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The Best of the BBC Recordings (Live)

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Covering 1969 to 1971, this Best of BBC Recordings opens with Marc Bolan singing the network jingle over acoustic guitar and glockenspiel before a performance of “Beltane Walk” sets the tone with raw glitter rock, as Bolan’s Les Paul distorts and breaks up in contrast to his sultry inflections. T. Rex’s handsome rendition of “Life’s a Gas” (recorded for “Whispering” Bob Harris’ program) is another standout, with its prowling rhythms and lunging chorus. But it’s not until a rollicking version of “Jeepster” that you get the sense that T. Rex’s meat-and-potatoes, no-nonsense rhythm section was the solid foundation for Bolan to stretch out, stomp his feet, clap his hands, and unleash some of his signature snarling guitar leads. Inside the Top Gear–recorded take on “Iscariot” can be heard a triumvirate of influences in motion; Syd Barrett’s sideways approach to songwriting affects Bolan as he sings of birds, jewels, and wood with a tremolo trill in his voice that would later influence Devendra Banhart. “Telegram Sam” ends the comp by pumping ‘50s rock ‘n’ roll through a velvety-golden glam filter.

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Ask and you shall recieve

Just bought Electric Warrior and took one of those unexpected trips back to the past and fell in love with Marc Bolan's voice and guitar work all over again. Hadn't listened to him in thirty years, OOPs, dated myself. Wanted more and low and behold, best of BBC recordings appears. So clear and magical I couldn't have put a better collection of songs together. Thankyou I Tunes for a great blast from the past.

Come on Polydor! How dumb do you think we are?

Since most of these live TV performances were lip-synced to the studio recordings, a lot of these tracks are just inferior sounding versions of the studio recordings, or just Marc singing over an instrumental version of the studio recording.

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Born: September 30, 1947 in Hackney, London, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s

Singer/songwriter/guitarist Marc Bolan was one of the major glam rock figures of the early '70s, especially in England. After releasing his debut solo single, "The Wizard," and its follow-ups, "The Third Degree" and "Hippy Gumbo," on Decca Records in the U.K. in 1965-1966, he joined the band John's Children in 1967. The same year, he and percussionist Steve Peregine Took formed Tyrannosaurus Rex, an acoustic duo. They made three albums, My People Were Fair and Had Sky in Their Hair but Now They're...
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