Mott The Hoople / Wildlife

“It sounds more like Mild Life than Wildlife…” said the late Overend Watts to this writer regarding Mott’s third slab waxed in the waning days of 1970. With Mick Ralphs’ penchant for Stephen Stills and the “California sound” at the forefront, the Hoople’s decidedly acoustic veneer afforded Buffin and Overend a chance to flex their rhythmic and harmonic chops. Featuring “Waterlow,” “Angel of Eighth Avenue,” and “Original Mixed Up Kids,” to my ears, this is the beginning of Ian Hunter’s tenure as one of rock’s greatest songwriters.