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Live [Bonus Disc]
     

Live [Bonus Disc]

by Mott the Hoople
 

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Three long decades after the fact, what was once the least impressive album in the entire Mott the Hoople catalog reappears as one of the most significant live albums of the 1970s. A revelation in concert, Mott were nevertheless poorly served by their first (and, for many years, only) live album, as the original plan for a double was swallowed up by corporate nerves

Overview

Three long decades after the fact, what was once the least impressive album in the entire Mott the Hoople catalog reappears as one of the most significant live albums of the 1970s. A revelation in concert, Mott were nevertheless poorly served by their first (and, for many years, only) live album, as the original plan for a double was swallowed up by corporate nerves and instead emerged a brutally edited single disc, comprising a mere handful of oddly chosen highlights (two hit singles, two non-album B-sides, a nearly side-long medley). It was a disappointment at the time and, as further archival live performances leaked out of the vault during the 1990s and early 2000s, so Live sank even further back in the fans' estimation. But the 30th anniversary edition catapults it firmly to the fore, two magnificently mastered discs not only adding 13 unreleased performances to the original album's eight tracks, but also capturing two legendary concerts nearly in their entirety: the late-1973 Hammersmith show, where the set over-ran so long that the theater owners lowered the safety curtain on the band (keyboard player Morgan Fisher blocked it with his piano); and a taste of the group's triumphant Broadway season six months later. Of these, the effect of the latter might be diminished by the existence of Two Miles from Live Heaven, with its recounting of another gig (Santa Monica) from the same tour -- there is little variation between the two shows, and the California night may actually be a shade more exciting. But still, Broadway found Mott at the peak of their powers and, with the London disc proving equally sensational, the overall weight of the package renders this the one Mott live package that everyone needs to hear. A lot of people, after all, regard them among the most important bands that ever lived. Live: 30th Anniversary Edition tells you why.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/25/2009
Label:
Iconoclassic
UPC:
0886975273720
catalogNumber:
1010
Rank:
39691

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mott the Hoople   Primary Artist
Ian Hunter   Rhythm Guitar,Vocals
Morgan Fisher   Piano,Vocals
Ariel Bender   Guitar,Vocals
Mick Bolton   Organ
Dale "Buffin" Griffin   Drums,Vocals
Blue Weaver   Organ
Pete Watts   Bass,Bass Guitar,Vocals
Stan Tippins   Vocals

Technical Credits

Gustav Holst   Composer
David Bowie   Composer
Ian Hunter   Composer
John Lennon   Composer
Paul McCartney   Composer
Don McLean   Composer
Lou Reed   Composer
Verden Allen   Composer
Ben Edmonds   Liner Notes
Gary Edwards   Engineer,Remixing,Associate Remixing Engineer
Dale "Buffin" Griffin   Composer,Producer,Liner Notes
Robert Hirschman   Management
Phillip John   Equipment Manager
Gary Klein   Executive Producer
Sean Milligan   Remixing,Associate Remixing Engineer
Steve Nye   Remixing,Associate Remixing Engineer
Bill Price   Engineer,Remixing
Mick Ralphs   Composer
Peter Swettenham   Remixing,Associate Remixing Engineer
Pete Watts   Composer
Peter Wilson   Remixing,Associate Remixing Engineer
Stan Tippins   Road Manager
D. Williams   Composer
Chris Eselgroth   Art Direction,Reissue Design
Roslav Szaybo   Cover Design
Phil John   Equipment Technician
Campbell Devine   Liner Notes,Concept,Track Selection
Fred Heller   Executive Producer,Management
Ron Delsener   Promoter

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