All the Young Dudes (album)

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All the Young Dudes
Studio album by
Released8 September 1972
RecordedMay–July 1972
GenreGlam rock, hard rock
LabelCBS (UK), Columbia (US)
ProducerDavid Bowie
Mott the Hoople chronology
Brain Capers
All the Young Dudes
Rock and Roll Queen
Singles from All the Young Dudes
  1. "All the Young Dudes"
    Released: July 1972
  2. "One of the Boys"
    Released: January 1973 (US)[1]
  3. "Sweet Jane"
    Released: March 1973 (US)[2]
Professional ratings
Review scores
Christgau's Record GuideA−[4]
Rolling Stonefavourable[6]

All the Young Dudes is the fifth studio album by the English rock band Mott the Hoople, released in 1972. It was their initial album for the CBS Records label (Columbia Records in the United States and Canada), after three years with Island Records in the UK and Atlantic Records in the United States and Canada.

Background and reception[edit]

All the Young Dudes was a turning point for the then-struggling British band. Mott the Hoople were on the verge of breaking up when David Bowie stepped in and gave them the song "All the Young Dudes". Bowie also produced the album, which took Mott "from potential has-beens to avatars of the glam rock movement".[7] A remastered and expanded version was released by Sony BMG on the Columbia Legacy label in the United Kingdom and the United States on 21 February 2006.

The title track, "All the Young Dudes", was released as a single prior to the album and charted worldwide, becoming the "ultimate '70s glitterkid anthem".[8] "Sweet Jane", a cover of the Velvet Underground song from their 1970 album Loaded, was issued as a single in Canada, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain and the United States, though not in their home market of the UK. "One of the Boys", originally the B-side of "All the Young Dudes", was also released in North America and Continental Europe.

In 2003, the album was ranked No. 491 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. In 2012's revised list, the magazine ranked it at No. 484, saying, "Mott would sound more soulful but never more sexy or glittery."[9]

"Ready for Love" was reworked by Mick Ralphs's subsequent band Bad Company on their self-titled debut. "Soft Ground" was written by organist Verden Allen and, other than the 2013 reunion album, the only occasion when he recorded lead vocal with Mott the Hoople.

Recording ownership controversy[edit]

Speculation has persisted over the years that, although All the Young Dudes was released by CBS/Columbia Records, Mott the Hoople may have recorded part or all of the album while still under contract to their original label, Island Records – a situation that, if proven true, might give Island ownership rights to the recordings. Fuel was added to this speculation in 2006 with the re-release of All the Young Dudes in remastered form, including several bonus tracks. Production on one of the bonus tracks, "Black Scorpio" (an early version of "Momma's Little Jewel"), is co-credited to Island staff producer/A&R executive Muff Winwood, possibly suggesting that work on at least that track was begun while Mott were still signed to Island.[10]

Public comments from the band regarding this matter have been inconsistent. In an extended August 1980 interview with Trouser Press magazine,[11] Ian Hunter stated that Mott had completed All the Young Dudes prior to the band's leaving Island Records, and that Island's head Chris Blackwell was unaware the band had a new album ready for release when dissolving their relationship. However, when interviewed about the situation for Chris Hall's and Mike Kerry's 2011 documentary Ballad of Mott the Hoople, Hunter laughed, saying "I can’t really discuss it ... there's a blank there as far as I’m concerned – all of a sudden we’re on Columbia Records, and 'Dudes' was the first single."[12]

Track listing[edit]

Original 1972 release[edit]

Side one[edit]

  1. "Sweet Jane" (Lou Reed) – 4:21
  2. "Momma's Little Jewel" (Ian Hunter, Peter Watts) – 4:26
  3. "All the Young Dudes" (David Bowie) – 3:32
  4. "Sucker" (Hunter, Mick Ralphs, Watts) – 5:03
  5. "Jerkin' Crocus" (Hunter) – 4:00

Side two[edit]

  1. "One of the Boys" (Hunter, Ralphs) – 6:46
  2. "Soft Ground" (Verden Allen) – 3:17
  3. "Ready for Love/After Lights" (Ralphs) – 6:47
  4. "Sea Diver" (Hunter) – 2:53

Bonus tracks (2006 CD reissue)[edit]

  1. "One of the Boys" (Demo version) (Hunter, Ralphs) – 4:18 Produced by Mott the Hoople
  2. "Black Scorpio" (Demo version of "Momma's Little Jewel") (Hunter, Watts) – 3:35 Produced by Mott the Hoople and Muff Winwood
  3. "Ride on the Sun" (Demo version of "Sea Diver") (Hunter) – 3:36 Produced by Mott the Hoople
  4. "One of the Boys" (UK single version) (Hunter, Ralphs) – 4:21 Produced by Mott the Hoople
  5. "All the Young Dudes" (David Bowie; Ian Hunter – vocal) (Bowie) – 4:25
  6. "Sucker" (Hunter, Ralph, Watts) – 6:27 Live 1973 at the Hammersmith Odeon; produced by Dale "Buffin" Griffin
  7. "Sweet Jane" (Reed) – 5:00 Live 1973 at the Hammersmith Odeon; produced by Dale "Buffin" Griffin


Mott the Hoople[edit]

Additional personnel[edit]

Technical personnel[edit]



Year Chart Position
1972/73 UK Albums Chart[13] 21[14]
AUS Kent Music Report 61[15]
US Billboard 200 89[16]


Year Single Chart Position
1972 "All the Young Dudes" UK Singles Chart[13] 3[14]
US Billboard Hot 100 37[17]
"One of the Boys" US Billboard Hot 100 96[17]


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  4. ^ Christgau, Robert (1981). "Consumer Guide '70s: M". Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies. Ticknor & Fields. ISBN 089919026X. Retrieved 8 March 2019 – via
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  8. ^ Roy Carr & Charles Shaar Murray (1981). Bowie: An Illustrated Record: p.117
  9. ^ Wenner, Jann S., ed. (2012). Rolling Stone – Special Collectors Issue – The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. USA: Wenner Media Specials. ISBN 978-7-09-893419-6
  10. ^ Liner notes to the remastered edition of All the Young Dudes, Sony/BMG/Legacy Records, catalog no. K2796-93809-2, released 2006.
  11. ^ "Ian Hunter Remembers" interview with Jon Young, Trouser Press, August 1980.
  12. ^ Hunter's comment appears approximately 43:45 into the film.
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  17. ^ a b "Billboard Hot 100 – Mott the Hoople". Billboard. Retrieved 13 January 2018.