Bolan, Marc And T. Rex - Born To Boogie


Year of Release: 2005
Label: Sanctuary Records Group
Catalog Number: SVE4016/CMEDD1118
Format: CD/DVD
Total Time: 325:00:00

Who needs TV when I got T. Rex? Do you think David Bowie respected Marc Bolan so much that he really meant that line when he wrote "All The Young Dudes" for Mott The Hoople? I do; in fact, I read that Bowie was in awe of Bolan. If that is indeed true then he also must have learned well from the rock-pop icon, as he surpassed him eventually in every aspect. Lord only knows what Marc would have done if he were still with us today. With what little time he did spend on the planet he certainly amassed an awesome collection of music that we are all still enjoying to this day. Personally, the more I hear Bolan's music the more I like it. He had a unique sound. He actually was responsible for jump-starting glam rock, even though he once stated - "glam rock is dead." Indeed, he was the granddaddy of juiced up rock-pop with spaced out lyrics and guitar solos that took an audience to the stratospheres of aural delight.

Born To Boogie was Ringo Starr's baby. Ringo loved Marc and his music. He wanted to film him doing some crazy skits and catch him live in concert on Starr's own Apple Films at home in the U.K. where T Rextasy was exploding. This film was sitting in someone's basement collecting dust for years. Amazing as that may seem when you think about what a high profile artist Bolan was (he was responsible for 25% of all record sales for a few years in the U.K.), as fate would have it, the story unfolds this way. His performance was at its peak right after a U.S. tour, making this all celluloid gold. For the history and popularity of rock music itself, this had to happen. There was a very expensive and painstaking process for this film to find a new life. I must say it was quite interesting watching the extras of the DVD. They take you through the entire process of the refurbishing of the original film.

The quality of this product is outstanding and the sound is superb. Each set comes with a nice booklet complete with narratives on Bolan and some great pictures. I know it was difficult to land review copies of this and I feel grateful and honored to receive them both. Trust me, if I did not get it I was going to buy it anyway.

Some of the scenes filmed are outrageous. There is some footage of Elton John playing piano with Marc's head right in the middle of the piano, with his face painted all white, while John is sitting there playing with the biggest smirk on his face. What a jam session - Marc on guitar and singing, Elton on piano, and Ringo on drums. A super group if there ever was one, even if it only lasted for a day.

There is just so much great music and footage to enjoy in both sets; I can hardly express adequately in words how enjoyable this was. I can tell you one thing, this is quality product, and an absolute must for any rock fan. Watch a shooting star whose luminosity never dimmed. The legend of Marc Bolan and T. Rex get their due on these wonderful visual and audio collections.


Tracklisting:
DVD Disc 1: Intro /Jeepster / Baby Strange / Electric Wind (poem) / Tutti Fruitti (with Elton John/Ringo Starr) / Children Of The Revolution (w/ EJ/RS) / Look To The Left (w/RS) / Spaceball Ricochet / Some People Like To Rock (w/ RS) / Telegram Sam / Some People Like To Roll (w/ RS) / Cosmic Dancer / They've Come 'Tis Said / Tea Party Medley / Union Hall (poem) / Hot Love / Get It On / Children Of The Revolution (reprise) / BBC Interview with Marc Bolan from late 1971

DVD Disc Two - T Rex in concert 18th March 1972: Rosko's Intro (w/ Emperor Rosko) / Cadilac / Jeepster / Baby Strange / Spaceball Ricochet / Girl / Cosmic Dancer / Telegram Sam / Hot Love / Get It On / Just One More (w/ Emperor Rosko) / Summertime Blues

CD Disc One: Intro / Jeepster / Baby Strange / Electric Wind / Tutti Fruitti / Children Of The Revolution / Look To The Left / Spaceball Ricochet / Some People Like To Rock / Telegram Sam / Some People Like To Roll / Cosmic Dancer / They've Come 'Tis Said / Tea Party Medley / Union Hall / Hog Love / Get It On / Children Of The Revolution / BBC Interview with Marc Bolan

CD Disc Two (live, as above): Rosko's Intro / Cadilac / Jeepster / Baby Strange / Spaceball Ricochet / Girl / Cosmic Dancer / Telegram Sam / Hot Love / Get It On / Just One More / Summertime Blues

Musicians:
Marc Bolan, Elton John, Ringo Starr, Mickey Finn, others

Discography:
My People Were Fair And Had Sky In Their Hair...But Now They're Content To Wear Stars (1968/2004)
Prophets, Seer & Sages The Angels Of The Ages (1968/2004*)
Unicorn (1969)
A Beard Of Stars (1970)
T. Rex (1970/2004*)
Electric Warrior (1971)
Best Of T. Rex (1971)
The Slider (1972)
Bolan Boogie (1972)
Ride A White Swan (1972)
Tanx (1973)
Zinc Alloy And The Hidden Riders Of Tomorrow (1974)
Light Of Love (1974)
Bolan's Zip Gun (1975)
Futuristic Dragon (1976)
Dandy In The Underworld (1977)
Live 1977 (1977)
Spaceball (1977)
Greatest Hits (1978)
Solid Gold (1979)
20th Century Boy (1981)
Across The Airwaves (1982)
Children Of Rarn Suite (1982)
Dance In The Midnight (1983)
Beyond The Rising Sun (1984)
T. Rextasy: The Best Of T. Rex, 1970-1973 (1985)
The Definitive Tyrannosaurus Rex (1994)
Greatest Hits 1972-1977, Vol 1: The A Sides (1994)
Greatest Hits 1972-1977, Vol 2: The B Sides (1994)
T. Rex Unchained: Unreleased Recordings, Vol 1: 1972, Pt 1 (1998)
T. Rex Unchained: Unreleased Recordings, Vol 2: 1972, Pt 2 (1998)
T. Rex Unchained: Unreleased Recordings, Vol 3: 1973, Pt 1 (1998)
T. Rex Unchained: Unreleased Recordings, Vol 4: 1973, Pt 2 (1998)
Electric Boogie (2000)
Live At The Boston Gliderdome (2002)
T. Rex Wax Co. Singles, Vol. 2 (1975-1978) (2002)
Renaissance (2002)
Born To Boogie (2005)
There Was A Time: Live At Middle Earth September 23, 1967 (2002)
Electric Jewels (2007)

Marc Bolan On Video (VID) (1985)
The T. Rex Collection (VID) (1991)
Born To Boogie (VID/DVD) (1994/2005*)
The Best Of MusikLaden (DVD) (1999)
T. Rex EP (DVD) (2003)
Inside T. Rex: An Independent Critical Review 1970-1973 (DVD) (2005)

plus a ton more (50+ at least) compilations...

* Japanese import, ** expanded or deluxe edition

Genre: Rock

Origin UK

Added: June 19th 2005
Reviewer: Keith "Muzikman" Hannaleck
Score:
Artist website: www.borntoboogie.net
Hits: 399
Language: english

  

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