Marc Bolan at the BBC

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All Music Guide - Fred Thomas
When Marc Bolan entered the world of rock & roll after a brief stint as a teenage model, his path was winding and full of sharp turns. Almost every step of the way, the British Broadcasting Corporation was in full support of Bolan's remarkable evolution, and Marc Bolan at the BBC is an exhaustive collection of archived performances from various showcases and concert broadcasts during his endlessly productive years of 1967-1977. The six-volume collection offers over 100 tracks of on-air performances and interviews, beginning with Bolan's contributions to the relatively short-lived mod psych group John's Children. Early on in the collection, it's amazing to see just how ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Fred Thomas
When Marc Bolan entered the world of rock & roll after a brief stint as a teenage model, his path was winding and full of sharp turns. Almost every step of the way, the British Broadcasting Corporation was in full support of Bolan's remarkable evolution, and Marc Bolan at the BBC is an exhaustive collection of archived performances from various showcases and concert broadcasts during his endlessly productive years of 1967-1977. The six-volume collection offers over 100 tracks of on-air performances and interviews, beginning with Bolan's contributions to the relatively short-lived mod psych group John's Children. Early on in the collection, it's amazing to see just how quickly things were moving and shifting for Bolan. John's Children and Tyrannosaurus Rex offer up two very different readings of Bolan's early boogie rocker "Hot Rod Mama," downshifting from high-powered guitar rock to a proto-hippie mystical folk approach on recording dates that happened just three months apart. Throughout his career, Bolan never wasted time on drastic transitions, and At the BBC highlights this with grainy fidelity footage of all his various phases. There's an interesting series of tracks that sees Marc reciting Tyrannosaurus Rex's spectral lyrics in poem form before sometimes launching into their respective tunes. Different performances from the Top Gear program chronicle T. Rex's early-'70s minimal pop days with spare tunes like "My Baby's Like a Cloud Form," as well the band's rise to glam superstardom in the '70s with performances of hits from Electric Warrior, The Slider, and less popular later albums like Dandy in the Underworld. The amount of material here is staggering, and some of the recording quality is exceptionally spotty, but the package gives an idea of just how ravenous Bolan's creative appetite was and how much he gave the world in his tragically short life. While not a particularly great jumping-off point for new fans due to the mass of interviews and repeated songs, super fans will find new layers of the T. Rex story as well as deep cuts.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/3/2013
  • Label: Universal Uk
  • UPC: 600753430927
  • Catalog Number: 5343092
  • Sales rank: 59,597

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Jagged Time Lapse (2:37)
  2. 2 Interview With John Hewlett (0:49)
  3. 3 The Perfumed Garden Of Gulliver Smith (2:45)
  4. 4 Daddy Rolling Stone (2:11)
  5. 5 Hot Rod Mama (3:08)
  6. 6 Top Gear Jingle - Tyrannosaurus Rex (0:12)
  7. 7 Highways - Tyrannosaurus Rex (1:52)
  8. 8 Dwarfish Trumpet Blues - Tyrannosaurus Rex (2:34)
  9. 9 Scenescof - Tyrannosaurus Rex (2:19)
  10. 10 Child Star - Tyrannosaurus Rex (3:01)
  11. 11 Pictures Of Purple People - Tyrannosaurus Rex (2:51)
  12. 12 Hot Rod Mama - Tyrannosaurus Rex (3:19)
  13. 13 Knight - Tyrannosaurus Rex (2:28)
  14. 14 Frowning Atahuallpa - Tyrannosaurus Rex (4:37)
  15. 15 Strange Orchestras - Tyrannosaurus Rex (1:55)
  16. 16 Afghan Woman - Tyrannosaurus Rex (2:04)
  17. 17 Deborah - Tyrannosaurus Rex (3:18)
  18. 18 Mustang Ford - Tyrannosaurus Rex (3:17)
  19. 19 Stacey Grove - Tyrannosaurus Rex (1:51)
  20. 20 One Inch Rock - Tyrannosaurus Rex (1:39)
  21. 21 Salamanda Palaganda - Tyrannosaurus Rex (2:08)
  22. 22 Eastern Spell - Tyrannosaurus Rex (1:32)
  23. 23 Wind Quartets - Tyrannosaurus Rex (2:55)
  24. 24 Juniper Suction (0:31)
  25. 25 Juniper Suction (1:43)
  26. 26 The Friends - Tyrannosaurus Rex (1:21)
  27. 27 Consuela - Tyrannosaurus Rex (2:30)
  28. 28 The Seal Of Seasons - Tyrannosaurus Rex (1:41)
  29. 29 Evenings Of Damask - Tyrannosaurus Rex (2:24)
  30. 30 The Travelling Tragition - Tyrannosaurus Rex (1:46)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Pewter Suitor - Tyrannosaurus Rex (1:20)
  2. 2 Interview With Brian Matthew - Tyrannosaurus Rex (1:33)
  3. 3 Chariots Of Silk - Tyrannosaurus Rex (2:31)
  4. 4 Once Upon The Seas of Abyssinia - Tyrannosaurus Rex (2:28)
  5. 5 Nijinsky Hind - Tyrannosaurus Rex (2:23)
  6. 6 The Misty Coast of Albany - Tyrannosaurus Rex (2:24)
  7. 7 Iscariot - Tyrannosaurus Rex (2:03)
  8. 8 A Star of Youth (1:05)
  9. 9 A Ship of Rhythm (1:37)
  10. 10 The Winged Man With Eyes Downcast To The Moon (0:51)
  11. 11 Interview With Brian Matthew - Tyrannosaurus Rex (0:56)
  12. 12 Fist Heart Mighty Dawn Dart - Tyrannosaurus Rex (2:36)
  13. 13 Pavilions Of Sun - Tyrannosaurus Rex (2:51)
  14. 14 A Day Laye - Tyrannosaurus Rex (2:01)
  15. 15 By The Light Of A Magical Moon - Tyrannosaurus Rex (2:46)
  16. 16 Wind Cheetah - Tyrannosaurus Rex (2:32)
  17. 17 Hot Rod Mama - Tyrannosaurus Rex (2:15)
  18. 18 Deborah - Tyrannosaurus Rex (3:43)
  19. 19 Pavilions Of Sun - Tyrannosaurus Rex (3:35)
  20. 20 Dove - Tyrannosaurus Rex (4:26)
  21. 21 By The Light Of The Magical Moon - Tyrannosaurus Rex (3:48)
  22. 22 Elemental Child - Tyrannosaurus Rex (7:04)
  23. 23 The Wizard - Tyrannosaurus Rex (9:22)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Ride a White Swan - Tyrannosaurus Rex (2:03)
  2. 2 Jewel - Tyrannosaurus Rex (3:32)
  3. 3 Elemental Child - Tyrannosaurus Rex (7:43)
  4. 4 Sun Eye - Tyrannosaurus Rex (2:00)
  5. 5 My Baby’S Like a Cloudform - Tyrannosaurus Rex (1:25)
  6. 6 Funk Music - Tyrannosaurus Rex (1:45)
  7. 7 Summertime Blues - Tyrannosaurus Rex (3:34)
  8. 8 Jewel - Tyrannosaurus Rex (3:21)
  9. 9 Hot Love - Tyrannosaurus Rex (3:10)
  10. 10 Debora - Tyrannosaurus Rex (5:41)
  11. 11 Elemental Child - Tyrannosaurus Rex (9:06)
  12. 12 Woodland Bop Medley: Woodland Bop/Consuela/The King Of The Mountain Com - Tyrannosaurus Rex (7:33)
  13. 13 Ride a White Swan - Tyrannosaurus Rex (3:13)
  14. 14 Jewel - Tyrannosaurus Rex (8:01)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Woodland Rock - Tyrannosaurus Rex (2:27)
  2. 2 Beltane Walk - Tyrannosaurus Rex (2:23)
  3. 3 Seagull Woman - Tyrannosaurus Rex (2:23)
  4. 4 Hot Love - Tyrannosaurus Rex (2:49)
  5. 5 Interview With Keith Altham - Tyrannosaurus Rex (3:53)
  6. 6 Jeepster - Tyrannosaurus Rex (3:10)
  7. 7 Get It On - Tyrannosaurus Rex (4:40)
  8. 8 Electric Boogie - Tyrannosaurus Rex (1:54)
  9. 9 Bob Harris Jingle - Tyrannosaurus Rex (0:20)
  10. 10 Sailors of the Highway - Tyrannosaurus Rex (2:48)
  11. 11 Girl - Tyrannosaurus Rex (2:14)
  12. 12 Cadillac - Tyrannosaurus Rex (2:49)
  13. 13 Jeepster - Tyrannosaurus Rex (3:31)
  14. 14 Life's a Gas - Tyrannosaurus Rex (2:19)
  15. 15 Christmas Jingle - Tyrannosaurus Rex (0:17)
  16. 16 Interview With Tony Norman - Tyrannosaurus Rex (9:43)
  17. 17 Telegram Sam - Tyrannosaurus Rex (2:50)
  18. 18 Interview With Keith Altham - Tyrannosaurus Rex (15:39)
Disc 5
  1. 1 Metal Guru - Tyrannosaurus Rex (2:06)
  2. 2 Interview With Andrew Salkey - Tyrannosaurus Rex (7:10)
  3. 3 The Slider - Tyrannosaurus Rex (3:29)
  4. 4 Mystic Lady - Tyrannosaurus Rex (3:08)
  5. 5 Rock On - Tyrannosaurus Rex (3:19)
  6. 6 Main Man - Tyrannosaurus Rex (4:13)
  7. 7 Interview With Johnny Moran - Tyrannosaurus Rex (14:34)
  8. 8 Children of the Revolution - Tyrannosaurus Rex (2:24)
  9. 9 Solid Gold Easy Action - Tyrannosaurus Rex (2:05)
  10. 10 20th Century Boy - Tyrannosaurus Rex (3:42)
  11. 11 Free Angel - Tyrannosaurus Rex (2:14)
  12. 12 Interview With Nicky Horne - Tyrannosaurus Rex (7:36)
  13. 13 Rapids - Tyrannosaurus Rex (2:48)
  14. 14 Mad Donna - Tyrannosaurus Rex (2:17)
  15. 15 The Groover - Tyrannosaurus Rex (3:01)
  16. 16 Midnight - Tyrannosaurus Rex (3:05)
Disc 6
  1. 1 Interview With Annie Nightingale - Tyrannosaurus Rex (4:47)
  2. 2 Blackjack - Tyrannosaurus Rex (3:20)
  3. 3 Truck On - Tyrannosaurus Rex (3:12)
  4. 4 Sitting Here - Tyrannosaurus Rex (2:20)
  5. 5 Teenage Dream - Tyrannosaurus Rex (5:20)
  6. 6 Interview With Michael Wale - Tyrannosaurus Rex (12:25)
  7. 7 Light of Love - Tyrannosaurus Rex (3:30)
  8. 8 Explosive Mouth - Tyrannosaurus Rex (2:33)
  9. 9 Zip Gun Boogie - Tyrannosaurus Rex (3:21)
  10. 10 Space Boss - Tyrannosaurus Rex (2:57)
  11. 11 New York City - Tyrannosaurus Rex (3:31)
  12. 12 Dreamy Lady - Tyrannosaurus Rex (3:09)
  13. 13 Do You Wanna Dance - Tyrannosaurus Rex (2:33)
  14. 14 Interview With Marc Bolan, Pt. 1 - Tyrannosaurus Rex (3:33)
  15. 15 Interview With Marc Bolan, Pt. 2 - Tyrannosaurus Rex (5:49)
  16. 16 I Love To Boogie - Tyrannosaurus Rex (2:18)
  17. 17 Celebrate Summer - Tyrannosaurus Rex (2:13)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Marc Bolan Primary Artist, Interviewee
Clive Zone Compield
Technical Credits
Eddie Cochran Composer
Pete Townshend Composer
Marc Bolan Composer
Otis Blackwell Composer
John Hewlett Composer
Keith Altham Interviewer
Mark Paytress Sleeve Notes
Geoff McClelland Composer
Michael Putland Cover Photo
Phil Smee Artwork
Annie Nightingale Interviewer
Clive Zone Liner Notes, Concept, Tape Research
Keiron McGarry Mastering
Tony Norman Interviewer
Keith Morris Insert Photography, Back Cover Photo
Robert T. Freeman Composer
Andrew Salkey Interviewer
Johnny Moran Interviewer
Ed Hans Gerig Composer
Nicky Horne Interviewer
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