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  • Audio CD (26 Aug. 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Commercial Marketing
  • ASIN: B00D605FCE
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 85,869 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Product Description

Like his contemporary, friend, rival and peer David Bowie, Marc Bolan’s journey from ace face Mod in the London of the Swinging '60s to ground-breaking megastar in the early-'70s was a fascinating one. Having progressed through noise-heavy protro-psychedelia with his first band John’s Children, Bolan transitioned into a mystical hippy poet with the John Peel-endorsed Tyrannosaurus Rex before shortening the name, going electric and officially kicking off the 1970s (whilst inventing glam rock in the process) with his band T.Rex.

This box set tells that journey via every surviving BBC Session in existence. Via an incredible amount of sleuthing work from within the Bolan community, Bolan At The BBC combines all of the surviving BBC recordings with sessions taken from BBC Transcription Discs, off air recordings made on reel-to-reel tape recorders and, in one or two instances, cassette tapes. Easily the most ambitious and complete collection of BBC recordings so far, it’s a fascinating alternative journey through a musical icon’s relationship with the nation’s equally iconic broadcasting institution.

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I don't normally write many reviews but can't help but notice how slow the reviews are coming in for this amazing collection of Bolan at the BBC.
I already own the original Bolan at the Beeb set which has always been one of my favourite Bolan collections, likewise David Bowie at the Beeb. I love the sheer raw quality of the early live or re-recorded song versions for radio. I had no hesitation forking out my hard earned money on this more expanded comprehensive version of Bolan's work at the BBC. When I received the set I transfered all six CD's onto a usb stick and set random play tracks in my car, which I love because true Bolan fans will already know the chronicle order of Bolan's recording history. What this collection brought home was how important and passionate John Peel really was in his support for the earlier work. I won't go into every or even any specific track but some of the later interviews are so clear you wish they were in fact live on the radio as you listen. Bolan was a master of words who loved to innocently exaggerate every aspect of his work and his growth in confidence and cockiness throughout the years is extremely endearing. There will never be another like him. The packaging is very well produced with some rare photographs in a mini-book form which I have still to read.
I don't suppose this release is aimed at the general public but produced specifically for the life-long die-hard fans like myself and others. If you are a true fan, you must have this in your collection, if you are a passing fan there is a 'best of' version available for a third of the price. Thank you to all responsible in the making of this set.
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