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Get It On (Live)

T. Rex & Marc Bolan

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Album Review

Its budget price notwithstanding, there's little here to alert the keen Bolan completist — no hidden gems or unreleased jewels, no hitherto unknown off-microphone splutter. Just one more peculiar rampage through the catalog, drawing at one extreme from the pre-fame Beginning of Doves era, and on the other from the already over-documented 1972-1977 catalog. The result, surprisingly, is not as discordant as one might fear — the inclusion of a handful of acoustic takes and the gorgeous simplicity that hallmarked much of Bolan's output allow the likes of "Eastern Spell" and "Pictures of Purple People" to blend happily in alongside "Mellow Love" and "Over the Flats." Still, it's difficult to recommend this album to any but the most casual of listeners — and what would they want with a bunch of demos in the first place?

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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