Mott The Hoople and Ian Hunter

Mott The Hoople/Ian Hunter CD: "Gold"

Sleeve and track listing

Sony/Crimson CRIMCD683. (3 stars!)

Disc 1

  1. All The Young Dudes
  2. One Of The Boys
  3. Momma's Little Jewel
  4. Sweet Jane
  5. Jerkin' Crocus
  6. Sea Diver
  7. Honaloochie Boogie
  8. Rose
  9. Drivin' Sister
  10. All The Way From Memphis (single version)
  11. Ballad of Mott The Hoople
  12. Hymn For The Dudes
  13. Whizz Kid
  14. Violence
  15. I Wish I Was Your Mother
  16. Roll Away The Stone (single version)
  17. Where Do You All Come From

Disc 2

  1. The Golden Age of Rock 'n' Roll
  2. Rest In Peace
  3. Alice
  4. Crash Street Kidds
  5. Marionette
  6. Pearl 'n' Roy (England)
  7. Foxy, Foxy
  8. Trudi's Song
  9. Saturday Gigs
  10. Once Bitten Twice Shy
  11. 3,000 Miles From Here
  12. Lounge Lizard
  13. It Ain't Easy When You Fall/Shades Off
  14. The Truth, The Whole Truth, Nuthin' But The Truth
  15. Who Do You Love
  16. I Get So Excited

Disc 3

  1. All-American Alien Boy (single version)
  2. God (Take 1)
  3. You Nearly Did Me In
  4. Letter To Britannia From The Union Jack
  5. Irene Wilde
  6. Apathy '83
  7. Justice Of The Peace
  8. (Miss) Silver Dime
  9. Shallow Crystals
  10. Broadway
  11. Overnight Angels
  12. England Rocks
  13. Wild 'n' Free
  14. All Of The Good Ones Are Taken (fast version)
  15. Death 'n' Glory Boys
  16. Traitor
  17. Seeing Double


Gold. That most lustrous of all precious metals. When you've run out of superlatives (and let's face it, we've already had The Best Of..., The Very Best Of..., etc) then start with 'gold'. It'll be platinum next... or diamond...

So what have we got here? All of Mott's hits and nearly all their b-sides, together with some choice album tracks. What's interesting here is that some of these tracks rarely make it to compilations like this. So far, so good.

For Ian's solo material the picture is slightly less rosy. Yes, it's got Once Bitten Twice Shy (which was his biggest UK hit) and choice album tracks from the period ('75 - '77, '83). Again... so far, so good. But Ian's solo career has been going for over 45 years on numerous labels so there's nothing here from Schizophrenic (1979) or his more recent purple patch (starting with 2001's Rant). So in that respect it's a flawed compilation.

The sleeve notes are (for once) good, having been written by Mott/Hunter biographer Campbell Devine and the sound quality is excellent.

All in all a decent enough compilation, but for a career-spanning retrospective the listener will need to look elsewhere.