|1. I’ll Be Doggone
2. She Was really Saying Something
3. Steal Your Heart Away
4. My Babe
5. Please Do Something
7. I Got You
8. Harlem Shuffle
9. Talking About My Baby
10. Just Can’t Go To Sleep
12. Rescue Me
BONUS ALBUM – THE SILENCE Shotgun Eyes
13. Leaving Here
15. See You Tomorrow
16. You Can’t Judge A Book By Looking At The Cover
18. Doctor Feelgood
19. I Think Of You
20. Let It Rock
21. I’m Not Talkin’
22. I’m Talkin About You
23. The Fortune Teller
24. Don’t Start Me To Talking
25. Farmer John
26. Route 66
27. We’ll Silence You
MOTT THE HOOPLE were considered by many to be the greatest live rock band England had ever produced. Founder members of MTH cut their teeth playing live with DOC THOMAS GROUP – MICK RALPHS, OVEREND WATTS and latterly DALE GRIFFIN all came together in Doc Thomas Group with one STAN TIPPENS on lead vocals (replaced by IAN HUNTER in MTH. Stan then became MTH Road manager).
Much sought after this album was released in 1966 initially only in Italy.
A bonus album recorded in 1990 from another of Watts/Griffin bands THE SILENCE is also included. Ralphs went on from MTH to form BAD COMPANY – enough said.
MUSICIANS – DOC THOMAS GROUP
MICK RALPHS, OVEREND WATTS, DAVE TEDSTONE, STAN TIPPENS, BOB HALL
OVEREND WATTS, DALE GRIFFIN, ROBERT FISHER, PATRICK BROOKE, PAUL JEFFREY
The Italian Job is a pleasant if unremarkable period piece...the bonus inclusion of Shotgun Eyes, an album recorded in 1990 by The Silence...is something else. Fifteen sizzling tracks of heart-racing proto-punk, machine-gun riffing and primal rock 'n' roll...may yet encourage a new generation to seek out and discover the whole story.
Steve Caseman, RocknReel (October 2008)
A genuine rarity on vinyl...12 chugging sub-Small Faces, way-sub-Action soul covers was recorded in a day...
Record Collector (December 2008)
If you feel like cutting the rug, this collection will do nicely; if you're up for expanding The Hoople horizons, this is essential.
www.dmme.net (November 2008)
It's biting blues through and through and a living history lesson for everyone.
Jo-Ann Greene, Goldmine (January 2009)