The Hoople [Bonus Tracks]

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Mott was so good that the sequel, appropriately named The Hoople, has been unfairly dismissed as not living up to the group's promise. Yes, it doesn't compare to its predecessor, but most records don't. The bigger problem is that Mick Ralphs chose to leave during the supporting tour for Mott, leaving Ian Hunter as the undisputed leader of the group and subtly changing the character of the band's sound. Even with Hunter as Mott the Hoople's main songwriter, Ralphs helped shape their musical direction, so without a collaborator in hand, Hunter was left without a center. So, it isn't surprising that the record seems a little uneven, both in terms of songwriting and...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Mott was so good that the sequel, appropriately named The Hoople, has been unfairly dismissed as not living up to the group's promise. Yes, it doesn't compare to its predecessor, but most records don't. The bigger problem is that Mick Ralphs chose to leave during the supporting tour for Mott, leaving Ian Hunter as the undisputed leader of the group and subtly changing the character of the band's sound. Even with Hunter as Mott the Hoople's main songwriter, Ralphs helped shape their musical direction, so without a collaborator in hand, Hunter was left without a center. So, it isn't surprising that the record seems a little uneven, both in terms of songwriting and sound, but it's hardly without merit. "Roll Away the Stone," a leftover from Mott, is first-rate; "Crash Street Kidds" rocks viciously; "The Golden Age of Rock & Roll" is a pleasant spin on Bowie-esque nostalgia think "Drive-In Saturday"; and Overend Watts follows through on that theme with "Born Late '58," a perfectly credible rocker. This all makes The Hoople an entertaining listen, even if it doesn't compare to Mott's earlier masterpieces. [A 2004 reissue via Sony International included the bonus tracks "Where Do You All Come From?," "Rest in Peace," and "Foxy Foxy."]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/9/2006
  • Label: Columbia/Legacy Euro
  • UPC: 827969787328
  • Catalog Number: 697873
  • Sales rank: 30,929

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Mott the Hoople Primary Artist
Ian Hunter Acoustic Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Morgan Fisher Organ, Synthesizer, Piano, Keyboards
Ariel Bender Guitar, Vocals, Slide Guitar
Howie Casey Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Dale Buffin Griffin Drums
Michael Hurwitz Cello
Jock McPherson Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Mick Ralphs Choir, Chorus
Barry St. John Background Vocals
Thunderthighs Background Vocals
Pete Watts Bass, Rhythm Guitar, Vocals, Choir, Chorus, 12-string Guitar
Sunny Background Vocals
Michael Geoffrey Ralphs Rhythm Guitar
Graham Preskit Violin, Conductor, Tubular Bells
Technical Credits
Bruce Dickinson Reissue Producer
Ian Hunter Producer
Gary Edwards Engineer
Dale Buffin Griffin Producer
Paul Hardiman Engineer
Alan Harris Engineer
D. McLean Composer
Sean Milligan Engineer
Bill Price Engineer
Peter Swettenham Engineer
Pete Watts Arranger, Producer
Mike Dunne Engineer
Vic Anesini Mastering
Roslav Szaybo Concept
Graham Preskit Arranger, Orchestration
Campbell Devine Liner Notes
T. Griffin Composer
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