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The Beginning of Doves [Import]

Marc Bolan & T Rex Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (1 Oct 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Trojan
  • ASIN: B0000005TL
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 312,960 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Jasper C. Debussy
2. Lunacy's Back
3. Beyond The Risin' Sun
4. Black And White Incident
5. Observations
6. Eastern Spell
7. You Got The Power
8. Hippy Gumbo
9. Sara Crazy Child
10. Rings Of Fortune
11. Hot Rod Momma
12. The Beginning Of Doves
13. Mustang Ford
14. Pictures Of Purple People
15. One Inch Rock
16. Jasmine Forty-Nine
17. Charlie
18. Misty Mist
19. Cat Black
20. Sally Was An Angel

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Prehistoric Tyrannosaurus Rex 2 July 2000
Format:Audio CD
A mishmash of John's Children's leftovers, Bolan solo numbers and very early Tyrannosaurus Rex... If you've never heard Bolan before, you'd probably hate this, or dismiss it as a gimmick. For those who've enjoyed Tyrannosaurus Rex's music, this record is pretty well essential.

It was originally going to be released at the height of T-Rexstacy, but Bolan obtained an injunction to prevent its release. It's easy to see why: it bears little relation to what Bolan was doing in 72 and the sound is not a little rough. It later crept out to be ignored in 74 or 75, which is when I got my first copy of it.

Of most interest are Hippy Gumbo and the songs that Bolan later recorded with Tyrannosaurus Rex, presented here in stripped down versions and, in the case of Cat Black, radically different. In the latter case only the title and melody survived.

If you already have and enjoy People, Prophets, Unicorn and Stars, buy this. If you don't have those albums, buy them first then consider this release.

<edit> Since this review was written an expanded version of the record has been released.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A prequel for Tyrannosaurus Rex fans only 16 Jan 2001
By Mark McLellan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
If finding Sunken Rags on the Glastonbury Fayre triple album was like discovering a lost Shakespeare sonnet then Beginning Of Doves was like unearthing a complete previously unknown play. Listening to this prequel felt very strange - like time-travel had been invented or I had slipped sideways into a parallel universe where history had taken a different course. It is very obviously pre-My People, like someone had extrapolated Marc's musical progression backward to before time began. The sense of weirdness was compounded by having several tracks I recognised but mostly because of Catblack with completely different words. Too many tracks for me to do an itemised review, just bits and pieces:
Observations. "bopping and shoving and making it in West One" A short geography lesson for non-UK'ers: West One is a postal district, London W1, aka "the West End" right in the centre of London. See also Dire Straits - "walking in the wild West End", Pet Shop Boys - "East End boys, West End girls". It is an area about 1.5 miles (3 km) square including Soho and Oxford Street with many smart shops, restaurants, China Town and media companies, including Marc's office. "Chelsea" is an area about a mile SW of the West End where the posh (upper class) people live which has a trendy and arty image. "Maida Vale" is a residential area about 2 miles NW of the West End with a strong Jewish connection (the rich ones, the others live in Golders Green).
Eastern Spell. A thing of true joy.
You Got The Power. The line "teddy bears with broken faces" really struck me, I used to doodle an illustration for it, which I may have to re-create for you as any notebooks from that era are long gone.
The Beginning of Doves. Gave us that wonderful line "the ring was the thing that made it all begin".
One Inch Rock. My favourite song, fascinating to hear it played slow. Wonder what made him speed it up later.
Sally Was an Angel. Do I not hear more than a little of "Heartbreak Hotel" here - "and I'm so lonely I could die".
That's all folks
MarkMcL
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars So so 14 Jun 2000
By Thomas Prendergast - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I'm a pretty big Marc Bolan and T. Rex fan, but I still found this release somewhat unsatisfying. Songs like "Hippy Gumbo" and "Mustang Ford" just lack the magic that is ever-present on his later (early 70's) material. Other tracks, such as "Lunacy's Back", and "Cat Black", hint at his potential as a song writer and mystical lyricist, but again, leave much to be desired. All this is forgivable, of course, as most of this is demoed material, and not really intended for mass release. This is only for absolute die-hard fans of Bolan, so I would not recommend this to the casual T.Rex listener. Start with Electric Warrior and The Slider, then move on to the earlier stuff, if you still have the craving...
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