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Firstly it opens with the magical false-start of "Tenement Lady", and ends with the magnificent glam-blues epic of "Left Hand Luke and the Beggar Boys". In-between are short, bite-sized bursts of musical delight: the achingly beautiful "Broken-Hearted Blues"; the simple, catchy "Street and Babe Shadow"; the lovely "Electric Slim and the Factory Hen" (love those titles). And if there are any songs you don't like they're so short that another good one will be along soon.
The extra tracks on this album include the two iconic T.Rex singles, "20th Century Boy" and "Children of the Revolution", making this a truly experimental glam album utterly indispensible.
After the phenomenal success of "Electric Warrior" and "The Slider," Marc's record company expected big things. What Marc gave them was "Tanx;" an album very different from its predecessors. Unfortunately, the critics and many of the fans didn't like the direction Marc took and the album was deemed a disappointment.
Why is this my favorite album of all time? When I first came upon this album several years ago, after all the bad critical press it got, I was expecting the worst. My thought was, Heck, I loved Electric Warrior and The Slider, how bad could this be? I put the needle down on the turntable and was captivated for the next 40 minutes or so.
"Oh, my darling there are many ways..." The album opens with the guitar boogie and spacey lyrics of "Tenement Lady," a combination of two songs. You'll note on disc 2, it's listed as "Tenement Lady/Darling". Two songs fused together into one great one. Lots of great production work on this one.
"Your mama said, clean out your head, boy..." Next is "Rapids," with lots of guitar slide overdubs. Again, lots of spacey lyrics in a Bolan boogie mind poem.
"I'm just lookin' for a change in my luck.." "Mister Mister" is great light acoustic song with a great sing-a-long at the end. Excellent orchestration by Tony Visconti.
"This is a song that I wrote when I was young..." "Broken Hearted Blues" is, to me, one of the most beautiful songs Marc Bolan ever wrote. Beautiful lyrics, beautiful orchestration, Marc in perfect voice... poetry set to music.Read more ›