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“Mott would swing relentlessly and unstoppably into their show every night, like a marauding band of outlaws and every night there was something close to a riot – the kids couldn't get close enough; they simply couldn’t get enough. Ian Hunter – the unwritten boss – would plant himself centre-stage behind his shades and dare anyone to remain seated.”

(Brian May, Queen)


“Guy Stevens was the key figure with the band during this period.  No Guy - no Mott The Hoople - no me. It’s as simple as that.” (Ian Hunter)



 04 September 2018 (Toronto, ON) – On November 2, Island Records/Universal Music Canada, the country’s leading music company, sees the release of a superb, new 6-disc boxed set encapsulating legendary English Rock-band Mott the Hoople’s recorded output for Island Records, to whom they were signed, between 1969 and 1971. Bringing together all of their albums from the period, the set also includes bonus material, BBC sessions and live concerts. Listen to "Rock and Roll Queen (Kitchen Sink Instrumental)” HERE.


The studio albums have all been remastered from the original tapes (where available) by renowned engineer Andy Pearce and have been complemented by bonus tracks selected by Mott the Hoople expert, Kris Needs. Disc 5 comprises more unheard and, in some cases, unreleased music from the Island archive while Disc 6 rounds everything off with live material recorded at Fairfield Hall, Croydon on September 13, 1970 and a BBC Radio One In Concert from the Paris Theatre, London on December 30, 1971. The CDs are housed in a shoe box style package with a 50-page booklet designed by Phil Smee who scoured the archives for rare photos and memorabilia, tracing the evolution of the band. It is completed with comprehensive sleeve notes by Kris Needs. Pre-order the box set HERE.


  • Disc One: Mott the Hoople plus bonus tracks
  • Disc Two: Mad Shadows plus bonus tracks
  • Disc Three: Wildlife plus bonus tracks
  • Disc Four: Brain Capers plus bonus tracks
  • Disc Five: The Ballads of Mott The Hoople
  • Disc Six: It’s Live and Live Only


Mott the Hoople were one of the most prolific and important British rock bands of the early 1970s and have been cited as a major influence by members of a raft of subsequent groups including Queen, Def Leppard, Oasis, R.E.M., Kiss, Motley Crue, and The Clash. They continue to perform, in their current line-up, with Ian Hunter at the helm.






Originally released November 22, 1969 – Island Records ILPS 9108

You Really Got Me

At the Crossroads

Laugh at Me

Backsliding Fearlessly

Rock and Roll Queen

Rabbit Foot and Toby Time

Half Moon Bay

Wrath and Wroll

Bonus Tracks:

If Your Heart Lay with the Rebel (Would You Cheer the Underdog?) (Instrumental Take 2)

Rock and Roll Queen (Single A side)

Road to Birmingham (Single B side)

Road to Birmingham (Guy Steven’s Mix)

You Really Got Me (Complete take)

You Really Got Me (Vocal mix) 

Rock and Roll Queen (Guy Steven’s Mono Mix)

Rock and Roll Queen (Kitchen Sink Instrumental)

Little Christine (2 Miles)



Originally released September 1970 – Island Records ILPS 9119

Thunderbuck Ram

No Wheels to Ride

You Are One of Us

Walking with a Mountain

I Can Feel

Threads of Iron

When My Mind’s Gone

Bonus Tracks

Thunderbuck Ram (BBC Session)

Thunderbuck Ram (Original Take with Organ)

No Wheels to Ride (Demo)

Moonbus (Baby’s Got a Down on Me)

The Hunchback Fish (Vocal Rehearsal)

You Are One of Us (Take 9)

Going Home (2 Miles)

Keep A-Knockin’ (Studio version)



Originally released March 1971 – Island Records ILPS 9144

Whiskey Women

Angel of Eighth Avenue

Wrong Side of the River


Lay Down

It Must Be Love

The Original Mixed Up Kid

Home Is Where I Want to Be

Keep A-Knockin’ (Live)

Bonus Tracks

Midnight Lady (Single A side)  

The Debt (Single B side)

Downtown (Single A side)

Brain Haulage (Whiskey Woman)

Growing Man Blues (Take 10)

Long Red (Demo)

The Ballad of Billy Joe

Lay Down (Take 8)



Originally released December 1971 – Island Records - ILPS 9178

Death May Be Your Santa Claus

Your Own Backyard

Darkness, Darkness

The Journey

Sweet Angeline

Second Love

The Moon Upstairs

The Wheel of the Quivering Meat Conception

Bonus Tracks

Mental Train (The Moon Upstairs)

How Long? (Death May Your Santa Claus)

Darkness, Darkness

Your Own Backyard (Complete Take)

Where Do You All Come From (Backing Track)

One of the Boys (Take 2)

Movin’ On (2 Miles)

Black Scorpio (Mommas Little Jewel)


CD5 ~ The Ballads of Mott The Hoople

Like a Rolling Stone (Fragment) 

No Wheels to Ride (1st House)

Angel Of 8th Avenue (Tape 816)

The Journey

Blue Broken Tears (Tape 816)

Black Hills (Full Ralph’s Version)

Can You Sing the Song That I Sing (Full Take)

Till I’m Gone (2 Miles)

The Original Mixed Up Kid (BBC Session)

Ill Wind Blowing (2 Miles)

I’m A River (Vocal Rehearsal) 

Ride on The Sun (Sea Diver) (2 Miles)


CD6 ~ It’s Live And Live Only

Rock and Roll Queen


No Wheels to Ride / Hey Jude

Thunderbuck Ram

Keep A-Knockin’

You Really Got Me

The Moon Upstairs

Whiskey Women

Your Own Backyard

Darkness, Darkness 10

The Journey

Death May Be Your Santa Claus

Recording data:

Tracks 1 - 7: Fairfield Hall, Croydon, 13 September 1970

Tracks 8 to 12: Paris Theatre, London, BBC Radio One, In Concert, 30 December 1971






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