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Mott the Hoople - All the Young Dudes, Mott Review
By Kevin Wierzbicki

Since we're in the midst of an apparent resurgence of interest in glam rock, what better time for remastered versions of the great Mott the Hoople classics All the Young Dudes and Mott? The band had a hit with their version of David Bowie's "All the Young Dudes" but the single's namesake album was full of salacious hide-your-daughter rock'n'roll like "Jerkin' Crocus" and the schoolgirl deflowering of "Momma's Little Jewel." Vocalist Ian Hunter is probably the most mimicked glam vocalist of all time and a listen to "One of the Boys" reveals why in its lyric, "I don't say much, but I make a big noise." All the Young Dudes also featured a cover of Lou Reed's "Sweet Jane" and a version of "Ready for Love" that would later be a huge hit for Bad Company. The remaster features seven bonus tracks including "Sweet Jane" and "Sucker" live, an early version of "Sea Diver" called "Ride on the Sun" and "All the Young Dudes" with Hunter and Bowie sharing vocals. "You look like a star, but you're still on the dole" is a line from Mott's "All the Way from Memphis," their raucous piano and sax rave-up. The song set the tone for an album that explored the pain of fleeting fame, most notably with "Hymn for the Dudes" and "The Ballad of Mott the Hoople." Mott's bonus tracks are a demo of "Honaloochie Boogie," "Drivin' Sister" live and rare tracks "Rose" and "Nightmare." Whether in their original vinyl or with these nice packages, All the Young Dudes and Mott should be considered essentials.

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