Mott The Hoople recorded seven studio albums and one live album in the period 1969-1974. Since then any number of compilation albums have appeared, varying from the highly desirable to the disappointing.
Since leaving Mott The Hoople, Ian Hunter has recorded ten studio albums, with four live albums also having been released. There are also a few Ian Hunter compilations available, several of which include Mott The Hoople material.
In the discography, I have listed every Mott The Hoople album, Ian Hunter album, Mick Ronson album, Mott album, British Lions album and other albums by members of the Mott The Hoople family, together with all the Mott The Hoople singles, Ian Hunter singles, Mott singles and British Lions singles that I know of.
For the casual music fan wishing to dip his toe in the water, the best introduction to Mott The Hoople is the 2003 CD Mojo Presents.... It's ten times better than London To Memphis or Super Hits. If you wish to delve into the pre-Bowie Island era, either Best Of...The Island Years or Backsliding Fearlessly are worthy compilations.
If you wish to start sampling Ian Hunter's solo output, bear in mind he's still working and making albums, so compilations are unlikely to include his latest work. The best compilation is 2000's Once Bitten Twice Shy. Ignore compilations that purport to be the "best of" (such as The Best of IH and The Very Best Of IH) as they most definitely are not "the best of" Ian.
All four of Mott's Island albums (Mott The Hoople, Mad Shadows, Wildlife, Brain Capers) have been reissued on CD in remastered format. Their 1980 rarities compilation Two Miles From Heaven has also been issued on CD (for the first time!).
To guide the casual reader, I have indexed every Mott The Hoople track and Ian Hunter track, so if you're after just one or two specific tracks, you'll know where to find them. The opinion of the fans themselves, as revealed in our 1996 poll results, is also available (although bear in mind that post-1996 releases aren't covered).
Please don't ask where to get specific albums, and especially not bootlegs - I simply don't know! I have, however, put a page of on-line stores together, which may be able to help with legit purchases.Adrian Perkins. Hunter/Ronson photo copyright © Wolfgang Gurster.