Family Anthology

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
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: 8/9/2005
  • Label: Angel Air
  • EAN: 5055011701960
  • Catalog Number: 196
  • Sales rank: 347,954

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Walkin' with a Mountain (6:44)
  2. 2 One More Chance to Run (3:35)
  3. 3 She's Real Gone - Overend Watts (4:17)
  4. 4 Can't Get Enough (3:58)
  5. 5 I Ain't Got You - Les Norman (2:21)
  6. 6 She Does It (6:05)
  7. 7 Morning Dew - Rats (3:42)
  8. 8 Barefootin' (2:33)
  9. 9 St. Tropez (4:00)
  10. 10 The Lady Is a Tramp - Dale Buffin Griffin (0:59)
  11. 11 Something Else (2:36)
  12. 12 Momma's Little Jewel (4:02)
  13. 13 Can You Sing the Song That I Sing (5:36)
  14. 14 All the Way from Memphis (6:11)
  15. 15 Roll Away the Stone - Ariel Bender Band (3:34)
  16. 16 American Music (4:13)
Disc 2
  1. 1 All the Young Dudes (4:00)
  2. 2 Wild in the Street (3:00)
  3. 3 Leave Me Be (3:45)
  4. 4 Laugh at Me (5:22)
  5. 5 Born Late 58 (4:43)
  6. 6 Let's Rat - The Paper Bags (3:04)
  7. 7 Strong Heart (4:40)
  8. 8 That's Life (3:34)
  9. 9 Telephone Blues - Rats (4:07)
  10. 10 Just Can't Go to Sleep (2:32)
  11. 11 Good Morning - Jon Best (2:41)
  12. 12 Sweet Angeline (6:36)
  13. 13 The Chosen Road (2:56)
  14. 14 Hideaway - Bad Company (5:06)
  15. 15 Golden Age of Rock 'N' Roll (3:21)
  16. 16 Sons & Lovers (4:56)
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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
The 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
The 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
Les 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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