Mott the Hoople Live
Mott the Hoople
Released: November 1974
Chart Peak: #23
Weeks Charted: 13
Save for a couple of lapses into Hunter psychology, this album grabs at the listener with tenacious fury, rapidly becoming an ever increasing blur of white noise. It's almost as if the band had chosen their music as a vehicle for release from their often documented early frustrations.
Much of the reason for this belongs to the now departed Ariel Bender who, while not nearly as classy a guitarist as his predecessor Ralphs, is nonetheless in possession of a style that succeeds by sheer overkill. Throughout the record his guitar playing is obnoxiously heavy-handed and frequently devoid of any identifiable traces of sensitivity, yet it's a sheer joy to hear as it propels, prods and challenges the rest of the band.
"Violence" is the final installment of the medley and in a sense explanes what thsi album's version of Mott the Hoople is about. When they avoid their leader's excess they are fuly capable of nailing their listeners too the wall as forcefully as did the early Kinks whom Mott so often quotes.
- Gordon Fletcher, Rolling Stone, 2/27/75.
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