Marc Bolan - At The BBC

Ridiculously comprehensive, this six disc collection mined from the BBC archives, gathers together everything Marc Bolan recorded for the corporation from the early days of John’s Children through to latter day T. Rex. Squarely aimed at the Bolan hardcore alone, kudos to those involved for scouring the shelves and curating what is, largely, a compilation high on both artistic and sonic quality. There’s chat as well as music, so prepare yourself for classic Bolan: as ever, committed, disarmingly articulate and, needless to say, away with the fairies like you wouldn’t believe. But his starry-eyed disconnection always came across as further display of a skewed world view rather than affectation and here he’s as warm an likeable as ever.

It’s not all essential: some of the early Tyrannosaurus Rex material (‘Dwarfish Trumpet Blues’, ‘Salamanda Palaganda’) is just too playful to connect properly with. No, it’s the nuggets of prime T. Rex (the vehicle that best displayed his gift for both song writing and performance) that properly entrance, best typified here by disc 5’s uproarious takes on ‘The Slider’ and ‘Solid Gold Easy Action’.



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