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Tanx and Zinc Alloy - Deluxe Edition (Bonus DVD) Box set, CD+DVD
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This 80 page 12x12 hardback book includes: 4 x CDs and 1 x DVD “Tanx” and “Zinc Alloy” and the contemporary singles remastered by producer Tony Visconti, Demos and outtakes, Brand new liner notes by Tony Visconti and acknowledged expert Mark Paytress, Plus photographs of ‘Tanx’ and ‘Zinc Alloy’ period 7” singles from around the world, previously unpublished photos, sheet music and press cuttings.
Preceded by some of Bolan’s most fondly-remembered singles, “Children Of The Revolution”, “Solid Gold Easy Action” and the classic “20th Century Boy”, 1973’s Tanx was the first T. Rex album to make full use of the ever-expanding range of studio gadgets. And while the album represented a new musical departure, several tracks maintained a direct link to the old sound. Hit singles “The Groover” and “Truck On (Tyke)” preceded Zinc Alloy, which was released in March 1974, and included the follow-up hit “Teenage Dream”. The results of listening to black radio stations whilst touring the US during 1973 are apparent on this album, something of an oft-overlooked treasure trove.
Top Customer Reviews
We've enjoyed a vast amount of previously unreleased material - possibly the most ever released by any other artist. From the tinny home demos to unreleased masterpieces (Buick Mackane 2, Bolan's Blues etc). However, as fans, we have to face reality. As prolific as Marc was (the Prince of the 1970's) there isn't much unreleased material left. So the commemorative box sets are, in my view, a great way to honour the best works of the genius that is Marc Bolan and give fans the opportunity to hear remastered versions of his recordings. We don't have to buy them. I choose to buy them and I love them.
Tony Visconti was co-architect of the classic T.Rex sound and is the only producer who has the right to re-work or remaster Marc's work. The sound on these new versions is crisp, clear and sounds like it was made yesterday. This is a testament to the timelessness of Bolan's music. I'll only pick one song as an example. Jitterbug Love reveals the various instrumental tracks much clearer than the original. It's a joy for an old fan to listen to. A real joy.
Electric Warrior and The Slider are undoubted classics but Tanx has always been my sentimental favourite album of all time. I listened to this version with the same anticipation as I listened to it the day it was released in 1973. Tanx remains an outstanding album and is still my favourite. The following year I bought Zinc Alloy on it's released date just after seeing the band on the Truck Off tour.Read more ›
Here then we have the newly remastered Visconti editions of `Tanx' and `Zinc Alloy', somewhat oddly, released as one deluxe package. Four discs of recordings and a DVD housed in a rather beautiful hardback book containing equally beautiful photographs, brief recording notes from Visconti and new essays by Mark Paytress.
I have noted elsewhere on Amazon that I believe `Tanx' to have been Bolan's last truly great work. Sure, there are tracks from all his subsequent releases which I consider essential for any credible Bolan playlist but, and it's a big but, increasing reliance upon Gloria's warblings and Marc's cod Hendrix multi layered guitar histrionics did little for me I'm afraid. The latter, unfortunately, is all over `Zinc Alloy' an album saved for me by Bolan's superb lyrics and wordplay.
(`Dandy in the underworld' could have been a shining return to form were it not for the Bontempi style seaside organ synths which horribly dominate and now date the majority of the songs. Interestingly, in lyric and in tune, Dandy is a close relative of Bolan's masterwork `The Slider' and I do wonder how it might have sounded if performed by the classic 1972 T.Rex line up with Visconti at the producers helm. That however, is another debate altogether!)
Many in the Bolan community have dismissed this release and see it solely as a profit making exercise largely exploitative of the fans who consistently buy the products.Read more ›
Where Bolan falls down sometimes is in his slavish need to give another hit to the ‘kids’ and many tracks here could easily have been hits: Shock Rock, Country Honey, Rapids and The Street And Babe Shadow could all have be released as singles. In fact the album is expanded with many great singles such as 20th Century Boy and Children Of The Revolution. All of the tracks on this album are without doubt the apex of pop-rock, perfectly produced and performed. The sense of giving up on the fame-game is perhaps most fittingly illustrated by the silly ending to Left Hand Luke And The Beggar Boys, the original album closer. When Bolan, perhaps drunkenly, spits out the final syllable, he unwittingly gives the clear impression that Tanx is a bit of a throwaway collection.
Zinc Alloy, however, is Bolan's greatest album, an album so brimming with confidence and ideas it's almost bursting at the seams, it's his Sgt Pepper, his Smile, his Exile On Main St, and every song is mesmeric. The ferocity of his guitar playing, and it's amazing fluidity and grace makes every song endlessly fascinating. Even shorter, throwaway tracks like Spanish Midnight/Jive To Stay Alive are filled with his superb extemporisation, with vocal and musical inventiveness in abundance.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
While I love it, it was a bit odd to couple these 2 albums together. The 40th anniversary editions of T. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Conesuala
A bit expensive plus I think Tanx merited a a solo release and lumped together with the inferior Zinc Alloy. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Platinum
I've been a T. Rex fan since I was 12 and am delighted with the newest remixed and remastered versions of Tanx and Zinc Alloy. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Mr. S. W. Roberts
Excellent. And the download version onto my device too. Deluxe in every wayPublished on 7 Aug. 2014 by G. Auld
The classic T-Rex TANX album needs no introduction: it's fantastic! Bolstered by the brilliant additional singles "20th Century Boy," "Children of The Revolution", and "Solid Gold... Read morePublished on 7 May 2014 by Mr. David Tinson
tanx and zinc alloy or a creamed cage in august. very worthwile rerelease with some fantastic extras and rare stuffPublished on 18 April 2014 by Mr. James S. Edmondson