Wildlife (Mott the Hoople album)

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Studio album by Mott the Hoople
Released March 1971
Recorded November–December, 1970
Island Studios, London
Genre Rock
Length 38:25
Label Island (UK), Atlantic (US)
Producer Mott the Hoople (tracks 1, 2, 4, 6-8)
Guy Stevens (track 3)
Mott the Hoople/Guy Stevens (tracks 5 and 9)
Mott the Hoople chronology
Mad Shadows
Brain Capers
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone favourable[2]

Wildlife is the third studio album by the British band Mott the Hoople.

The album was originally released in 1971; in the UK by Island Records (catalogue number ILPS 9144) and in the US by Atlantic Records (cat. no. SD 8384). It was subsequently re-released by Angel Air in 2003 SJPCD159.

It reached No. 44 in the UK Albums Chart in April 1971.[3]

Track listing[edit]

Side one[edit]

  1. "Whiskey Women" (Mick Ralphs) - 3:42
  2. "Angel of Eighth Avenue" (Ian Hunter) - 4:33
  3. "Wrong Side of the River" (Ralphs) - 5:19
  4. "Waterlow" (Hunter) - 3:03
  5. "Lay Down" (Melanie Safka) - 4:13

Side two[edit]

  1. "It Must Be Love" (Ralphs) - 2:24
  2. "Original Mixed-Up Kid" (Hunter) - 3:40
  3. "Home Is Where I Want to Be" (Ralphs) - 4:11
  4. "Keep a Knockin' (live at Fairfield Halls, Croydon, 13 September 1970)" (Richard Penniman) - 10:10 (*)

(*) This track is a rock and roll medley that, in addition to "Keep A Knockin'", also includes snippets of "I Got A Woman" (by Ray Charles), "What'd I Say" (Charles) and "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On" (Jerry Lee Lewis). On the recording, however, singer Ian Hunter incorrectly introduces "What'd I Say" as being written by Jerry Lee Lewis.

2003 CD bonus tracks[edit]

  1. "It'll Be Me" (Clement) - 2.58
  2. "Long Red" (Leslie West, Felix Pappalardi, Ventura, Landsberg) - 3.47


Mott the Hoople
Additional personnel
  • Jerry Hogan - steel guitar on "It Must Be Love" and "Original Mixed-Up Kid"
  • Jess Roden - background chorus on "Lay Down"
  • Stan Tippins - background chorus on "Lay Down"
  • Michael Gray - string arrangements and conductor on "Waterlow"
  • Jim Archer - violin on "Angel of Eighth Avenue"


  1. ^ Stephen Thomas Erlewine. "Wildlife". AllMusic. Retrieved 11 March 2012. 
  2. ^ Ben Edmonds (10 June 1971). "Wildlife". Rolling Stone. 
  3. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 381. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.