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Editors’ Notes

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.

Customer Reviews

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.


Formed: 1967

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s

The most iconic band of the U.K. glam rock scene of the '70s, T. Rex were the creation of Marc Bolan, who started out as a cheerfully addled acolyte of psychedelia and folk-rock until he turned to swaggering rock & roll with boogie rhythm and a tricked-up fashion sense. For a couple years, T. Rex were the biggest band in England and a potent cult item in the United States. If their stardom didn't last, their influence did, and T. Rex's dirty but playful attitude and Bolan's sense of style and rock...
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