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5.0 out of 5 stars Acoustic Magic, 13 Jan. 2010
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DavyA (Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Spaceball: The American Radio Sessions (Audio CD)
A very enjoyable collection of (predominantly but not exclusively) acoustic sets performed by Marc in 1971 (CD 2) AND 1972 (CD 1), interspersed with some interviews, jingles and T.Rex album advertisements.
A number of the songs on CD 1 (ie from K Day Radio in Los Angeles)have previously seen the light of day, having been featured on the 1985 Marc On Wax album "Till Dawn" but sound fresher and sharper on the CD format.
The songs Marc performs are, in the main, a mix of "Electric Warrior", "Slider" and "T.Rex" (brown album) tracks and Marc belts out some acknowledged T.Rex classics with great gusto (& as was often the case with Marc, with a little bit of improv / alteration to the recorded,album versions of the songs).
I have seen a review of this album on the BBC website which suggested that this was a collection for the die hard (which it may be) and that the sound quality was poor (which I would contest - these are radio recordings from the 70's, so they might not all be of the highest quality but they are far from all being terrible).
This collection also offers an insight into the way Marc tried to break America and how he showcased his material to do so (along side the acoustic versions on CD2, there are some electric "band" versions" of the songs - Hot Love for example).
Possibly not for the casual fan of Marc and his music but certainly a worthwhile addition to the collection for the committed Bolan follower.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Spaceball: The American Radio Sessions, 20 April 2014
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This review is from: Spaceball: The American Radio Sessions (Audio CD)
Have loved Marc Bolan since 1972 and continue to be blown away by his genius.
Will buy anything and listen to anything the great man did.
His stuff ranges from the indifferent (Zip Gun) to the superb (Slider) but it all deserves a listen.
This album is no exception.
If you're a Bolan fan you need to hear it all.
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