On 24th October 2007 at 10:14 Anonymous 332 wrote...
Great review, but how can this only get 3 out of 5? A sign of the times perhaps?
By Marc Bolan & T-Rex
When music of the 70s is mentioned the word T-Rex usually follows. This highly influential glam rock band led the glam rock generation invasion and this collection of hits re-released on vinyl with exclusive b-sides shows their prevalence is still with us even after Marc Bolan's tragic passing.
Fans of the band are treated with the acoustic demo of 'the Slider' on the first vinyl with 'Metal Guru' a number one for the band in 1972; for you Smiths fans out there, this is where the riff from 'Panic' comes from. The track remains unchanged from its original state and just proves why this song was a chart topper for 4 weeks. The Slider is the title track of the band's 1972 album, the rawness of this acoustic demo shows a seemingly vulnerable side to Marc Bolan, it is rough around the edges and it sounds there are a few minor mistakes but this adds to its charm as a rare item in the T-Rex catalogue.
The next vinyl starts of with the anthemic 'Children of the Revolution' which summed up what the 70s was really about with things such as pit-closures and major incidences such as 'Bloody Monday'. The times were changing and the songs strong message stands true to today's indie kids and metal heads. The song reached number 2 in 1972 when T-Rex was chart topping on a regular basis. The B side to this vinyl is the electric demo of the Leopards which is a build upon the previous B side so form acoustic to electric.
20th Century Boy has one of the best riffs of the seventies and one of the finest pieces of production by Tony Visconti. The simple guitar and clap opening to the sax solo closing the song shows a summary of 20th century music to that point. The B side is a duet a version of 'Teenager in Love' in which Marc Bolan and long time T-Rex collaborator Gloria Jones which brings this selection of re-releases to a poignant end reflecting back seemingly on Bolan's life.
The collection is a re-release with minimal change which is good in the sense it proves these singles can stay the test of time but with this also comes the risk of overplaying of these already popular songs. The memory of Bolan and T-Rex still lives on 30 years after the formidable front man's death.