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|1. Venus Loon|
|2. Sound Pit (Part 1& 2)|
|3. Explosive Mouth|
|5. Change (Signs)|
|6. Nameless Wildness|
|7. Teenage Dream|
|8. Liquid Gang|
|9. Carsmile Smith & The Old One|
|10. Spanish Midnight|
|11. Interstellar Soul|
|12. Painless Persuasion V. The Meathawk Immaculate|
|13. The Avengers (Superbad)|
|14. The Leopards Featuring Gardenia & The Mighty Slug|
|15. The Groover|
|17. Truck On (Tyke)|
|18. Sitting There (Sitting Here)|
|19. Satisfaction Pony|
|20. Nameless Wildness|
See all 24 tracks on this disc
You also hear how Marc was getting lazy when he stops halfway through songs [Sound Pit and Teenage Dream] then starts again and the bits are welded together so you can't see the join. I've always loved The Avengers (Superbad) and the two versions on here are excellent as well. Shame that the track labelled Interstellar Soul is actually another version of Painless Persuausion [great titles, no?] because I love Interstellar Soul and it would be great to hear another mix of that.
The Groover without its fiddling guitar bits is a revelation too. Nameless Wildness, seems not to have changed much until you get to the extended ending with Gloria Jones and Pat Hall sounding positively orgasmic!! I love the extended outro with Marc's many layered guitar solos. But the highlight of the album for me is Marc's "Ha ha ha, let's rock" intro to Liquid Gang which is also much more palatable with the thick production removed.Read more ›
Visconti is one of the best producers of all time. For, he produced the miraculous T.Rex albums before this. Visconti is proof that good production is not a sin, it is a formula. He had the chemistry right since "My People Were Fair..." as well as making Bowie what he is today. But, "Zinc Alloy..." is nothing but a utter distraction from the T.Rex legend. In fact, some T.Rex loyalists agree that the self-titled "T.Rex" album was indeed the ending to the legacy. I beg to differ, for, my 2 on 1 cassette version of "Electric Warrior/Slider" is what cursed me with T.Rex mania! I haven't lost interest since!
But, when I first heard "Zinc Alloy and the Hidden Riders of Tommorow" I nearly cried. I felt as if I was being taken on a voyage on the Muppet Show with the featured guest, Marc Bolan. The bongos seemed to be completely missing and I was outraged by the over-powered background vocals. It was like disco-mania happened way too soon.
Aside from the shrieking background vocals (Gloria Jones?), "Explosive Mouth" and "Change" are exceptions. But, the strength of the previous albums is nowhere to be found. During the 72 explosion of T.Rex mania, Marc Bolan had his share of negative critism from the media. Like many musicians, this crippled the legend. A BBC disc-jockey did a continous airplay of T.Rex songs and concluded the show with how much the tunes all sounded the same. Not only did this break Bolan's well-held ego, but it would eventually destroy him! This gem is reflectant of the new Bolan sound and is by no means the death of a legacy. The bonus tracks included here enrich a reissue of a reissue by all means!