Wildlife (Mott the Hoople album)

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Studio album by
Released19 March 1971 (1971-03-19)
RecordedNovember–December 1970
StudioIsland, London
LabelIsland (UK), Atlantic (US)
ProducerMott the Hoople (tracks 1, 2, 4, 6-8)
Guy Stevens (track 3)
Mott the Hoople/Guy Stevens (tracks 5 and 9)
Mott the Hoople chronology
Mad Shadows
Brain Capers
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stonefavourable[2]

Wildlife is the third studio album by the British band Mott the Hoople.

The album was originally released in 1971; in the UK by Island Records (catalogue number ILPS 9144) and in the US by Atlantic Records (cat. no. SD 8284). It was subsequently re-released by Angel Air in 2003 SJPCD159.

It reached No. 44 in the UK Albums Chart in April 1971.[3]

Critical reception[]

Stephen Thomas Erlewine of AllMusic gave the album four stars out of five and stated:

Since they had little success and seemed to be going off the tracks, Mott the Hoople was encouraged to produce their third album with anyone that wasn't Guy Stevens. Eventually, they chose themselves, creating a record that is bright and punchy, standing in direct contrast to Mad Shadows' enveloping fog. They wound up with Wildlife, a record that still seems a little transitional, yet is considerably more confident, unified, and enjoyable.[1]

Track listing[]

Side one[]

  1. "Whisky Women" (Mick Ralphs) – 3:42
  2. "Angel of Eighth Avenue" (Ian Hunter) – 4:33
  3. "Wrong Side of the River" (Ralphs) – 5:19
  4. "Waterlow" (Hunter) – 3:03
  5. "Lay Down" (Melanie Safka) – 4:13

Side two[]

  1. "It Must Be Love" (Ralphs) – 2:24
  2. "Original Mixed-Up Kid" (Hunter) – 3:40
  3. "Home Is Where I Want to Be" (Ralphs) – 4:11
  4. "Keep a Knockin' (live at Fairfield Halls, Croydon, 13 September 1970)" (Richard Penniman) – 10:10*

2003 CD bonus tracks[]

  1. "It'll Be Me" (Jack Clement) – 2.58
  2. "Long Red" (Leslie West, Felix Pappalardi, John Ventura, Norman Landsberg) – 3.47

2018 CD bonus track[]

In 2018, as part of a boxed set of Island era material, Whiskey Women was issued under its original title of Brain Haulage. This is an unedited take, with the guitar power-chords mixed higher. It's heavier, and closer to the live versions of the song.


Mott the Hoople[]

Additional personnel[]

  • Jerry Hogan – steel guitar on "It Must Be Love" and "Original Mixed-Up Kid"
  • Jess Roden – background chorus on "Lay Down"
  • Stan Tippins – background chorus on "Lay Down"
  • Michael Gray – string arrangements and conductor on "Waterlow"
  • Jim Archer – violin on "Angel of Eighth Avenue"



Chart (1971) Peak
Official Charts (UK)[4] 44


  1. ^ Jump up to: a b Stephen Thomas Erlewine. "Wildlife". AllMusic. Retrieved 11 March 2012.
  2. ^ Ben Edmonds (10 June 1971). "Wildlife". Rolling Stone.
  3. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 381. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  4. ^ "Official Charts - Mott the Hoople". Retrieved January 7, 2018.
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