Mad Shadows (album)

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Mad Shadows
Mad shadows.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 1970
RecordedNovember 1969-April 1970
StudioOlympic Studios, London
GenreHard rock
LabelIsland (UK), Atlantic (US)
ProducerGuy Stevens
Mott the Hoople chronology
Mott the Hoople
Mad Shadows
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic2/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stonefavourable[2]

Mad Shadows was the second album by Mott the Hoople. It was recorded in 1970 and released in the UK on Island Records in September 1970 (catalogue number ILPS 9119) and in the US by Atlantic Records (cat. no. SD 8272). It was subsequently re-released by Angel Air in 2003 (SJPCD158). As with their debut album, it was produced by Guy Stevens.

The original pressing reached No. 48 in the UK Albums Chart in October 1970.[3]

Critical reception[edit]

Stephen Thomas Erlewine of AllMusic gave the album two stars out of five and stated:

If Mott the Hoople's debut album cheerfully careened all over the place, their second, Mad Shadows, has one direction – downward into dense murk.[1]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Ian Hunter except where noted.

Side one[edit]

  1. "Thunderbuck Ram" (Mick Ralphs) – 4:50
  2. "No Wheels to Ride" – 5:50
  3. "You Are One of Us" – 2:26
  4. "Walkin' with a Mountain" – 3:49

Side two[edit]

  1. "I Can Feel" – 7:13
  2. "Threads of Iron" (Ralphs) – 5:12
  3. "When My Mind's Gone" – 6:31

2003 CD bonus tracks[edit]

  1. "It Would Be a Pleasure" (Ralphs) – 1:50
  2. "How Long? (Death May Be Your Santa Claus)" (Hunter, Verden Allen) – 3:54


Mott the Hoople[edit]

Additional personnel[edit]




Year Chart Position Weeks on chart
1970 Official Charts (UK) 48[4] 2


  1. ^ a b Stephen Thomas Erlewine. "Mad Shadows". Allmusic. Retrieved 11 March 2012.
  2. ^ Melissa Mills (12 November 1970). "Mad Shadows". Rolling Stone.
  3. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 381. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  4. ^ "Official Charts - Mott the Hoople". Retrieved January 7, 2018.