Angel Air SJPCD 196.
1 Previously unreleased
This is the second "family album" to feature Mott The Hoople, albeit the first on Angel Air. Like the first, this is a "roots and branches" affair but with one major difference: the inclusion of previously unreleased material, thus tempting fans to part with their hard-earned cash.
With the exception of the two Ian Hunter tracks (both taken from the criminally underrated YUI Orta), all of the material here is sourced from Angel Air itself. So for Spooky Tooth (Bender's pre-Mott The Hoople band), "classic" Bad Company and the rest you'll have to look elsewhere.
However, it is the unreleased material the fans will be turning to. There's a new one from Overend Watts - very different from what you'd expect and impossible to describe. There's a new one from Verden Allen, the magnificent, soaring St Tropez which is reminiscent of material from his first (and best) solo album Long Time No See. Something Else is a powerful, ballsy track from the Silence 1990 reunion album Shotgun Eyes.
Then there's the two previously-unreleased Mott The Hoople tracks. Can You Sing The Same Song I Sing is rambling, very much in the mould of When My Minds Gone (Mad Shadows) and made up on the spot. It is an edited version (not the full-length version, which is some ten to fifteen minutes long) but I'm glad it's finally made it onto an official release. The Chosen Road is welcome too, another outtake from Mad Shadows and apparently unfinished (although listening to it you wouldn't know it).
The other tracks are a good introduction to the various roots and branches releases on Angel Air, with hardly a duff one among them. An excellent and comprehensive booklet by Keith Smith, Dale Griffin and Overend Watts gives comprehensive information on each track.
Overall, highly recommended.