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Album Review

Marc Bolan and T. Rex performed many times for a variety of radio broadcasts. Across the Airwaves is a compilation of these performances, recorded and broadcast circa 1968-71. This is easily one of the best T. Rex titles out there, yet it's becoming increasingly hard to find. The disc features acoustic, electric, and electric-acoustic performances of some of Bolan's best compositions — not all well-known hits, but excellent just the same. His Top of the Pops acoustic sets of early material are solid, but pale in comparison to the later electric-acoustic Beard of Stars-era songs, such as "Fist Heart Mighty Dawn Dart" and "By the Light of the Magical Moon." Other electric highlights include strong performances of "Ride a White Swan," "Sailors of the Highway," and "Summertime Blues." Across the Airwaves was originally released in 1982 as an LP on Cube Records.


Formed: 1967 in London, England

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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