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On this day today 9th October 1971 , 44 years ago today – T. Rex:  released the album  Electric Warrior is released.
Electric Warrior was the sixth album by T. Rex, released in the USA on  September 24th, 1971. It reached #32 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart, and reached #1 for several weeks on the UK Albums chart. It features the single, “Get It On”, which reached #10 on the Billboard Hot 100. In 2003 it was ranked number 160 in Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.

Marc Bolan, in a 1971 interview, said of the album:
“I think Electric Warrior, for me, is the first album which is a statement of 1971 for us in England. I mean that’s… If anyone ever wanted to know why we were big in the other part of the world, that album says it, for me.”

Prior to Electric Warrior’s release, T. Rex (or, as it had mostly been known, Tyrannosaurus Rex) was a folk-rock duo that played acoustic guitar and bongos augmented by the occasional electric and full drum kit. While some of the hippie-prophet philosophy that dominated Tyrannosaurus Rex’s music can still be heard here (especially on the dreamy geneology of “Cosmic Dancer”), Electric Warrior, for the most part, represents a revolution in attitude and approach. Singer/songwriter/guitarist Marc Bolan expanded the band here for a full rock sound, and focused on lean, hook-heavy pop songs that relied on slinky grooves and the riveting energy of early rock & roll. Married to Bolan’s cheeky and charasmatic sexuality and theatrical flair, the results were undeniable.

From the mid-tempo thump of “Mambo Sun” to the crashing yowl of “Rip Off,” Electric Warrior is fuzzy, nasty, and immediately appealing. Songs like “Jeepster” and Get It On “Bang A Gong” pump straight from the elemental heart of rock & roll, yet the songs are fleshed out beautifully with strings, handclaps, backup vocals, and Tony Visconti’s expansive production. Bolan’s glitzy, sexy aesthetic directly sparked the glam movement (he was a huge influence on David Bowie and the creation of his Ziggy Stardust persona), while his punchy, back-to-basics approach also presaged the stripped-down, three-minute song attack of the Ramones and the punk movement in the later ’70s. As a result, Electric Warrior can be seen as one of the most enduring and quietly influential records in the rock canon.

So elegant, so fey (check the cover of T. Rex, his first on Reprise), Marc Bolan is a stripling, a sylph. Too old to be innocent in today’s world, though his years number 23, he plays to the post-J.F.K. set, yet with enough decadence and sarcasm for any war baby to hum along. He’s been rewarded with three No. One singles in England, where their sense of youth is less pristine (and besides, how old is the average singles consumer anyway?).

Marc is one of the eternally precocious, fated to live outside the world of adults forever. But he is an outsider in another sense, too. Back when T. Rex was known as Tyrannosaurus Rex, Marc sang of and inhabited a medieval world of wizards and unicorns. Now his subject and medium is rock ‘n’ roll, and his outsider’s stance (chronologically young because historically young) enables him to see things with a special clarity and vision. Marc’s lyrics still sound like nursery rhymes, and he sings with a puckish quaver, but he now plays a mean lead guitar.

What Marc seems to be saying on Electric Warrior is that rock is ultimately as quaint as wizards and unicorns, and finally, as defunct. It is a self-contained, completed form, with T. Rex and Black Sabbath, both parodists in their own way, its parentheses. His targets are your common rock & roll cliches, as well as your common pseudo-poetic, pseudo-philosophical rock & roll cliches. E.g. “Monolith,” or Stanley Kubrick meets the Duke of Earl: “And dressed as you are girl/In your fashions of fate/Baby it’s too late,” or “And lost like a lion/In the canyons of smoke/Girl it’s no joke.”

“Jeepster,” which sounds a lot like Carl Perkins, carries the great tradition of Chuck Berry and Beach Boys car songs one step further: “Just like a car/You’re pleasing to behold/I’ll call you Jaguar/If I may be so bold,” while several of Bolan’s specific images are Dylan-derived, like “society’s ditch,” “burning up your feet,” “Egyptian ruby,” and “Mountings of the moon/Remind me of my spoon.”

“Lean Woman Blues,” a takeoff on blues-rock, begins as Marc yells to the band, “One, two, buckle my shoe,” and then goes on to encounter wrong notes, chaotic over-dubbings, distorting guitar, and an extraneous “And I’m Blue” tagged on at the end of every stanza.

In “The Motivator,” Marc considers the aesthetics of government (“I love the velvet hat/You know the one that caused a revolution”), but saves his most profound convictions on you-know-what revolution for “Rip-Off”:

In the moonlight
Fighting with the night
It’s a rip-off
Kissing all the slain
I’m bleeding in the rain
It’s a rip-off
Such a rip-off…
etc., etc., for 16 stanzas.

Marc’s voice, appropriately, is Buddy Holly at several removes; Buddy, notwithstanding his genius, being, via Tommy Roe, the patron saint of bubblegum. At the same time, the combination of an effete vocal and an aggressive back-up is reminiscent of the early Ray Davies and the Dylan of Blonde on Blonde.

All of which goes to show that with Electric Warrior, Marc Bolan establishes himself as the heaviest rocker under 5’4″ in the world today.

Side one
“Mambo Sun” – 3:40
“Cosmic Dancer” – 4:30
“Jeepster” – 4:12
“Monolith” – 3:49
“Lean Woman Blues” – 3:02

Side two
“Get It On” – 4:27
“Planet Queen” – 3:13
“Girl” – 2:32
“The Motivator” – 4:00
“Life’s a Gas” – 2:24
“Rip Off” – 3:40

CD Bonus tracks:
“There Was a Time” – 1:00
“Raw Ramp” – 4:16
“Planet Queen” (acoustic version) – 3:00
“Hot Love” – 4:59
“Woodland Rock” – 2:24
“King of the Mountain Cometh” – 3:57
“The T. Rex Electric Warrior Interview” – 19:35

30th Anniversary Special Edition CD bonus tracks:
“Rip Off” [Work in Progress] – 2:30
“Mambo Sun” [Work in Progress] – 3:57
“Cosmic Dancer” [Work in Progress] – 5:15
“Monolith” [Work in Progress] – 4:47
“Get It On” [Work in Progress] – 4:43
“Planet Queen” [Work in Progress] – 0:56
“The Motivator” [Work in Progress] – 4:19
“Life’s a Gas” [Work in Progress] – 3:14

T.Rex recorded a performance of Jeepster for the german programme Beat-Club .
Beat-Club was a infamous German music program that ran from September 1965 to December 1972. Jeepster was performed in front of a blue screen, graphic’s were added later and the finished film was transmitted on November 13th T. Rex were a British glam rock band formed in 1967 by singer/ songwriter and guitarist Marc Bolan.

The band formed as Tyrannosaurus Rex, releasing four underground folk albums under the name. Tony Visconti (their producer for several albums) claimed in a documentary on the band that he had taken the abbreviated term “T. Rex” as a shorthand. This initially irritated Bolan, who gradually came around to the idea and officially shortened the band’s name to “T. Rex” at roughly the same time they started having their first big hits (and shortly after going electric).

After earning success in the early and mid-1970s, the band broke up after Bolan was killed in a 1977 car accident. In 1971 T. Rex performed their Hit Single “Jeepster” live at the Beat Club Show in Bremen


Fellow glam rock star Suzi Quatro narrates a documentary which examines Marc Bolan’s childhood ambitions of fame and where it led him, using previously lost TV and radio interviews, rediscovered Top of the Pops recordings, unseen concert footage and unique home movies.

Includes contributions from his companion Gloria Jones, brother Harry Feld, producer Tony Visconti, Queen’s Roger Taylor, Steve Harley, Zandra Rhodes and more, with Visconti also deconstructing the track Ride a White Swan.

Marc Bolan: Marc Bolan At The BBC

Like his contemporary, friend, rival and peer David Bowie, Marc Bolan’s journey from ace face Mod in the London of the Swinging ‘60s to ground-breaking megastar in the early-‘70s was a fascinating one. Having progressed through noise-heavy protro-Psychedelia with his first band John’s Children, Bolan transitioned into a mystical hippy poet with the John Peel-endorsed Tyrannosaurus Rex before shortening the name, going electric and officially kicking off the 1970s (whilst inventing Glam Rock in the process) with his band T.Rex. This box set tells that incredible journey via every surviving BBC Session we could get our hands on. As we know the BBC wiped and lost many sessions and concerts from the late-‘60s and early-‘70s. Via an incredible amount of sleuthing work from within the Bolan community, Bolan At The BBC combines all of the surviving BBC recordings with sessions taken from BBC Transcription Discs, off air recordings made on reel-to-reel tape recorders and, in one or two instances, cassette tapes. Easily the most ambitious and complete collection of BBC recordings so far, it’s a fascinating alternative journey through a megastar’s entire relationship with the nation’s broadcasting institution.

1 Jagged Time Lapse (BBC Radio One/ Saturday Club: TX 17/6/1968) 00:02:35
2 Interview With John Hewlett (BBC Radio One/ Saturday Club: TX 17/6/1968) 00:00:49
3 The Perfumed Garden Of Gulliver Smith (BBC Radio One/ Saturday Club: TX 17/6/1968) 00:02:43
4 Daddy Rolling Stone (BBC Radio One/ Saturday Club: TX 17/6/1968) 00:02:09
5 Hot Rod Mama (BBC Radio One/ Saturday Club: TX 17/6/1968) 00:03:07
6 Top Gear Jingle (Broadcast 27/10/68 On ‘Top Gear’) 00:00:12
7 Highways (With Chat) (BBC Radio One Top Gear : Recorded 30/10/67) 00:01:50
8 Dwarfish Trumpet Blues (With Chat ) (BBC Radio One Top Gear : Recorded 30/10/67) 00:02:32
9 Scenescof (With Interview) (BBC Radio One Top Gear : Recorded 30/10/67) 00:02:18
11 Pictures Of Purple People (With Interview) (BBC Radio One Top Gear : Recorded 30/10/67) 00:02:50
12 Hot Rod Mama (With Interview) (BBC Radio One Top Gear : Recorded 30/10/67) 00:03:17
13 Knight (With Chat) (BBC Radio One Top Gear : Transmitted 24/3/68) 00:02:26
14 Frowning Atahuallpa (With Chat) (BBC Radio One Top Gear : Transmitted 24/3/68) 00:04:35
16 Afghan Woman (With Chat) (BBC Radio One Top Gear : Transmitted 5/5/68) 00:02:03
17 Deborah (With Chat) (BBC Radio One Top Gear : Transmitted 5/5/68 1) 00:03:16
18 Mustang Ford (With Chat) (BBC Radio One Top Gear : Transmitted 5/5/68) 00:03:16
19 Stacey Grove (With Chat) (BBC Radio One Top Gear : Transmitted 14/7/68) 00:01:51
20 One Inch Rock (With Chat) (BBC Radio One Top Gear : Transmitted 14/7/68) 00:01:37
21 Salamanda Palaganda (With Chat) (BBC Radio One Top Gear : Transmitted 14/7/68) 00:02:06
23 Wind Quartets (With Chat) (BBC Radio One Top Gear : Transmitted 25/8/68) 00:02:53
24 Juniper Suction (Poem) (BBC Radio One – Voice Of Pop : Transmitted 21/9/68) 00:00:31
25 Juniper Suction (With Interview) (BBC Radio One – Voice Of Pop : Transmitted 21/9/68) 00:01:42
26 The Friends (With Chat) (BBC Radio One Top Gear : Transmitted 10/11/68) 00:01:21
27 Consuela (With Chat) (BBC Radio One Top Gear : Transmitted 10/11/68) 00:02:29
28 The Seal Of Seasons (With Chat) (BBC Radio One Top Gear : Transmitted 10/11/68) 00:01:41
29 Evenings Of Damask (With Chat) (BBC Radio One Top Gear : Transmitted 10/11/68) 00:02:22
30 The Travelling Tragition (BBC Radio One Top Gear : Transmitted 22/12/68) 00:01:46
1 Pewter Suitor (With Chat) (BBC Radio One Top Gear : Transmitted 16/2/69) 00:01:19
2 Interview With Brian Matthew (BBC Radio One Top Gear : Transmitted 11/5/69) 00:01:32
3 Chariots Of Silk (BBC Live – Top Gear 11/5/69) 00:02:30
4 Once Upon The Seas of Abyssinia (With Chat) (BBC Radio One Top Gear : Transmitted 11/5/69) 00:02:26
5 Nijinsky Hind (With Chat) (BBC Radio One Top Gear : Transmitted 11/5/69) 00:02:21
6 The Misty Coast of Albany (With Chat) (BBC Radio One Top Gear : Transmitted 11/5/69) 00:02:23
7 Iscariot (With Chat) (BBC Radio One – Top Gear : Recorded 5/5/1969) 00:02:01
8 A Star of Youth – Poem With Chat (BBC Radio One – Night Ride: Recorded 11/6/1969) 00:01:04
9 A Ship Of Rhythm – Poem With Chat (BBC Radio One – Night Ride: Recorded 11/6/1969) 00:01:36
10 The Winged Man With Eyes Downcast To The Moon – Poem With Chat (BBC Radio One – Night Ride : Recorded 11/6/1969) 00:00:54
11 Interview With Brian Matthew (BBC Radio One – Top Gear: Recorded 17/11/1969) 00:00:57
12 Fist Heart Mighty Dawn Dart (BBC Live – Top Gear 17/11/69) 00:02:42
13 Pavilions Of Sun (BBC Live – Top Gear 17/11/69) 00:02:50
14 A Day Laye (BBC Live – Top Gear 17/11/69) 00:02:00
15 By The Light Of A Magical Moon (BBC Live/ Top Gear/ London/ 1969) 00:02:46
16 Wind Cheetah (BBC Live – Top Gear 17/11/69) 00:02:31
17 Hot Rod Mama (BBC Radio One/ In Concert/ Recorded Live 1/1/1970 (Complete With Chat)) 00:02:17
18 Deborah (BBC Radio One/ In Concert/ Recorded Live 1/1/1970 (Complete With Chat)) 00:03:44
19 Pavilions Of Sun (BBC Radio One/ In Concert/ Recorded Live 1/1/1970 (Complete With Chat)) 00:03:36
20 Dove (BBC Radio One/ In Concert/ Recorded Live 1/1/1970 (Complete With Chat)) 00:04:27
21 By The Light Of The Magical Moon (BBC Radio One/ In Concert/ Recorded Live 1/1/1970 (Complete With Chat)) 00:03:49
22 Elemental Child (BBC Radio One/ In Concert/ Recorded Live 1/1/1970 (Complete With Chat)) 00:07:05
23 The Wizard (BBC Radio One/ In Concert/ Recorded Live 1/1/1970 (Complete With Chat)) 00:09:21
1 Ride A White Swan (BBC Live/ Top Gear/ London, 1970) 00:02:03
2 Jewel (BBC Live/ Top Gear/ London/ 1970) 00:03:32
3 Elemental Child (BBC Live – Top Gear 26/10/70) 00:07:44
4 Sun Eye (BBC Live/ Top Gear, London/ 1970) 00:02:00
5 My Baby’s Like A Cloudform (Bob Harris Show – Broadcast 16/11/70) 00:01:25
6 Funk Music (Bob Harris Show – Broadcast 16/11/70) 00:01:46
7 Summertime Blues (BBC Live – Dave Lee Travis 9/12/70) 00:03:33
8 Jewel (BBC Live – Dave Lee Travis 9/12/70) 00:03:20
9 Hot Love (BBC Live – Dave Lee Travis 9/12/70) 00:03:09
10 Debora (BBC Radio One – In Concert: Transmitted 20/12/1970 (Complete And Different)) 00:05:36
11 Elemental Child (BBC Radio One – In Concert: Transmitted 20/12/1970 (Complete And Different)) 00:09:06
12 Woodland Bop Medley: Woodland Bop/ Consuela / The King Of The Mountain Cometh / Woodland Bop (BBC Radio One – In Concert: Transmitted 20/12/1970 (Complete And Different)) 00:07:33
13 Ride A White Swan (BBC Radio One – In Concert: Transmitted 20/12/1970 (Complete And Different)) 00:03:13
14 Jewel (BBC Radio One – In Concert: Transmitted 20/12/1970 (Complete And Different)) 00:08:01
1 Woodland Rock (BBC Live – Radio 1 Club 9/3/71) 00:02:27
2 Beltane Walk (BBC Live – Radio 1 Club 9/3/71) 00:02:22
3 Seagull Woman (Backing Track) 00:02:20
4 Hot Love (BBC Live – Radio 1 Club 9/3/71) 00:02:48
5 Interview With Keith Altham (BBC Radio One Interview: Recorded 16/4/1971) 00:03:53
6 Jeepster (BBC Live – 20/07/1971) 00:03:09
7 Get It On (BBC Live – 20/07/1971) 00:04:39
8 Electric Boogie (BBC Live – 20/07/71) 00:01:47
9 Bob Harris Jingle (BBC Live – Bob Harris 1971) 00:00:19
10 Sailors Of The Highway (BBC Live – Bob Harris 3/08/71) 00:02:46
11 Girl (BBC Live – Bob Harris 03/08/71) 00:02:13
12 Cadillac (BBC Live – Bob Harris 3/08/71) 00:03:30
13 Jeepster (BBC Live – Bob Harris 03/08/71) 00:03:30
14 Life’s A Gas (BBC Live – Bob Harris 03/08/71) 00:02:18
15 Christmas Jingle (BBC Live – Bob Harris Dec 1971) 00:00:17
16 Interview with Tony Norman (BBC Radio One Interview: Recorded 4/12/1971) 00:09:41
17 Telegram Sam (BBC Radio One – Peter Powell Show: Broadcast 29/1/1972) 00:02:50
18 Interview With Keith Altham (BBC Radio One Interview: Recorded 5/2/1972) 00:15:39
1 Metal Guru 00:02:05
2 Interview With Andrew Salkey (BBC Interview: Broadcast 13/5/1972) 00:07:10
3 The Slider (BBC Mix) 00:03:29
4 Mystic Lady (BBC Mix) 00:03:07
5 Rock On (BBC Mix) 00:03:18
6 Main Man (Live, London/ 1972/ BBC Mix) 00:04:14
7 Interview With Johnny Moran (BBC Interview: Broadcast 26/8/1972) 00:14:34
8 Children Of The Revolution 00:02:29
9 Solid Gold Easy Action (BBC Mix) 00:02:06
10 20 th Century Boy 00:03:37
11 Free Angel (BBC Mix) 00:02:12
12 Interview With Nicky Horne (BBC Interview: Broadcast 10/3/1973) 00:07:35
13 Rapids (BBC Mix) 00:02:47
14 Mad Donna (BBC Mix) 00:02:16
15 The Groover (David Hamilton Show – June 1973) 00:03:00
16 Midnight (BBC Mix) 00:03:04
1 Interview With Annie Nightingale (BBC Radio One Interview: Broadcast 28/6/1973) 00:04:50
2 Blackjack (Big Carrot) (BBC Mix) 00:03:21
3 Truck On (Tyke) (BBC Mix) 00:03:11
4 Sitting Here (BBC Mix) 00:02:19
5 Teenage Dream 00:05:18
6 Interview With Michael Wale (Rockspeak: Broadcast 11/1/1974) 00:12:22
7 Light Of Love (BBC Mix) 00:03:29
8 Explosive Mouth (BBC Mix) 00:02:32
9 Zip Gun Boogie (BBC Mix) 00:03:21
10 Space Boss (BBC Mix) 00:02:56
11 New York City 00:03:31
12 Dreamy Lady (David Hamilton Show: Recorded 23/9/1975) 00:03:09
13 Do You Wanna Dance (Transcription: Recorded 23/9/1975) 00:02:34
14 Interview (Insight: 1975) 00:03:34
15 Interview (Insight: 30/5/1976) 00:05:49
16 I Love To Boogie 00:02:15
17 Celebrate Summer (David Hamilton Show: Recorded 19/8/1977) 00:02:11
10 Child Star (With Interview) (BBC Radio One Top Gear : Recorded 30/10/67) 00:03:01
15 Strange Orchestras (BBC Radio One Top Gear : Transmitted 5/5/68) 00:01:54
22 Eastern Spell (With Chat) (BBC Radio One Top Gear : Transmitted 14/7/68) 00:01:32


Bolan Paves The Way For Superstardom


“A Beard of Stars”  was the fourth studio album by the psychedelic folk rock band Tyrannosaurus Rex, and their last before changing their name It was released on 13 March 1970 by record label Regal Zonophone.“Something was definitely happening,” said Tony Visconti. “We knew we were getting closer to the sound and vision what we wanted.” The American-born producer was talking about ‘A Beard Of Stars,’ the album that paved the way for the “Bolanmania” of the early 1970s. Recorded between April–November 1969 at Trident Studios, London, The final LP released by Marc Bolan and his band as Tyrannosaurus Rex before they mutatad into T. Rex,

The album was the follow-up to 1969’s ‘Unicorn,’ after which Bolan took the bold and decisive step of firing musical partner Steve Peregrin Took. His voice was already on some of the new material Visconti had recorded, so the producer had to replace it with new vocals by Bolan. Meanwhile, Took’s successor, Mickey Finn, started to be integrated into the band. Even if Visconti would find him to be less versatile than his predecessor, his good looks were a help, and he played percussion.

In his autobiography “Bowie, Bolan and the Brooklyn Boy”, Visconti wrote: “The album was made in a really good atmosphere, helped no end by Finn’s positive spirit, which all led to the sessions being very creative and experimental.” ‘A Beard Of Stars’ was also the album on which Marc Bolan went electric, playing Visconti’s guitar just before buying his own white Fender Stratocaster.  It was notable for being the first album on which Bolan used the electric guitar, although that instrument had first appeared on the band’s 1969 single “King of the Rumbling Spires”/”Do You Remember”.  But, “A Beard of Stars”  became the turning point where Marc Bolan began evolving from an unrepentant hippie into the full-on swaggering rock star he would be within a couple of years, though for those not familiar with his previous work, it still sounds like the work of a man with his mind plugged into the age of lysergic enchantment .Four tracks from this album, including “Great Horse”, were salvaged from the spring 1969 sessions for a fourth album with original percussionist Steve Peregrin Took in the wake of “King of the Rumbling Spires”. These four tracks were overdubbed for release by Finn and  Bolan with  Visconti. A further four tracks from the Took sessions rejected for the final album  subsequently surfaced on various compilations, three (“Once Upon the Seas of Abyssinia”, “Blessed Wild Apple Girl”, “Demon Queen”) in Bolan’s lifetime, the fourth (“Ill Starred Man”) posthumously. Other songs recorded around this time may include “Do You Remember” and “Find a Little Wood”


“A combination of Marc’s growing proficiency on rock guitar and my engineering chops getting better helped the duo sound more aggressive,” remembered Visconti. One single was released from the album, ‘By The Light Of A Magical Moon’; it missed the UK charts, but the album debuted and peaked at No. 21 and totalled six weeks on the bestsellers. It was clear that Marc Bolan was ready to become the pop star figurehead and idol he soon turned into.

Marc Bolan probably wouldn’t have expected that his rivals for the UK’s prestigious Christmas No. 1 spot in 1972 would include a former Beatle or a novelty disc by a 46-year-old rock ‘n’ roller. Or that the T. Rex single, John & Yoko’s ‘Happy Christmas (War Is Over)’ and Chuck Berry’s ‘My Ding-A-Ling’ would all lose out to a nine-year-old. Little Jimmy Osmond may have won that battle with ‘Long Haired Lover From Liverpool,’ but Bolan’s ‘Solid Gold Easy Action’ won an enduring place in the T.Rex catalogue, after entering the chart.
‘Solid Gold Easy Action’ thus became the second consecutive single by Bolan and the band to peak at No. 2 in less than three months. ‘Children Of The Revolution’ had been held off the top spot by first Slade’s ‘Mama Weer All Crazee Now’ .

Four of the six previous T.Rex singles had gone to No. 1; the exceptions were the No. 7 reissue of Tyrannosaurus Rex’s ‘Debora’ and ‘One Inch Rock,’ and ‘Jeepster,’ also kept at No. 2 the year before. That too was at the hands of a novelty hit that became the Christmas No. 1, Benny Hill’s ‘Ernie (The Fastest Milkman In The West).’

Such were the eccentricities of the UK singles chart, but ‘Solid Gold’ was a lively addition to a canon that, surprisingly, would only produce two more top ten singles before Bolanmania began to subside somewhat. According to the website, the Electric Light Orchestra frontman played guitar on the single, written by Marc Bolan and produced as usual by Tony Visconti.


T.REX THE 7” SINGLES BOX SET Limited 7 Inch Box Set. Limited to 1000 WORLDWIDE. Secure your copy today for just £5.
• While most of the T. Rex singles were issued in the UK in T. Rex Wax Co. housebags, in other territories, in Europe and beyond, the local licensee record companies tended to create their own artwork. These rare picture sleeves have become very collectable.
• So we have chosen twenty-four of the most interesting examples from around the world for this 7-inch singles box set, and have
included many more in the accompanying 20-page booklet.
• Also included are two bonus singles by Big Carrot and Marc Bolan & Gloria Jones.

Featured Tracks:
Ride A White Swan / Is It Love / Summertime Blues
Hot Love / Woodland Rock / The King Of The Mountain Cometh
Get It On / There Was A Time – Raw Ramp
Jeepster / Life’s A Gas
Telegram Sam / Cadilac / Baby Strange
Metal Guru / Thunderwing / Lady
Children Of The Revolution / Jitterbug Love / Sunken Rags
Solid Gold Easy Action / Xmas Riff – Born To Boogie
20th Century Boy / Free Angel
The Groover / Midnight
Truck On (Tyke) / Sitting Here
Teenage Dream / Satisfaction Pony
Light Of Love / Explosive Mouth
Zip Gun Boogie / Space Boss
New York City / Chrome Sitar
Dreamy Lady / Do You Wanna Dance? / Dock Of The Bay
Christmas Bop / Telegram Sam / Metal Guru
London Boys / Solid Baby
I Love To Boogie / Baby Boomerang
Laser Love / Life’s An Elevator
The Soul Of My Suit / All Alone
Dandy In The Underworld / Groove A Little / Tame My Tiger
Celebrate Summer / Ride My Wheels
Crimson Moon / Jason B. Sad
BIG CARROT: Blackjack / Squint Eye Mangle
MARC BOLAN & GLORIA JONES: To Know You Is To Love You / City Port


On this day today 16th September 1977, 29 year old Marc Bolan the lead singer and songwriter guitarist of Glam rock band T.REX was killed instantly when his Purple Mini Clubman car driven by girlfriend Gloria Jones left the road and hit a tree in Barnes South West London it was two weeks before Marc’s 30th birthday, the couple were on their way back to Bolan’s home in East Sheen Richmond only a mile away after a night out at a Mortons restaurant in Mayfair London. Miss Jones broke her jaw and broke her arm in the accident, neither had their seatbelts on Marc’s home was looted shortly afterwards. Fellow band member Steve Currie also died in a car accident 4 years later and percussionist Mickey Finn died of liver related problems in 2003.

Steve Van Zandt Video of the day from the Underground garage is Marc Bolan’s T.Rex cover version of the Eddie Cochran song “Summertime Blues” Filmed at Wembley in 1972.
Im sure this was on the B-side of Ride A White Swan,

one of my Favourite not so well known Bolan tracks