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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.

TRACKS
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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”

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“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 jefflynnesongs.com website, the Electric Light Orchestra frontman played guitar on the single, written by Marc Bolan and produced as usual by Tony Visconti.

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T.REX THE 7” SINGLES BOX SET Limited 7 Inch Box Set. Limited to 1000 WORLDWIDE. Secure your copy today for just £5. http://www.whatrecords.co.uk/items/64430.htm
Overview:
• 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
BONUS SINGLES
BIG CARROT: Blackjack / Squint Eye Mangle
MARC BOLAN & GLORIA JONES: To Know You Is To Love You / City Port

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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

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TYRANNOSAURUS REX became T.Rex, Marc Bolan a acoustic hippy sitting cross legged on the floor with his guitar suddenly turned into using a white Fender Stratcaster Electric guitar and extended version’s of his songs and a great cover of the classic “Summertime Blues” with the name change to T.REX and the release of “Ride A White Swan” Bolan Hit the Big Time in 1971 and a Icon was born.

In 1970, Marc Bolan was in a state of creative flux that mirrored the changing decades. He’d spent the early years of his band, Tyrannosaurus Rex, playing the sort of trippy, lysergic fairy tales that typified the late ’60s period in which they were released. By October 1970, he would release the strutting “Ride A White Swan” under the shortened name T. Rex, a charting hit that presaged the glam-rock mania he’d kick off the very next year. And in between, he released A Beard Of Stars, his final album as Tyrannosaurus Rex, and the first to offer a hint of what was to come in its rocked-up final track, “Elemental Child.” Abandoning both his acoustic guitar and his gentle woodland keen for an electric boogie riff that builds to a sizzling, full-bore jam, “Elemental Child” is the sound of Bolan’s gentle, breezy hippie past being torn asunder and set on fire. By the time its five and a half minutes are up, the ’60s are officially over.