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BOLAN BOOGIE

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  • Audio CD
  • Label: CASTLE COMMUNICATIONS
  • ASIN: B00002471F
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
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Best T.Rex compilation of early and best hits!!!! Bolan at his best!!!
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This is quite an odd collection of tracks from Bolan's Late Tyranosaurus Rex period and early T.Rex period! Though at times a little eclectic, the tracks are classic Bolan. Songs that are familiar glam rock staples such as 'Get It On' and 'Jeepster' sit alongside the more innocent songs of 'By The Light Of A Magical Moon' and 'She Was Born To Be My Unicorn'. Then there are great tracks from the more transitional, electric sounding T.Rex e.g. 'Ride A White Swan', with my favourite being the brilliant 'The King of the Mountain Cometh'. This album contains an excellent selection of songs and demonstrates how Bolan's style changed during the early 70's. Well worth listening to!
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The first 'proper' album I ever heard, although I didn't personally own a copy until a good few years later. Actually a compilation, (something I didn't, in my youthful enthusiasm, realise at the time,) Bolan Boogie features all of T. Rex's pre-EMI hits, plus a liberal sprinkling of other tracks from the Fly era. Over 30 years later this is still my favourite Bolan album, not due to nostalgia but because of the varied selection of excellent songs.
I adored the fragile charm of the more acoustic Tyrannosaurus Rex, and I loved the in-your-face strut of T. Rex at the height of their glam-rock fame, so inevitably the transition period between the two extremes provides a rich vein of entertainment for me. This album provides a near perfect snapshot of this stage of Bolan's evolution. As well Ride A White Swan/Hot Love/Get It On/Jeepster, there are such gems as Raw Ramp, Woodland Rock and (for my money) the definitive version of Eddie Cochran's Summertime Blues. If I could only keep one Bolan artefact from my collection then this would be the one. Definitely.
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This was the first T.Rex vinyl I bought in the early 70's, then like a fool, I sold it for more 'important' vinyl (money were tight in them days).
So 40 odd years later, I've finally replaced it on CD.
It remains a brilliant compilation, covering the transformation from Tyrannosaurus Rex to T.Rex, with Bolan at his absolute peak.
As well as having the first 4 T.Rex singles (quite readily available), it contains many other gems, such as 'Beltane Walk', 'By The Light Of The Magical Moon', and the main reason I re-purchased it, 'Raw Ramp', originally the B side of 'Get It On', and inexplicably not featured on any album. It's an absolute 3 piece suite masterpiece, and one of Bolan's finest works I reckon.
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I bought this for the mighty Raw Ramp, which should be on every T-Rex best of but bizarrely only seems to be available here. The earlier stuff is interesting to hear but I'm into Bolan's sex drenched electric stuff. The sound is terrible by today's cd standards. Compare Get It On here with the remastered Electric Warrior and you'll see what I mean. I give it four stars but to be honest if Raw Ramp wasn't on it I wouldn't have bought it.
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The 1972 compilation album Bolan Boogie is as good an introduction to the music of Marc Bolan as any of his albums, either in the guise of T.Rex or their predecessors Tyrannosaurus Rex. Just to put things in perspective, I rate Bolan as one of the greatest ever 'pop music' composers, along with David Bowie and Ray Davis.

Bolan Boogie is an inventive mix of single A and B-sides, together with a selection of songs from T.Rex and Tyrannosaurus Rex albums. It contains T.Rex's first four hit singles Ride A White Swan, Hot Love, Get It On and Jeepster (the first and last of which are, for me, T.Rex's greatest singles), the outstanding Beltane Walk and Jewel from T.Rex's debut album and a selection of songs from the Tyrannosaurus Rex albums Unicorn and Beard of Stars. However, for me, the outstanding (largely unrecognised) song on the album is the magnificent Raw Ramp (B-side to Get It On), an absolutely epic mix of dreamy, early-Bolan style whimsy-infused introduction, followed by an awe-inspiring rock beat, equal to anything T.Rex subseqently produced. Raw Ramp also appears on very few of the other available T.Rex compilations.

However, regardless of whether you wish to simply rock out to some of the greatest 'glam rock' riffs ever or simply lie back and let Bolan's magical (and completely incomprehensible) lyrics ('the woman from the plateaus of Persia came to sell me a wondrous thing, in a horn of oak with a sulphurous smoke, she gave me King Solomon's ring' or 'Jackdaw winter head clean his chalcedony bed, a silken word of kind was returned from Nijinsky Hind') wash over you, this is the perfect album for it.
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Fantastic Album, even if your not a Bolan Fan, this will introduce you to his music, from across the years.
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Released as a cash in at the time of his phenomenal success during 1972, this is actually a worthy compilation mixing Tyrannosaurus Rex and T.Rex tracks, with some great b-sides thrown in, like the peerless 'Raw Ramp' - a b-side!?
But I do have to agree with the other poster here that it should be remastered. Nevertheless, a good compilation for the casual Bolan fan.
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