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"...Change Is Coming..." - Zinc Alloy And The Hidden Riders Of Tomorrow by T.REX (2CD DELUXE EDITION)
on 18 June 2014
Originally UK released August 2002 (reissued 2007 and 2014) - Edsel MEDCD 717 is a 2CD DELUXE EDITION set (use Barcode 740155171728 to get the right issue) and breaks down as follows:
Disc 1 (60:58 minutes):
Tracks 1 to 13 are the album "Zinc Alloy And The Hidden Riders Of Tomorrow" - originally released 1 February 1974 on vinyl in the UK on EMI BLN 7751
Tracks 14 to 18 are Extended Play - five non-album single sides:
14 and 15 are The Groover b/w Midnight - June 1973 UK 7" single on EMI/T.Rex Wax Co. Label MARC 5
16 and 17 are Truck On (Tyke) b/w Sitting Here - November 1973 UK 7" single on EMI/T.Rex Wax Co. Label MARC 6
18 is Satisfaction Pony - January 1974 UK 7" single on EMI/T.Rex Wax Co. Label MARC 7 (non-album B-side to Teenage Dream)
Tracks 19 to 24 are Bonus Acoustic Demos of Nameless Wildness, Carsmile Smith & The Old One (Solo), Painless Persuasion V The Meathawk Immaculate, The Avengers (Superbad) and The Leopards Featuring Geraldine & The Mighty Slug
Disc 2 (61:52 minutes):
Tracks 1 to 13 are The Alternate Zinc Alloy ("Change") - studio rough mixes of every track
Tracks 14 to 18 are Extended Play - working versions of The Groover, Midnight, Truck On (Tyke), Sitting There (Sitting Here) and Satisfaction Pony
Tracks 19 to 24 are Bonus Acoustic Demos of Nameless Wildness, Carsmile Smith & The Old One (Solo), Carsmile Smith & The Old One (with organ), Painless Persuasion V. The Meathawk Immaculate, The Avengers (Superbad), The Leopards Featuring Geraldine & The Mighty Slug
The three-way fold-out digipak is pretty - alternate artwork on the inner flaps - press adverts and promo stuff beneath the two see-through CD trays - detailed 16-page liner notes by T.Rex/Marc Bolan expert MARK PAYTRESS - lyrics - and both CDs carrying the T.Rex Wax Co 7" single Logo which on this reissue is blackened to resemble the sleeve instead of the usual blue and red colouring (I remember for all those 45s we used to grab in Woolworths with the excitement of buying the next Beatles seven). The remasters are fabulous too - full of power and muscle - giving tracks like the electric strum of "Change" and the chugging rock boogie/drums of "Explosive Mouth" huge presence. But in truth I wish I could get more excited about the album in general...
I remember to this day the disappointment of "Truck On (Tyke)" - the first T.REX 7" single to sound average - like Bolan was treading water. And for me the LP "Zinc Alloy..." that followed amounted to the same. What was so exciting between 1971 and 1973 now sounded so utterly dated and forced by 1974. There are magic moments for sure like the funky boogie of "Nameless Wildness" and opening guitar chug of "Venus Loon" where the groove is still good - but it all sounds forced and massively over-produced with screaming girly voices and strings. There's a general feeling of 'uninspired' about the record. And the extras are interesting at best - but not much more.
Not one of his greatest - but if you're a fan - there's the great remastered sound - quality presentation - and a reasonable price tag for a 2CD DELUXE EDITION.