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Collection of live performances from the glam rock icon, recorded over the summer of 1977 in the Granada Television studios just months before his tragic early death. Includes classic Bolan hits such as 'Jeepster', 'Ride a White Swan', 'Dandy in the Underworld' and 'Get It On'.
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As a longstanding Bolan fan with an old worn copy of the vhs movie i was excitedly awaiting this release. I was particularly interested in the reported reels of unseen footage promised when the project first took off. What you actualy get is 5 plus hours of T.Rex at their majestic peak. The movie 'Born to Boogie' itself is ok, though i was never a fan of the 'surealist' sketches which interupted the flow of the live experience. Instead Go straight to the matinee and evening concerts, here in their glorious entirety, and be prepared to be blown away by the T.rex live experience. The picture quality is breathtakingly gorgeous. Every bead of sweat on Bolan's brow and every crease in his satin loons are crystal clear in widescreen. He looks fantastic (and he clearly knows it!)
The band sound raw and powerful and it's all mixed to complete audio perfection by Tony Visconti. It really is stunning both visualy and in the quality of the sound.
If that wern't enough there's plenty previously unseen footage of the Bolan fans both inside and outside of the arena. Feather cuts, Bolan ringlets, satins and flares aplenty and more than the odd girl (and boy)with a touch of glitter to their cheeks. Superb.
I cannot rate this movie highly enough. It easily outranks the Pennbaker ziggy stardust movie in terms of sound and picture quality (and as a screamage document of the glitter era). Buy it now and dust off that satin jacket for the full on glam experience!!
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.
I had never really paid much attention to T-Rex or Marc Bolan though I can vaguely remember as a school boy his death being reported on television - exactly one month after the death of Elvis Presley and almost a month before the demise of actor/singer Bing Crosby back in 1977. I can honestly say that this DVD package was a wake up call.
Though I enjoyed all the features in the DVD set, it is the two restored concerts that mostly got my attention. They alone are worth the price I paid for this release. Playing the discs with a comprehensive sound system magnifies the truly mesmerizing talent of the band. I was shocked at just how good they were. Marc Bolan came across as an interplanetary musical alien with his stratospheric guitar work and unique voice, while Steve Currie's bass playing is an experience to savor. The drummer, and the only surviving member of the band, played basic but effective drums. Mickey Finn's energy on percussion was the final touch.
The basis of this DVD release is the restored Ringo Starr movie Born to Boogie. I enjoyed its' musical and restoration aspects but the movie itself comes across today as fairly weird yet interesting. The film focuses strongly on Bolan and I came away knowing him a little better. A young Elton John is in there too.
Complementing the package are great interviews by Marc Bolan's son as well as concert views from different angles and a fantastic feature where the audio from the band members is isolated so you can appreciate their individual artistry. Check out the bass!
This is a highly recommended jam packed box set that you'll watch many times over.
The live recording in particular crackles with energy & excitement. You can feel the hysteria & you can hear the quality - this really does make you wish you could see Marc live again.
The film soundtrack CD is also of the highest quality & offers ample evidence of just how good Marc could be.The live recording was made at the height of T.Rextasy,when T.Rex were the biggest name in British popular music & Marc & the band,were absolutely rocking.
The "soundtrack" disc has the famous "Tea Party Medley" with Marc strumming his acoustic guitar,accompanied by a string quartet, along with collaborations with Elton John & Ringo Starr ("Tutti Frutti" & "Children Of The Revolution"), some T.Rex anthems, some of Marc's poems (& spoken extracts from the film) plus a "bonus" BBC interview at the end, from 1971.
A really good mix of hits & fans favourites, it's a must. It's great value & really is just fantastic all round.
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