Tanx/Zinc Alloy [Deluxe Edition]

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All Music Guide - Fred Thomas
While many stateside listeners never got much deeper into T. Rex and Marc Bolan's massive catalog than the boogie glam fun of "Bang a Gong (Get It On)," Bolan spent much of his life as an ever-morphing pop star in his U.K. home, recording hits and even living on as a television personality until his death in 1977. This massive repackaging of Tanx/Zinc Alloy inspects a two-year period in Bolan's glam rock phase, which could be looked upon as transitional, moving away from the woozy, sexy hard rock of Electric Warrior and The Slider into far more soul-inflected pop fare. When Tanx and Zinc Alloy appeared in 1973 and 1974, respectively, they were initially seen as commercially...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Fred Thomas
While many stateside listeners never got much deeper into T. Rex and Marc Bolan's massive catalog than the boogie glam fun of "Bang a Gong (Get It On)," Bolan spent much of his life as an ever-morphing pop star in his U.K. home, recording hits and even living on as a television personality until his death in 1977. This massive repackaging of Tanx/Zinc Alloy inspects a two-year period in Bolan's glam rock phase, which could be looked upon as transitional, moving away from the woozy, sexy hard rock of Electric Warrior and The Slider into far more soul-inflected pop fare. When Tanx and Zinc Alloy appeared in 1973 and 1974, respectively, they were initially seen as commercially disappointing, with depleted sales and far less in the way of hits than their predecessors. The expanded instrumentation and production trickery of the albums would age better than it seemed, however, and songs from this time seemed to point at an embrace of soul backup singers, string arrangements, and other slick pop elements that Bowie would enjoy massive success with a few years later on his Young Americans album. Tanx/Zinc Alloy in this Deluxe Edition presentation includes both albums and singles from their respective periods remastered in full by original producer Tony Visconti (with assistance from Ted Jensen) as well as track after track of demos, outtakes, alternate versions, and other scraps from the cutting-room floor. All told, the collection includes more than 80 tracks from this particular period of Bolan's oeuvre. Though less celebrated than his best-loved hits, the highlights here are among some of his best-written songs, and the production choices he was making on these records were far more interesting than the straightforward rock of his first few T. Rex albums, despite their superior overall quality. This set is a must for any completist and will reveal much to anyone interested in Bolan's curious, inspired paths of development.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/11/2014
  • Label: Imports
  • EAN: 5014797890589
  • Catalog Number: 2513056
  • Sales rank: 123,854

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Tenement Lady (2:55)
  2. 2 Rapids (2:49)
  3. 3 Mister Mister (3:30)
  4. 4 Broken-Hearted Blues (2:02)
  5. 5 Shock Rock (1:43)
  6. 6 Country Honey (1:47)
  7. 7 Electric Slim And The Factory Hen (3:04)
  8. 8 Mad Donna (2:16)
  9. 9 Born To Boogie (2:04)
  10. 10 Life Is Strange (2:30)
  11. 11 The Street and Babe Shadow (2:17)
  12. 12 Highway Knees (2:34)
  13. 13 Left Hand Luke And The Beggar Boys (5:17)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Children of the Revolution (2:30)
  2. 2 Jitterbug Love (2:58)
  3. 3 Sunken Rags (2:53)
  4. 4 Solid Gold Easy Action (2:22)
  5. 5 Xmas Riff (0:11)
  6. 6 20th Century Boy (3:40)
  7. 7 Free Angel (2:14)
  8. 8 Pepsi Jingle (0:25)
  9. 9 Mister Motion (1:48)
  10. 10 The Street & Babe Shadow (2:21)
  11. 11 Free Angel (1:55)
  12. 12 Rapids (1:31)
  13. 13 Life Is Strange (2:04)
  14. 14 Mister Mister (2:01)
  15. 15 Jitterbug Love 44 (2:28)
  16. 16 Country Honey (2:02)
  17. 17 Highway Knees (1:48)
  18. 18 Mad Donna (2:03)
  19. 19 Electric Slim & the Factory Hen [Demo Versi (1:51)
  20. 20 Left Hand Luke (2:36)
  21. 21 Free Angel (2:12)
  22. 22 Fast Blues - Easy Action (3:25)
  23. 23 Sunken Rags (2:29)
  24. 24 Xmas Fan Club Flexi (8:50)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Venus Loon (3:02)
  2. 2 Sound Pit (2:51)
  3. 3 Explosive Mouth (2:26)
  4. 4 Galaxy (1:49)
  5. 5 Change (2:49)
  6. 6 Nameless Wildness (3:06)
  7. 7 Teenage Dream (5:48)
  8. 8 Liquid Gang (3:18)
  9. 9 Carsmile Smith and the Old One (3:17)
  10. 10 You’Ve Got To Jive To Stay Alive – Spanish Midnight (2:37)
  11. 11 Interstellar Soul (3:27)
  12. 12 Painless Persuasion v. The Meathawk Immaculate (3:28)
  13. 13 The Avengers (Superbad) (4:31)
  14. 14 The Leopards (3:39)
Disc 4
  1. 1 The Groover (3:24)
  2. 2 Midnight (2:48)
  3. 3 Truck On (Tyke) (3:08)
  4. 4 Sitting Here (2:20)
  5. 5 Satisfaction Pony (2:48)
  6. 6 Black Jack (3:07)
  7. 7 Squint Eye Mangle (3:23)
  8. 8 Geraldine & The Mighty Slug (1:12)
  9. 9 Change (3:45)
  10. 10 The Avengers (Superbad) (2:49)
  11. 11 Galaxy (1:04)
  12. 12 Carsmile Smith & the Old One (3:20)
  13. 13 Spanish Midnight (0:38)
  14. 14 Sitting There/Here (2:01)
  15. 15 Look To Your Soul (1:56)
  16. 16 Gardenia & The Mighty Slug (2:16)
  17. 17 Groover (3:25)
  18. 18 Truck On (Tyke) - Gloria Jones (1:40)
  19. 19 Saturday Night (1:53)
  20. 20 Dance In The Midnight (2:06)
  21. 21 Down Home Lady (1:39)
  22. 22 Saturation Syncopation (3:23)
  23. 23 Delanie (2:08)
  24. 24 All My Love (2:26)
  25. 25 Hope You Enjoy The Show (3:05)
  26. 26 Saturday Night (3:36)
  27. 27 Interview (0:33)
Disc 5
  1. 1 Children Of The Revolution
  2. 2 Solid Gold Easy Action
  3. 3 Mad Donna
  4. 4 The Groover
  5. 5 Teenage Dream
  6. 6 Children Of The Revolution
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
T. Rex Primary Artist
Sue & Sunny Background Vocals
Mickey Finn Conga, Vocals, Hand Percussion
Marc Bolan Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals, Bass Harmonica
Steve Currie Bass
Tony Visconti Background Vocals, Mellotron
Bill Legend Drums
Leslie Duncan Background Vocals
Howard Casey Saxophone
Technical Credits
Marc Bolan Composer, Producer
Ted Jensen Mastering, Remastering
Tony Visconti Producer, Liner Notes, String Arrangements, Mastering, Remastering
Mark Paytress Liner Notes
John Kosh Cover Design
Peter Howe Cover Photo
Mike Putland Back Cover Photo
Phil Kinrade Mastering
Jools Williamson Artwork
Ian Williamson Retouching
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