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Tanx and Zinc Alloy - Deluxe Edition (Bonus DVD) [Box set, CD+DVD]

T. Rex Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (10 Mar 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 5
  • Format: Box set, CD+DVD
  • Label: Edsel
  • ASIN: B00I6HI78Q
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 59,314 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Tenement Lady
2. Rapids
3. Mister Mister
4. Broken - Hearted Blues
See all 13 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Children Of The Revolution
2. Jitterbug Love
3. Sunken Rags
4. Solid Gold Easy Action
See all 24 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. Venus Loon
2. Sound Pit
3. Explosive Mouth
4. Galaxy
See all 14 tracks on this disc
Disc: 4
1. The Groover
2. Midnight
3. Truck On (Tyke)
4. Sitting Here
See all 27 tracks on this disc
Disc: 5
1. Children Of The Revolution [DVD - Top Of The Pops Performance]
2. Solid Gold Easy Action [DVD - Top Of The Pops Performance]
3. Mad Donna [DVD - Cilla Black Show Performance]
4. The Groover [DVD - Promo film]
See all 6 tracks on this disc

Product Description

This 80 page 12x12 hardback book includes: 4 x CDs and 1 x DVD “Tanx” and “Zinc Alloy” and the contemporary singles remastered by producer Tony Visconti, Demos and outtakes, Brand new liner notes by Tony Visconti and acknowledged expert Mark Paytress, Plus photographs of ‘Tanx’ and ‘Zinc Alloy’ period 7” singles from around the world, previously unpublished photos, sheet music and press cuttings.

Preceded by some of Bolan’s most fondly-remembered singles, “Children Of The Revolution”, “Solid Gold Easy Action” and the classic “20th Century Boy”, 1973’s Tanx was the first T. Rex album to make full use of the ever-expanding range of studio gadgets. And while the album represented a new musical departure, several tracks maintained a direct link to the old sound. Hit singles “The Groover” and “Truck On (Tyke)” preceded Zinc Alloy, which was released in March 1974, and included the follow-up hit “Teenage Dream”. The results of listening to black radio stations whilst touring the US during 1973 are apparent on this album, something of an oft-overlooked treasure trove.

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
By Stephen Lloyd VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
Who else but Marc Bolan could pair the above surrealistic couplet with a grindingly sexy chugging guitar riff? It's one of the numerous reasons why the man was so uniquely brilliant and so special to so many.

Here then we have the newly remastered Visconti editions of `Tanx' and `Zinc Alloy', somewhat oddly, released as one deluxe package. Four discs of recordings and a DVD housed in a rather beautiful hardback book containing equally beautiful photographs, brief recording notes from Visconti and new essays by Mark Paytress.

I have noted elsewhere on Amazon that I believe `Tanx' to have been Bolan's last truly great work. Sure, there are tracks from all his subsequent releases which I consider essential for any credible Bolan playlist but, and it's a big but, increasing reliance upon Gloria's warblings and Marc's cod Hendrix multi layered guitar histrionics did little for me I'm afraid. The latter, unfortunately, is all over `Zinc Alloy' an album saved for me by Bolan's superb lyrics and wordplay.

(`Dandy in the underworld' could have been a shining return to form were it not for the Bontempi style seaside organ synths which horribly dominate and now date the majority of the songs. Interestingly, in lyric and in tune, Dandy is a close relative of Bolan's masterwork `The Slider' and I do wonder how it might have sounded if performed by the classic 1972 T.Rex line up with Visconti at the producers helm. That however, is another debate altogether!)

Many in the Bolan community have dismissed this release and see it solely as a profit making exercise largely exploitative of the fans who consistently buy the products.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bolan Magic: Funky Creole Gumbo!! 7 May 2014
Format:Audio CD
The classic T-Rex TANX album needs no introduction: it's fantastic! Bolstered by the brilliant additional singles "20th Century Boy," "Children of The Revolution", and "Solid Gold East Action" - without question - some of the finest singles ever made. However, focusing on 'Zinc Alloy," -- his STAR power fading, Marc and a new, non-glam image complete with extravagant album concept saw the glam-rock King become the soul wizard with 'interstellar soul' aspirations. Space themed imagery - presumably HENDRIX inspired witnessed Marc aim for stratospheric chart action, he failed, except for top 20 # 13 hit "Teenage Dream," but a lack of further recognition deemed the album a clunker. A reappraisal reveals much to admire about the 1974 T-Rex super soul reinvention: it's strangely addictive and a captivating listen > ZINC ALLOY & THE HIDDEN RIDERS OF TOMORROW (A Creamed Cage In August) > is T-Rex's space funk opus and adds SOUL to the bands rock/boogie sound - there's oodles of Bolie magic here to devour -- with Marc channelling hot-funk & gospel/rock! The album finally gets its recognition due to the DEMON Deluxe TANX/ZINC ALLOY CD/DVD Book Set. The standouts: the soul infused "Venus Loon" rocks! The potent backing vocals of Gloria Jones & Pat Hall, aka > the Cosmic Choir on the funked-up "Explosive Mouth" -- soulful hit single "Teenage Dream," and its fabulous gospel/blues ending. Also >"my gang live down the local drain, King Kong built a car inside his brain" -- Marc sings on the outrageously titled, "Gardenia (And The Mighty Slug") -- The King Kong reference a nod to Marc's love of classic cinema. SHAFT and blaxploitation movies were flavour of the month in the early 1970s, and Marc's ZINC ALLOY could have made an interesting movie soundtrack. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars To Buy Or No To Buy. The choice is yours. 24 Mar 2014
Format:Audio CD
I bought Ride A White Swan in 1970. I then bought everything T.Rex had released before and after this amazing single. Was lucky enough to see T.Rex live on three separate UK tours and after Marc Bolan's death continued to buy all posthumous releases. So this review is written by a loyal fan.

We've enjoyed a vast amount of previously unreleased material - possibly the most ever released by any other artist. From the tinny home demos to unreleased masterpieces (Buick Mackane 2, Bolan's Blues etc). However, as fans, we have to face reality. As prolific as Marc was (the Prince of the 1970's) there isn't much unreleased material left. So the commemorative box sets are, in my view, a great way to honour the best works of the genius that is Marc Bolan and give fans the opportunity to hear remastered versions of his recordings. We don't have to buy them. I choose to buy them and I love them.

Tony Visconti was co-architect of the classic T.Rex sound and is the only producer who has the right to re-work or remaster Marc's work. The sound on these new versions is crisp, clear and sounds like it was made yesterday. This is a testament to the timelessness of Bolan's music. I'll only pick one song as an example. Jitterbug Love reveals the various instrumental tracks much clearer than the original. It's a joy for an old fan to listen to. A real joy.

Electric Warrior and The Slider are undoubted classics but Tanx has always been my sentimental favourite album of all time. I listened to this version with the same anticipation as I listened to it the day it was released in 1973. Tanx remains an outstanding album and is still my favourite. The following year I bought Zinc Alloy on it's released date just after seeing the band on the Truck Off tour.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A bit expensive plus I think Tanx merited a a ...
A bit expensive plus I think Tanx merited a a solo release and lumped together with the inferior Zinc Alloy. Read more
Published 19 days ago by Platinum
5.0 out of 5 stars Rex fan since I was 12 and am delighted with the newest remixed and...
I've been a T. Rex fan since I was 12 and am delighted with the newest remixed and remastered versions of Tanx and Zinc Alloy. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mr. S. W. Roberts
5.0 out of 5 stars Bolan deluxe
Excellent. And the download version onto my device too. Deluxe in every way
Published 2 months ago by G. Auld
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great thanks
Published 3 months ago by christopher thorley
5.0 out of 5 stars tanx zinc
tanx and zinc alloy or a creamed cage in august. very worthwile rerelease with some fantastic extras and rare stuff
Published 6 months ago by Mr. James S. Edmondson
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant
Everything ive had off here has been brilliant an at a good price too.ive told friends too now they use this site
Published 6 months ago by mrs amanda harbourne
5.0 out of 5 stars Twin Peaks!
In this big, serious box set the Tanx album is given prominence and comes first in the selection of discs. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Mr. P. C. Ewens
5.0 out of 5 stars Two Top Albums One Poor Sleeve
Tanx is a great great album which I first bought when it was originally released. Loved it then still love it and really like the improved sound quality to hear even more of the... Read more
Published 7 months ago by John Prior
1.0 out of 5 stars Money Grabbing
There is nothing on offer here that most T.rex fans will not already have. The two albums in my opinion should NEVER have been put together, They are two separate entities, Both... Read more
Published 7 months ago by colin littlewood
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