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Captured at the peak of T. Rextasy, and on Blu-ray for the first time, ‘Born To Boogie’ is the Ringo Starr-directed 1972 film of the Godfather of Glam, Marc Bolan. Featuring live versions of T. Rex’s greatest hits, recorded at their famous Wembley concerts, the film also includes a legendary jam session with T.Rex joined by Ringo Starr and Elton John, and a mad hatter’s tea party with Catweazle and (Bolan/Bowie producer) Tony Visconti. The package also features the full 5.30 concert as well as several extra features in SD. With a new booklet note by Mark Paytress and previously unpublished Keith Morris photos, ‘Born To Boogie’ is the ultimate film of Marc Bolan and superstardom in the early 1970s.
1. Born To Boogie – The Motion Picture
2. Original Theatrical Trailer
3. The ‘Premier’ version
4. The Matinee Show
5. Telegram Sam 2016 promo video
6. Newspaper Cuttings Gallery
7. Additional Extras
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It's beautifully packaged and presented but offers little that isn't available already, after all the build up it really is soo dissapointing!
But it's the live footage that makes this DVD worth every penny. Looking at the frenzied fifteen-year-old girls in the audience, I couldn't help but muse on the sad reality that their equivalents today would be attending a show by One Direction; and the contrast between those cynically-manufactured marionettes with a self-made superstar playing and singing his own songs, oozing charisma and presenting such an odd, quirky, but brilliantly effective twist on the standard rock formula, is a sobering one indeed. You're being sold short, kids of today. The Fab Four tore down Tin Pan Alley and Bolan was a beneficiary of that demolition; who'd have thought, forty years later, that we'd have retreated back to a time before rock 'n' roll first dented the cartel of Svengali's and hack songwriters who made the early 50s as dull as they've made the 2010s? Every time some old rock journo moans about the pre-punk 70s, remind them that they didn't know how bloody lucky they were!
Consisting of two discs, the first featuring songs from the matinee show, a medley of hits with Bolan playing acoustic guitar accomplied by a string quartet, spliced with excerpts from the film.
The second disc (for me the reason for buying the album) is the entire evening performance.
A real rough & ready sound, perhaps the audio is lifted from the film tape reels, but it shows a different side to T Rex (there doesn’t seem any point in realising a live album if the songs sound exactly the same as the studio recordings).
Highlights form me are an extended version of “Get it on”, which is quite brave considering that the audience consists of mostly teenage girls, & a cover of “Summer time blues”, & because of the grungy sound doesn’t sound a million miles away from The Who’s version they performed on “Live ay Leeds”.
Only quibble is that at just over 50 minutes, the show is a little short, but it was at the height of Bolan’s pop phase of his career.
Fate, on the other hand, was not so kind and Marc died shortly before the final program was broadcast. The production is typical of pop shows of the time, but if you can see through that you will be witnessing some of the last great performances of this musical legend. For me it brings back some sad memories as well. I have seen some pretty good bands since the seventies but nothing comes near to stirring the musical senses like Marc Bolan and T.Rex did!
'Born To Boogie', the DVD of the movie, is a must for all fans as it's fun, nonsense, embarrassing and wonderful, all rolled into one! I reckon it's also an accurate marker of the beginning of Bolan's decline. But that's another story.
A big HI! to all the 50 something guys like me who were proud to be counted at the time for being as in awe of him as the girls were. History has proved us right fellas!
The picture quality is excellent on most tracks considering they're taken from 30-year old tapes while the sound quality is mostly acceptable.
Some of these clips were filmed literally days before Marc's death in September 1977 and so it's quite sad watching them, even more so given that he looked so well and everybody seemed to be enjoying the whole thing, him especially.