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Savage Beethoven
Savage Beethoven
Offered by Spindleworm
Price: £8.99

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!, 27 July 2001
This review is from: Savage Beethoven (Audio CD)
Danielz is as close to Marc Bolan as we're going to get. He's got the look, the voice, and the band has the T. Rex sound down cold. If someone were to have told me that these were "lost" T. Rex recordings, I'd have believed them. While "Cigarrettes & Alcohol" is baded on the "Get it On" riff, it still makes for an excellent song.
T.Rexstasy has been lauded as one of the best cover bands around. Now I know why. Excellent music!

Bolan's Zip Gun
Bolan's Zip Gun
Offered by Smaller World Future
Price: £27.72

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A Mixed Bag of Bolan..., 4 Dec. 2000
This review is from: Bolan's Zip Gun (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!

Offered by EliteDigital UK
Price: £28.49

13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Amazing Album, 4 Dec. 2000
This review is from: Tanx (Audio CD)
Marc Bolan and Producer, Tony Visconti... These guys made some great music. "Tanx" is my favorite T. Rex album and ranks as one of my all time favorite albums.
After the commercial success of "The Slider", the pressure was on to create something better - something that sounded even bigger. Marc was trying to "Americanize" his sound and was looking at breaking big in the American market. He had worked his magic with three albums in the UK - this was a critical album for him.
Unfortunately, the album fell far short of his expectations and missed charting above #105 on the Billboard charts. This is too bad - The US missed out on one of the most diverse, eclectic albums T. Rex ever put out.
The album starts out strong with the driving "Tenement Lady" which Visconti beautifully melted into a second song, "Darling". A great mix. The rest of the album is pure magic - the crowning piece being "Broken Hearted Blues". A beautiful piece of poetry set to music - a wonderful acoustic guitar backed with a chamber orchestra - it sends shivers!
To me, a die hard T. Rex fan - this is Marc Bolan at his absolute best.

Zinc Alloy and the Hidden Riders of Tomorrow
Zinc Alloy and the Hidden Riders of Tomorrow

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Marc's Best - But One of His Most Inventive!, 4 Dec. 2000
Personally, I like this album quite a bit. It was very hard to come by in the states when it first came out and i had to wait until the late 80's to finally get a copy on vinyl. Now that it's on Cd - it's here to enjoy in all it's bombastic entirety!
My favirites are: "Explosive Mouth," "Spanish Midnight," "Liquid Gang" and "Carsmile Smith".
This is a far cry form "The Slider" and "Electric Warrior," but there are some forgotten gems on this album that definitely make it worth having!

Hobo With a Grin
Hobo With a Grin

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great to See This Back on CD!!!, 4 Dec. 2000
This review is from: Hobo With a Grin (Audio CD)
I was introduced to Steve Harley's music through Marc Bolan and T. Rex. I found out Marc and Steve were friends and decided to check out Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel's music. In the states, if you mention Steve or Cockney Rebel, more than likely you'll get a blank stare - too bad, folks don't know what they're missing.
To those who've had a taste of "Best Years of Our Lives" and "Love's a Prima Donna", this album should be a welcome addition to your collection. Since I'm also a Bolan fan, this turns out to be Marc Bolan's last session. While "Amerika The Brave" isn't the best song ever written, it's got Bolan's trademark chunky guitar sound.
Highlights on the album are:
Roll The Dice
I Wish It Would Rain
Riding The Waves (For Virginia Woolf)
Faith, Hope And Charity
Spaced Out
That's My Life In Your Hands (Live)

Glad to see this back in print!

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