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Marc Bolan and T Rex live for Record Store Day 2017

A live Marc Bolan and T.Rex album was never released during Marc’s lifetime. He claimed that he felt it unfair to expect fans to buy the same material more than once, and a multitude of contractual problems also kept his hands tied. This has often been due to the quality of the source tapes , a problem that has been largely unavoidable.

For this first release on vinyl the sound has been cleaned up as far as is possible without altering what was recorded. The 1977 ‘Dandy In The Underworld’ tour, which featured The Damned as the support, was Marc Bolan’s most successful since 1972, receiving widespread acclaim from previously hostile critics, and earning Bolan a whole new credibility amongst the burgeoning punk audience. It is from this final tour that these recordings are taken.

Despite extensive research over many years, a tape of the final three songs from The Rainbow has remained elusive. In order to present as complete a document of the final T.Rex tour as is possible, we have used recordings of the three missing Rainbow songs from the last date of the “Dandy In The Underworld” tour, Portsmouth Locarno on 20th March 1977.

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A live Marc Bolan and T.Rex album was never released during Marc’s lifetime. He claimed that he felt it unfair to expect fans to buy the same material more than once, and a multitude of contractual problems also kept his hands tied. This has often been due to the quality of the source tapes – a problem that has been largely unavoidable. For this first release on vinyl the sound has been cleaned up as far as is possible without altering what was recorded.

The 1977 ‘Dandy In The Underworld’ tour, which featured The Damned as the support, was Marc Bolan’s most successful since 1972, receiving widespread acclaim from previously hostile critics, and earning Bolan a whole new credibility amongst the burgeoning punk audience. It is from this final tour that these recordings are taken. On 18th March 1977, Marc Bolan and the latest incarnation of T.Rex brought their successful Spring tour to the Rainbow Theatre in north London. As the band crashed out the opening bars to “Jeepster”, few in the packed auditorium could have known that Bolan’s wheel had come full circle. As a boy in the 1950s he had visited this same building – used then as a cinema, the Finsbury Park Astoria – in the company of his older brother Harry Feld to see the movie “Jailhouse Rock”.

Despite extensive research over many years, a tape of the final three songs from The Rainbow has remained elusive. In order to present as complete a document of the final T.Rex tour as is possible, we have used recordings of the three missing Rainbow songs from the last date of the “Dandy In The Underworld” tour, Portsmouth Locarno on 20th March 1977. Whilst the Locarno tape suffers several faults, the songs included here feature the historic final UK performance of “Get It On”, with T.Rex joined on stage by The Damned.
Limited to just 2000! units.

TRACK LISTING

LP 1: Jeepster / Visions Of Domino / New York City / Soul Of My Suit / Groove A Little / Telegram Sam / Hang Ups
LP 2: Debora / I Love To Boogie / Teen Riot Structure / Dandy In The Underworld / Hot Love / Get It On [with The Damned]

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