Mad Shadows (album)

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Mad Shadows
Mad shadows.jpg
Studio album by Mott the Hoople
Released September 1970
Recorded November 1969-April 1970,
Olympic Studios, London
Genre Hard rock
Length 35:51
Label Atlantic (US), Island (UK)
Producer Guy Stevens
Mott the Hoople chronology
Mott the Hoople
Mad Shadows
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone favourable[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 album title "Mad Shadows" was originally planned for Steve Winwood's solo project that evolved into Traffic's John Barleycorn Must Die.[citation needed] Mott The Hoople's original title, Sticky Fingers, was dropped when The Rolling Stones used it for their own record.[citation needed] Indeed, Mick Jagger sang backing vocals on the song "Walkin' With A Mountain".[citation needed] The album was notable for its darker, heavier sound, and oppressive cover artwork. The final track of the original album, "When My Mind's Gone", was allegedly performed by Hunter under producer Stevens' hypnotic influence.[citation needed] Although the album received mixed reviews and sold poorly, "Walkin' with a Mountain" remained a live favorite until the band folded.

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


Additional personnel[edit]


  1. ^ Stephen Thomas Erlewine. "Mad Shadows". Allmusic. Retrieved 11 March 2012. 
  2. ^ Melissa Mills (12 November 1970). Rolling Stone.  Missing or empty |title= (help)