Island reissues:

Mott The Hoople

Mad Shadows


Brain Capers

Two Miles From Heaven

In Performance 1970-1974


"All the albums have fabulous booklets...Liner notes to the four main albums are by Keith Smith, who edits the Mott fanzine...while the 'Two Miles From Heaven' album...has liner notes by Dale Griffin (Buffin). Each of the sleeves are packed with rare photographs and press clippings...and Keith's sleeve notes are brilliant, positively bursting the booklets out of the CD cases with reams of historic information...

...the remastering of these five albums is excellent, and they all sound by far the best they have ever done. It's always good to see a job well done and Angel Air deserve a pat on the back here."

(Free Appreciation Society FAS102)

"Mott The Hoople" (SJPCD157)

This is the first of the Angel Air reissuues of the original Mott The Hoople Island/Atlantic releases. When albums were originally put out on CD, they were often rushed out to capitalise on the CD boom and the Mott albums were no exception. At last, Angel Air have re-released them with the full benefit of re-mastering, extended/improved artwork and sleeve notes, and with bonus tracks.

Having not listened to this the debut album recently, it came back to me fresh again. It's good to hear again the raw, more simplistic songs and arrangements of the early days. I must say I missed not having Road To Birmingham on this CD, but then I had the original mis-pressed vinyl copy where it replaced the classic Rock And Roll Queen. This album contains 3 covers plus Neil Young's Ohio as one of the bonus tracks; Ian was still developing his song writing talents back in 1969. The sound on this CD is superb, and full congratulations must go to Gareth Williams for the new mastering. The CD booklet is crammed with information, so much in fact that you have to have good eyes to read it!. However, this attention to detail is what has made Angel Air so respected within the industry and fans alike. My advice is to throw away your original Atlantic CD and get this one- the improvement is remarkable.

Phil Holbrook,

First in a series of Mott the Hoople's Island albums, that have been re-mastered and add bonus tracks. This being the band's 1969 debut album, with the line-up was Ian Hunter (vocals/piano), a pre-Bad Company Mick Ralphs (guitar), Verden Allen (organ), Overend Watts (bass) and Dale Griffin (drums). It's a mix of covers and band's originals - pick of the covers is the bonus live track 'Ohio', originally by Neil Young and an instrumental workout of the Kinks' 'You Really Got Me'. Classic slice of rock on the Ralphs' penned 'Rock 'N' Roll Queen', with Hunter showing his vocal talents on 'At The Crossroads'.

One for the fans and those with an interest in the roots of 70's rock. As you'd expect from Angel Air, there are extensive sleeve notes (a mini-book in this case!) and the sound is very clean and clear, even the live track benefits.

Jason Ritchie, get ready to ROCK! (September 2003) between the Dylan tribute and the songs that ramble (well, this was 1969) you can hear stabs of the chaotic greatness that was to come.

Angel Air are planning to release the other three albums that make up Mott's Island tenure in the near future. As with all of the Stowmarket-based label's releases, the sleeve notes are comprehensive and illuminating.

Included are a couple of bonus tracks, one of which is an excellent version of Neil Young's Ohio.

Tony Shevlin, East Anglian Magazine (October 2003)

For those who only know Mott the Hoople as glittery, glam-rocking young dudes, the almost comically accurate Bob Dylan impersonations...that punctuate their first album will come as a shock. Hunter was the last addition to the group producer Guy Stevens had asssembled from the remnants of rock also-rans, The Doc Thomas Band, so his is not the only authorial voice, with guitarist Mick Ralphs' songs...taking a more familiarly anthemic route...

David Sheppard, Q (Dec 2003)

…always a delight to listen to. A healthy mixture of covers and originals...

The remastering is to be welcomed, delivering excellent sound quality...

Adrian Perkins(Nov 2003)

...the album actually starts with an instrumental version of 'You Really Got Me' before it settles down to an album of interesting songs...It is over the top at the time at it is no wonder that the British press couldn't work out if MTH were a valid band or copyists of the electric Dylan.

Feedback (Nov 2003)

By all accounts the debut album's...only real flaw is that it failed to translate their awesome live thrust, listening in retrospect there is a definite Dylan influence which is prevalent throughout.

Mark, Losing Today,

Though their sound may change over the subsequent years this album shows that Mott The Hoople were always a force to be reckoned with.

Adrian Lyth, Classic Rock Society, (January 2004)

...Truth is, Mott the Hoople were one of the finest, loudest rock bands England ever produced, a rampaging thrash that was never heavy rock, with the angst and anger of the Stooges, yet often rootsy, even country...Their 1969 debut...A curious collection of covers...along with self-penned screams of anguish...set the tone for the next several years...

Nick Dalton, Record Collector, (January 2004) does, indeed, wipe the floor with any other version you've heard on disc. The liner notes are a virtual book in themselves...

Jo-Ann Greene, Goldmine, (December 12, 2003)

...The band's debut album from 1969 is a typical mix of the bombastic and the delicate...The rich Hammond organ of Verden Allen reflects the squeezy Tex-Mex playing of Augie Myers without ever attempting to recreate it.

Maverick, (Issue 18, January 2004)

Excellent and exhaustive liner notes provide fascinating historical data, while each beautifully remastered disc avoids overkill by only adding a couple of well-chosen bonus tracks...Ultimately, none are expendable

Bernard Perusse, The Gazette (France), (December 2003)'s somewhat chaotic but enthusiastic, and definitely not without its moments...

Free Appreciation Society (January 2004)

...Hunter's Dylan influence is perhaps at its strongest here...The album caused a few ripples, as indeed it deserved to do, as it's a strong set of covers and originals...Out of all Mott's early albums, this is a real gem, and with the addition of the two bonus cuts, it's a great one to start.

Modern Dance (March 2004)

"Mad Shadows" (SJPCD158)

Procol Harum, Jerry Lee Lewis, Bob Dylan and The Rolling Stones are considered to be the main influences of the band, and you can definitely trace those influences throughout this nine track album. The opening track of the album is "Thunderbuck Ram". After a short melodic guitar intro...The riff that made me play this song again and again and again!!! Now I understand why Island Records was in favour of a live recording. "No Wheels To Ride" is a very emotional song based on acoustic guitars and great piano melodies.

"You are One of Us" and "Walking With A Mountain" will remind you a lot of the Rolling Stones. The Stones were also recording at the same studio with Mott the Hoople and it is rumoured that Keith Richards and Mick Jagger jammed with the band in their spare time. The band's musical range also enters the fields of Gospel with "I Can Feel", a really interesting song. "Threads of Iron" is my second favourite song, probably the heaviest of the album. The last song of the original recordings is "When My Mind's Gone". What a way to finish an album, but trust me - you don't want to listen to this song when you are in a bad mood.

The CD also contains two extra songs, the southern rock based "It Would Be A Pleasure" and another Rolling Stone influenced song called "How Long?" I am really happy that I had the ability to listen to this album. Mott the Hoople is one of the bands who deserve all the respect they can get, and they have definitely gained mine!

John Stefanis, get ready to ROCK! (October 2003)

...a typically 70's heavy rock album and features some fine energetic rock 'n' and large it's a fine album.

Steve Ward, Classic Rock Society (Nov/Dec 2003)

...their 'black' album, and finds the band in a dark and sombre mood...

The remastering allows the overall sound level to be boosted somewhat while enhancing details. Sound quality is excellent, as are the sleeve notes by Keith Smith.

Adrian Perkins(Nov 2003)

...This is a tremendously strong album, with some great performances...and the band really moving away from their debut...

Feedback (Nov 2003)

...a much heavier affair, gone are the Dylan obsessions and in its place a darker caste is set...Recorded as it were live in the studio...the album although smarting with the smell of over indulgence at times does give up a few gems...

Mark, Losing Today,

...altogether darker and louder, personified by the glorious opener 'Thunderbuck Ram' and mixing up feelgood rockers ('Walkin' With A Mountain') with Hunter's more tortured outpourings ('When My Mind's Gone').

Nick Dalton, Record Collector, (January 2004)

...a much more unsettling work which found producer Guy Stevens striving  a little too hard to achieve the feelings of raw spontaneity which was such a feature of the band's live work.

Kevin Bryan, (January 2004)

Excellent and exhaustive liner notes provide fascinating historical data, while each beautifully remastered disc avoids overkill by only adding a couple of well-chosen bonus tracks...Ultimately, none are expendable

Bernard Perusse, The Gazette (France), (December 2003)

...Recorded 'live in the studio' this album is much more raw and raucous than the debut but benefits from having all the tracks written by Ralphs or Hunter...

Free Appreciation Society (January 2004)

Mott's second album is a brilliant example of great British rock...I'll give it Five!!

Lister, Modern Dance (August 2004)

Wildlife (SJPCD159)

Mott the Hoople was one of the most hard-working bands of the late 60's - early 70's. Their first US Tour in the spring of 1970 was a huge influence in the band's creativity. As a consequence their third studio album "Wildlife", which was released on 19th of March 1971, was "country-tinged" and their least-popular record. That doesn't mean that there are no quality songs in this album.

"Whisky Women" is the opening track of the album. Mick Ralphs provided the catchy guitar riff and Verden Allen the organ melodies. The album continues with "Angel of Eighth Avenue", a low tempo song in which Ian Hunter's vocals will remind you allot of Bob Dylan. "Wrong Side of the River" is a country ballad, which can compete with any C.C.R and Lynyrd Skynyrd equivalent. The song that stole my heart is 'Waterlow'. Hunter's brilliant voice and his collaboration on melodies with Allen brought tears in my eyes! A wonderful song that only a top quality band can compose.

This Angel Air release contains two extra tracks "It'll Be Me" and "Long Red" which are pretty good songs. Mott the Hoople never managed to break through into the mainstream, even though I think that they really deserved it.

John Stefanis, get ready to ROCK! (October 2003)

...a much mellower and far more reflective album and the American influences it displays are a legacy of the band's spring 1970 US tour.

Steve Ward, Classic Rock Society (Nov/Dec 2003)

A much lighter album than Mad Shadows, Mott recorded this over a relatively long period (September to November 1970). Self-produced, it is the only Mott album where Mick Ralphs songs predominate...

The remastering has given Mick Ralphs' guitar extra bite in Whiskey Women, as well as giving an increased sense of urgency to the Melanie cover 'Lay Down'. Sound quality is excellent, and the bonus tracks...don't seem out of place. Sleeve notes by Keith Smith are excellent.

Adrian Perkins(Nov 2003)

...They...felt that they had gone too far into hard rock with 'Mad Shadows' and wanted to record an album of songs that would show another side of the band...The result is a record that shows a maturing outfit, one that has a firm belief in their own abilities.

Feedback (Nov 2003)

...the band opted for a much more country/folk feel, dubbed at the time as 'Mildlife'...a more focused melodic offering...

Mark, Losing Today,

...the band produced themselves on some 'nice' songs for 'Wildlife'. Gently rocking, it focused more on Ralphs, ...even adding pedal steel, with Hunter's contributions sounding positively sane...

Nick Dalton, Record Collector, (January 2004)

Wildlife is much the better of these early 70s offerings...

Kevin Bryan, (January 2004)

...the band's country album, more jangly, with a clutch of songs crying out to be covered...The sound is English country rock at its best...If anyone had bought the album (and most people didn't!) the future of glam rock might have been quite different.

Maverick, (Issue 18, January 2004)

Excellent and exhaustive liner notes provide fascinating historical data, while each beautifully remastered disc avoids overkill by only adding a couple of well-chosen bonus tracks...Ultimately, none are expendable

Bernard Perusse, The Gazette (France), (December 2003)

...a much more sedate and song based affair...this album does have some beautiful songwriting...This issue of 'Wildlife'; has a great version of Mountain's 'Long Red' in the bonus section...

Free Appreciation Society (January 2004)

...the music is well tight, mind you with Ian Hunter and Mick Ralphs in the line-up it had to be a great affair...The music is more accessible...than I feel it is on Mad Shadows which make sit more accessible to a wider range of listeners...

Gag Halfrunt, Modern Dance (August 2004)

Brain Capers (SJPCD160)

Mott's last album for Island is a belter...a raw, heavy metal punk album six years ahead of its time. Of the pre-Bowie albums, this is easily the fans' favourite...

Sleeve notes as always are excellent, as is the sound quality.

Adrian Perkins(Nov 2003)

...their punk album if you like mixing in equal parts loud and  quiet compositions by now a familiar approach to albums, it's a stripped down and direct affair...this is the sound of a band nailing down the crudest of rock blues to dramatic effect...

Mark, Losing Today,

...The 20 page booklet is full of interesting things about the songs and the recordings. A nice raw sound is captured on the album and helps adds life to some of the songs

Alistair Flynn, Classic Rock Society, (January 2004)

...their final album before meltdown and rescue by Bowie...

Nick Dalton, Record Collector, (January 2004)

Excellent and exhaustive liner notes provide fascinating historical data, while each beautifully remastered disc avoids overkill by only adding a couple of well-chosen bonus tracks...Ultimately, none are expendable

Bernard Perusse, The Gazette (France), (December 2003)

...This did appear to combine the best aspects of the previous albums. The songwriting was good...and the Johns mix is very tough and spiky. It probably is the best of the Island period Mott albums...

Free Appreciation Society (January 2004)

...this captures the band at possibly their most raucous in the studio...The Dylan influences are still there but now it is definitely just that, among many others...

Feedback (March 2004) energised set which boasts fine tracks such as 'Your Own Backyard' and The Youngbloods' 'Darkness, Darkness'.

Kevin Bryan (March 2004)

Two Miles From Heaven (SJPCD161)

What an absolute peach this collection is. Unreleased tracks, rare b-sides and early versions of songs that would be recorded later on...this album has long been sought after by fans, and is now at long last available on CD

...As always with Angel Air, packaging is excellent with excellent and informative sleeve notes by Dale Griffin...

Sound quality throughout is excellent (a lot better than the original LP).

Adrian Perkins(Nov 2003)

...a compilation of rare out-takes and alternate mixes...Seventeen tracks in toal...'Thunderbuck Ram' has the original Allen solo organ arrangement rightly mixed back up in all its full glory...

Mark, Losing Today,

...Dale Griffin has unearthed recordings that should please the MTH fans.

Alistair Flynn, Classic Rock Society, (January 2004)

...a 17-track collection of unreleased songs, out-takes, oddities and several early, wilder versions of stuff from the Dudes album...

Nick Dalton, Record Collector, (January 2004)

With lots of comments by MOTT-Drummer Buffin (Dale Griffin) in the booklet it is a very interesting disc...I admit I was very sceptic about these "Demos", but I am surprised in a very pleasant way - a fantastic album!

Epi Schmidt, (January 2004)

Excellent and exhaustive liner notes provide fascinating historical data, while each beautifully remastered disc avoids overkill by only adding a couple of well-chosen bonus tracks...Ultimately, none are expendable

Bernard Perusse, The Gazette (France), (December 2003)

...the compilation has much to recommend it, including a stunningly revamped 'Thunderbuck Ram' worth the price of this CD alone.

Free Appreciation Society (January 2004)

All of these songs were from 1969-1972, and here there has been an opportunity for Dale to provide lots of information about each song and the reason for its appearance or non-appearance...

Feedback (March 2004) assortment of out-takes and rarities...and is well worth investigating...

Kevin Bryan (March 2004)

 In Performance 1970-1974 (RAJPBOX001)

The folks at Angel Air have really outdone themselves this time around. This four CD package is an absolute must for anyone who has ever loved the music of Mott The Hoople...

LMNOP Reviews, (August 2008)

'Mott The Hoople In Performance 1970-74' is an essential 4-CD box set that acts as a comprehensive résumé of the ups and downs of Mott The Hoople.

Complete with a 48 page booklet, and an introduction by Def Leppard's Joe Elliott, this excellent box set includes the infamous September 1970 Fairfield Hall gig, the 1972 David Bowie Philadelphia gigs and various highlights from their 1971-73 and final '74 USA tour.

In short this is an essential coherent romp though the career of Mott the Hoople, the band who so nearly cracked the big time. Throw in 3 demos and an alternative take and you have 49 reasons why Mott was regarded as such a great band. *****

Review by Pete Feenstra, (August 2008)

Andy Dunkley's hip assertion as he warms up an already near-hysterical audience at its legendary Fairfield Halls gig that 'this group's gonna wreck your mind... completely...absolutely" is putting the case for Mott's legendary 'live' status a tad strongly perhaps. But take a straight run at this high-octane four-hour entertainment and you can see where the DJ compere was coming from.

The Brit rockers constant bemoaning of their inability to transfer the magic of live performance to their studio work has been put to rights across four CDs nestling inside a knowledgeably anecdote-fuelled 46-page hardback read by band fanzine editor Keith Smith, replete with rare pictures.

A band of two parts, Mott's early incarnation as rock n' roll proggers is tackled by disc 1's UK and European sorties, with barnstorming renditions of faves ‘Rock 'n Roll Queen’ and ‘Thunderbuck Ram’. By disc 2's 1972 Philly theatre gig, greatcoats are off to reveal the spandex that glammed better fortune brought by fan David Bowie and the song that saved them, 'All The Young Dudes'.

Yes, there’s repetition: we get three Dudes and equally copious dollops of later smashes 'Roll Away The Stone and 'All The Way From Memphis' culled from US dates. Yes, there are occasional warts as hissy tape fights poor sound balance and occasionally ragged musical moments. But there's nothing to stay Mott’s pace and energy nor diminish the shining quality of their material.

A lavish package, only missing scratch ‘n sniff Woodbines and Watneys in its successful evocation of another rock age, this is a must for completists and a treat for the curious. Big feet needed to get it in your stocking, though. ****

Review by Pete Muir, (September 2008)

The playing as glamorous as it's raw, the players as vulnerable as they're brave, this box is as great an eye-opener as it's ear-splitter. Play it loud and get transported right onto the stage and into the action.*****

LET IT ROCK - DME Music Site (September 2008)


A fascinating snapshot of a ramshackle British rock band on the road...

Classic Rock (October 2008) will relish it

Record Collector (November 2008)


...a fine document of a band at the height of their popularity...

Classic Rock Society (October/November 2008)

...thanks to Stowmarket's label, The Hoople's concert life has well-documented in the last years, and now four of the discs are re-packaged in a hard back box set with a 48-page book written by Keith Smith, editor of Mott fanzine 'Two Miles From Heaven', featuring rare photos from the personal archives of the former band members, which puts it all in serves as a vivid, indeed live, history of Mott The Hoople, the ensemble perfectly tuned into their times...this box is as great an eye-opener as it is ear-splitter. Play it loud and get transported right back onto the stage and into the action. (November 2008)


Angel Air is...responsible for one of the year's most intelligent box sets...the bookshelf-style box is beautifully designed while the 48-page booklet is also an exhilarating read. The music, of course, speaks for itself...

Jo-Ann Greene, Goldmine (January 2009)


Peter Purnell at Angel Air really has done a great job looking after the legacy of Mott The Hoople...this is...beautifully packaged...a perfect companion to the Columbia set released some time ago, has a fantastic 48 page booklet...
If your collection lacks any 'live' Mott the Hoople then look no further...GREAT VALUE!

Free Appreciation Society FAS119 (November 2008)


A lavish package, only missing scratch'n'sniff Woodbines and Watneys in its successful evocation of another rock age, this is a must for completists and a treat for the curious.

Peter Muir, RocknReel (December 2008)


...any one of the set's four discs can easily outshine the lacklustre Mott Live album issued by Columbia early on, making these recordings the best choices for those eager to observe the sound of Mott's stage shows. And though the quality of the recordings varies, the edge and intensity stays intact, generally frayed and tattered on the fringes with an equal quotient of melody and mayhem throughout. "This group's about to wreck your mind," the emcee bellows as he opens disc one, and given the intensity of the performances that follow, his words proved prophetic.

Lee Zimmerman, Blurt (January 2009)


It's like digging up a time capsule and not only hearing it, but feeling it, almost a powerfully as if you were there...Mott were glam, they were Dylan meets the Stones, they were definitely influential, but most of all they were rock 'n' roll in all its raw intoxicating glory.

Jeff Perkins, has to be said this is a beautiful package...a striking and desirable should run, not walk, to pick this up before they sell out...

Classic Rock Society (December 2010)