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The Ballad Of Mott The Hoople


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  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: FAB DISTRIBUTION
  • Release Date: Nov. 8 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005J4X91E
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #34,916 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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As a fan of Mott the Hoople (MTH), I would consider this a required DVD. It contains current interviews with all members of the band excepting Mick Ronson (briefly a member of MTH after release of "The Hoople" album, who passed away in 1993). The DVD is well produced, and provides a pictorial history of the band. Others have criticized the limited number of live performance segments and the truncation of the segments that are included. The points are valid, there could be better balance between the "talking head" and "concert" footage, but I wonder if there is (as with Led Zeppelin and other bands of the era) a shortage of quality concert footage. But the DVD does include some very rare footage (e.g.. Bowie on stage with MTH).

On balance 4 stars (five for the fans, 3 for everyone else). Without the complete concert footage or the music (not excerpts), it is sometimes difficult for a newcomer to understand the compelling nature of the band. In concert MTH rocked.
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By JR on April 25 2012
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Lots of interesting and amusing interviews, but much less music and live performances than I was expecting - probably wouldn't have bought if I'd known,
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58 of 59 people found the following review helpful
Mott Ruled Oct. 12 2011
By Xena 534 - Published on Amazon.com
This documentary is an absolute must-have for any Mott the Hoople fan, or any fan of hard, driving, intelligent rock and roll. Mott were one of the great r 'n r bands of the 1970s, amazing on LP (yeah, remember those?) but simply astounding live. I saw them three times, and can honestly say those were three of the best concerts I ever attended. "Ballad" is an extensive overview of the band's beginnings in the 1960s, a recounting of the personnel changes, interviews, photos, and an elegiac tribute to their inevitable end. But the high point, for me, was the inclusion of concert footage, which shows Mott in all their power and majesty. To once again see Ian Hunter, inscrutable behind those ever-present shades, his hair flying as he howled out their signature anthems, Overend Watts towering over everyone in his 8-inch thigh-high boots and silver-sprayed hair (Mott flirted successfully with a glam look for a while) as he hammered out heavy bass lines, and the changing guitar line-up of Mick Ralphs, Luther Grosvener and finally Mick Ronson layering soaring runs and chords into the mix will get any fan's heart racing and blood pumping. It's impossible to sit still while you watch those scenes, and they bring back the hard rock music scene of the 1970s with stunning precision.

The interviews really delve into the various personalities of the band members; sadly, Overend chose not to participate, and his voice is definitely missed, but Ian Hunter provides a wonderful, thoughtful, and at times laugh-out-loud take on the proceedings. Comments from the famed rock photographer Leee Black Childers show just how important Mott were to their audiences, and the final shot of him with tears in his eyes as he recalls the impact of the band sundering is really a heartbreaker.

Seriously, if you were one of those people who sang along every time "All the Young Dudes" came on the radio, if you ever owned a Mott album, if you were or are a fan of colossal 70's rock, this DVD is a must-have. I know I will watch it on a regular basis, both for the memories and the music. Five-star, and thanks to Chris Hall and Mike Kerry for taking me back to such a wonderful time in my teen years.
20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Great and fairly complete history of the band. Nov. 29 2011
By Rick Holly - Published on Amazon.com
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This DVD is really good. I loved Mott The Hoople and saw them at the Uris Theater in NYC back in 1974. They were wonderfully "sloppy" in that Rolling Stones kind of way where every song seemed to be on verge of collapsing in on itself but never does. They were loud and exciting. (Just a few years ago I saw Ian Hunter at BB King's Club in NYC just eight blocks from the old Uris Theater.) This DVD tells the story of Mott The Hoople or at least a lot more than I knew. The added "reunion" concert footage is excellent. That alone makes this DVD worth the money and they still sound "sloppy" and wonderful. Buy this DVD if you ever were a Hoople fan. You won't be disappointed.
If I only had one small complaint the DVD ends the story with the release and failure of the Mott The Hoople single "Saturday Gigs". It doesn't make note of the fact that the band (without Ian Hunter or Mick Ronson) continued with the shortened name Mott. This version of Mott released two not very good albums. Still I think you'd have to say that while the original spirit of Mott The Hoople was lost with Ian Hunters departure, historically there was a Mott The Hoople band that did two more albums. Also not much about Mick Ralphs leaving to form "Bad Company" or the "Hunter/Ronson Band" that Ian and Mick Ronson had for many years. This is a minor complaint and most Mott fans lost interest after Ian Hunter left anyway.
19 of 25 people found the following review helpful
"...It mesmerizes and I can't explain... Oct. 31 2011
By Bill Board - Published on Amazon.com
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Mott The Hoople DID "rule." Shame we "Yanks" weren't hip enough to catch on to them till after Mick Ralphs, more or less, "caught our attention" in Bad Company (who, in all honesty, DID do "Ready For Love" a lot better). But then, "The Golden Age Of Rock And Roll" finally caught our collective ears, and I still think Ariel Bender AKA Luther Grosvenor will go to Rick and Roll Heaven for the guitar solo on that song. Then "Mott Live," and then...* 12/74...that was IT - and they'd even been able to snare the immortal Mick Ronson for at least ONE single. Well, one is better than nothing. I have a boot of the "Reunion Concert" of 11/10, and a another boot of their various performances on "Midnite Special" and that silliness (Buffin with those log-sized drum sticks...I hope that shows up here on "Ballad") - well, better late than never, and I'm as excited about this (it having received the blessing of Mick Ronson's family), as I was the..."legitimate" presentation of "Ladies & Gentlemen, The Rolling Stones." 1/6/12 - I received the DVD for a holiday gift - it's worth 5 stars and more. And as a bass player myself, I was most gratified that Overend "Pete" Watts was only peripheraly mentioned..."glam???" Gimme a break. And the "Midnite Special" foolishness with Buffin weilding those combative-ninja drumsticks IS here too, BTW. Thanks for getting back together one more time, Mott The Hoople: the world needs you now more than ever.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
It Tells the Tale Aug. 27 2013
By Thirty-Ought Six - Published on Amazon.com
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I rate this DVD very highly in reference to the history of Mott the Hoople and its musical journey along the way. All of the key members are included such as Ian Hunter, Mick Ralphs, Verdon Allen, Luther Grosvenor and Dale Griffin. Strangely, Pete Overend-Watts elected not to be included in the current interview footage shot. I enjoy Andy Johns'(RIP) recollections of Guy Stevens and upon hearing Mott for the first time in rehearsals as well as Guy's former wife's inputs on his manic genius tendencies. Its great to see the growth of Ian Hunter into a master performer and songwriter as well as Ralphs' desire to form his own path with Bad Company later on. The band only lasted a year after Mick's departure,but Luther Grosvenor's contributions are duly noted, despite the fact he contributed very little to the creative process and thus seeing Mick Ronson step in, although somewhat haphazardly, as the personalities didn't seem to mesh. Mott had a somewhat strange beginning and the DVD points out that live, they were a force to be reckoned with that couldn't translate it into record sales. Of Course, the dvd goes into the story of how Bowie encouraged the band not to split up and gave them a much needed spark to rejuvinate their talents and fortunes giving them the classic All the Young Dudes which broke open the doors of a different level of success for the group. Personally, my favorite record of theirs is Brain Capers, their 4th release, and although they somewhat evolved into a glam rock band via, All the Young Dudes and The Hoople albums, as it stands, they were a very important group within the confines of British Rock within that particular time.

My only qualm with this disc is within the features menu, there's no chapter select option, so once you put the disc in, its start to finish. Maybe they designed it that way on purpose? Regardless, if you're a fan of early 70's British Rock, this dvd will appeal to your tastes.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Must have for Mott fans June 1 2012
By PhilAdams - Published on Amazon.com
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This is just a great DVD for Mott fans. The interviews are full of interesting stories. The concert clips are what I really wanted to see and unfortunately most of them are not complete. Full length versions of some of the old concert clips would have made this really incredible, but it's still a very well made very entertaining documentary of the band. The bonus stuff, which does have some complete clips from their recent reunion concert is quite excellent. The production, sound quality, and packaging is all first class Hollywood quality and very worthy of a legend. Long live Mott The Hoople! Highly recommended for Mott fans!

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