Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Mott The Hoople - Reunion

Mott the Hoople, the British glam-rock band, are reuniting to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the band’s 1969 birth. Mott has scheduled three shows in October 2009 at London’s famed HMV Apollo, formerly the Hammersmith. The concerts mark the first time the original lineup Ian Hunter, Mick Ralphs, Verden Allen, Dale Griffin and Overend Watts has performed together in 35 years. They split in 1974, even though the band with new members would release two more albums without Ian Hunter or Mick Ralphs. Mick Ralphs went on to form Bad Company with Free singer Paul Rodgers and Ian Hunter enjoyed a decent solo career together with Mick Ronson. No word whether Mott’s reunion will be limited to the Apollo shows or if a tour is in the works.

The Doc Thomas Group(Remaster)
From the very tangled tree of about a dozen '60s bands that fed into the eventual formation of Mott the Hoople, the Doc Thomas Group were one of the most important, chiefly because they actually released an album. Future Mott the Hoople guitarist Mick Ralphs and bassist Pete Watts were both on board when the group recorded their sole LP (released only in Italy, where they were based for a time) in late 1966. Future Mott drummer Dale Griffin joined the band in the spring of 1967 which featured Stan Tippins as lead singer. The self-titled LP consisted entirely of R&B/soul covers, executed derivatively and just about competently, in the style of mod bands of the period. The Doc Thomas Group struggled on until 1968, changing their name to Silence with the addition of organist Verden Allen; from that point, it was only a matter of recruiting Ian Hunter to replace Tippins to create Mott the Hoople in 1969. The extremely rare Doc Thomas Group album was reissued on CD in 1998, on a disc that also included a Silence reunion session recorded in 1990.

Mott the Hoople - The Hoople(Remaster)
2006 remastered edition of Mott the Hoople's swan song. This special expanded edition includes seven bonus tracks.
Originally released in 1974, it featured a refocused band. Mick Ralphs went on in Bad Company together with Free singer Paul Rogers. His place were took by Ariel Bender (aka Luther Grosvenor) from Spooky Tooth.

Ian Hunter - You're Never Alone with a Schizophrenic
This is the fourth solo album by Ian Hunter. The album were released in 1979 and features members of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band as the backing band. It is considered by many to be Ian Hunter's best solo album.
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