Friday, July 2, 2010

Mott the Hoople - Roll Away the Stone

Mott the Hoople - Roll Away the Stone.

There are so many English bands that are, even to this day, totally overlooked by most US listeners.

What's so surprising about the lack of attention paid to Mott the Hoople here in the states (looking past the obvious quality of their many great records) is that behind their glam period looks and British working-class pedigrees, Mott were a group bleeding with American influence.

From Ian Hunter's love of Jerry Lee Lewis to Mick Ralph's "love of West Coast pop", these guys blew soul and boogie all over the grooves of their finest hits.

"Roll Away the Stone", from Mott's 1973 album, The Hoople, is a prime example of their ability to do just that. I hope you'll spin it again and again.

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