The 45th Anniversary Tour...
Joe Viglione Talks about the Boston Mott Show, April 9, 2019
For Boston area rock and rollers it was a class reunion of sorts
Mott the Hoople is a very special group in this critic's life. When songs like "Saturday Gigs," "Honaloochie Boogie," and "Roll Away the Stone" were absent from American radio, it was to the detriment of our world of entertainment, that essential soundtrack to our lives.
Tuesday evening April 9, 2019 brought it all back, forty five years after the Ariel Bender/Luther Grosvenor band emerged in the post Mick Ralphs era. Let's go right to "Saturday Gigs/All the Young Dudes" taped by some fan at the Orpheum https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bpv2WubHbeg
Beacon Theater Wednesday April 10
Saturday Gigs studio version with Mick Ronson on guitar
It was like being part of a very large cult and for those of us who thoroughly absorbed the Island/Atlantic releases pre-"All the Young Dudes" (kind of like being a pre-CBS Fender guitar,) the vintage fine wine crowd blended with the youngsters from the 1974 Mott era.
Mott the Hoople - 'American Pie / Golden Age of Rock 'n' Roll' (Azkena Rock Festival 2018)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7quQzYEzM6w
1. All The Way From Memphis 2. MEDLEY: Jerkin’ Crocus / One Of The Boys / Rock’n’Roll Queen / Crash Street Kidds / Violence 3. All The Young Dudes.
AZKENA ROCK FEST 23-6-2018 VITORIA GASTEIZ
A very good description of the re-release of Mott the Hoople live - a 2009 bonus package, is worth your time:
Mott the Hoople - Live: 30th Anniversary Edition [New CD] Holland - Import
Artist: Mott the Hoople
Title: Live: 30th Anniversary Edition
Item Condition: New and unplayed
Release Date: 2009
Label: Sony Import
1. Intro (Jupiter from: The Planets)
2. American Pie / the Golden Age of Rock 'N' Roll
4. Roll Away the Stone / Sweet Jane
5. Rest in Peace
6. All the Way from Memphis
7. Born Late '58
8. One of the Boys
9. Hymn for the Dudes
11. Drivin' Sister / Crash Street Kidds / Violence
12. All the Young Dudes
13. Walking with a Mountain
1. Intro (Jupiter from: The Planets)
2. Drivin' Sister
4. Sweet Jane
5. Sweet Angeline
7. Roll Away the Stone
8. All the Young Dudes
9. Jerkin' Crocus / One of the Boys / Rock 'N' Roll Queen / Get Back / Violence
10. Walking with a Mountain
October 6, 2009 Reunion tour
Verden Allen, Mick Ralphs, Ian Hunter, Buffin
Judy's Turn to Cry
Love being quoted:
Judy's Turn to Cry
The song's instrumentation includes drums and horns. Allmusic critic Joe Viglione describes "Judy's Turn to Cry" as having "a monstrous hook as valuable as 'It's My Party' with violence that may have been inspired by The Crystals pushing the envelope with their withdrawn classic 'He Hit Me (It Felt Like a Kiss)'". Viglione also notes that because both "It's My Party" and "Judy's Turn to Cry" are short, both at just under 2:20, and both songs are different from each other, and each starts off with its own identifiable hook, and the choruses are different but the verses tell one continuous story, the two songs could be played on the radio back to back, allowing Gore to sing the entire "soap opera." This song is in the key of D Major, while "It's my Party" is in the key of A Major. Connie Landers sang the two songs back to back on the 2008 album Girls Girls Girls: 1960's Rock N Roll. Author Maury Dean notes that Gore's "crisp soprano uses very sophisticated jazz progressions." Music journalist Lillian Roxon commented that "you could savor every bitchy second of Lesley's triumph with her sequel 'Judy's Turn to Cry.'"
Subsequent to initial release as a single and on I'll Cry If I Want To, "Judy's Turn to Cry" has been released on numerous Lesley Gore compilation
Artist: The Bee Gees
Song: Fanny (Be Tender With My Love)
That's exactly how I feel. Back in the 1970s my bassist at the time, Bruce, was mesmerized by this tune. His sister worked for the Maysles Brothers, the first famous directors I was ever in contact with when I was Features Editor of the Arlington High School newspaper, The Chronicle. It was for their promotion of the Rolling Stones Gimme Shelter movie. Bruce eventually took me up to the Maysles' offices in New York where we watched rare excerpts of Beatles footage...have to write my book someday. But the point of all this is that Bruce was right, and very perceptive.
Fanny (Be Tender with My Love) is a desert island disc. It has stood the test of time while the other hits on the album, including the exquisite "Edge of the Universe," "Jive Talking," "Nights on Broadway," and "Come on Over" (a big hit for Olivia Newton John) have faded somewhat due to changing tastes and generational issues, "Fanny" has staying power with its brilliant production (Arif Mardin, what do you expect?) and engineering wizard Karl Richardson along with co-engineer Lew Hahn (- of Chaka Khan, Bette Midler and many others fame) ... you have a formidable team.
But the key here is very simple: having studied the music of the Bee Gees, and keep in mind that their "To Love Somebody" was covered by many greats, from Janis Joplin (and her successor of sorts with Big Brother, Kathi McDonald,) Nina Simone, Rod Stewart, Roberta Flack - see Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/To_Love_Somebody_(song)
"Fanny" is one of those songs you wish you had written, at least I do. It's got everything, including taking you by surprise and coming out of left field. The intro, the musicianship, the stellar vocal performance, the melody, the lyric, everything falls into place in this perfect storm, a true diamond emerging from the polish and professionalism.
Wikipedia labels "To Love Somebody" as "Baroque pop" and that is the perfect genre/label for "Fanny."
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