MOTT THE HOOPLE - WINTERLAND 1973

September 14, 2010 – 4:01 am

PETE OVEREND WATTS R.I.P. 1947-2017

Mott the Hoople founding member Pete Overend Watts has died aged 69. The bassist played on songs including Roll Away The Stone and the group’s best known hit All The Young Dudes, written and produced by David Bowie. He died on Sunday (January 22, 2017) of cancer, said Peter Purnell from record label Angel Air Records. He said Watts was a “highly intelligent and witty man who throughout his adult life was both an immensely likeable character and an enigma”. His death comes almost exactly a year after that of drummer Dale Griffin. - BBC

DALE ‘BUFFIN’ GRIFFIN R.I.P. 1948-2016

Dale Griffin, drummer for rock group Mott The Hoople, has died from Alzheimers on January 17, 2016. He was 67. He was a founder member of the group, best known for classic tracks Roll Away The Stone and All The Young Dudes. The latter was written and produced by David Bowie, who sang backing vocals on the track. Formed in 1969, they had built up a cult following (a raucous gig at the Royal Albert Hall led to the venue banning rock acts) but had to struggle to sell records and were on the verge of breaking up in 1972, until Bowie stepped in and persuaded them to stay together, placing them under the care of his manager Tony De Fries. He also offered them the song Suffragette City - but they wanted Drive-In Saturday instead. Bowie refused to give it up, but wrote them the anthemic All The Young Dudes instead. - wikipedia/BBC

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MOTT THE HOOPLE
Very Flash Very Rude [no label, 1CD]

Live at the Winterland, San Francisco; September 28, 1973. Very good audience recording.

The wealth of live Mott recordings in circulation today makes an absolute mockery of the band’s old “no bootlegging” stance; indeed, it’s almost possible to feel a twinge of indifference as another tape spools down the highway. Only a twinge, though, because the moment you hit “play,” and the familiar intro, “Jupiter” from Holst’s Planet Suite, echoes out over the audience, all sense of familiarity is forgotten and you’re back in the heart of the monster, knowing that for the next hour or so, you’re in for the gig of your life.

Recorded at Winterland in September 1973, the first tour with Ariel Bender (”he’s been with us for exactly five gigs and eight rehearsals”) on board, the show opens with a pounding “Drive In Sister” - the sound quality is a little echoey and distant, with the drums up way too loud, but your ears adjust to that soon enough, the moment “Sucker” slithers into earshot. “Sweet Jane” is scratchy but invigorating, and the audience goes crazy for everything, even Hunter’s announcement of a new album “that I’d like to keep flogging you.” And into a typically moving “Hymn For The Dudes,” a pounding “All The Way From Memphis”… can you even imagine a time when that song needed to be introduced to a crowd?

A brutal “Angeline” looks back to Brain Capers; and the b-side “Rose” is welcomed as “a little quiet before the storm.” Because then we’re into the closing sequence… well, we will be once the band finishes tuning up. “A special little number just for you,” declares Hunter, and it’s “All The Young Dudes,” as triumphant and moving as it ought to be, with that guitar line chiming down the decades - the secret of great rock ‘n’ roll is its ability to take you back to a specific time and place, and “Dudes’ is one of those songs that does that, every time.

Any other band would have finished there, but not Mott. “Jerking Crocus” follows, “Rock ‘n’ Roll Queen” follows that; and we end with “Walking With A Mountain” - restored to the set, jokes Hunter, because Bender was still learning the more intricate numbers, but included, too, because it’s such a phenomenal rocker, a heads down, no nonsense barrage that will send the crowd home reeling. And that’s the sign of a great live band, isn’t it - an audience recording of the same show, almost 40 years later, still has the same effect. - Dave Thompson

Note: Dave Thompson is the British born author of over 100 books, including U2: Stories For Boys (1985), The Psychedelic Furs: Beautiful Chaos (2004) and Black and White and Blue: Erotic Cinema from the Victorian Age to the VCR (2007).

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Track 01. Jupiter Theme (3.5MB)
Track 02. Drivin’ Sister (6.6MB)
Track 03. Sucker (10.5MB)
Track 04. Sweet Jane (9.0MB)
Track 05. Hymn For The Dudes (9.5MB)
Track 06. All The Way From Memphis (8.6MB)
Track 07. Angeline (10.1MB)
Track 08. Rose (7.6MB)
Track 09. All The Young Dudes (7.4MB)
Track 10. Jerkin’ Crocus / One Of The Boys (14.5MB)
Track 11. Rock And Roll Queen / Get Back (16.0MB)
Track 12. Walkin’ With A Mountain (12.9MB)

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  1. 8 Responses to “MOTT THE HOOPLE - WINTERLAND 1973”

  2. hey bigo, thanks! this is pretty good. i played it twice and dylan-berkeley again walking.

    listen to rock and roll queen. it reminds me of oasis-rock and roll star. i’ll put their wembley show on my ipod, after i talk this off. it’s a good one too.

    i got all the new boots you offered since miles-berlin so i wasn’t able to get patti smith you restarted. next time.

    best,
    ed

    By Ed Saad on Sep 14, 2010

  3. This brings back memories. Wonderful! Thanks.

    By elmore on Sep 23, 2010

  4. I’ve never been a MTH fan except for a song or two but this show sounds interesting. Looking forward to see whats awaits me.

    By Matt on Oct 17, 2010

  5. Thank you Big O Amigos, my brother was kind enough to bring some brown ale down from MN and this will likely be a fine sound track for some ale enjoyment on the farm. Also here’s a toast to David Potashnick who, along with Terry Beamer and Beaker Street, introduced me to the Mott.
    Have a great one, James

    By James on Feb 28, 2014

  6. Thanks BigO. I’m looking forward to hearing this. I got to see them in 74 for free when my Queen fan friend lost interest when they dropped out as the scheduled opening act and were replaced by Kansas. Great show!

    By Brad on Feb 28, 2014

  7. BigO: the link for track 5 Hymn For the Dudes appears to be broken. Many thanks.

    By Pilomena on Jan 18, 2015

  8. Farewell Pete Overend Watts

    By GMAL on Jan 23, 2017

  9. RIP Overend

    By Rick on Jan 23, 2017

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