Larger And Live
Leftovers, Relics & Rarities
First up we have XXXL...the long awaited second album by Mammoth, probably the heaviest band ever, at least physically. Formed by John McCoy (ex-Gillan), with Nicky Moore (ex-Samson) on vocals, Mammoth burst onto the scene with the singles Fatman and All The Days. From the opening weirdness of White Mammoth On The M1 we are thrown into a previously unreleased version of Fatman, featuring original guitarist Kenny Cox, which sets out what this band are about, hard rocking music with a sense of humour. As well as unreleased versions of All The Days and Can't Take The Hurt we are also treated to new tracks such as the ZZ Top like Dressed To Kill and the manic Monster Mania. This album shows Mammoth at their best, showing why they could be said to be the heaviest, biggest band ever.
Adrian Lyth, Classic Rock Society
Mammoth were billed as being the biggest band in the world, which is quite possibly the truth. Formed by John McCoy (bassist with Gillan) and Nicky Moore (vocalist with Samson after Bruce left for Maiden), this was literally a heavyweight outfit. "XXXL" is their second album, and also features some early songs from the original line-up (which had Kenny Cox ex-More on guitar).
There is a previously unreleased version of their debut single "Fatman" (not the Tull song of the same name) which sounds very much like Kiss' classic "Do You Love Me?". This shows a much rawer, rougher version of Mammoth than that which appears on the later songs. From being a roughhouse NWOBHM outfit with a strong blues vocalist they somehow changed into a far more Americanised, almost J Geils-type of outfit...Of interest to collectors may be that one song, "Always And Forever", features the brilliant and terribly underrated Bernie Torme on guitar.
Kev Rowland, Rock 'N' Reel
It is a great mix of music and Nicky Moore's bluesy vocals, here being utilised in a much more commercial-sounding environment than it was with Samson...if you sit down and play this album without any preconceived ideas of what they were going to sound like then I assure you that you will be pleasantly surprised. The more I have played this the more I got into it. The mammoth is extinct. Now could not be a better time to let one mess all over your stereo system.
It's a meal of melodic heavy rock with some nods towards contemporaries...
Bernard Law, Wondrous Stories (October 2001)
"Larger And Live" (SJPCD141)
Built around the novel idea of having heavy musicians playing heavy music, they released one full studio album and had single success with Fatman. This release contains six live tracks from a Radio One road show in Prestatyn in 1987 (with the legendary DJ Tommy Vance compering) plus songs that would have made a second album had there ever been one released.
The live tracks show Moore in great form he has bluesy voice (his Samson era work is a must in any rock fans collection) and can really belt out when needed, including the catchy Fatman (there is also a demo version of this track on here on well). Other live highlights include the AOR of Thirty Pieces Of Silver and the radio friendly rock of Always And Forever.
Worth a listen just to here what could have been with their second album had it ever seen the light of day. Despite the fat gimmick there was good tunes and music in the band and its a shame they never carried on. In Moore and McCoy they had a strong writing partnership and produced some classic AOR/melodic rock tunes, not unlike latter day Slade at times. Nicely packaged with informative sleeve notes from Record Collectors Joe Geesin.
Jason Ritchie, get ready to ROCK! (September 2003)
The heaviest Rock band ever? Well, in the 1980s the UK band MAMMOTH received a great deal of publicity with being labelled as the heaviest rockband on the scene, but its a shame they were never taken serously for their music, because their mix of AOR and Melodic Heavy Rock sounded very impressive at times. Notable members include vocalist NICKY MOORE and bassist/guitarist JOHN MCCOY, and basically this CD release on ANGEL AIR RECORDS contains most of the recordings by MAMMOTH.
In total 17 tracks are included, of which 6 are live recorded tracks. The 11 studio tracks are a very interesting listen for fans of 80s British AOR/Melodic Rock, although the band also offered some weaker rocksongs (like Monster mania, Working for the man, Dressed to kill, Bet you wish and Do what you want to). Highlights however are such great AOR/Melodic Rockers like Fatman, All the days, Cant take the hurt (almost a classic, fantastic memorable chorus!), Always and forever and Catcher in the rye. Without a doubt, an underrated band that could have scored massive with their song Cant take the hurt, although need to be added here that it ended up on the soundtrack of the famous Horrormovie Freddys Nightmare on Elm Street, so there was some success, but the main feature on the band was the fact they were the heaviest band on the planet and were more seen as some sort of SPINAL TAP kinda band! (8/10)
Strutter magazine (October 2003)
If these guys were as pretty as Bon Jovi then they could have been huge...This is a good album, certainly one that hard rock lovers of the old school should seek out...
Feedback (Nov 2003)
...Altogether this album shows that Mammoth were a really great hard rock band, absolutely magnificent.
Adrian Lyth, Classic Rock Society, (January 2004)
...Mammoth emerge one of the most monstrous bands of their - and any other - age...
Jo-Ann Greene, Goldmine, (December 12, 2003)
We hard rockers usually talk about heavy bands, here's one that surpasses John Candy. MAMMOTH did not follow Jane Fonda´s aerobics video but went for pounds per inch. Formed around Christmas 1986 consisting of Nicky Moore (vocals, ex. SAMSON), John McCoy (bass, ex. GILLAN), Kenny Cox (guitars, ex. MORE) and "Tubby" Vinnie Reid, drums. Jive contracted the band and the game was afoot. Amidst the mix of irony ("Fatman"), mature rock, pub rock, geezer rock, PINK FLOYD-tendencies and hits there was a lot of circumstances as nearly always in NWOBHM circles. At least until the band went belly up in 1989.
The first to go was Kenny Cox who was replaced by the predestines Big Mac Baker but even the wafer thin Bernie Tormé guested. Anyhow, on offer here are six live tracks from Prestatyn introduced by Tommy Vance and eleven studio tracks. Pure dynamite of its kind but I miss a few like for instance "Political Animal". An album to discover but do keep an eye out for the White Mammoth on the M1!
Michael Svensson, SR Magazine (Sweden), January 2004
...catchy rock...a nice package with the legendary Angel Air colour booklet
Modern Dance (March 2004)
"Leftovers, Relics & Rarities" (SJPCD141)
...presents an interesting
insight in the stompers' modus operandi...it's something...to savor
Rehearsal tapes, demos,
radio sessions, songs that never made it on to disc, this is an incredible
treasure trove of music...
Rarities is exactly what it says, a 17 song collection of bones that build
into a portrait of what Mammoth might have been before Intelligent Design
(evolution would never have made such a mess of things) got hold of it...Too
long seen as little more than a fat joke taken too far, this is Mammoth as
they should have been, a massive band with a sound to match and, like their
namesake, an unstoppable musical force of nature. Now you can hear them
bellow once more.
...one of those niche products Angel Air excels in delivering. This time it is '80s British heavy rock fan that are bound to get what they look for...
Maelstrom (November 2007)
of those niche products Angel Air excels in delivering. This time it is
'80s British heavy rock fan that are bound to get what they look for...