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The Best of the Island Years

Album: The Best of the Island Years: 1969-1972
# Song Title   Time
1)    Rock N Roll Queen
2)    You Really Got Me /Wrath & Wroll (Crossfads)
3)    At the Crossroads
4)    Walkin With a Mountain
5)    Thunderbuck Ram
6)    No Wheels to Ride
7)    Whiskey Women
8)    Keep a Knockin
9)    Waterlow
10)    Midnight Lady
11)    Moon Upstairs
12)    Death May Be Your Santa Claus
13)    Your Own Backyard
14)    Darkness Darkness
15)    Road to Birmingham
16)    Growing Man Blues
17)    Black Scorpio (Momma's Little Jewel)
18)    Black Hills
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1. Rock 'n' Roll Queen

2. You Really Got Me/Wrath And Wroll (Crosspads)

3. At The Crossroads

4. Walkin' With A Mountain

5. Thunderbuck Ram

6. No Wheels To Ride

7. Whiskey Women

8. Keep A 'knockin'

9. Waterlow

10. Midnight Lady

11. The Moon Upstairs

12. Death May Be Your Santa Claus

13. Your Own Backyard

14. Darkness Darkness

15. Road To Birmingham

16. Growing Man Blues

17. Black Scorpio (Momma's Little Jewel)

18. Black Hills

Performer Notes
  • Before Mott the Hoople struck gold in the U.S. with "All the Young Dudes," they were already a respected, moderately successful band in England, with four albums under their collective belt. The Best of the Island Years: 1969-1972 compiles the choicest cuts from this era, displaying Mott's considerable breadth and range. From the Dylan-esque "No Wheels to Ride" to the string-laden ballad "Waterlow" to the flat-out guitar fury of "The Moon Upstairs" and "Thunderbuck Ram," Best of the Island Years shows Mott as more than the glam Bowie prot‚g‚s they were labeled as after their U.S. breakthrough. Best of the Island Years delivers one lost classic after another, without a bad selection in the set. Die-hard fans will appreciate the release of the rare single-only cut "Midnight Lady," even though they may carp about a missing cut or two (such as "Half Moon Bay"), and it's true that the covers in the set are the most expendable, albeit energetically performed. Still, since the set was compiled by original Mott drummer Dale Buffin Griffin, the track selection is lovingly assembled, and Griffin adds hilarious liner notes (though the booklet layout makes them difficult to read). For newcomers interested in learning about the roots of Mott, as well as longtime fans looking for a superb collection, Best of the Island Years is essential. ~ Victor W. Valdivia
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