Bolan's Zip gun may not be the best T.Rex album (it's certainly not the most famous - it failed to chart on its original release), but I believe it's ripe for rediscovery.
It's a short, stripped-back album (produced by Bolan himself without Tony Visconti for the first time), from the mid-70s period when Bolan's fans had all but forgotten him. However, along with "Zinc Alloy" and "Futuristic Dragon" it contains some of his most interesting work.
Yes, it's flawed. The lyrics are often repetitive, with choruses often consisting of the song's title repeated again and again and again. It also contains the horribly lumpy "Zip Gun Boogie". It's certainly not the first T.Rex album I'd recommend to the casual listener. But it's still Good Fun.
There are some great songs on here: the sweet "Light of Love"; "Till Dawn" - a 50s drive-in style ballad (the last Visconti collaboration) and the deliciously rude "Think Zinc" ("On the telephone, you should hear me groan"). There's also the great morning-after dirge of "Token of my Love", which sounds as though it's being played too slowly by a band on a bad come-down (as Bolan was relying heavily on cocaine and champagne at the time, this may be true...). And throughout there are the great backing vocals from Gloria Jones, et al, adding a blast of funky soul to every song. This copy also includes Pat Hall's lovely cover of "Dock of the Bay" that Bolan produced.
This album deserves to be remembered as part of the overall Bolan canon. If you already have other Bolan albums, give this one a shot.