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"Automatic shoes give me 3D
vision and the California blues."
Telegram Sam - Marc Bolan.
- An extraordinary album that reinterprets a number of
Marc's songs in baroque style.
=== Review by David-Do ===
To Michel and all Tillers,
Beltane is one of the most beautiful albums I have ever
heard. I can't begin to lavish enough praise upon it. I
have never heard anything quite like it.
Rarn! Rarn! How can three notes of music be so moving?
The choice of songs is truly inspired, these words and
melodies are a part of me, they move me, they
"belong" to me.
Marcs songs have been enchanted into something quite
remarkable, music from a forgotten world that invokes
images of mist strewn valleys, medieval castles, elves and
wizards. Every element of Beltane is just so right.
Catherine Lamberts gorgeous voice, the production, the
outstanding arrangements of Robert Lafond, the musical
performance, even the "Spirit of the Night"
artwork adds to the overall magic.
It was a wonderful of Michel to have envisaged these songs
being performed in this way, Marcs words and music suit
this style so well, its incredible. All of these gentle,
yet inspirational songs have been immaculately arranged and
I'm particularly adore A day Laye and Wind Cheetah. Its
as though a song within a song has been discovered in Wind
I'm totally in love with this album, it is one of my
most treasured possessions. I can't than you enough for
creating Beltane Michel, I just hope its the first of
- An Exalted
A tribute album.
=== Review by Vampyre ===
An Exalted Companion (of T.Rex Nights) LP UTA 7 Barracuda
Blue Records, England, 1988 compiled by Marc Arscott
& Karen Hirst features tracks by:
- Boz Boorer - The Woodland Bop
- Natalie McDonald - The Third Degree
- Gardenia - The Beginning of Doves
- DanielZ - Cadillac
- Andy Ellison - Desdemona
I believe this is a legitimate release maybe on a private
label? I ordered it directly from Marc [Arscott]. As time
passes I believe it is more & more rare to find. I
suggested to him that he put it out in CD form with the
extra tracks that are floating around on 12 inch but he
resisted the idea: CD & LP are different mediums
(?!?!?!?!?!?) & wouldn't be right?????
Like most tribute albums, there are songs you love &
songs you hate depending on the style of the artist more
than the songs they chose to do. I made a cassette of
some of these tracks & mixed them in with tracks from
the Res.. of the Warlock CD. Album comes with a detailed
insert about the artists & tracks.
- The Legend Lives
- Cover versions by Willie Logan (who he?). Not bad
though and at GBP 2.99 (USD 4.50) I can always use it to
stand my coffee mug on it I get fed up with it. The most
interesting tracks are the Tyrannosaurus Rex titles, the
version of 'Debora' is delightful with an oriental
feel to it. The track which impressed me most was
'Life's an Elevator' (a track I didn't know
previously) given a very atmospheric treatment. The worst
is undoubtedly 'Sold Gold Easy Action' which sounds
like an entry for the Eurovision Song Contest.
- Marc Bolan Presents Sister
Pat Hall (1996)
- Backing singer for T.Rex sings Marc Bolan compositions
and produced by MB.
- Trip and Glide in the
Ballrooms of T.Rextasy (1995)
- T.Rextasy are a tribute band who do very passable
covers of T.Rex songs but still with their own flavour. I
am off to see them at the Cambridge Corn Exchange on 30th
September, 1997 for a Memorial
- Resurrection of the
- The following review is by the owner of Old School
Records so it is very biased. Even so it is worth getting,
I'm glad I did.
=== Review by Pete G. ===
RESURRECTION OF THE WARLOCK-A TRIBUTE TO MARC BOLAN &
T.REX-- from OLD SCHOOL RECORDS to benefit the Orton
1 Chariot Choogle/Sky Blues--Named one of the year's
best unsigned bands in MUSICIAN and SCREAMER magazines and
was profiled on MTV for a up-and-coming band profile. This
band from Scarsdale, NY puts out their own CD recordings
and tour stages and colleges in support of them. Listen to
the heavy intensity and energy they give to their T.Rex
interpretation of this gem that originally appeared on the
lp THE SLIDER. +
2 The Slider/The Smithereens--One of the nation's best
rock bands give this Bolan classic a fresh edge!! +
3 Raw Ramp/Dramarama--The now-defunct rock band recorded
their last-ever track for this compilation. This obscure
T.Rex b-side is one of the finest gems never to appear on a
regular T.Rex album given the trashy rock treatment it
4 Country Honey/Buick MacKane--Rykodisc recording artist
Alejandro Escovedo of True Believers & Rank and File
fame delivers this Bo-Diddley-type rocker from Austin,
Texas with his hometown band of rockers. +
5 Light Of Love/The Molotov Combo (featuring Jonny
"Flo" Langford and Timothy "Eddie"
Powell)--Mekons' leader Langford recorded this track
with producer Powell one night over about 18 beers in a
mobile studio in Grant Park in Chicago, IL. A pop gem.
6 Born To Boogie/The Sabrejets--Rockabilly-based band from
Belfast, Northern Ireland led by leader Brian Young.
Previously known as The Tigersharks contributing a song to
a Cramps tribute album, Brian reformed with new members for
the Sabrejets. T.Rex for the 50's slick-backed hair
greaser in everyone. Anyone seen my leather???
7 Ride A White Swan/Stormclouds--Formed in 1986 in the U.K.
as a duo by Steve Lines. Melanie Townsend joined in 1993.
Ken Flynn joined in 1991 for studio work only. This track
sounds almost exactly like the original with a female lead
8 Cosmic Dancer/The Now--Old School Recording artists
produce lo-fi recordings on 4-track recorders led by leader
Peter Gaines and his many studio cohorts. Resurrected out
of the tomb on this one.
9 Ballrooms Of Mars/The Cruxshadows--Music focused on the
dramatic & romantic from these goth rockers from
Tallahassee, FL or New Orleans depending upon how full the
moon is. Their digital musical-set combines keyboards,
guitar, electric violin and drum patterns with raw energy.
Trip & Glide through the Ballrooms on this hot track!!!
10 Get It On (Bang A Gong)/Friendly Ghosts--California
Bay-area band formed by primary member Joel Brandwein.
Their take on the most well-known T.Rex track gives the
listener a whole new song to love.
11 Planet Queen-Rip Off Medley/Illuminati--Progressive rock
band from Philadelphia that got their name inspired by the
conspiracy group that controls the world, etc... A medley
of sorts of great trax from the infamous Electric Warrior
album given a heavy guitar edge.
12 20th Century Boy/The Three Johns--Jon Langford of the
Mekons' infamous offshoot group recorded live in this
vintage punk rock take on the Bolan classic.
13 The Groover/The Shrunken Heads--Formerly the Mummys and
Vooola Mummys, Pravda recording artists from Chicago rock
out on this pre-punk classic single.
14 Jupiter Liar/Futuristic Dragon--This Chicago band
celebrates the end of the 20th century rock and roll by
entering into a musical covenant to resurrect, re-construct
and re-introduce the music of Marc Bolan & T.Rex to the
masses as a tribute band. Guess that's why they are
presented here doing the obscure album track from the lp
they named their group after.
15 Once Upon The Seas Of Abyssinia/Staggering Prophets--4AD
recording artists RED HOUSE PAINTERS' members Gorden
Mack(guitar) & Dan Barbee(keyboards) plus bassist Peter
Winter doing the obscure Tyrannosaurus Rex song. Just
16 Catblack (The Wizard's Hat)/Cosa
Nostra--Chicago-based band led by Joe Losurdo & Max Koc
with sax player Jason Wietlispach and Lava Sutra drummer
Anthony Illarde contributing. 2nd hand Bolan tune
conversion into a first-rate art rock number.
17 Jeepster/Alone On The Red--Formed in 1991 gigging
regularly around the Portsmouth area in England. They are
making their mark on the music scene in the south coast of
the U.K. with their homemade brew of Bolanesque seventies
glam and a hard-edged tight rock sound of the nineties.
18 Telegram Sam/Jump The Gun--Formed in late 1990 based out
of Harrisburg, PA area, this band is unique in their sound
and songwriting. They interpret the big FM-radio staple
that gave a nod to Howlin' Wolf.
19 Metal Guru/Three Humans--Pop-trio from the south
residing in three separate states of Mississippi,
Tennessee, and Louisiana. Their take on the pop classic
U.K. hit from The Slider lp will get your fingers
20 King Of The Mountain Cometh/Goo--This
one-man-industrial-band is based out of an abandoned
basement warehouse somewhere on Chicago's west side.
Reclusive Goo gives his version of what Bolan would have
sounded like had he survived to create noise in the
nineties. This obscure cover retains its obscurity as
+ Recommended for Radio Airplay.
For further info, contact OSR at 630-616-8471 or fax
Mail order: $12 check or money order ($13 overseas) Old
School Records 179 Prospect Avenue Wood Dale, IL 60191-2727
Or call 708-524-2880 Visa/Mastercard/Discover accepted
- The Missing Link to
- No Marc on this. It was recorded by Steve Peregrine
Took after his departure from Tyrannosaurus Rex, in
Till - Stewart mclean wrote:
Has any one heard Steve P. Tooks cd The missing link to
T.REX just wondering if it,s worth getting...bye for now
=== Review by Kate. ===
Yes, I have Steve's CD and like it very much, but it
has nothing in common with Tyrannosaurus Rex or T.Rex. Very
phsychodelic, more Hawkwind-type. It was an unfinished
album, arranged much later. Whether you like it or not
depends on your musical tastes.
Laser Love, Kate.
=== Review by Jim-Jam. ===
I own a copy....its ok if your into
acid.........maaaaan.,<g> Actually, its got some nice
tracks on. a couple I could imagine Marc singing vocals.
imo, its on those cd's what you wished you never
brought, but at the same time, its still nice to listen to
it....once every 5 yrs.
Took: vocals, guitar, keys and percussion
Crazy Diamond: guitar , various noises.
Some nice lil stories bout Marc and co in inner
Recorded early in 1972 on a 8 track.
Produced by Telegram Sam (Tony Secunda).
The better one to go for is:
Steve Tooks Shagrat..."Nothing Exceeds Like
(ltd edition of 400)
- Great Jewish Music: Marc
- This review by Ian Danzig (pseudonym?) appeared in last
month's (February '99) issue of the Toronto music
rag "Exclaim" on p. 41:
As John Zorn continues to "out" songwriters and
their Jewish lineage with his Great Jewish Music series,
Marc Bolan of T. Rex becomes the latest target. Mark Feld
by birth, Bolan grew out of the psychedelic folk scene to
become a frontrunner of the UK's 70's glam rock
movement. His classic hook-laden anthems have been covered
consistently and successfully over the past 30 years, yet
this collection still manages to up the ante. The inventive
rock talents Zorn brings together always come correct with
versions that stray plenty from the original.
On the hard rockin' front, we have Arto Lindsay and
Marc Ribot with a rather traditional churning of
"Children of the Revolution," while the
Melvins' fuzz-rock stuttering of "Buick
MacKane" takes on a surreal shine and Faith No
More's Mike Patton checks in with Fantomas, sounding
like a glammed-out Boredoms on an all-too-brief
"Chariot Choogle." Guitarists of note include
Vernon Reid getting full guitar wank points on
"Jeepster" while one time Beefheart guitarist
Gary Lucas takes a textured acoustic approach to
"Deboraarobed" and the always frantic Buckethead
goes pyrotechnic for "20th Century Boy." Rebecca
Moore's haunting rendition of 'Telegram Sam"
outdoes Bauhaus with a Bjork-like ambient trip-out of the
highest order, and Kramer's drumbreak take on "Get
It On" is suitably freaked out, complete with a little
kid on backup vocals. Where Medeski, Marin & Wood sound
exactly like their funkin' selves on "Groove A
Little," New Zealand's Tall Dwarfs' cover of
"Ride A White Swan" is so true to form, one has
to wonder if Bolan is where they've been lifting from
all along. The pop confection of the set, however, comes
from Sean Lennon & Yuka Honda -- a beautiful beat-box
vocal harmony rendition of "Would I Be The One"
that makes up for some previous collaborative
I enjoyed this collection of covers. If you find it I think
you will be pleasantly surprised.
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