Joe Elliott's Down 'N' Outz: My Regeneration Vol. 1

This is no mere tribute album. It is exuberant classic-rock scholarship. Def Leppard singer Joe Elliott and members of the English band the Quireboys cover, with bang and bite, rare tracks associated with British hard-glam legends Mott the Hoople — including solo obscurities by singer Ian Hunter and spangled punch from spinoff bands. Elliott keeps the eccentric drive of songs like Hunter's "Overnight Angels," adding modern sheen and the true fan's swagger in his voice — just the right ­touches to send you hunting for the originals.