All the Young Dudes (album)
|All the Young Dudes|
|Studio album by Mott the Hoople|
|Released||8 September 1972|
|Recorded||May–July 1972 at Olympic Studios and Trident Studios, London|
|Label||Columbia (US), CBS (UK)|
|Mott the Hoople chronology|
|Singles from All the Young Dudes|
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
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". 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". "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.
Recording ownership controversy
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.
Public comments from the band regarding this matter have been inconsistent. In an extended August 1980 interview with Trouser Press magazine, 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."
Original 1972 release
- "Sweet Jane" (Lou Reed) – 4:21
- "Momma's Little Jewel" (Ian Hunter, Peter Watts) – 4:26
- "All the Young Dudes" (David Bowie) – 3:32
- "Sucker" (Hunter, Mick Ralphs, Watts) – 5:03
- "Jerkin' Crocus" (Hunter) – 4:00
- "One of the Boys" (Hunter, Ralphs) – 6:46
- "Soft Ground" (Verden Allen) – 3:17
- "Ready for Love/After Lights" (Ralphs) – 6:47
- "Sea Diver" (Hunter) – 2:53
Bonus tracks (2006 reissue)
- "One of the Boys" (Demo version) (Hunter, Ralphs) – 4:18 Produced by Mott the Hoople
- "Black Scorpio" (Demo version of "Momma's Little Jewel") (Hunter, Watts) – 3:35 Produced by Mott the Hoople and Muff Winwood
- "Ride on the Sun" (Demo version of "Sea Diver") (Hunter) – 3:36 Produced by Mott the Hoople
- "One of the Boys" (UK single version) (Hunter, Ralphs) – 4:21 Produced by Mott the Hoople
- "All the Young Dudes" (David Bowie; Ian Hunter – vocal) (Bowie) – 4:25
- "Sucker" (Hunter, Ralph, Watts) – 6:27 Live 1973 at the Hammersmith Odeon; produced by Dale "Buffin" Griffin
- "Sweet Jane" (Reed) – 5:00 Live 1973 at the Hammersmith Odeon; produced by Dale "Buffin" Griffin
Mott the Hoople
- Ian Hunter – vocals, guitar, piano
- Mick Ralphs – guitar, backing vocals, lead vocals on "Ready For Love / After Lights"
- Verden Allen – organ, backing vocals, lead vocals on "Soft Ground"
- Pete Overend Watts – bass guitar, backing vocals
- Dale "Buffin" Griffin – drums, percussion, backing vocals
- Ariel Bender – guitar, vocals on bonus tracks 6, 7
- Mick Bolton – organ on bonus track 7
- David Bowie – saxophones, backing vocals, vocals on bonus track 5
- Morgan Fisher – organ, Mellotron on bonus track 3; piano, synthesizer, vocals on bonus tracks 6, 7
- Ray Majors – slide guitar on bonus track 2
- Mick Ronson – strings, brass, arrangement on "Sea Diver"
- Buddy Bauerle – pan flute
- Mike Walls – Hammond B3 organ
- Jeff Hanover – vibraslap
|1972||UK Albums Chart||21|
|US Pop Albums||89|
|1972||"All the Young Dudes"||UK Singles Chart||3|
|US Pop Singles||37|
|"One of the Boys"||US Pop Singles||96|
- Stephen Thomas Erlewine. "All the Young Dudes". Allmusic. Retrieved 11 March 2012.
- Robert Christgau. "Mott the Hoople". robertchristgau.com. Retrieved 11 March 2012.
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- Bud Scoppa (7 December 1972). Rolling Stone.
- Rick Clark (1995). The All-Music Guide to Rock. Retrieved from Super Seventies 4 November 2006
- Roy Carr & Charles Shaar Murray (1981). Bowie: An Illustrated Record: p.117
- Liner notes to the remastered edition of All the Young Dudes, Sony/BMG/Legacy Records, catalog no. K2796-93809-2, released 2006.
- "Ian Hunter Remembers" interview with Jon Young, Trouser Press, August 1980.
- Hunter's comment appears approximately 43:45 into the film.