Rehearsals for Mott’s debut album began in June in Islington, London. Songs rehearsed, according to Campbell Devine, include:
Laugh at Me
At the Crossroads
Rabbit Foot and Toby Time
Half Moon Bay
If the World saluted You (became Backsliding Fearlessly)
Back in the States again
The Parrot and the Cat
Jekyll and Hyde
When my Mind’s Gone
Pete Watts said, “Ian … was the only one trying. We didn’t realise the significance of what was going on with the record deal, it seemed easy for us.”
Studio recording began 11 days later, at Morgan Recording Studios in London.
Apparently producer Guy Stevens went “way over budget”, spending £5,000 rather than the normal £2,000.