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

It was originally released in 1971; in the UK by Island Records under catalogue number ILPS 9144 and in the US by Wounded Bird Records. After the edgier rock of their first two albums this record has a softer feel (leading to its nickname "Mildlife" among band members). Even Ian Hunter's trio of compositions are introspective, though disarmingly beautiful. For the first (and only) time Mick Ralphs' contributions predominate, leading to an almost country-rock feel.

"Keep a Knockin'" is a shambolic live version, all that was deemed salvageable at the time from a prospective live album recorded at Croydon's Fairfield Hallsmarker in 1970. During this song the band also plays "What'd I Say" by Ray Charles, which singer Ian Hunter incorrectly introduces as being written by Jerry Lee Lewis.

Track listing

  1. "Whiskey Woman" (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
  6. "It Must Be Love" (Ralphs) - 2.24
  7. "Original Mixed-Up Kid" (Hunter) - 3.14
  8. "Home Is Where I Want To Be" (Ralphs) - 4.11
  9. "Keep a Knockin' (Live)" (Richard Penniman) - 10.10
  10. "It'll Be Me" (Clement - bonus track on 2003 re-issue) - 2.58
  11. "Long Red" (West/Pappalardi/Ventura/Landsberg - bonus track on 2003 re-issue) - 3.47


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