PLATCD 636 Get It On
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Released on 2000
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PLATCD 636 cover  

" Get it off!” cried the troll, uncrouching from the shadows, and this before the disc had even started. I couldn’t blame him; we’d been burned before by posthumous product from the bloated vaults of Bolan. And this would seem to aspire to the lowest rung of product: released in 2000 (after everything had already been re-hashed to death), with a lame title, produced in Israel (the birthplace of many great things, but not glam), stingy liner notes (relative to the tomes already heaped upon the fallen one) that reveal the contents as a mix of alternate versions, acoustic radio promos and studio rehearsals. I was ready to join my voice to the troll’s and scream “For the love of Bolan, leave his legacy alone you jeep bastards!” And as I was thinking this, “Get It On” sputtered from the speakers. Not the original version, but an alternate version nearly identical in execution and electricity. (I don’t listen to T. Rex so often that I can tell the subtle differences that separate a take one and take two.) Likewise, “Hot Love” and “Ride A White Swan” could’ve passed for the original versions in my mind. I noticed a difference with “One Inch Rock,” it didn’t swagger quite so much, but not bad at all. The troll was quiet; so was I. Maybe we’d stumbled upon a pretty good purchase for our six dollars. Then the acoustic songs from the February 1972 US radio shows rolled around. They’re a little raw, the recording quality is fitfully adequate, and if you thought these songs sounded the same in the electric incarnations, these feel like a never-ending space odyssey (i.e., they all sound like David Bowie’s “Space Oddity”). But in here are looks at “Ballroom of Mars,” “Mystic Lady” and “Spaceball Ricochet” before they slid onto The Slider’s platter, and that’s gotta matter, right? “Woodland Rock” marks the electric rehearsal sessions for Electric Warrior drawn from February 1971, including early versions of a lumbering “Monolith” and a familiar “Baby Strange.” This segment includes some real surprises, from a delightful version of “Honey Don’t” to a feedback-drenched “Jewel” that literally blows the mind. “Of course,” noted the troll, “these are simply the scattered baubles that litter the entrance to the bulging treasure room of alternate and unreleased tracks accumulated by Marc on Wax, Edsel, et al.” And, yes, that’s true. There must be overlap, because these songs are too interesting not to have made our earlier acquaintance. But if you’ve missed them, and might prefer a quick introduction to a tepid conversation that sees the shadows on the lawn grow long, there is this. And so it ends where it began, though in a different key, with me saying: Get It On gives good bang for the buck.

PLATCD 636 back picture booklet
PLATCD 636 back picture booklet

TRACK LISTING

  1. GET IT ON (ALTERNATE VERSION)
  2. HOT LOVE (ALTERNATE VERSION)
  3. RIDE A WHITE SWAN (ALTERNATE VERSION)
  4. ONE INCH ROCK (ALTERNATE VERSION)
  5. COSMIC DANCER (FEB '72 ACOUSTIC)
  6. BALLROOMS OF MARS (FEB '72 ACOUSTIC)
  7. MYSTIC LADY (FEB '72 ACOUSTIC)
  8. LIFE'S A GAS (FEB '72 ACOUSTIC)
  9. JEEPSTER (FEB '72 ACOUSTIC)
  10. SPACEBALL RICOCHET (FEB '72 ACOUSTIC)
  11. DEBORAH (FEB '72 ACOUSTIC)
  12. GIRL (FEB '72 ACOUSTIC)
  13. WOODLAND ROCK (FEB '71 REHEARSAL)
  14. MONOLITH (FEB '71 REHEARSAL)
  15. HONEY DON'T (FEB '71 REHEARSAL)    (Carl Perkins)
  16. BABY STRANGE (FEB '71 REHEARSAL)
  17. JEWEL (FEB '71 REHEARSAL)
  18. SUMMERTIME BLUES (FEB '71 REHEARSAL)    (Eddie Cochran)

    All songs written by Marc Bolan unless noted

CREDITS

Tony Watts -- liner notes
STT! -- design

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ISR 2000 Prism Leisure Corp. CD PLATCD 636  

 

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