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Customer Reviews

So this is what happened to the teenage dream

Many Bolan trademarks are here; the inimitable voice, the absurd rhyming lyrics that have a curious knack of making sense, the endearingly incompetent guitar work. But Zinc Alloy is far more experimental than its more popular predecessors. The sound palette is much broader; soaring strings, whooping horns, call-and-response gospel vocals. And rhythmically it is much more varied too. Just when you think you've got the hooks of 'Venus Loon' or 'Sound Pit' he mixes it up. Bolan would have moments of brilliance after Zinc but this was his last masterpiece and, despite all its indulgent excesses, it makes a lot more sense now than it did 35 years ago.

Bolan - The Futuristic Dragon!

I have dropped Venus Loon at an indie club where arctic monkeys dj, it stands beside and above a lot of contemporary music. This was my first T.Rex album in 73, I loved it then, I love it even more today. Played at the side of someone like goldfrapp, the production qualities arent as good (though it stands its own on a decent loud system with a bit of eq tweaking), but the content surpasses anything around today. Its what pop has become today, guitar, synth, soul. If Marc did this with todays production and producers he would clean up! Just goes to prove this was NEVER a duff T.Rex album, Marc, the cosmic soulboy was just always years ahead! Im surprised a lot of the more obscure T.Rex hasn't turned up sampled somewhere yet.

Interstellar Soul

On this album Bolan changed his musical style and a beautiful madness abounds. Who else could have written this? Only the tortured genius that was Marc Bolan. Venus Loon, Explosive Mouth, Change, and Interstellar Soul are some of the highlights. The Avengers (Superbad) is amazing. Forget what people have said about how "Bolan's decline was accelerated here...blah...blah...blah". Bolan is now beyond the critics. Listen with your own ears and enjoy a prime slice of T.Rex. It'll be worth your time.


Formed: 1967

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s

Initially a British folk-rock combo called Tyrannosaurus Rex, T. Rex was the primary force in glam rock, thanks to the creative direction of guitarist/vocalist Marc Bolan (born Marc Feld). Bolan created a deliberately trashy form of rock & roll that was proud of its own disposability. T. Rex's music borrowed the underlying sexuality of early rock & roll, adding dirty, simple grooves and fat distorted guitars, as well as an overarching folky/hippie spirituality that always came through the clearest...
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