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Mott The Hoople - Fairfield Halls, Live 1970 (2007)

Hard Rock | Author: jonson | 15-05-2015, 08:56
Mott The Hoople - Fairfield Halls, Live 1970 (2007)Artist: Mott The Hoople
Title Of Album: Fairfield Halls, Live 1970
Year Of Release: 2007
Label (Catalog#): Angel Air Records/SJPCD250
Country: USA
Genre: Hard Rock, Glam Rock
Quality: FLAC (*image + .cue,log,scans)
Bitrate: Lossless
Time: 01:13:45
Full Size: 514 mb


Recorded 13th September 1970 at Fairfield Halls, Croydon, England:
01. Ohio 05:00
02. No Wheels To Ride 07:45
03. Rock 'N' Roll Queen 05:18
04. Thunderbuck Ram 04:56
05. When My Mind's Gone 06:42
06. Keep A Knockin' 08:28
07. You Really Got Me 08:55

Bonus Tracks - Recorded 16th February 1971 at the Konserthuset, Stockholm, Sweden:
08. Long Red 04:22
09. The Original Mixed-Up Kid 04:37
10. Walking With A Mountain 07:08
11. Laugh At Me 05:46
12. Thunderbuck Ram 04:42

Pete Overend Watts – bass guitar, vocals, guitar
Dale "Buffin" Griffin – drums, backing vocals, percussion
Ian Hunter – vocals, guitar, piano, bass guitar
Mick Ralphs – guitar, vocals, keyboards
Verden Allen – organ, backing vocals

2007 archive release featuring a previously unreleased live performance from Ian Hunter and his Mottley crew. On the 13th September 1970 the fist ever attempt was made to capture Mott's feral stage act on tape at The Fairfield Halls, Croydon, England and for over 30 years the tapes of the gig were confined to the tape vaults of bassist Overend Watts. To the legions of MTH fans around the world, these recordings are the 'Holy Grail' of unheard live MTH tracks.
Prior to the release of the (at the time, disappointing) Live album in 1974, the only officially available record of Mott the Hoople's live prowess was one track tacked onto the end of 1971's Wildlife album, a protracted take on "Keep a Knockin'" that was, apparently, the only salvageable cut from a projected full live album. The rest, producer Guy Stevens insisted, was so marred by technical problems as to be unusable. However, 36 years later listeners would discover that Stevens was a lot of things, but -- at least on this occasion -- he wasn't necessarily honest. Fairfield Halls, Live 1970 captures the full concert, from the tumultuous opening "Ohio," all ragged guitars and Verden Allen's foreboding organ, through a dynamite "Rock and Roll Queen" and three slabs from the then-forthcoming Mad Shadows, and on to the closing oldies, "Keep a Knockin'" and "You Really Got Me." And, alongside the Fillmore tapes recorded earlier in the year, at last the true magic of the original Mott the Hoople has been unleashed, a rock band that could have redefined "rock" if only more breaks had gone its way. Less exciting, but filling up the disc regardless, five tracks recorded five months later in Sweden (and previously available on the same label's All the Way from Stockholm to Philadelphia: Live 71/72 set) repeat "Thunderbuck Ram" but do add a Himalayan "Walkin' with a Mountain," "Laugh at Me," and "The Original Mixed Up Kid" to the brew, plus a volcanic cover of Mountain's "Long Red" that will leave you reeling. As if the rest of the disc hasn't already battered you hard enough.

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