CK-31750 All The Young Dudes
Produced by David Bowie
Released on September 1972
UK CHART POSITION #21 . . . US CHART POSITION #89
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K ronomyth 5.0: ZIGGY STARDUST AND THE SPIDERS FROM MOTT’S. Sometime in 1972, David Bowie got the idea to push his proper glamdom on the world by transforming Lou Reed, Mott the Hoople and even Iggy Pop into glam artists. None of the transformations took, as we know, but for a brief moment it appeared that Ziggy was breeding a new nation of androgynous acolytes. While I admire Bowie’s glambitions, his production skills weren’t up to the task of a world revolution; the claustrophobic Stardust sound was always better suited to Bowie than anyone else. Conventional wisdom says that All The Young Dudes is a good album because of Bowie, but I maintain it’s a good album despite him. True, he gifted the band with a great song, “All The Young Dudes,” but it will always be a Bowie song in my mind. Ian Hunter seems to sabotage the song’s homosexual subtext with his running commentary, and in a way you can’t blame the man, lest his whoremongering image cum apart at the seams. Opening with a sweet cover of Reed’s “Sweet Jane” is another unnatural step. In fairness, the marriage wasn’t all bad; it raised the visibility of the band, and “Sea Diver” sucks you in like nothing since “Quicksand.” However, Mott the Hoople was not a band to be man-handled. Their boozy rock persona oozes out through all the cracks: “Sucker,” “Jerkin’ Crocus,” “One of the Boys.” The Stones and not The Spiders were their idols. The crisp guitar-and-drums attack, augmented by asthmatic sax, smacks of vintage Bowie, yet the final musical mixture is nothing if not pure Mott. Glam is a tyranny of style, Mott a demrockracy. So you’ll find Verden Allen’s unusual “Soft Ground” in the mix along with Mick Ralphs’ quintessential rock song “Ready For Love” (which later joined the guitarist in Bad Company), both of them not the least bit glam-orous. All Mott albums are ambitious, ultimately uneven, but few of them sustain interest and maintain energy like All The Young Dudes.

TRACK LISTING

  1. SWEET JANE    (Lou Reed)
  2. MOMMA'S LITTLE JEWEL    (Ian Hunter/Overend Watts)
  3. ALL THE YOUNG DUDES    (David Bowie)
  4. SUCKER    (Ian Hunter/Mick Ralphs/Overend Watts)
  5. JERKIN' CROCUS    (Ian Hunter)
  6. ONE OF THE BOYS    (Mick Ralphs/Ian Hunter)
  7. SOFT GROUND    (Verden Allen)
  8. READY FOR LOVE/AFTER LIGHTS    (Mick Ralphs)
  9. SEA DIVER    (Ian Hunter)

    CD reissue bonus tracks
  10. ONE OF THE BOYS (DEMO)
  11. BLACK SCORPIO
  12. RIDE ON THE SUN
  13. ONE OF THE BOYS (SINGLE VERSION)
  14. ALL THE YOUNG DUDES (DAVID BOWIE/IAN HUNTER VOCAL)
  15. SUCKER (LIVE)
  16. SWEET JANE (LIVE)

    Tracks 1-9 arranged by Mott The Hoople and David Bowie

CREDITS

VERDEN ALLEN -- vocals, organ
BUFFIN -- drums
IAN HUNTER -- vocals, piano
MICK RALPHS -- vocals, guitar
OVEREND WATTS -- bass
David Bowie -- saxes
Mick Ronson -- string and brass arrangement (9)
Ted Sharp -- engineer
Keith Harwood -- engineer
Dave Hentschel -- engineer
Mick Rock -- sleeve concept/art direction
George Underwood -- colour retouching

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REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
UK September 1972 CBS LP 65184 picture sleeve
US September 1972 Columbia LP KC-31750  
JPN 1972 CBS/Sony LP SOPN-116  
US   Columbia LP PC-31750  
NET   CBS LP 31909  
US   Columbia CD CK-31750  
UK 2006 BMG CDX 693809 digital remaster w. bonus tracks
JPN 2009 Sony CDX SICP-20099 digital remaster w. bonus tracks
UK 2009 Sony/BMG 5CD 31909 repackaged w. MOTT, THE HOOPLE,
DRIVE ON + SHOUTING AND POINTING

 

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