12/18/12

Mott The Hoople - Live At Fairfield Halls (1970)


This repost to announce that I reup-ed all the Live Mott The Hoople of the blogs, all had disappeared when my mf account was shelved. A visitor asked me for reup this one yesterday, so I did it for all, surely many who had missed them will be happy to get them on FS. More to come.

Another Mott The Hoople "album that could have been". Actually, failing to find in studio the intensity and excitation of their live sets, they imagined releasing a live album. This opportunity was provided by their opening shows for Free, who were recording their concerts for a future live LP. Fairfield Halls will actually provide some tracks of the official Free Live album. Unfortunately, the Mott set triggered such an excitation than part of the audience climbed on stage and produced some technical problems that were considered annoying enough to withdraw this Live album project. Not very clear where are the problems actually when you listen to this top quality recorded set. But the fact is that the songs would remain in the void until the Mott Box Set ("Ohio" being on it) and then the CD issue by Angel Air. Would this live LP changed the destiny of the band if released in December 1970? Not sure actually cause honestly, it' s often a little too much sound chaos and tracks are rather too long to maintain interest when listened to on records. And the slow ballads (specially "When My Mind's Gone", so wonderful in studio) are a little out of place in this playlist. However, this is a fascinating testimony of a dead-born album and this provides the pleasure to imagine listening to an album that only failed to exist. Enjoy it here. PS. I took the cover sleeves from the Wildlife's inner one (surely shot during this tour).





6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thankyou for everything you're doing to share the memories and the discoveries of time past. Love your blog!!!

96db said...

Fantastic, thank you. I didn't know this existed. My favourite band ever!

Anonymous said...

Thank you very much!
I bought the Wildlife album second hand in 1973 under the impression of the "Honaloochie Boogie" single and after listening I thought: what a lame band. Years later, maybe in the eighties, a friend gave me the "Brain Capers" album, and I was shocked how wild it was. This live recording is even wilder, and I would really have liked this one instead of "Wildlife" back then. Don't know who told them to release a Folkrock-Album in that early stage of their career. By the way: Nazareth made the same mistake with the "Exercise" album.

Anonymous said...

The link is dead. Would it be possible to re-up this one. In fact I love your blog, i have the same taste for FREE, SAHB, COCKNEY REBL and MOTT THE HOOPLE. And certainly there's so much of amazing knowledge within your blog. A pure delight to read !

Merci,

Derek

Anonymous said...

En quelques mots, merci, merci beaucoup. Je télécharge illico presto.

Thanks for sharing,

Derek from Paris

Anonymous said...

Well anyone should listen once to the Noizy Destruction Ability of Mott the Hoople when they play the instrumental version of the Kinks' You Really Got Me. Incredible ! Terrific ! And as some people use to say "Awesome".

Thanks again for sharing this high quality live LP

Derek