Mott (album)

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Studio album by Mott the Hoople
Released 20 July 1973
21 February 2006 (reissue)
Recorded February–April 1973 except track 1, 22 December 1972
at Air Studios and Abbey Road Studios, London
Genre Glam rock, hard rock
Length 45:10
Label Columbia(US), CBS(UK)
Producer Mott the Hoople
Mott the Hoople chronology
Rock and Roll Queen
(1972 UK, 1974 US)
The Hoople
Alternative cover
U.K. album cover

Mott is a 1973 album by British band Mott the Hoople. "All the Way from Memphis", an edited version of which was released as a single, received considerable airplay on U.S. radio and captured the band many overseas fans, as well as reaching the UK Top 10.


It was clear by the time Mott was released that Ian Hunter had become the dominant figure of the band. Aside from the lead track, the album includes introspective songs such as "Ballad Of Mott The Hoople", which exposes Mott’s near break-up, and the peculiar "I Wish I Was Your Mother", featuring multi-tracked mandolin, in which Hunter sings of his wish to see his love as a child. Hard rockers are given their due with "Whizz Kid", "Drivin’ Sister", "Violence" and "Honaloochie Boogie", the last-named being another UK single. A fine performance is delivered by Hunter in the almost religious "Hymn For The Dudes."[citation needed]

The album featured different covers in the U.K. and U.S., as well as remastered tracks on some editions. The U.S. cover featured a photo of the four band members with the word "MOTT" on it, with "Mott The Hoople" written in the O. The U.K. front cover featured an illustration based on the bust of a Roman emperor, the band's name written in a typeface simultaneously evocative of a '20s Art Deco font and the "Future Shock" font inspired by computer-readable punch cards. Initial copies had a gatefold sleeve with the emperor image printed on a transparent plastic sheet. The emperor would appear again on the inner sleeve of The Hoople, the band's next and final album in both the United States and the United Kingdom. A remastered and expanded version was released by Sony's Columbia/Legacy imprint in the United States in 2006.

A song written by Verden Allen, "Son of the Wise Ones," was originally going to be recorded for the album, but after he left the band, he refused to let the band perform it.[citation needed]


In 2003, the album was ranked number 366 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.[1]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 5/5 stars[2]
Robert Christgau A−[3]
Pitchfork 7.4/10[4]
PopMatters favourable[5]
Rolling Stone very favourable[6]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Ian Hunter, except where indicated

LP Side one[edit]

  1. "All the Way from Memphis" – 4:55
  2. "Whizz Kid" – 3:05
  3. "Hymn for the Dudes" (Verden Allen, Hunter) – 5:15
  4. "Honaloochie Boogie" – 2:35
  5. "Violence" (Hunter, Mick Ralphs) – 4:37

LP Side two[edit]

  1. "Drivin’ Sister" (Hunter, Ralphs) – 4:42
  2. "Ballad of Mott the Hoople (26th March 1972, Zürich)" (Hunter, Dale "Buffin" Griffin, Peter Watts, Ralphs, Allen) – 5:40
  3. "I’m a Cadillac / El Camino Dolo Roso" (Ralphs) – 7:40
  4. "I Wish I Was Your Mother" – 4:41

LP track times from 1973 UK release (CBS 69038). Published track times for the US release (Columbia 32425) differ slightly.[7]


  1. "All the Way from Memphis" – 5:02
  2. "Whizz Kid" – 3:25
  3. "Hymn for the Dudes" (Allen, Hunter) – 5:24
  4. "Honaloochie Boogie" – 2:43
  5. "Violence" (Hunter, Ralphs) – 4:48
  6. "Drivin’ Sister" (Hunter, Ralphs) – 3:53
  7. "Ballad of Mott the Hoople (26th March 1972, Zürich)" (Hunter, Griffin, Watts, Ralphs, Allen) – 5:24
  8. "I’m a Cadillac / El Camino Dolo Roso" (Ralphs) – 7:50
  9. "I Wish I Was Your Mother" – 4:52

Bonus tracks (2006 reissue)[edit]

  1. "Rose" (Hunter, Ralphs, Watts, Buffin) – 3:56 B-side of "Honaloochie Boogie"; produced by Mott The Hoople
  2. "Honaloochie Boogie" (Demo version) – 3:07
  3. "Nightmare" (Demo) (Allen) – 3:36
  4. "Drivin' Sister" (Hunter, Ralphs) – 4:30 Live 1973 at the Hammersmith Odeon; produced by Dale "Buffin" Griffin


Additional personnel[edit]



Year Chart Position
1973 Billboard Pop Albums 35


  1. ^ "500 Greatest Albums of all Time". Retrieved 18 March 2012. 
  2. ^ Stephen Thomas Erlewine. "Mott". Allmusic. Retrieved 11 March 2012. 
  3. ^ Robert Christgau. "mott the hoople". Retrieved 11 March 2012. 
  4. ^ Joe Tangari (27 April 2006). "Mott the Hoople: All the Young Dudes / Mott". Pitchfork. Retrieved 11 March 2012. 
  5. ^ Whitney Strub (10 March 2006). "Mott the Hoople: Mott and All the Young Dudes". PopMatters. Retrieved 11 March 2012. 
  6. ^ Bud Scoppa (13 September 1973). Rolling Stone.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  7. ^ "All the Way from Memphis" 4:58, "Whizz Kid" 3:25, "Hymn for the Dudes" 5:20, "Honaloochie Boogie" 2:42, "Violence" 4:49, "Drivin' Sister" 3:51, "Ballad of Mott..." 5:22, "I'm a Cadillac..." 7:47, "I Wish I Was Your Mother" 4:52