Mott The Hoople - All The Young Dudes
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In 1973, the members of Mott the Hoople were tired. Island Records had dropped the band after three albums, as sales were low and audience interest was almost non-existent. But the band had a famous fan in David Bowie, who offered to write them one single to give them a leg up. That single was the chart-topping "All the Young Dudes", a glitter-era wink-wink celebration of male bonding that name-checked chart-toppers T. Rex and repositioned the once-laddish band as glammy, androgynous scenesters. Obviously, an album was called for.
Produced by Bowie and opening with a smoking cover of "Sweet Jane" that played a major role in raising public awareness of the Velvet Underground, ALL THE YOUNG DUDES is a brassy, loud, obnoxious--in the best possible sense--rock & roll album. "Sucker" and "One of the Boys" recall the hit, while "Jerkin' Crocus" and "Sea Diver" are as odd as the band's earlier material. An amazing mid-career transformation.
|2)||Momma's Little Jewel|
|3)||All The Young Dudes|
|6)||One Of The Boys|
|8)||Ready For Love/After Lights|
|10)||One Of The Boys (demo/bonus track)|
|11)||Black Scorpio (Momma's Little Jewel - demo version/bonus track)|
|12)||Ride On The Sun (Sea Diver - demo version/bonus track)|
|13)||One Of The Boys (UK single version/bonus track)|
|14)||All The Young Dudes (David Bowie & Ian Hunter vocal remix/bonus track)|
|15)||Sucker (live at Hammersmith Odeon 1973/bonus track)|
|16)||Sweet Jane (live at Hammersmith Odeon 1973/bonus track)