Various Artists CD: "Moth Poet Hotel"

Sleeve and track listing

TRIAD COCA 13627. (5 stars!)

  1. Moth Poet All Stars - All The Young Dudes (5:15)
  2. Easy Walkers - Rock And Roll Queen (3:38)
  3. The Yellow Monkey - Honaloochie Boogie (4:56)
  4. Heat Wave - Ballad Of Mott The Hoople (7:14)
  5. Brian May - All The Way From Memphis (5:20)
  6. Kazufumi Miyazawa - I Wish I Was Your Mother (5:13)
  7. The High-Lows - The Golden Age Of Rock 'n' Roll (2:56)
  8. The Privates - Death May Be Your Santa Claus (6:44)
  9. Psychdelicious - Trudi's Song (7:03)
  10. Morgan Fisher - Moth Poet Hotel (7:03)

Running time: 55m 28s

Review

Mott The Hoople never played outside of Europe or the USA/Canada. However, their albums (especially during the CBS years) were released further afield, including the Far East. Mott were hugely influential, not only at home and in the USA, but also in Japan. Mott's pianist Morgan Fisher has been living and working in Japan since 1984, and he produced this tribute album in 1996, recorded by some of Japan's best-known artists.

This is a very good album. The source material is good (Mott always wrote killer songs), the playing is top-notch and the production is first class. Standout tracks are The Yellow Monkey's Honaloochie Boogie, which is nothing short of blistering and features a fantastic new intro, Heat Wave's Ballad Of Mott and Brian May's All The Way From Memphis which really does "kick some". The album finishes off with Morgan's own composition Moth Poet Hotel, a heavy rockin' tribute (touches of Lou Reed/Velvet Underground, I thought) about life on the road with Mott.

This album is difficult to find outside Japan. In the UK, you should be able to order it from Key Mail Order (tel: +44 181 770 0900;  fax: +44 181 770 0300;  e-mail: sales@keymailorder.co.uk), who can obtain it by special order.

The album's title, Moth Poet Hotel, is of course an anagram of Mott The Hoople. Watch out for the special guest raconteur Ian Hunter, who crops up occasionally.

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