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All Music Guide - Dave Thompson
A petty little package this is, and no mistake. It was no secret, of course, that the end of Mott the Hoople was a rancorous, bitter affair. But while former frontman Ian Hunter was igniting his solo career with an album of songs which could have been Mott's, did his erstwhile bandmates truly have nothing better to occupy their time with than compiling a collection which not only skews all that they really achieved during three years of hits, but also undermines those who played on them as well? True, guitarist Mick Ronson was a member of the band for a mere matter of months before he split for a new band with Hunter; true, too, that his contributions to Mott's recorded ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Dave Thompson
A petty little package this is, and no mistake. It was no secret, of course, that the end of Mott the Hoople was a rancorous, bitter affair. But while former frontman Ian Hunter was igniting his solo career with an album of songs which could have been Mott's, did his erstwhile bandmates truly have nothing better to occupy their time with than compiling a collection which not only skews all that they really achieved during three years of hits, but also undermines those who played on them as well? True, guitarist Mick Ronson was a member of the band for a mere matter of months before he split for a new band with Hunter; true, too, that his contributions to Mott's recorded catalog amounted to just one minor hit single, the spookily valedictory "Saturday Gigs." But to see his name in the same tiny print reserved for the session players who appear elsewhere revises history with semi-Stalinist zeal -- or at least, spitefulness. So, though it now seems equally petty to suggest it, did the inclusion of "Born Late 58," written by one of the Hooplers who stayed behind bassist Overend Watts, in place of any one of a dozen more deserving moments -- all of which, of course, were penned by the errant Hunter. Oh, the politics of pop, how important they all seemed at the time. Today, of course, Greatest Hits exists as a mere prelude to the flood of Mott compilations which have since hit the shelves, and one whose ten-song contents seem impossibly skimpy -- you can be in and out of the album in under 40 minutes. But, in fairness, that was all that was demanded of it. Each of the band's U.K. hits is here, including two "Foxy Foxy" and the aforementioned "Saturday Gigs" which, at the time, had yet to appear on LP, while two slabs of unabashedly autobiography from the Mott album and one more from The Hoople basically appear as bonus tracks. Sharp and to the point -- would that all compilations could make their mark so unerringly!
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/7/2003
  • Label: Columbia Europe
  • EAN: 5099751077725
  • Catalog Number: 5107772
  • Sales rank: 93,470

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Mott the Hoople Primary Artist, Primary Artist
David Bowie Rhythm Guitar, Vocals, Choir, Chorus, Hand Clapping
Ian Hunter Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Piano, Keyboards, Vocals
Mick Ronson Guitar
Sue & Sunny Choir, Chorus
Morgan Fisher Synthesizer, Piano
Verden Allen Organ, Piano
Ariel Bender Electric Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Slide Guitar
Paul Buckmaster Cello
Howie Casey Tenor Saxophone
Nick Graham Hand Clapping
Donald Griffin Drums, Background Vocals
Dale Buffin Griffin Drums, Background Vocals, Hand Clapping
Andy Mackay Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Graham Preskett Bells, Tubular Bells
Mick Ralphs Organ, Guitar, Electric Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Choir, Chorus
Sue Choir, Chorus
Thunderthighs Background Vocals
Pete Watts Bass, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Sonny Choir, Chorus
A. Border Slide Guitar
Ghunderthighs Background Vocals
Mike Horowitz Cello
Sunny Choir, Chorus
Technical Credits
David Bowie Producer
Arun Chakraverty Engineer
Alan Harris Engineer
Dan Loggins Contributor
Bill Price Engineer
Pete Watts Composer
Mike Dunne Engineer
Keith Harewood Engineer
Roslav Szaybo Art Direction
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