The resurgence of vinyl is great. Millions of used records are being saved from the landfill by middle aged guys who are trying to relive their youth. Not only is the environment being saved, but a lot of outstanding music and memories are being rediscovered. Flip through the dog eared records and there it is: one that brings back memories and makes you take a deep breath. That song… that night. We all have stories tied to the rock and roll of our youth. The beauty of these records is they are dirt cheap. I mean a buck at the most. And that is why they are called Dumpster Dive Diamonds.
On your next trip to the record store, waltz over the the “M” tab and find Mott The Hoople’s All The Young Dudes. Trust me, several copies will be there because everyone who was cool in the mid-seventies owned this record. I actually wore out my first copy. Getting a good copy requires a little work-pull out each record and look them over because most are trashed. After all, this record was at every party. My first record was actually destroyed by a drunk friend setting his lit cigarette on it. You get the point-look for a record that is in good shape.
The record was pressed by Columbia in the US and every pressing sounds about the same so don’t be a propeller-head and look for a first pressing. If you want to do that, buy a UK CBS on ebay. Nope, just find a clean 70’s pressing (no bar code) and don’t give it much more thought-just enjoy it.
We should remember that this record almost didn’t happen. Mott The Hoople was a modestly successful band in England but had reached the end of the road by their Brain Capers LP in 1971. The Glam scene in England was hot and Mott The Hoople was not. Band leader Ian Hunter was calling it quits when David Bowie offered to produce their next record. Being a Hoople fan, Bowie even wrote a song for them-All The Young Dudes. The band was brought together and they collaborated on a record that literally has no dogs on it. Each song is unique and a gem. Leading off with a cover of Lou Reed’s Sweet Jane, the record makes a journey through Mother’s Little Jewel, Sucker, One Of The Boys and winds up with Ready For Love, later turned into a hit by Bad Company. In the 70’s, it didn’t matter what music scene you were in to, this record had it covered.
If you haven’t heard it, invest a buck and buy it, you won’t be disappointed. If you remember the record, make a note to pick it up. By the time Ian sings “standing on a corner, suitcase in my hand…”, a smile will emerge and memories of that chick you met at the party will come to mind. Now thats a peaceful easy feeling. Screw the Eagles, Mott The Hoople rules.