoople’s debut album cheerfully careened all over the place, their second, Mad Shadows, has one direction – downward into dense murk. Cutting out most of their humor and ratcheting up the volume, the group turns out seven songs that alternate between thundering rockers and sludgy introspection. This all sounds good on paper, but Mad Shadows isn’t a thrilling journey into the darkside, simply because the band and producer Guy Stevens are so unfocused that it barely holds together, despite such fine moments as the rampaging “Walkin’ with a Mountain” and the closing ballad “When My Mind’s Gone.” Any record with songs as strong as these is worth hearing, and it’s possible to find the confusion itself rather fascinating, but only if you’re dedicated enough to delve into darkness with the band. Otherwise, this is primarily of interest as a transitional affair, with its best moments showcased on the excellent compilation, Backsliding Fearlessly.

Tracklist:

01 – Thunderbuck Ram
02 – No Wheels To Ride
03 – You Are One Of Us
04 – Walkin’ With A Mountain
05 – I Can Feel
06 – Threads Of Iron
07 – When My Mind’s Gone

Mott The Hoople – Wildlife (1971/2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time – 41:06 minutes | 1,58 GB
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 41:06 minutes | 928 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front cover

Since they had little success and seemed to be going off the tracks, Mott the Hoople was encouraged to produce their third album with anyone that wasn’t Guy Stevens. Eventually, they chose themselves, creating a record that is bright and punchy, standing in direct contrast to Mad Shadow’s enveloping fog. They wound up with Wildlife, a record that still seems a little transitional, yet is considerably more confident, unified, and enjoyable. Ironically, even if this is a much better record, few songs are as immediately gripping as “Walkin’ with a Mountain,” but both Mick Ralphs and Ian Hunter turn out some fine rockers, while driving the group toward some interesting territory, like the string-drenched “Waterlow,” the country-tinged “It Must Be Love,” and the ambling “Original Mixed-Up Kid,” or even the surprisingly straight and faithful reading of Melanie’s “Lay Down.” These give the record a slightly rural feel, lending credence to the title, and the album is unique in Mott’s decidedly urban body of work for that very reason – it’s lighter, quirkier, and more friendly than the rest. Of course, it didn’t widen their audience, and they returned to brutal rock with Brain Capers, but in retrospect it’s a charming anomaly in their catalog.

Tracklist:

01 – Whisky Women
02 – Angel Of Eighth Avenue
03 – Wrong Side Of The River
04 – Waterlow
05 – Lay Down
06 – It Must Be Love
07 – Original Mixed-Up Kid
08 – Home Is Where I Want To Be
09 – Keep A’Knockin’ (Live at Fairfield Halls, Croydon, London)

Mott The Hoople – Brain Capers (1971/2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time – 37:56 minutes | 1,55 GB
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 37:56 minutes | 881 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front cover

Re-teaming with producer Guy Stevens, Mott the Hoople delivered the great forgotten British hard rock album with their fourth outing, Brain Capers. Stevens was a legendary rock & roll wildman and he kept Mott careening through their performances; they sound harder than ever, even dangerous at times. Fortunately, this coincided with Ian Hunter’s emergence as a fantastic songwriter, as tuneful and clever as any of his peers. All these changes are evident from the moment Brain Capers kicks in with the monumental “Death May Be Your Santa Claus,” a phenomenally pile-driving number that just seems inevitable. As it gives way to a cover of Dion’s “Your Own Backyard,” it becomes clear that Mott have pulled off the trick of being sensitive while still rocking. And that’s not the end of it – they ride an epic wave on the nine-minute “The Journey,” pull off a love song on “Sweet Angeline,” and generally rock like hell throughout the record. The most amazing thing about the album is that none of the songs really change character – it’s all straightforward hard rock, graced with Dylanesque organ – but there are all sorts of variations on that basic sound, proving how versatile they are. It’s a fantastic album, and stands as the culmination of their early years. When a record this confident and tremendous is stiffed, it’s little wonder they thought about chucking it all in; and it isn’t a surprise that, when they decided to continue, it was with a change in sound. They couldn’t have topped this if they tried.

Tracklist:

01 – Death May Be Your Santa Claus
02 – Your Own Backyard
03 – Darkness Darkness
04 – The Journey
05 – Sweet Angeline
06 – Second Love
07 – The Moon Upstairs
08 – The Wheel Of The Quivering Meat Conception

Musicians:
Ian Hunter – vocals, guitar, piano, bass guitar
Mick Ralphs – guitar, vocals, keyboards
Verden Allen – organ, vocals
Pete Overend Watts – bass guitar, vocals, guitar
Dale “Buffin” Griffin – drums, backing vocals, percussion

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