Mott the Hoople

Roll Away the Stone

Composed by Ian Hunter

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Ian Hunter wrote better songs than this, and he certainly wrote more important songs. But does any single track in the Mott the Hoople catalog so effortlessly capture the sheer joy of youth, and with such effervescent silliness that, even when you're sick of hearing it, it still brings a monster smile to your face? "Roll Away the Stone" is all these things and more, a tight and delightful piece of '50s-flavored fluff which rolled all the way to number eight in Britain, Mott the Hoople's highest chart position since "All the Young Dudes."

The original single version was one of the last tracks cut with guitarist Mick Ralphs prior to his departure to form Bad Company; the group re-cut it with new guitarist Ariel Bender for inclusion on the The Hoople album, with singer Lindsey De Paul replacing original backing vocalists Thunderthighs for the spoken-word section midway through. Live, it was bassist Overend Watts who took on those duties, often to hysterically funny effect.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
The Hoople 1974 Sony Music Distribution
Greatest Hits 1975 CBSA
Super Rock Session 1988
Various Artists
CBS Records 3:09
Sounds of the Seventies: FM Rock, Vol. 3 1992
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:07
The Ballad of Mott: A Retrospective 1993 Columbia/Legacy 3:08
Top Gear [Concept] 1994
Various Artists
Concept 3:08
Rock Greats 1994
Various Artists
Stardust Records
Glitter 'n' Glitz, Vol. 1 1996
Various Artists
Sounds Direct
Super Hits 1997 Sony Music Distribution / Sbme Special Mkts. 3:07
All the Young Dudes [Box Set] 1998 Columbia 3:02
En Gång Till! 1974 1998
Various Artists
Columbia 3:06
Best of Rock, Vol. 2: The Ultimate Collection 2000
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 3:03
Top of the Pops, Vol. 2: 70's Rock 2001
Various Artists
Universal International 3:08
Oldies: Forever Young 2004
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 3:07
No Image 2004 Sony Music Distribution 3:05
Walkin' with the Hoople 2004 Recall (UK)
Journey: A Retrospective 2006 Sony BMG
The Sound of the 70s [Warner] 2007
Various Artists
Warner Music 3:13
Forever Pop der 70er 2007
Various Artists
Ar-Express / Sony BMG 3:01
100 Hits: Rock 2007
Various Artists
100 Hits
The Golden Age 1969-1997 2008 Raven 3:13
No Image 2008
Various Artists
Roll Away the Stone: The Best of Mott the Hoople 2008 Music Club 3:14
Old Records Never Die: The Mott the Hoople/Ian Hunter Anthology 2008 Shout! Factory 3:09
The Definitive Mott the Hoople 2008 The Store for Music / Abstract Sounds 3:00
Original Album Classics 2009 Sony BMG 3:10
The Collection: The Hits of 1973 2009
Various Artists
Sony Music 3:07
Jackie: The Party Album 2010
Various Artists
EMI / EMI Music Distribution 3:06
Pure... 70s Dance Party 2011
Various Artists
Sony Music 3:13
Greatest Ever! Driving Rock 2012
Various Artists
Greatest Ever
Pure... Guitar Legends 2012
Various Artists
Sony Music 3:14
The  Essential Mott the Hoople 2013 Columbia 3:10
The Old Grey Whistle Test: The Anthems 2013
Various Artists
Rhino 3:07
100 Hits: 70s Chartbusters 2013
Various Artists
100 Hits 3:10
Live 2013 2014 Concert Live 4:14
The Party Mix: '70s Classics 2014
Various Artists
The Diary of a Teenage Girl [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack] 2015
Original Soundtrack
1973: A Time To Remember The Classic Years
Various Artists
Tabak 3:11
Absolute Rock Anthems II
Various Artists
2009 Eva / Eva 3:09
Eddie Stobart Trucking Songs: Trucking All over the World
Various Artists
Sony Music 3:13
No Image
Various Artists
Sony Music
Ultimate... 70s
Various Artists
Sony Music 3:13
Ultimate... Guitar Legends
Various Artists
Legacy / Sony Music
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