Mott The Hoople — All The Young Dudes

A clas­sic from my high school days. This album played as a lead-in to Lou Reed music via “Sweet Jane” and Bad Company via Mick Ralphs’ col­lab­o­ra­tion with Free’s Paul Rodgers (got that?) 

With pro­duc­tion and the title song writ­ten by David Bowie, the album was des­tined for fame. These guys helped as rein­force­ments in the British Invasion com­ing a few years after the Beatles, Stones, and Cream. It’s real­ly not a bad album — I got a lot of kicks out of it!

Album Information

“Sweet Jane” (Lou Reed) – 4:21
“Momma’s Little Jewel” (Ian Hunter, Peter Watts) – 4:26
“All the Young Dudes” (David Bowie) – 3:32
“Sucker” (Hunter, Mick Ralphs, Watts) – 5:03
“Jerkin’ Crocus” (Hunter) – 4:00
“One of the Boys” (Hunter, Ralphs) – 6:46
“Soft Ground” (Verden Allen) – 3:17
“Ready for Love/After Lights” (Ralphs) – 6:47
“Sea Diver” (Hunter) – 2:53

Ian Hunter – lead vocals, gui­tar, piano
Mick Ralphs – lead gui­tar, back­ing vocals, lead vocals on “Ready For Love / After Lights“
Pete Overend Watts – bass gui­tar, back­ing vocals
Dale “Buffin” Griffin – drums, per­cus­sion, back­ing vocals
Verden Allen – organ, back­ing vocals, lead vocals on “Soft Ground“
Ariel Bender – gui­tar, vocals on bonus tracks 6, 7
Mick Bolton – organ on bonus track 7
David Bowie – sax­o­phones, back­ing vocals, vocals on bonus track 5
Morgan Fisher – organ, Mellotron on bonus track 3; piano, syn­the­siz­er, vocals on bonus
tracks 6, 7
Ray Majors – slide gui­tar on bonus track 2
Mick Ronson – strings, brass, arrange­ment on “Sea Diver“
Buddy Bauerle – pan flute
Mike Walls – Hammond B3 organ
Jeff Hanover – vibraslap
David Bowie – pro­duc­er
David Hentschel, Keith Harwood, Ted Sharp – engi­neer
George Underwood – cov­er art, colour retouch­ing
Mick Rock – sleeve con­cept, art direc­tion, photography

Released   September 8, 1972
Recorded   May–July 1972
Studio         Olympic (London)Trident (London)
Label          CBS (UK), Columbia (US)

  • Jeff Brandt

    Jeff has been a music fan since the age of 7 when the album Meet the Beatles hit the streets. He grew up in Hoptown and went to col­lege at UK a cou­ple of times. He retired in 2016 and is cur­rent­ly amass­ing his music col­lec­tion. Jeff says he loves being retired but is tired of quarantining.