All the Young Dudes (album)

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For the radio show, see All the Young Dudes (radio show). For the song, see All the Young Dudes.
All the Young Dudes
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Studio album by Mott the Hoople
Released 8 September 1972
Recorded May–July 1972 at Olympic Studios and Trident Studios, London
Genre Glam rock
Length 40:47
Label CBS (UK), Columbia (US)
Producer David Bowie
Mott the Hoople chronology
Brain Capers
All the Young Dudes
Rock and Roll Queen
(1972 UK, 1974 US)
Singles from All the Young Dudes
  1. "All the Young Dudes"
    Released: July 1972
  2. "One of the Boys"
    Released: 1972
  3. "Sweet Jane"
    Released: 19 January 1973
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 5/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau A−[2]
Pitchfork 7.8/10[3]
Rolling Stone favourable[4]

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

Background and reception[edit]

All the Young Dudes was a turning point for the then-struggling British band. Mott the Hoople were about to break 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".[5] 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".[6] "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 number 491 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. In 2012, the album listed at No. 484 on a revised list by the magazine.

"Ready for Love" was reworked by Mick Ralphs's subsequent band Bad Company on their self-titled debut.

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.[7]

Public comments from the band regarding this matter have been inconsistent. In an extended August 1980 interview with Trouser Press magazine,[8] 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 nervously, 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."[9]

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 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
Additional personnel
Technical personnel



Year Chart Position
1972 UK Albums Chart[10] 21
US Pop Albums 89


Year Single Chart Position
1972 "All the Young Dudes" UK Singles Chart[10] 3
US Pop Singles 37
"One of the Boys" US Pop Singles 96


  1. ^ Stephen Thomas Erlewine. "All the Young Dudes". AllMusic. Retrieved 11 March 2012. 
  2. ^ Robert Christgau. "Mott the Hoople". Retrieved 11 March 2012. 
  3. ^ Joe Tangari (27 April 2006). "Mott the Hoople: All the Young Dudes / Mott". Pitchfork. Retrieved 11 March 2012. 
  4. ^ Bud Scoppa (7 December 1972). Rolling Stone. 
  5. ^ "Mott The Hoople – All The Young Dudes". Retrieved 2016-01-19. 
  6. ^ Roy Carr & Charles Shaar Murray (1981). Bowie: An Illustrated Record: p.117
  7. ^ Liner notes to the remastered edition of All the Young Dudes, Sony/BMG/Legacy Records, catalog no. K2796-93809-2, released 2006.
  8. ^ "Ian Hunter Remembers" interview with Jon Young, Trouser Press, August 1980.
  9. ^ Hunter's comment appears approximately 43:45 into the film.
  10. ^ a b Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 381. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.