Family Anthology

Family Anthology

by Mott the Hoople
     
 

There are ten songs by Mott the Hoople on this two-CD collection, Family Anthology, but about two-thirds of it contains tracks by Mott the Hoople-related artists, not Mott the Hoople themselves. You also get solo efforts by various members of the band, as well as groups in which members played before Mott the Hoople formed (such as theSee more details below

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There are ten songs by Mott the Hoople on this two-CD collection, Family Anthology, but about two-thirds of it contains tracks by Mott the Hoople-related artists, not Mott the Hoople themselves. You also get solo efforts by various members of the band, as well as groups in which members played before Mott the Hoople formed (such as the Rats and the Doc Thomas Group) and after Mott disbanded (like British Lions). It's not a great starting point for a highly listenable anthology, though at least the concept will appeal to hardcore Mott the Hoople fans. The execution isn't so good, however, as it jumbles together 32 recordings spanning the years 1964 through 2005; in other words, four decades of very different styles, not all of them strongly related to what Mott the Hoople did while they were active. The discs are sequenced so they jump back and forth all over the place chronologically, and what's more, more than two-thirds of it has already been issued on CD, usually on other releases from the same label (Angel Air) responsible for this compilation. Nothing's truly essential, but there are a few interesting items here, whether live recordings from Mott the Hoople's early-'70s prime; a previously unreleased outtake from their Mad Shadows album, "Can You Sing the Song That I Sing"; Mick Ralphs' original early-'70s demo of "Can't Get Enough"; and odds and ends from '60s groups predating Mott the Hoople's formation, going all the way back to Les Norman & the Buddies' 1964 demo of "I Ain't Got You" (with Ralphs on guitar). Admittedly, most of these '60s rarities are generic period British R&B
ock, blues-rock, and psychedelia without any obvious similarities to Mott the Hoople, but they're more interesting than the various post-Mott projects, which (as in Dale Buffin Griffin's 1993 cover of "The Lady Is a Tramp") can be pretty desultory. In its favor, this set was produced with ex-members' cooperation, and has a 24-page booklet of detailed liner notes. Only Mott the Hoople completists will want it, however, and even they might already have much of it on previous CD releases.

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Product Details

Release Date:
08/09/2005
Label:
Angel Air
UPC:
5055011701960
catalogNumber:
196

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Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Walkin' with a Mountain
  2. One More Chance to Run
  3. She's Real Gone  - Overend Watts
  4. Can't Get Enough
  5. I Ain't Got You  -  Norman
  6. She Does It
  7. Morning Dew  -  Rats
  8. Barefootin'
  9. St. Tropez
  10. The Lady Is a Tramp
  11. Something Else
  12. Momma's Little Jewel
  13. Can You Sing the Song That I Sing
  14. All the Way from Memphis
  15. Roll Away the Stone  -  Ariel Bender Band
  16. American Music

Disc 2

  1. All the Young Dudes
  2. Wild in the Street
  3. Leave Me Be
  4. Laugh at Me
  5. Born Late 58
  6. Let's Rat  -  Paper Bags
  7. Strong Heart
  8. That's Life
  9. Telephone Blues  -  Rats
  10. Just Can't Go to Sleep
  11. Good Morning  - Jon Best
  12. Sweet Angeline
  13. The Chosen Road
  14. Hideaway  -  Bad Company
  15. Golden Age of Rock 'N' Roll
  16. Sons & Lovers

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mott the Hoople   Primary Artist
Pat Kilbride   Bass,Bass Guitar
Bad Company   Ensemble
Ian Hunter   Guitar,Piano,Vocals
Michele Hendricks   Background Vocals
Paul Jeffrey   Guitar
Bob Hall   Drums
Luther Grosvenor   Guitar,Vocals
Mick Ronson   Guitar
Morgan Fisher   Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards,Vocals,Various
Verden Allen   Organ,Vocals,Various
Geoff Appleby   Bass
Ariel Bender   Guitar,Vocals
Nigel Benjamin   Guitar,Vocals
Boz Burrell   Bass,Bass Guitar
John Cambridge   Drums
Mickey Curry   Drums
John Fiddler   Guitar,Vocals,Various
Dale "Buffin" Griffin   Drums,Vocals
Simon Kirke   Drums
Ray Majors   Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Bass Guitar,Vocals
Benny Marshall   Vocals
Mick Ralphs   Guitar,Vocals,Various
Blue Weaver   Hammond Organ,Hammond B3
Pete Watts   Bass,Guitar,Bass Guitar,Vocals
Mick "Woody" Woodmansey   Drums
Ray Major   Guitar,Vocals
Mark Eden   Vocals
Stan Tippins   Vocals
Dave Tedstone   Guitar
Robert Fisher   Bass,Vocals
Jim Houghton   Bass,Bass Guitar
Paul Stratton   Drums
Tommy Mandel   Keyboards
Doc Thomas Group   Ensemble
Chris Johnson   Keyboards
Mick Kirton   Drums
John Best   Vocals
Sandy Dillon   Piano,Vocals
Phil Hendriks   Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Patrick Brooke   Harp
Steve Bywater   Cymbals,Jug
Keith "Ched" Cheeseman   Bass
Thor A. Hurd   Drums
Gary Oswell   Guitar
Mick Trigg   Keyboards
Paper Bags   Ensemble
Dave Tedstone   Guitar
Stan Tippins   Vocals
Jon Best   Vocals
Overend Watts   Bass Guitar,Various
Roger Brinn   Guitar,Harmonica
Cyril Townsend   Bass Guitar
Norman   Guitar,Vocals
Ched Cheeseman   Bass Guitar
Benny Marshall   Vocals
Joe Elliot   Vocals
Geoffrey Applegate   Bass Guitar

Technical Credits

Eddie Cochran   Composer
John Mayall   Composer
Morgan Fisher   Instrumentation
John Fiddler   Instrumentation
Dale "Buffin" Griffin   Liner Notes
Mick Ralphs   Instrumentation
Sharon Sheeley   Composer
Pete Watts   Instrumentation
Simon Murphy   Remastering

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