Mott The Hoople LP: "All The Way From Memphis"

Sleeve and track listing

Pickwick SHM 3055. (3.5 stars!)

Side 1

  1. The Ballad Of Mott The Hoople
  2. Violence
  3. One Of The Boys
  4. Crash Street Kids
  5. Honaloochie Boogie
  6. All The Way From Memphis

Side 2

  1. All The Young Dudes
  2. Drivin' Sister
  3. Sweet Jane
  4. The Golden Age of Rock 'n' Roll
  5. Hymn For The Dudes
  6. Roll Away The Stone

Review

This compilation originally came out in 1981 on the budget label Pickwick. It is actually quite a good compilation for its time. Choice album tracks and a few choice singles, but no live material and no b-sides. Roll Away The Stone is the single version (Mick Ralphs on guitar), as is One Of The Boys (much shorter than the album version and indeed UK b-side). Sweet Jane is the album version. Other than that, everything is present and correct. No rarities or surprises; at the time this will have fitted in to the "nice to have" category (rather than "essential") but now fits in to the "completist only" category. Sleeve-notes are so-so and written by someone with only a passing knowledge of the band. Interestingly, this is one of the few MTH compilations not subsequently released on CD.

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