The Hoople

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The Hoople
Studio album by Mott the Hoople
Released 29 March 1974 (1974-03-29)
Recorded Advision Studios, London, January 1974 (1974-01), AIR Studios, London, February 1974 (1974-02)
Genre Glam rock, hard rock
Length 39:09
Label CBS (UK)
Columbia (U.S.)
Producer Dale "Buffin" Griffin, Ian Hunter and Pete "Overend" Watts
Mott the Hoople chronology
Mott
(1973)
The Hoople
(1974)
Live
(1974)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau B[2]
Record Collector 3/5 stars[3]
Rolling Stone favourable[4]

The Hoople is a 1974 album by British band Mott the Hoople. Its highest chart rating in the US was #28.[5] A remastered and expanded version was released by Sony BMG on the Columbia Legacy label in Europe in 2006. It is the first album to feature Ariel Bender on guitar, replacing Mick Ralphs who left to form Bad Company.

The album's cover features a stylised portrait of Kari-Ann Muller (with the band members in her hair), who also graces the cover of Roxy Music's 1972 debut album.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Ian Hunter except as noted.[6]

LP side A:

  1. "The Golden Age of Rock 'n' Roll" – 3:26
  2. "Marionette" – 5:08
  3. "Alice" – 5:20
  4. "Crash Street Kidds" – 4:31

LP side B:

  1. "Born Late '58" (Overend Watts) – 4:00
  2. "Trudi's Song" – 4:26
  3. "Pearl 'N' Roy (England)" – 4:31
  4. "Through the Looking Glass" – 4:37
  5. "Roll Away the Stone" – 3:10

Bonus tracks (2006 reissue)[edit]

  1. "Where Do You All Come From" (Dale "Buffin" Griffin, Hunter, Mick Ralphs, Peter Watts) – 3:26 B-side of "Roll Away the Stone" single.
  2. "Rest in Peace" – 3:55 B-side of "The Golden Age of Rock 'n' Roll" single.
  3. "Foxy, Foxy" – 3:31 Non-LP single A-side.
  4. "(Do You Remember) The Saturday Gigs" – 4:20 Non-LP single A-side.
  5. "The Saturday Kids" – 6:03 (Work in progress mixes)
  6. "Lounge Lizzard" – 4:19 (Aborted single b-side)
  7. "American Pie/The Golden Age of Rock 'N' Roll" (Don McLean, Hunter) (Live) – 4:15 (Live from Broadway)

Personnel[edit]

Additional personnel[edit]

Technical personnel[edit]

  • Dale "Buffin" Griffin - producer
  • Ian Hunter - producer
  • Pete Overend Watts - producer
  • Roslav Szaybo - album cover design

Charts[edit]

Album

Year Chart Peak
Position
1974 Billboard Pop Albums 28 [5]
1974 UK Albums Chart 11 [7]

Single

Year Single Chart Peak
Position
1973 "Roll Away the Stone" UK Singles Chart 8 [7]
1974 "The Golden Age of Rock 'n' Roll" UK Singles Chart 16 [7]

Certifications[edit]

Organization Level Date
BPIUK Gold 1 April 1974 (1974-04-01) [8]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Stephen Thomas Erlewine. "The Hoople". Allmusic. Retrieved 11 March 2012. 
  2. ^ Robert Christgau. "Mott the Hoople". robertchristgau.com. Retrieved 11 March 2012. 
  3. ^ William Pinfold (April 2009). Record Collector (361). 
  4. ^ Ken Emerson (20 June 1974). Rolling Stone. 
  5. ^ a b "allmusic (((The Hoople > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums)))". Retrieved 2008-05-20. 
  6. ^ Mott the Hoople. The Hoople. (Columbia Records, 1974).
  7. ^ a b c "UK Top 40 Hit Database". Retrieved 2008-05-20. 
  8. ^ "BPI Certified Awards". Retrieved 2008-05-20.