|Shouting And Pointing|
|Produced by Mott with Eddie Kramer|
|Released on June 1976|
|no chart information|
|Find it at GEMM|
|PC 34236 cover
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K ronomyth 12.0: OVEREND SHOUT. Although car wrecks donít usually interest me, this AMG review did: ďso bad that it inspires a sort of perverse fascination....you canít believe that it can get worse, but it does....one of the true nadirs of Ď70s rock.Ē Now this was an album I had to hear for myself! As the last of the Mott records, I imagined Shouting And Pointing was so bad that the band simply couldnít go on, leaving the country under assumed identities soon after. The cover certainly conveyed chaos, with Morgan Fisher (?!) pointing and shouting in center stage. You know youíve got a leadership vacuum when the peripheral keyboard player and unofficial fifth member takes control. But listening to Shouting And Pointing, I have to tell you this ainít no accident, just a collision course with reality. Mott minus Ian Hunter is short one captain, but the remaining Mottmen still keep the ship afloat with solid material from Overend Watts (already established in the band as a secondary songwriter) and Fisher. True, you wouldnít point to anything on here when discussing the best of Mott The Hoople, but itís not even the worst Mott record Iíve heard (Live is) let alone one of the worst albums from the Ď70s. In fact, I donít hear a world of difference between these songs and the rockers that Dave Davies used to kick into the kitty on The Kinkís Arista albums (Nigel Benjaminís voice actually sounds similar to Davies). So what I thought would be a disaster turned out to be a pleasant surprise, insofar as the Motts walk away from this one with their dignity intact. In the end, itís one more Mott album left to history, one less ďwhat ifĒ nagging our collective musical consciousness and one more reason to look both ways when crossing hyperbolical reviews.
|PC 34236 back cover||PC 34236 picture sleeve|
NIGEL BENJAMIN -- lead vocals
MORGAN FISHER -- keyboards, vocals, davolisint, VCS3, electric piano, bondi beach synthi, percussion, glockenspiel
DALE GRIFFIN ("BUFFIN") -- distant drums, percussion, photograph of R.S.M. Fisher
RAY MAJOR -- lead guitar, vocals, bass guitar, percussion
OVEREND WATTS -- bass guitar, vocals, slide guitar, lead vocal, rhythm guitar, acoustic guitar
Bert Fringe -- bass guitar (6)
Stan Tippins -- chorus vocals
Toby -- parrot
Eddie Kramer -- engineer, percussion
Mick Glossop -- engineer
Bill Price -- master reductions and overdubbing
Ric Stokes -- master reductions and overdubbing
Roslav Szaybo -- design
Gered Mankowitz with Alan Messer -- photography
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|REGION||RELEASE DATE||LABEL||MEDIA||ID NUMBER||FEATURES|
|UK||June 1976||CBS||LP/CS||S 81289||insert|
|US||June 1976||Columbia||LP/CS||PC/PCT 34236||picture sleeve|
|May 9, 2000||Sony Int'l||CD||489492|
THE LAST WORD
"The album was written mostly by Overend in a shut room ahead of time, closed shop. I did work on No Such Thing as Rock and Roll for a long time, but, when recorded, the band decided it would not appear on the album. I quit. They changed their mind. It then appeared on the album as Career. What the fuck was that? I planned to leave at that moment." -- Nigel Benjamin, discussing Shouting And Pointing in an interview from Full In Bloom.
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