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Mott The Hoople - Live In Philadelphia (1972)



I re-up this one due to a visitor (see comments) saying there're some "bad skips in some of the last 2 tracks". I listened but didn't notice. An occasion to re-up this live set. I gave some details about it below so no use to do it again. Mott is always a good choice when you need some energy. But this was so long ago. Catch it here.

About 18 months later (I mean after the previous post of a live record here), Mott is back in the USA, but now with a successful LP in their hands, we got here the glam version of Mott and no more the heavy and thick rock band we used to know. Not that they are completely different but it's an evidence the band is in the Bowie circle and, similar to Iggy Pop and Lou Reed, there's a Ziggy perfume in their rock now. The main difference is that the Jerry Lee Lewis plays Dylan dimension has quite disappeared and has been replaced by a Bowie-Ronson play the Kinks approach. I personnally prefer this version of Mott than the previous one but both were great don't misunderstand me. Even if honestly "Sweet Jane" is totally out of place in the Mott repertoire (and finally "All The Young Dudes" was too) and that some rockers are taken on a much too quite pace (such as a quite awful "Honky Tonk Women" version). Here, we find them in Philadelphia in November 1972 (the tour during which Ian Hunter will write his superb Diary of a Rock 'n' Roll Star), and Bowie will join them for his "All The Young Dudes" (you can hear it clearly on the chorus and Ian Hunter introduces him before the song) so it's quite an unusual show. The sound is not the one you can wait of an official live record but this can be listened for pleasure (I don't post low-quality live records). And the versions of the songs from All Young Dudes LP don't have this shitty producing that ruined the album. And the "Hymn For The Dudes" and "Sea Diver" versions are ones of the best ever heard. This concert has been released on various CDs, notably All The Way From Stockholm To Philadelphia by Angel Air, but here it is on its own with a DIY cover sleeve.






5 comments:

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Anonymous said...

Pretty bad skips in some of the last two tracks... Otherwise, thanks!

dkelvin said...

I didn't notice. I'll improve it when I'll re-up
dk

Anonymous said...

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dkelvin said...

I had deleted it.