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Editors’ Notes

After failing to woo fans back with Bolan’s Zip Gun the previous year (even great tracks like “Light of Love” and “Precious Star” didn’t seem to do the trick), Marc Bolan steered T. Rex away from the overtones of disco-soul and back into the glittery stomp of earlier records. Well, more or less. Futuristic Dragon was a valiant effort (one that did get the band back on the UK charts), but tucked amongst the gems like pure T-Rexian rockers “Jupiter Liar,” “All Alone,” and “Chrome Sitar” and the ridiculously infectious boogie confections “New York City” and “Sensation Boulevard” are oddities like the billowing, string-heavy instrumental “Theme For a Dragon” and strangely middle-of-the road soul-pop tracks like “Dreamy Lady” and “Ride My Wheels.” The original release ended with “Casual Agent,” a tune that well represents the somewhat schizophrenic nature of Futuristic Dragon, with it’s magic-carpet ride melodic swoosh, some stellar Bolan lyrical poetry, and strings to last for years. It’s part Marc Bolan genius and partly a peek at a somewhat confused artist, searching for his natural groove.

Customer Reviews

Grossly underrated

This has become my fav of all Bolan records. Buy and thank me later.

Anthony L Meier

Chrome Sitar is one of his best. Love that song and many more on this album. Wish it could be remixed. It is a bit heavy on the high end, a bit tinny

Biography

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...
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