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"I'm the cat from the alley,
I'm the fleetfoot voodoo man."
Rip Off - Marc Bolan.
T.Rex - Vaults
There are number of early / live recordings that have
emerged over the years:
- The Peel
- Limited edition as recorded in session on 27 October
1970. Only four tracks: Jewel, Ride a white swan, Elemental
child, Sun eye. Jewel and RAWS also appear on Across The
- BBC Radio 1 Live In
- Tyrannosaurus Rex recorded live in concert at the Paris
Theatre, London on 4 January 1970.
- A BBC
- 26 tracks from 9 sessions covering Tyrannousaurus Rex
and T.Rex. First session 30 October 1967, last session 03
- Across The
- Studio sessions for radio broadcasts from 1969 to 1971.
The album cover says it is an original Radio 1 recording.
Overlap with "A BBC History" yet to be
- BBC Recordings
- Due for release February 98 according to my flyer from
Key Mail Order but it is not out yet to my knowledge (24
Mar 98). Catalogue number Pilot 16. Two disc set with 16
page booklet with photos by Ray Stevenson and Pete
=== Info from Cliff ===
Also NMC are holding fire on the Tyrannosaurus Rex at the
BBC sessions disc in the hope that some 68 recordings do
- BBC Recordings
- 2 CD set of 1970-76 radio sessions. Over 30 trax, many
=== Review by Rick ===
Double Cd. Both of them are, I'm close to sure, just in
some form a mixture of the already released for years:
"The Peel sessions" & "Across the
Airwaves", which have now been repackaged as a one set
=== Question from MarkMcL ===
Q. Would I get anything that I do not
already have on "A BBC History", Live in
Concert" and "The Peel sessions" all from
the BBC. Can anyone confirm or deny?
A. Mark if you mean the NMC CD "BBC
Recordings 1970-76" the answer is yes:
The John Peel Concert b/cast 20.12.70 - 4 trks
Xmas jingle 1970
Children of the Revolution
and even a few more, I'll let the rest come as a
- Midnight Court at the
- === Review by Beartrap ===
I finally got hold of Midnight Court at the Lyceum last
weekend. Initial impressions: while the sound is certainly
rough, it's nowhere near as bad as I'd been led to
believe. In fact the sound quality gives it a feeling of
intimacy similar to that achieved on the Velvets'
Max's Kansas City album. The interview is an
interesting extra, and of course, it's a delight to
hear Demon Queen again.
I never got to see Tyrannosaurus Rex live, so it's
difficult to comment on the music except to say that this
should have had a legit release a long time ago!
Interesting to see The Wizard and One Inch Rock beginning
to take on the forms they wear on the brown album.
The packaging is nicely done - it looks, to me, exactly
like a live album released between Prophets and Unicorn.
Lots of "period charm"... But the sleeve notes -
oh dear. I got the impression that the writer didn't
know a damn thing about Bolan and was putting the notes
together from someone else's ill-informed idea of what
should be said having first got through a few drinks too
=== Info from Jimbo ===
Got mine last week from Bolan Society. Its exactly the same
as the bootleg: "For The Lion and the Unicorn".
Real pleased 'bout the interview CD. Only had that on a
bootie tape. Interview cd begins with Demon Queen and then
Marc interview, recorded in Chicago, August 23rd 1969. Has
to be my all time fav Marc interview.
=== Info from Irving ===
I received my copy airmailed from the UK a fortnight ago.
Today I received the 2-CD version from Rumblings (again via
Suspect it should be in all the UK shops by now.
Rip Off Alert - If you already have "For The Lion
& Unicorn ...." bootleg CD don't bother buying
the NMC release. NMC have copied the bootleg and left off
several of the bonus tracks - sure they were the poorer
sounding ones but it wouldn't have cost more or hurt
anyone to leave them there.
The sound quality is the same on both, if anything the
bootleg has slightly higher volume levels (that sound
better to me).
The 2-CD version (supposed to be mail order only) has
'69 interview and the song "Demon Queen".
This is a great and rare song (from the Unicorn sessions),
although it can be found on the reasonably common boot CD
"A Paw Of Fur, An Aire Of Doom"
- Beyond The Rising
- John's Children and Marc Bolan recordings that
pre-date Tyrannosaurus Rex. It is a mixture of MB tracks
(*) available on Beginning Of Doves, Cat Black, etc. and JC
tracks (**). Marc does NOT appear on the JC tracks.
Track listing: (Record 1) Mustang Ford * / Jasmine '49
* / Jagged Time Lapse ** / Killer Ben ** / Let me know ** /
Observations * / Cat Black * / Black and White Incident * /
Charlie / * You're a Nothing ** / Leave Me Alone ** /
The Perfumed Garden of Gulliver Smith * / (Record 2)You
Scare Me to Death * / I'm Weird * / Smash Blocked ** /
Hippy Gumbo * / Strange Affair ** / Not That Sort of Girl
** / The Wizard * / Beyond The Rising Sun * / Eastern Spell
* / Just What You Want - Just What You'll Get ** /
You've Got The Power * / Cold On Me *.
=== Review by Chris ===
This is a two LP set (in a single flipback sleeve) from UK
independent budget label 'Cambra' released in 1984.
According to the blurb on the cover it's a mixture of
Bolan period John's Children mixed with pure pre-Rex
Bolan. In fact it is a strange mixture of the complete
'You Scare Me To Death' set (i.e. the demo's
recorded by Simon Napier Bell and later overdubbed) and
Bolan free John's Children. All but one John?s Children
track is 'live', probably from 'Smashed
Blocked', and none credit Boley as a composer. The not
live track is 'Strange Affair', an early attempt at
psychedelia, and Marc is nowhere to be heard. If that
wasn't enough there is an uncredited track and the
running order on the sleeve does not match that actually on
I really don't recommend this at all.
However, there are two gems and an interesting picture to
make it moderately worthwhile, if you don't already own
or don't mind another copy of 'You Scare Me To
Death'. They are the single version of the
'Wizard' and its b-side 'Beyond The Rising
Sun' (different from the 'Beginning of Doves'
version), the interesting picture is a floating heads type
PR shot (maybe a record cover) of John's Children with
Bolan. The 7" 'Wizard' is different from the
album version and perhaps preferable if you like your Bolan
short and to the point. I have known lovers come and go,
governments fall and seasons pass while Boley continues to
chirrup 'he was a wizard a wizard he was' from the
T.Rex album. The Cherry Red 1982 single reissue of 'The
Wizard' had the original 'Beyond The Rising
Sun' followed by 'Rings of Fortune' from the
'Doves' album. It's the same here but not
mentioned on the sleeve, in one track and with no time
between the songs.
- Legendary Orgasm
- Any info on overlap with the above and following albums
welcome. My list says 'Classic psychedelic album,
features Marc Bolan'.
- Smashed Blocked
=== Review by Pete G. ===
There are some great photos of Marc with the band all
dressed in white and info about the live BBC show where
Marc refused to tune up his guitar plus a complete
discography of John's Children and photos of singles
At least half of this CD contains Bolan including some
live BBC performance. I think the new disc "Jagged
Time Lapse" is more listenable since includes the
singles and B-sides instead but the quality is still
=== More infro from Rick ===
The only songs marc was an active member of the band is
any Lp with these tracks:
- Desdemona (wrote , guitar & backing vocals)
- Remember Thomas Becket (not written by Marc but he
is in the band line-up at this period as guitarist)
- Midnight Summers Scene; Sara Crazy Child (both
written by Marc)
- Come & Play with me in the Garden (marc is in
the line-up as guitarist)
- Go Go Girl -- written by Marc -- is actually
"Hot rod mama" with a change in lyrics ..
this is a bit rare
- Jagged Time
=== Info from t i m o t ===
Pilot 18, running order:
- Remember Thomas a Becket
- Its been a long time
- Arthur Green
- Midsummer Night's Scene
- Sarah crazy child
- Jagged time Lapse
- Gogo girl
- Come play with me in the garden
- Perfumed garden of Gulliver Smith
- Midsummer nights Scene (alt version)
- Not the sort of girl you take to bed (alt
- Help (beatles song)
- Casbah Candy
- The Beginnings Of
- Early Tyrannosaurus Rex recordings and a better buy
than Misty Mist or Observations. Also available under
the title Archive
Marc had gone to court to stop Simon Napier-Bell releasing
these tapes as BODoves. He [SNB] wanted to release it in
1972 but the title was to be "Hard on Love" not
Full track listing:
1. Jasper C. Debussy
2. Lunacy's Back
3. Beyond The Rising Sun
4. Black and White Incident
6. Eastern Spell
7. You Got The Power
8. Hippy Gumbo
9. Sarah Crazy Child
10. Rings of Fortune
11. Hot Rod Mama
12. The Beginning of Doves
13. Mustang Ford
14. Pictures of the Purple People
15. One Inch Rock
16. Jasmine '49
18. Misty Mist
19. Cat black
20. Sally Was an Angel
- Identical track listing to
Beginnings Of Doves.
===Info from Pete G ===
These tracks are 1966 demos pre-Tyrannosaurus Rex released
originally as the Beginning Of Doves by Marc's old
manager Simon Napier-Bell. They were also issued under the
titles Love And Death, You Scare Me To Death (some of the
aforementioned tracks with newer electric added trax by
studio musicians), etc... Most issues credited to Marc
Bolan instead of T.Rex including the new "Archive
Series" issue. Are the tracks at least remastered from
the original source tapes?
- Companion to Misty Mist;
a sub-set of the tracks on
Beginnings Of Doves - to be more precise Side 1 -
tracks 1 to 10..
- Misty Mist
- A sub-set of the tracks on
Beginnings Of Doves - to be more precise Side 2 -
tracks 11 to 20. Better to buy B.O.D. Combined with Observations you would get
the full set of tracks.
- You Scare Me To
- The connection between The Beginning of Doves and You
Scare Me To Death are that they are the same acoustic demos
but YSMTD has added electric backing trax from studio
musicians. Also released under the title "Cat
Black" on CD in the US. See Cat
Black for YSMTD track listing.
=== Info from David ===
As I understand it Simon Napier Bell had heard that Amplex
wanted a jingle to advertise a breath freshener. SNB
suggested to Marc that he write one. Marc went away and
came back with Horrible Breath ( not literally ! ) It was a
great song but not quite what Amplex had in mind. It was
never used. When SNB made his 1981 album from the
"lost" tapes he changed the title to "You
scare me to death".I always thought this was a sick
ploy to gain attention for the album.
=== Info from Pete G ===
All the tracks are acoustic demos that were recorded in
1966 and previously released in its entirety as The
Beginning Of Doves in 1974?. Marc's manager at the
time, Simon Napier-Bell, owns the rights to these tapes and
reissued them with studio backing tracks in 1981 as
"You Scare Me To Death". You may also see some of
these on the CD issues "Prehistoric", "Love
& Death", "Hard On Love", etc.. always
credited to Marc Bolan and not T.Rex.
- The same tracks as
Beginnings Of Doves, You
Scare Me To Death,
Observations and Misty
- A subset of the tracks on
Beyond the Rising Sun. Song titles: cat black / hippy
gumbo / you scare me to death / mustang ford / you've
got the power / eastern spell / charlie / I'm weird /
observations / jasmine '49 / black and white incident /
the perfumed garden of gulliver smith. Originally released
under the title You Scare Me To
- Love and
- Love and Death is yet another rehash of Doves/You Scare
Me to Death/Misty Mist etc.
The next release after "bump & grind" from the
=== Review by Romany Stew===
The first thing I noticed is how clean this recording
is,much like the first CD fromThunderwing Productions
"Bump n' Grind".The second thing is the
missing back up singers,which I find really
I think some of the versions on this CD would of been
a better choice to release,but it could just be that they
sound new and not over done as some of Marc's later
work seemed to be.
What this CD show's us that with some Love and
Attention Marc's music can come alive againas if it
were recorded today.I would love to hear what the
Thunderwing team could do with remasteringsome of
Marc's classic albums.
Some of the most stand out tracks are track 7 Blues
Jam,more like Jazz Jam.This is a very interesting tack as
I have never heard Marc play in this style before,I would
of loveda whole album of Marc's Jazz Jam.
Truck On Tyke in its original mix was just tooooo much
for me<G>,but in this versionthe back up singers
are well under control and the sound is much more
I do love the studio talk before the session starts
recording,but I think I will makean edited version for
regular play in the car CD.
The whole album has a very nice smooth clear sound to
it,you can hear everythingin the recording with none of
the harshness that you hear in some of Marc's
released CDs.This is a problem because when they made a
the CD's of Marc's albums they were using20 plus
year old 2 track stereo mastered tapes that were
originally mixed for LP records. Let's hope Tony V
can do as good of job on the upcoming Electric Warrior
remix asthe Thunder Wing team have done with
Great job Thunderwing,Shadowhead is by far the best
sounding Marc album to date.
- A number of recording made (I believe) for North
American radio stations with added audience noise to made
it sound like an "Unplugged". Personally I think
it works OK but I am in a minority of one (sorry James,
Pete, Catblack and all the others).
=== Review by Catblack ===
Last night [a friend of mine] gave me 'Acoustic
Warrior'. I'd heard a few tracks off the 20th
century boy teaser, and though y'all here urged extreme
caution, I had to give it a listen.
Wowzers, what a stinker. I thought I could handle the
audience claps dubbed in, but once I realized that this was
more akin to the posthumous Hendrix releases -- Studio
musicians brought into the studio to 'fill-out' the
sound -- I almost gagged. The worst part, thoughout it all
is that Marc's guitar and vocals, recorded in the days
before digital, are washed out in the background.
I'm a big proponent of digital sampling, but this is
right out fraud. I don't think Marc, if he were alive
today, would have approved of this at all.
Can anyone tell me where I can find the original recordings
on CD? (I recognized (barely) some of the tracks from the
'Rabbit fighter' release...)
[Editor's note: For the answer see
Spaceball review by Pete G. ]
- 2 CD set of 1971-72 US radio promo tours. 20 trax. 12
page booklet. The original "untampered" US Radio
Sessions. That is Acoustic Warrior without the extras.
Recorded in Los Angeles, February '72, Marc
Spaceball Ricochet / Jeepster / Cosmic Dancer / Main Man /
Ballrooms of Mars / Mystic Lady / Girl / Baby Strange
Recorded in Boston, September '72
Left Hand Luke / Slider
Recorded in New York, April '71
Cosmic Dancer / Planet Queen / Elemental Child / Jewel /
Recorded in New York, April '71, Bolan and Finn
Cosmic Dancer / Honey Don't / Planet Queen / Get it On
=== Review by Pete G ===
The Spaceball collection is where to turn -- two CDs worth
of mighty fine US radio session goodness, with Marc in his
straightforward and non-overdubbed glory throughout.
Yes. The new 2 CD Spaceball has most of the trax which were
previously available on the 3rd disc of the 3 CD box set on
Relativity and the Till Dawn 2 LP / single CD set put out
by Marc on Wax. Debora is from the live fan club LP version
from In Concert and Seagull Woman soundz like the LP
version minus some parts. Acoustic Warrior is a dreadful
CD. When is the label Telstar going to release the drum and
bass/jungle record Marc mysteriously recorded in foresight
back in the day...
=== Review by DaveDo ===
Good Morning /Afternoon Tillers,
I'm up quite early for a Sunday morning, it's cold
but the sun is shining. I've just had a stroll down the
garden to inspect my pond, a daily ritual, and all is
No one else is up yet so I'll post my
"Spaceball" review. I found it quite difficult to
rewiew what is essentially a compilation. The songs are a
little rough around the edges sometimes but this
doesn't detract from the magic!
SPACEBALL - MEMORIES.
Most of the songs from this album I first heard many many
years ago. As a teenager having discovered Marc and T.Rex I
quickly became "obsessed". I couldn't get
enough, books, posters, magazines, cuttings and most
importantly the MUSIC. I would send off for bootleg tapes,
rare material, sessions, live concerts,interviews, anything
I cold lay my hands on.
I remember getting the tape with the US radio sessions on,
the sound quallity of most of these rarities was, looking
back was generally appalling. The had been copied and
re-copied on cheap equipment on to even cheaper tapes. But
I adored them! to actually have this material that
wasn't generally available was a total trill. The slow
acoustic versions of Jeepster and Baby Strange were always
special. I rever for one minuite concidered that the sound
quallity was terrible, just to have these gems was enough.
I played them to death. It was like Christmas when on of
these tapes arrived in the post. I replyed to an ad in
either Sounds or the NME for "T.Rex's rarest
song", Honey Don't. I sent about £4.00 and
received a cassette with this one song on, again the
quallity was awful, but again total elation!
Fast forward 20 or so years and I've got a lovely,
shiny, clean, perfect CD. An improvement ? I'm not
=== Info on Bolan Alley ===
Q from Cliff.
Bolan Alley - interesting, but has anyone actually ever
seen a copy of this alleged disc? I started collecting
boots in 1973. I never came across it. The first Marc boot
I found was 'Son Of Magical Pouting Panache'. No
collector I know has a copy of Bolan Alley. No bootlegger I
know has ever heard of it. It doesn't appear in the Hot
Wacks Bootleg discography. In my opinion it was the figment
of someone's imagination. Ideas anyone?
A1 from Rick.
I have the CD right here in front of me & it is a boot
CD of course , but it follows the track listings that I had
always read were the ones for "Bolan Alley" so I
don't think it was a figments of imagination.
A2 from Vampyre.
Rick, I have a bootleg CD with the exact same track listing
(including version 1, 2, etcs in parenthesis) and it is a
picture disc with a fab silk screened pic. It's called
Cosmic Planet Elemental Queen on Retropop label, 159080.
The legit Spaceball CD beats shit out of the bootleg as far
as sound quality, more tracks, and of course, the
A3 from Rick.
so it seems to me the history of it goes like this :
1- Bolan Alley LP Bootleg ( a rumoured release listed with
the tracks from the known USA radio shows )
2- released on CD as "Elemental Queen" in Pix CD
a Cd pressing of what was rumoured to be the track listing
of the "Bolan Alley" LP
3- Legit release as "Spaceball" 2 CD set The
rights are issued and the radio shows finally appear as a
legit release -with much clearer sound-
- ==== Review by Russ ====
Capitol radio sessions ... is the Acoustic sets that are
quite popular. I think one is on "Highway Angels"
and the Cd "Acoustic Warrior" are the acoustic
solo radio shows with added instruments.
==== Review by Jimbo ====
Hullabaloo - the legendary Capital Radio Sessions &
more 63 mins
If you can only buy one more CD for the rest of the year,
it has to be this one.
At last, a Hullabaloo session of superb sound quality, with
marc, gloria and the band laid back and live and soundind
superb. With Kenny Everett and Maggie Bell ad-libbing
throughout. From Mothering Sunday- 28th March 1976, the
show kicks off with London Boys and Funky London Childhood.
Both unique live recordings. Followed by a melodic and
warbling Dreamy Lady. "Oh baby, I need your Kenny
Everett charm around my arm" laughs Marc. tracks
include, Teenager in Love, New York City.
Theres more. T-Rex live at the Wimbledon Theatre '76.
I love to Boogie,
Funky London Childhood,
Soul of my Suit.,
New York City
Get it On.
Cd also contains;
T-Rexra Bonus Trax;
Capital Radio Jingle
Live German version of Laser Love.
Get it On.
Capital Radio rehersal.
Marc and Roy Wood.
Walkin thru that Door (marc and Gloria)
Interview with Stan Lee
I love to Boogie from Totp 76.
==== Note from MarkMcL ====
Hullaballo is available from The Marc
The Bolan Society
PO Box 297
East Sussex BN9 9NX
- Electric Warrior
- Not actually out takes from EW but various sessions
recorded around that time.
- Electric Boogie
- === from the Nov 97 edition of Record Collector:
T-Rex fans expecting to hear recordings from the Weeley
Festival on Burning Airlines' "Electric
Boogie" CD are invited to contact the label for free
revised booklets after it was discovered that the
performances come from other 1971 shows. "We were
duped by a so-called fan who sold us the tapes" says a
spokesman, adding that "as T-Rex fans ourselves we
were particularly upset due to the immense amount of hard
work put into the project."
For a free revised booklet, please write to T-Rex, NMC ltd,
112b High Road, Ilford, Essex, IG1 1BY
- T.Rex In
- Info from Ivan: (quote) Live tracks from the 1971
"Electric Warrior" tour. A Picture disc (A BOLAN
1P) exists in two versions with different pictures and a DJ
only promo version with the same catalogue # has all the
crowd noise removed so that there are distinctive bands
between the tracks. Notable as the first Bolan live LP.
For me this was a disappointment. It has
"whistling" Bob Harris introducing the band and
quite a lot of chat from Marc about how they were really
the same band despite having gone electric. And then an
incident where a fan was being thrown off the stage. But,
all in all, musically pretty dire IMHO. Give me a studio
album any day.
- Pain and
- I know nothing about this apart from the track
1 Capital Jingle
2 Till Dawn 2
3 Till Dawn 3
4 Two Tone Lady
5 Saturation Syncopation
6 Pain & Love
8 Telegram Sam
10 Spaceball Richochet
11 Baby's New Blues
12 Mister Mister
13 A Thousand Marc Charms
14 Saturation Syncopation
15 KLOS Jingle
16 KLOS Jingle
17 WGLD Jingle
- Songs from the Granada TV
- That just about says it.
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