Great Jewish Music: Marc Bolan

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All Music Guide - Stacia Proefrock
Part of the Tzadik label's Radical Jewish Culture Series, which sought to highlight great music by Jews instead of focusing on music with distinct Jewish cultural influences, though the two are not mutually exclusive, Great Jewish Music: Marc Bolan is also part of a smaller series of tribute albums put out by the label. The diverse lineup of honored artists, which includes Serge Gainsbourg and Burt Bacharach, is presented on albums that feature interpretations by some of the avant-garde and experimental community's most talented musicians. Bolan may seem like the gritty odd-man-out in such company, but John Zorn, the creative force holding the reins at Tzadik, knows an...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stacia Proefrock
Part of the Tzadik label's Radical Jewish Culture Series, which sought to highlight great music by Jews instead of focusing on music with distinct Jewish cultural influences, though the two are not mutually exclusive, Great Jewish Music: Marc Bolan is also part of a smaller series of tribute albums put out by the label. The diverse lineup of honored artists, which includes Serge Gainsbourg and Burt Bacharach, is presented on albums that feature interpretations by some of the avant-garde and experimental community's most talented musicians. Bolan may seem like the gritty odd-man-out in such company, but John Zorn, the creative force holding the reins at Tzadik, knows an influential musician when he sees one. Indeed, ripples of the impact that Marc Bolan and his band T. Rex had on punk and rock musicians can still be felt more than two decades after his death. His delicious creepiness is all over this album, especially on Kramer's version of "Get It On," where a child's voice singing over up-tempo drums and jangly guitar with flute, drum machine, and string elements thrown in lends an almost pedophiliac edge to Bolan's swampy sexual lure. Rebecca Moore's "Telegram Sam" is also reverently disturbing, with guttural utterances alternating between the atmospheric moaning, wailing, and buzzing of guitar and synth, like the last breath of someone who has given up fighting her own demons. The Tall Dwarfs' version of "Ride a White Swan" shows off Bolan's penchant for sounding raw and groovy at the same time, and Eszter Balint's rendition of "Mambo Sun" shows how a love song can be both sweet and angry. Overall, this is a great compilation, which instead of merely parroting Bolan's music, does what the best of tributes do -- captures the elements that made him wonderful, while letting the creativity and uniqueness of the artists performing the songs shine through.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/15/1998
  • Label: Tzadik
  • UPC: 702397712626
  • Catalog Number: 7126
  • Sales rank: 17,916

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Children of the Revolution (2:41)
  2. 2 Telegram Sam (4:27)
  3. 3 Get It On (3:49)
  4. 4 Buick MacKane (3:07)
  5. 5 Groove a Little - Chris Wood (4:13)
  6. 6 Cosmic Dancer (4:47)
  7. 7 Chariot Choogle (1:51)
  8. 8 Ride A White Swan (3:05)
  9. 9 Rip Off (3:40)
  10. 10 Deboraarobed - Gary Lucas (2:44)
  11. 11 Mambo Sun (3:51)
  12. 12 Jeepster (4:33)
  13. 13 Lunacy's Back (2:45)
  14. 14 Life's a Gas - Oren Bloedow (4:11)
  15. 15 Would I Be the One? - Sean Lennon (3:36)
  16. 16 Love Charm (2:48)
  17. 17 Scenescof (1:41)
  18. 18 20th Century Boy (7:24)
  19. 19 Romany Soup (3:55)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Lloyd Cole Vocals, Track Performer
Tall Dwarfs Track Performer
Marc Ribot Guitar, Track Performer
Kramer Track Performer
Melvins Track Performer
Arto Lindsay Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer
Gary Lucas Vocals, Electronic Sounds, Slide Guitar, Track Performer
Anthony Coleman Sampling
Christine Bard Drums
Buckethead Track Performer
Jennifer Charles Vocals
Chris Cochrane Guitar, Vocals
Danny Cohen Vocals, Track Performer
J.D. Foster Bass, Sampling
Melvin Gibbs Bass
Yuka Honda Vocals, Track Performer
John Medeski Keyboards, Track Performer
Mike Patton Track Performer
Vernon Reid Guitar, Track Performer
Chris Knox Guitar, Vocals, Hand Clapping
Billy Martin Drums, Track Performer
Sean Lennon Vocals, Track Performer
Trey Spruance Organ, Guitar, Piano, Vocals, Track Performer
Rebecca Moore Bass, Violin, Vocals, Sampling, Track Performer, Keyboard Synthesizer
Alec Bathgate Guitar, Background Vocals, Hand Clapping
Charles Curtis Cello
Lo Galluccio Track Performer
Cake Like Track Performer
Jody Seifert Drums, Vocals
Chris Wood Track Performer
Nina Hellman Guitar, Vocals
Eszter Balint Violin, Vocals, Track Performer
Fantômas Track Performer
Jim Pugliese Drums
Technical Credits
Martin Bisi Engineer
Lloyd Cole Arranger
Marc Ribot Arranger
Arto Lindsay Arranger
Gary Lucas Arranger, Producer
Oren Bloedow Contributor
Dougie Bowne drum programming
Chris Cochrane Arranger
Danny Cohen Arranger
J.D. Foster Producer
Scotty Hard Producer
Yuka Honda Arranger
John Medeski Arranger, Producer
Vernon Reid Arranger, drum programming
Allan Tucker Mastering
Murray Weinstock Producer
John Zorn Executive Producer
Billy Martin Arranger, Producer
Sean Lennon Arranger
Trey Spruance Arranger
Craig Wedren Producer
Rebecca Moore Arranger
Travis Dickerson Engineer
Maruo Suehiro Illustrations
Eszter Balint Arranger
Tim Green Engineer
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