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"Take a black cat, sit it on
your shoulder, and in the morning you'll know all you
Ride a White Swan - Marc
T.Rex - Collections
- Rare T.Rex (2004)
- === Press release ===
T-Rex boxset from Easy Action Records.
- Containing 5 CD's of previously unreleased material, radio
sessions, demos and live material and a DVD.
- A beautiful collectors box set, individually numbered and strictly
limited to 5000 copies worldwide.
- Contains UNRELEASED material from the personal collection of
Marc's family for the first time!
- Features De-luxe booklet with notes by drummer Bill Legend and
the late Mickey Finn & Steve Currie as well as unpublished photos.
- This set captures the four piece group at the height of their
- Features home demos of Marc and the band working songs out for
the legendary Electric Warrior album and features the title track
which has never been heard!!
- Rolan Bolan has overseen this project personally
- Contains free Electric Warrior replica stickers 2 per set
The UK Retail will be around $130-150.
=== Review by Paul W ===
I've trawled through the archives and detail below the previous
releases to feature the material (not an exhaustive list, but the ones
I know about).It is quite interesting to see exactly where the tracks
have appeared before.
- Disc 1 - Radio Sessions
- Tracks 1 - 8 Unplugged session, LA, Feb 72: "Discovered" by the
Bramleys these featured on the 2 LP set "Till Dawn" in 1985.
Subsequently released commercially by New Millennium Communications
(NMC) on a cd "Boogie On" a 3,000 "limited edition" release in 2002.
- Tracks 9-12 WBCN Boston radio 11/9/72: These tracks have never
been commercially released. They have however been available to
fans on unofficial releases. "Boston Rocks vol 2" issued by the NYC
Fan Club featured these tracks. Subsequently they also appeared on
disc 5 of the "The Classic Airwaves & Concert Collection", a 14 disc
collection made available to Bolan Society members for "historical
archive & preservation purposes". Left hand Luke from the Boston
radio sesh originally appeared on a bootleg 7 inch single & also
all the tracks from this session appeared on a boot LP as well, but
I cannot remember the title, perhaps one of the Spaceball Boots crew
(Zac, Pierre et al) will remember the name ?
- Disc 2 - Radio Sessions, New York, April 71: This material
featured on a bootleg release "Cosmic Planet Elemental Queen" issued
on the Retropop "label". The same material was later released
commercially by NMC as "Spaceball" a 2 cd set.
- Disc 3 - Live, Wolverhampton, May 71 & Cardiff, June 72: All of
these tracks appeared on an unofficial release "Monitor Recordings
1971 & 1972" issued by the NYC Fan Club and made available via
The Bolan Society. The tracks surfaced again on the Bolan Society's
"Classic Airwaves & Concert Collection". Two of the Wolverhampton
tracks appeared on NMC's commercially released "Electric Boogie"
issued in 1997.
- Disc 4 - Live, Boston Gilderdrome, Jan 71 & Stoke on Trent,
Aug 71: The Boston Gilderdrome cd was released by the OMBFC, an
unofficial release made available to fan club members (check out eBay
& you'll nearly always find a copy listed for sale). The Stoke on
Trent tracks first appeared on another monitor mic cd "Monitor
Recordings 1971" issued unofficially by the NYC Fan Club &
available via The Bolan Society. Subsequently the Stoke tracks
appeared on the Bolan Society's "Classic Airwaves & Concert
- Disc 5 - Home Demos: Contains the Electric Warrior title track
that "has never been heard". Can't help think that they are
stretching the truth a little here. All of these tracks (including
the EW title track) have been released unofficially by the Bolan
Society on a cd entitled "Electric Warrior / There was a time ".
- Disc 6 - Film Footage: None of these material has ever been
commercially released, but following the pattern of the previous
discs it has all be issued unofficially before.
The 8mm cine film footage at the Chateau & The EMI Pressing Plant
first appeared on a Bramley's video "The Throne of Time vol 3" and it
was subsequently been made available to Bolan Society members via their
"DVD Transfer Club". Music in the Round & The Capital Theatre
Cardiff footage have both appeared on the "Lost & Found" videos
and subsequent DVD's.
What's the verdict ?
Most Bolan fanatics and those with access to The Bolan Society
will probably have all of this material already. The average fan in
the street may not have heard the unofficial material before. Even
those who already have everything may still buy this "Limited Edition"
boxed set, just to say they have every Bolan release. The set comes
with a booklet containing recollections by TREX band members and
previously unpublished pics (made available by the Bolan Society
& acquired from the OMBFC). I would expect that the sound quality
has been improved as far as the source tapes will allow.
Hope you find this useful.
- A Wizard, A True
- === Review by Russ ===
"A Wizard, A True Star" - the limited edition
triple CD box set from EDSEL was released on the 21st of
October. Old favourites, unreleased "demo"
material, and snippets of recorded interviews, virtually
ensured the set would be well received by the Bolan
At £25.99 "A Wizard, A True Star - MARC BOLAN &
T.REX 1972 - 77" to give the set its full title, is a
steal comprising 92 tracks (94 if you include the 3 part
"Children of Rarn" extract). Compiled by Mark
Paytress AWATS is no "Greatest Hits" compilation
- Telegram Sam is there as is Metal Guru (2 versions, 1
acoustic) - rather the material spans the period in some
depth bringing out Marc's studio work, home-cooked song
sketches, and sometimes revealing interviews no doubt
selected for their profound "quote-ability"
Like it's subject, AWATS is a handsome number. The 3
CDs are housed inside a glossy hardback book. It isn't
going to fit on your dedicated CD shelving though - the
designers having gone for the tall slim approach stacking 2
CDs end on end inside the front cover and the third inside
the back cover (with a filler in the gap where the 4th CD
would be - sadly there isn't a 4th!).
The book proper takes the reader through a potted history
of Marc's recordings and, in so doing, Marc's life.
For any Marc Bolan/T.Rex fan AWATS is a "must
=== Info from Cliff ===
As I was one of the people involved in the compilation of
the box set, just some comments.
A box set has to fulfill several functions:
1) Satisfy fans with rarities
2) Interest others who want more than a Best Of, but not
the whole catalogue
3) Make the record company some money (unfortunately it is
So what I and Ros Davies suggest gets filtered through
Mark Paytress and Martin Barden and a compromise is
reached. For example I wanted 4 discs with the Agora
Ballroom show as a 'bonus'. Demon didn't buy
this for economic reasons. I don't have the final
product with me to refer to, but among my suggestions were
acoustic demos of The Slider, Rock On and Buick Mackane.
Only one made it because on listening to a mock up of the
set it was felt that too many acoustic demos worked against
the overall package.
Last minute changes were made for similar reasons. We have
a 1975 version of 20th C Boy. It wasn't included
because it's inferior to the original. We could have
had more of The Children Of Rarn. There are about 40mins in
total. However, some of it is so dire you don't want to
hear it (honest it's that bad). So the best 10mins or
so are there.
With regard to the packaging, Martin B gave Edsel a huge
amount of memorabilia. They didn't use it. We can't
do anything about that. It's their decision. Overall, I
feel the package works. Any comments?
- 20th Century Superstar
- === Review by Paul J ===
I am delighted to inform y'all that the magnificent new box set,
"20th Century Superstar" is now available in yer local record shops
- well at least some of them. Funnily enough neither Virgin nor HMV
in Newcastle had it but good old Windows in the Central Arcade did
(that's where me Mam bought me Electric Warrior for Xmas when I was
a nipper and where I bought the Ramones first album in November 1976
when I was a 13 year old pube) and so did Spin Discs - a local indie
type CD shop.
Anywaaay - the packaging is magnificent - - f**kin* GREAT cover !!!!
I have only had a chance to start playing the discs since I came
home from work - but I must say the enormity of Marc's career has at
last been done some justice...from Toby Tyler....to Marc Bolan...via
Johns Children......and Tyrannosaurus Rex.....through to the mighty
I think the older and wiser "heads" on this list who are primarily
Tyrannosaurus Rexers will be expecially delighted with the 3 previously
unreleased tracks.....".Puckish Pan" (which I think sounds like Marc
saying "Fuck This Man"......*g ...if only.......proto-punk-poet before
the birth of "punk rock"....:-))
"Nickleodeon" is another new one and has some great vocals form
Steve Took (as does PP) but the undeniable jewel in the crown is
"Ill-Starred Man" - an amazing, atmospheric, sensual song - with a
great melodic chorus and a hauntingly distant backing vocal from Marc
- and some great de-tuned acoustic guitar to give some loose, funky,
bounce to the rhythm......superb !
And there is a verse of "Do You Remember" sung by Steve Took where
you can actually decipher the lyrics - fabulous !
I'm off to give the rest of the album a listen........much credit
and a huge "TANX" to anyone who was involved in this project......well
worth the money.
=== This review from
Shindig! Magazine (October 2002) ===
MARK BOLAN & T. REX
20th Century Superstar (Universal, 4-CD Boxset)
Because of the legal wrangle over who actually owned the pre-1972
Bolan back catalogue, this is the first time a complete career
retrospective has appeared of the bopping elf. No matter how familiar
some of this material is, placed in a historical and chronological
order, this is a compelling and worthy musical document.
this will be overly familiar to Bolan buffs of course, especially on
discs three and four which contain the hit material (and of course
Edsel have done sterling archaeological and reissue work in this
period of Bolan's career). But there are still nuggets to be had.
Disc One opens with Bolan's first known recordings from the Winter
of 1964 /65, 'The Road I'm On (Gloria)' and 'Blowin' In The Wind',
remarkable as much as anything else for their lack of the trademark
Disc two provides a 30-second snippet of Steve
Perrigrin Took singing 'Do You Remember' and David Bowie's 'The
Prettiest Star' with Bolan playing lead guitar. Historically, a
moment of note is when producer, Tony Visconti asks Bolan
immediately prior to recording "What's this one called Mark?" to
which Bolan replies "'Ride A White Swan'" and a star was born.
The irst two discs are full of the prime cuts from all four
Tyrannosaurus Rex albums and the first T.Rex LP. On a compilation
so daunting, favourites are inevitably omitted (mine are 'Throat Of
Winter' and 'Stacey Grove'). For those of my generation who grew up
with T Rextasy, but have not subsequently delved that deeply into
the back catalogue,
Discs three and four are something of a
revelation. Often decried as lazily generic after 1973 (and okay,
riffs are recycled a-plenty, granted), much of the material from
the T Rex albums presented here, to my ears anyway, sounds great!
For instance, I'm up for 'Futuristic Dragon' now for sure!
general, if you like Bolan but are not a hardcore fan(atic), this
box is a dream, it provides so much of worth; if you are a fanatic
then no doubt you will have to have this for the odd previously
unissued track and the packaging which is very nice (a book set
with two discs clipped into the inside of both covers with a
booklet of many previously unpublished pics and overseas issued
pic sleeves of 45s).
This is a beautiful and long overdue career
retrospective of one of pop's true stars.
© 2001-2003 Shindig! Magazine
- Bolan Boogie
- A collection covering the middle years of the
Tyrannosaurus Rex to T.Rex transition. For more detailed
reviews and track listing see the
Bolan Boogie Reviews.
- The Best Of
- Bit of a misnomer since it is mainly Tyrannousaurus
Rex. Contains the (then) unpublished tracks "blessed
Wild Apple Girl" and "Seas of
- The Very Best of
- Most of the usual suspects.
- The Very Best of T.Rex Vol.
- More of the usual suspects, includes sleeve notes by
Caron Willans (spelling?) of T.Rextasy.
- The Words and Music of Marc
- Includes the "Children Of Rarn" suite.
- Great Hits
- Title says is all.
- Great Hits 1972 - 1977: The
- Title says it all again.
- Great Hits 1972 - 1977: The
- Title says it all again, again.
- The Singles Collection Vol 1
- A-sides and B-Sides. Manufactured and distributed by
Teichiku Records Co Ltd. Catalogue numbers TECP 25384 and
TECP 25385, licenced from Marc On Wax. This collection is
notable for the terrible mangling it gives to the lyrics.
These can *only* have arisen from a native Japanese
listening to the songs and attempting to transcribe what
they heard. Many of the transcriptions are phonetically
close but ludicrous in effect. Sometimes they gave up part
way through and put ... Sometimes they did not even try.
Personally I found them so-o-o-o way off the marc that I
laughed and laughed and fell off my chair in stitches.
- The Singles Collection Vol 2
- A-sides and B-Sides continued.
- The Singles Collection Vol 3
- This does NOT exist so do not try looking for it.
- The Essential
- I don't think that this is the same as 'The
Collection' but would like confirmation of that.
- Mostly Tyrannosaurus Rex (tracks 1 - 20) from the first
four albums and just four T.Rex tracks from Electric
- The Unobtainable
- Singles from 1972 - 1977.
- Light Of Love
- Very similar track listing to Bolan's Zip Gun. Originally
only released in US and Canada. Light of Love contained 8
of 11 songs from Zip gun and 3 songs from Zinc Alloy and
the Hidden Riders of Tommorow (subtitled "A Creamed
Cage in August").
- Get It On
- Mainly a collection of odds and sods from the Bramley
days of Marc On Wax and Beginning Of Doves tracks :
Buick MacKane and the Babe Shadow
all off the Alternative Slider album
Beginning Of Doves
Pictures Of Purple People
One Inch Rock
all off The Beginning Of Doves album
Children Of The Revolution
from the abortion that was Till Dawn album
from the virtually monstrous Billy Super Duper album
Sky Church Music
Funky London Childhood
Over The Flats
from the Unchained series of albums
Born To Boogie
from the alternative Tanx
Get It On 1997 remix as previously reviewed
The sleeve notes rather worryingly state that this is the
first in a series to bring back to the record buying public
the Marc Bolan back catalogue (strange - I thought Edsel
was doing that) so we can expect more of the same -
it's the same people who brought us Acoustic Warrior so
I think you can guess what kind of dogs dinner we are going
to be served up.
Verdict - waste of money
(Review by Southgate R.)
Remixes and other stuff
- Billy Super
=== Review by Michael ===
After coming back to the T.REX world in 1998, I was
curious to hear what Marc had intended to put out after
DANDY, an album I have also heard for the first time that
very same year and have enjoyed since.
BILLY SUPER DUPER left me puzzled though. In time,
I'm not really sure those songs were all meant to be
released after DANDY. Or, at the most, they were like
demos unless Marc was really out of it. Some songs such
as "Shy Boy" and "Foxy Boy" do have
such simplistic lyrics that even the BackStreet Boys
sound like Shakespeare or William Blake. Once again it
was as if Marc was trapped into his fantasy to absolutely
appeal to the very young teenyboppers - and he would have
been 30! "Mellow Love" is so repetitive that
all the songs on ZIP GUN seem like T.S. Eliot's
poetry. "Love Drunk" sounds as if Marc was
impersonating the fat Las Vegas Elvis...
I was utterly disappointed as I had read long ago that
Marc wanted to come back to his roots, to a more
Tyrannosaurus Rexian inspiration. Well, surely this
wasn't the album he was talking about!
One thing I must give him though, is that Marc had
kept his flair for melodies. Simple, catchy and
efficient. BSD has a good groove and "Dept
Charge" is quite challenging as it really
doesn't sound like anything Marc has done before with
So I think this was just part of a series of songs he
was working on, playing around with, with no precise idea
in mind. Not the BSD film nor opera project, they were
just songs that were almost ready in a batch of more
songs and ideas. As if they were taken out of the
But, that's what was left after Marc's passing
away. This is like the book he wanted to publish, The
Wilderness Of The Mind, it was just another unfinished
project, BSD is also an unfinished project and cannot be
considered as a 'real' album, finalized and
marketed as such under the name 'Marc Bolan /
T.Rex'. They're just demos Marc was playing
around with until they would be finalized and arranged
and performed in studio as a finished entity.
One thing for sure, after seeing the MARC Show, he
hadn't yet fully recovered. He was still trapped into
a false image of himself. Yes he looked better, but he
was still under the illusion of being two different
personas: a natural Mark Feld in an ordinary world and a
so-called 'rockstar' playing a role on TV and for
the media. It was still unsolved and it wasn't clear
in his mind. Once Marc would have come back to his real
senses, without any specific role to play or perform -
then and only then he would have come back with a
something really different.
I'd like to believe he would have... but BSD is
surely not very confincing.
=== Review by Vampyre (aka Randy at Work) ===
This is one of the better if not the best of the
Bramley releases. Several of the songs have no posthumous
instruments added but sound "cleaner" than on
the Edsel/Demon release. The rest of the tracks have been
completed by the Bramleys with an unusually light touch
(for the bumbling Brambles) and they manage to keep the
spirit and sound of 70's T.Rex versus many of their
later releases in which they aim to update the songs
(Till Dawn album, Think Zinc, Jeepster, GIO) and
Even though the tracks range from 1972(?) to 1977, I
always think of this as the next release after Dandy in
the Underworld if Marc had lived. My favorite is Shy Boy
which I feel could have been a posthumous single if
released. My least favorite is Love Drunk because Marc
sounds like he has a head cold! There is controversy
regarding the destruction of the original Billy Super
Duper track and the creation of songs which are really
fragments of different songs pieced together.
There is no excuse for the loss of BSD but I do like
the Bungles version even though I haven't a clue what
the original may have sounded like. The two songs pieced
together were done well (and well intentioned, I think)
to present pieces of songs in a listenable format that
may otherwise not have been heard. I like what they did
with Write Me a Song (Supertuff) very much. Overall, I
like this album and recommend it along with the
similar/sister release Dance in the Midnight. It is after
Dance in the Midnight that the Bumbles stumbled.
- Dance in the
=== Review by Vampyre (aka Randy at Work) ===
I don't have my review of Billy Super Duper. If I
did, I would say that Dance in the Midnight is Part II -
a companion volume to Billy Super Duper.
All new tracks (except one) that have been cleaned up
with a light touch by the Bumbles and made presentable
& very listenable. There aren't any notes with
the album so I don't know when these tracks were
recorded but I suspect the range of years (1973 - 75?) is
closer than Billy (1972 - 77).
I gave this a listen last night. Very enjoyable. A
couple tracks are unusual for Marc vocally: Down Home
Lady & Do I Love A Thee. I never noticed til last night
the beautiful background vocals on Down Home Lady (or
were these added later by the Bumps?). Solid Gold is a
faster version than the original.
As I mentioned before with my Billy Super Duper
review, the Bumbles stumbled after these two releases and
chose to mix Marc in their own image versus what Marc
might have done.
- Get It On '97
- Not an album. Re-mix, and I've lost the
- Best Remix &
- === Review by Rick ===
There is a Japanese release -expensive- that has all the
Bolan re-mixes x-cept for the new 97' mix ... We had
posted it once before but i will post it again... It is a
lot of fun. Some is ..shitty.. The Tony V mixes are nice..
and some of the demos are even better ..here the info from
* TRex/Best Remix & More (TECW-20124) ¥2039 $18.04
GET IT ON (DUSK MIX): another out take. not same one as in
the ELECTRIC WARRIOR SESSIONS. The ending goes longer and
different than that. no overdubs so far.
CHILDREN OF THE REVOLUTION (12" MIX): remix version.
syns. strings plays extra few notes verse to verse. Echoes
on the vocal.
METAL GURU (REMIX): I dont think it remix version. no
overdubs so far. the original's fade out ending isnt
here. zats counts all.
SOLID GOLD EASY ACTION (ALTERNATE MIX): vocal track is
original take but guitar track is slightly different than
the original nonetheless definitely Marc's. no over
THINK ZINC (SPECIAL MIX): remix version. cheap drummachine
ruled then cut and paste mix.
JEEPSTER (DUSKMIX): starts with slow tempo Marc wiz cello
(this slow part I've never heard before) then attached
to the original vocal. drum & bass is cheap plus syns
female hum overdubbed.
TELEGRAM SAM (ALTERNATE MIX): acoustic version. acoustic
guitar added but both sounds like Marc's. i dont have
ACOUSTIC WARRIOR yet, so i cant tell if the AW has TS in
SUNKEN RAGS (MONSTER '85 MIX): lame guitar and drum
here. Marc singing over "it's the shame treat me
like a fool". tease your sarcasm.
ROCK ON (ALTERNATE MIX): sounds like an out take. no
overdubs so far.
TRUCK ON (DEMO): demo! demo! unplugged take.
MISTER MISTER (STUDIO ROUGH MIX): same take as in the LEFT
HAND LUKE. in fact LHL one has more lowends.
THE SLIDER (ALTERNATE MIX): another out take. not same one
as in the RABBIT FIGHTER.
CADILLAC (DEMO): demodemo unplugged.
BORN TO BOOGIE (REMIX): the drum track EQed sharper yet no
overdubs so far. Slippery drum rolls and also slippery
guitar added. these parts might have been done by some
mediocre players. zats all.
RIDE A WHITE SWAN (BBC LIVE): ----^^^----
MEGAREX: lame as much as if violent like having an eruption
or somethin' just under a TRex jukebox. dis thing would
derange all Tillers effectively.
- The Alternate Takes of
A review by Christopher Chadwick.
Compilations by artist are relatively simple things.
There are two definite categories each with two distinct
classes, genu-in and cash in. Most common is the genu-in
attempt at raising awareness (and hence sales) of an
established artist, but that often masks a cash in on a
successful act. Similarly, a cash in mixed bag of
forgettable recordings can too easily be passed off as a
genu-in attempt to collect hard to find material for the
fan. 'The Alternate Takes of Classical Hits'
(Laserlight double CD) is a definite contender for the
cash in class of the second category, but there are some
revealing moments and maybe a worrying underlying
There are thirty-two tracks, some of which sound like the
untouched original T.Rex label release. Nothing here
(except COTR) is a true remix of the original issued
recording, ie anything more than unremarkable, certainly
not good, overdubs on unchanged studio or live masters.
However, on this collection the dubs often swamp the
voice and guitar of Marc Bolan, and when they don't
threaten to overwhelm they sound far too bright against a
rather dull sounding original track (probably using a
copy of the master many generations from source).
Here are the standout tracks, good and bad.
- Get It On. The long version with coda in full, with
clearer sound than on 'EW Sessions? without opening
chatter and covered in computer generated overdubbed
sax, strings, drums and bongos. I quite like this, the
overdubbing doesn't over power the original
recording. Done with a bit of understanding. A decent
- Telegram Sam. A very 80's keyboard bass on the
intro and largely harmless twiddly bits over the
chorus. Not bad.
- Born To Boogie. The overdubs dominate here. Marc is
almost inaudible. A ruinous work.
- 20th Century Boy. The idiots who tackled this put
keyboard on the opening guitar riff. No you're not
dreaming, they overdubbed one of the classic opening
rock'n'roll riffs of all time. Unbelievably
- Lady. Twiddly keyboard bits stuck where no lady
should admit to having bits in the first place.
It's difficult to spoil this song. This tries to do
the right thing ? and fails.
- Girl. The US radio session version (In which Boley
hacks away in best bedsit guitar hero style on his most
delicate song). Computerised backing, set to maximum
Spectorisation (strings, girly choir, piano, drums etc)
loses the plot and becomes totally inappropriate as
Marc swings the tempo and threatens to scat his way
through a load other stuff. Funny if it wasn't so
- Light of Love. Pointless overdubs on a song that
begs for an open sound.. Summertime Blues. Probably
from the TV shows and possibly overdubbed. So so.
- Life's A Gap (sic). Subtitled
'Unplugged' this is an acoustic version
electrically overdubbed. Possibly from the BBC
sessions, poor master track. Bad.
- Laser Love. I've heard it said that this song
suffered from thin production. This is a reasonable
attempt at filling it out. The original isn't
swamped by the overdubs, and the extra parts are in
sympathy with the original, but sadly you can still
hear the different recording levels. If they clean up
the original or dirty down the dubs a good sound would
result. Best on the set.
- Woodland Rock. The original track with backward
guitars but without the Visconti strings. Overdub drum
track franticly overtempo does nothing more than annoy,
synth horns. Basic track pushed too far down in the
mix. Rather odd and faintly unpleasant.
- Debora. Possibly Acoustic Warrior with dubs. Goes
on a bit, but Boley was enjoying singing this. A pity
it has such a poor sound.
- Jeepster. Another guitar and throat only radio
version hidden under a mountain of backing. This time
as Boley picks up the tempo they manage to stay with
him, just (Although 'there's a drum break
here' is edited out). The finger picking at the end
is mismanaged. Fairly successful.
- Slider. Very weird (poor quality) sounding vocals
track possibly a private demo recording. Marc is really
very bluesy but that doesn't stop the backing
bounding along like manic bubblegum. The clash between
vocal and musical style might be considered art house
by some but that obviously wasn't the intention
here. This is a studio exercise in putting an
inappropriate backing onto a demo tape. Awful. Joint
worst with 20 C Boy.
- Children of the Revolution. From the MoW Bill
Legend re-recordings (In which we get to hear the same
drummer older and slower and TOO KIN LOWD) this was the
attempt to do more than sling a bit of extra noise over
the original. It would probably work quite well if we
didn't have Billy boy hammering away like a
demented piledriver on top of the mix. Sympathetic but
too long at four minutes.
As much as anything else this set reveals what may have
become of Marc Bolan had he not had boundless
self-belief, a sympathetic producer, enthusiastic
sidemen, or had he recorded in the modern click track and
drum machine era. The big problem is that the musos used
for these overdubs had little idea of what they were
working towards and sound as though they didn't care
either. Many of the arrangements are clichés from the
jobbing musical director's handbook - utterly out of
context with the lurching inventiveness of real Bolan
I first heard this on my PC using cheap headphones where
the fi is pretty lo, however, played on a real hi-fi it
just sounds depressing. Sadly this set is aimed at casual
fans browsing supermarkets, they will be disappointed. As
a budget (£8.00) cash in compilation of the strange and
daft I suppose it's not too bad for the informed
listener - but don't take that as a recommendation.
Nice cover though.
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