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Bolan's Zip Gun [Extra tracks, Original recording remastered, Import]

Marc Bolan & T Rex Audio CD
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Product details

  • Audio CD (24 Jan 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Extra tracks, Original recording remastered, Import
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B000C3H4R2
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 407,666 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Light Of Love
2. Solid Baby
3. Precious Star
4. Token Of My Love
5. Space Boss
6. Think Zinc
7. Till Dawn
8. Girl In The Thunderbolt Suit
9. I Really Love You Babe
10. Golden Belt
See all 13 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Light Of Love
2. Solid Baby
3. Precious Star
4. Token Of My Love
5. Space Boss
6. Think Zinc
7. Till Dawn
8. Girl In The Thunderbolt Suit
9. I Really Love You Babe (Precision Debating)
10. Golden Belt
See all 19 tracks on this disc

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Rediscover... 9 Aug 2005
By P. Sanders VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
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.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It was my light of love 4 Feb 2009
Format:Audio CD
This was the first bolan album I bought in 1976. I was just becoming a T.Rex fan. A bit late in the day by everybody elses reckoning. But the fact Marc was out of fashion at the time made me love him even more!! I devoured this Lp playing it over and over again. At the time it was thought a poor result for Marc, but it has stood the test of time and in fact could be considered up there with all the recent songs that use repetitive lyrics and beats. In that sense Marc was ahead of his time. The unique lyrics and visual metaphors created by the unusual songs such as 'golden belt' and 'girl in the thunderbolt suit' will suit anybody into the surreal sound of Bolan in the 1970s.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An album to reevaluate 15 Jan 2002
Format:Audio CD
Although not considered one of Bolan's best albums, and a commercial failur by Bolan's standard. The album is wortn a listen to show the diversity of his talents. At times the music is overcrowded, but the content varies to the heavy Think Zinc to the sweet ' Precious Star' The CD shows the black american influence that Gloria Jones brought in. I think had it been mixed by Viconti then it would have been a much more polished album but it is still excellent
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Bolan Classic - unfairly underrated 18 Mar 2008
Format:Audio CD
Bolan's Zip Gun came from Marc's Los Angeles trips and was heavily influenced by the American Soul scene, hence the use of American backing singers - almost gospel like backgrounds but also the writing was under the influence of mindblowing drugs. So in a sense this was Marc's phsychedelia trip that so many other great bands have undergone in their histories (i.e. Rubber Soul - The Beatles & Pet Sounds - Beach Boys) and sadly at the time it wasn't timed right. This should've came out after Tanx and Zinc Alloy to follow. Several of the tracks are deep in brilliant orchestration like Till Dawn (Bonus disc features 3 other takes) - A perfect Bolanesque love song with wild twirling melodies and soaring guitar work. Light Of Love and Zip Gun Boogie are atypical Bubblegum pop hits with a T.Rex reworking, Space Boss,Solid Baby and Think Zinc are normal Bolan hard tracks way ahead of their time where the gospel influence is is clear in Precious Star, Token Of Your Love & I Really Love You Babe. All in all a really deep Spectoresque cocaine trip into the Soul of Marc Bolan & T.rex
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A Mixed Bag of Bolan... 4 Dec 2000
Format:Audio CD
Marc Bolan. The guy was a musical genius. Marc Bolan plus Tony Visconti was pure magic. This is Marc's first album after parting ways with Visconti in 1974. The result is mixed, but often disappointing. The only glimmer of the former T. Rex sound shows up in "Till Dawn" and "Think Zinc". The production is very weak and suffers throughout. Songs such as "I really Love You Babe" and "Golden Belt" are utterly unlistenable in my opinion.
This would be an album for completists only. If you're looking for a good place to start, in my opinion, this is the best route:
1. Electric Warrior
2. The Slider
3. Tanx
4. T. Rex (Self Titled)
5. Unicorn

That's good for a start!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not Marc's finest hour.... 7 Oct 2007
By DavyA TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
I love Marc's music but would be the first to agree with the widely held consensus, that this is the poorest of the lot. The production suffers from the loss of Visconti & the songs themselves are not the greatest showcase for Bolan's talents.
That said, Marc was trying a new direction & for fans, this in itself, makes the album worth having.
There are some very funky tracks on the album ("Think Zinc" probably gives the best illustration of the rock / funk / soul fusion Marc was trying to perfect) & you can see what Marc was trying to achieve, it just doesn't quite come off all the way through.
This is an innovative album that doesn't always get acknowledged as such (was any other British artist trying to master that kind of sound at the time ??) but often, it almost sounds like an experimental set of recordings & as such, doesn't always cut the mustard, as well as you might like.I still think it's a pretty good record, just not one of Bolan's best.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Bolan's off tune
First let me say, that this is my least favorite T. Rex album, just beating Zinc Alloy to that award. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Casanova Frankenstein
5.0 out of 5 stars This makes up a full TREX collection again
The final nail in the coffin, the last album needed to complete a collection I had a few years ago.
Great to have again
Published 11 months ago by Terry McAlear
2.0 out of 5 stars nOT hIS best
This is my least favourite T.Rex Album, there are some good tracks on it, and Zip Gun Boogie is a better listen "live". Read more
Published 17 months ago by tanx54
4.0 out of 5 stars Precious Star
As other reviews state, not the greatest Bolan effort but still Precious.
I agree with A. Fronteras: "An album to re-evaluate" , that if Visconti had produced this... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Platinum
2.0 out of 5 stars marc goes pure pop
How would marc recover from the disaster that was 'zinc alloy'? that was the question on my mind at the time when i was awaiting the release of this album. Read more
Published 22 months ago by the lone voice of reason
5.0 out of 5 stars Underated
This album was concieved during the Bolan wilderness years. It is a very underated album that has improved witrh age with some great tracks such as Token of your love and Till... Read more
Published 22 months ago by Zinc Alloy
5.0 out of 5 stars Underated...Really Underated...
By 1974 T-Rex Were Slipping Down The Uk Charts. Marc Bolan Had Changed His Sound, Influenced By Partner Gloria Jones. Read more
Published on 9 Sep 2006 by JB
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