The final song on Mott, “I Wish I Was Your Mother” was a folk-rock masterpiece that showcased not just Ian Hunter’s worship of all things Bob Dylan, but also Mick Ralphs proficiency with multiple stringed instruments.
Opening with a mandolin trilling over a gently-strummed acoustic guitar — one of the top three uses of a mandolin on any rock song, the other two being “Maggie May” and “Losing My Religion” — “I Wish I Was Your Mother” gets across on Hunter’s quietly resigned vocals, expertly calibrated to put pauses where you wouldn’t on lines like “is there a happy … ending . . . I don’t think so.”