Progrography

T. Rex
Marc Bolan's too-brief journey through music transformed him from wizard to glam warrior to washed-out icon. Originally billed as Tyrannosaurus Rex (which featured Steve Peregrine Took), Bolan eventually abbreviated the band's name to T. Rex (which by now featured Mickey Finn replacing Took). Teaming with producer Tony Visconti (then associated with David Bowie), T. Rex began churning out transcendent nonsense in sweet, two-minute dollops of glamful wonderment. Electric Warrior and The Slider are watershed moments in the glam movement, and T. Rex became a hit-making phenomenon in England during the early half of the Seventies. But fame is a borrowed crown, and Bolan struggled to maintain that commercial momentum when glam's engine began to sputter, unwisely courting a funkier sound in an effort to stay relevant. The albums that followed (Tanx, Futuristic Dragon, Zinc Alloy and The Hidden Riders of Tomorrow) were tarnished by patches of mediocrity, though Bolan was still able to conjure that old lustre on occasion. Marc was killed in an auto accident on September 16, 1977, leaving behind a legacy of music that has inspired countless repackagings and reams of unreleased recordings. Marc On Wax in particular turned posthumous interest in Bolan's music into a cottage industry, though their role has largely been as keeper of the flame rather than graverobbers.

Date ALBUMS / Singles
1965 November The Wizard
1966 June The Third Degree
1966 December Hippy Gumbo
1968 April Debora
1968 June MY PEOPLE WERE FAIR AND HAD SKY IN THEIR HAIR... BUT NOW THEY'RE CONTENT TO WEAR STARS ON THEIR BROWS
1968 August One Inch Rock
1968 October PROPHETS, SEERS AND SAGES, THE ANGELS OF THE AGES
1969 January Pewter Suitor
1969 May UNICORN
1969 July King of the Rumbling Spires
1970 January By The Light of the Magical Moon
1970 March A BEARD OF STARS
1970 October Ride A White Swan
1970 December T. REX
1971 February Hot Love
1971 July THE BEST OF T. REX
1971 July Get It On (Bang A Gong)
1971 September ELECTRIC WARRIOR
1971 November Jeepster
1972 January Telegram Sam
1972 March TYRANNOSAURUS REX (A BEGINNING)
1972 May Metal Guru
1972 May BOLAN BOOGIE
1972 July 21 THE SLIDER
1972 July The Slider
1972 September Children of the Revolution
1972 October RIDE A WHITE SWAN
1972 December Solid Gold Easy Action
1972 HARD ON LOVE
1973 March 23 TANX
1973 March 20th Century Boy
1973 June The Groover
1973 September Blackjack
1973 November Truck On (Tyke)
1973 November GREAT HITS
1974 February 1 ZINC ALLOY AND THE HIDDEN RIDERS OF TOMORROW
1974 February THE BEGINNING OF DOVES
1974 February Teenage Dream
1974 June Jasper C. Debussy
1974 July Light of Love
1974 November Zip Gun Boogie
1974 November GET IT ON
1974 LIGHT OF LOVE
1975 February BOLAN'S ZIP GUN
1975 July New York City
1975 October Dreamy Lady
1976 February FUTURISTIC DRAGON
1976 February London Boys
1976 June I Love To Boogie
1976 September Laser Love
1977 January To Know You Is To Love You
1977 March The Soul of My Suit
1977 May DANDY IN THE UNDERWORLD
1977 May A Dandy In The Underworld
1977 August Celebrate Summer
1977 September BOLAN'S BEST + 1 (EP)
1978 April Crimson Moon
1978 April MARC, THE WORDS AND MUSIC OF MARC BOLAN
1978 April THE T. REX COLLECTION
1978 June GREATEST HITS VOL. 1
1979 June SOLID GOLD T. REX
1979 July Life's A Gas
1980 September THE UNOBTAINABLE T. REX
1981 March THE RETURN OF THE ELECTRIC WARRIOR (EP)
1981 August T. REX IN CONCERT
1981 September You Scare Me To Death
1981 October YOU SCARE ME TO DEATH
1981 October Get Black
1981 November THE PLATINUM COLLECTION OF T. REX
1982 January Mellow Love
1982 January ACROSS THE AIRWAVES
1982 July Deep Summer
1982 October T. REX
1982 December Christmas Bop
1982 CHILDREN OF RARN SUITE
1982 THE INTERVIEW
1983 June Think Zinc
1983 September DANCE IN THE MIDNIGHT
1983 October CHILDREN OF THE REVOLUTION
1984 April BEYOND THE RISING SUN
1984 June Rare Magic: Sailor of the Highway
1984 August BILLY SUPER DUPER
1984 August T. REXTASY
1984 November OFF THE RECORD WITH T. REX
1985 April THE BEST OF THE 20TH CENTURY BOY
1985 May Megarex 1 (Medley)
1985 May Megarex 2 (Medley)
1985 May Megarex 3 (Medley)
1985 May THE MAIN MAN
1985 July Sunken Rags
1985 July A CROWN OF JEWELS
1985 November TILL DAWN
1985 T. REXTASY: THE BEST OF T. REX 1970-1973
1986 June CLASSIC CUTS (EP)
1987 January THE VERY BEST OF VOLUME 1
1987 February The Children of the Revolution (remix)
1987 March THE SINGLES COLLECTION
1987 May Get It On (re-mix)
1987 May Get It On (dawn mix)
1987 May Get It On (dusk mix)
1987 May GREATEST HITS
1987 August THE PEEL SESSIONS (EP)
1987 October TEENAGE DREAM
1987 STAND BY ME
1988 July NIGHTRIDING
1988 18 GREATEST HITS
1989 August THE MARC SHOWS
1990 WHERE THERE'S CHAMPAGNE
1991 April RARITIES VOLUME ONE
1991 June THE VERY BEST OF MARC BOLAN & T. REX
1991 September THE ULTIMATE COLLECTION
1991 November Sleepy Maurice
1991 December BORN TO BOOGIE
1991 December LOVE + DEATH
1991 December THE ESSENTIAL COLLECTION
1991 December THE EARLY YEARS
1992 THE BEST & THE REST OF MARC BOLAN
1993 April BBC RADIO 1 LIVE IN CONCERT
1993 June THE WIZARD
1993 June Blowin' in the Wind
1994 April 20TH CENTURY BOY
1994 October THE DEFINITIVE TYRANNOSAURUS REX
1994 November DIRTYSWEET VOLUME TWO
1994 November 8 RABBIT FIGHTER: THE ALTERNATE SLIDER
1994 November GREAT HITS 1972-1977 THE A SIDES
1994 November GREAT HITS 1972-1977 THE B SIDES
1995 MESSING WITH THE MYSTIC
1995 June LEFT HAND LUKE: THE ALTERNATE TANX
1995 June T. REX UNCHAINED: UNRELEASED RECORDINGS VOL. 1 (1972, PART 1)
1995 June T. REX UNCHAINED: UNRELEASED RECORDINGS VOL. 2 (1972, PART 2)
1995 T. REX UNCHAINED: UNRELEASED THE LIGHT OF LOVE
1995 August 1 THE COLLECTION
1995 September THE ESSENTIAL COLLECTION
1995 September PREHISTORIC
1995 October CHANGE: THE ALTERNATE ZINC ALLOY
1995 October T. REX UNCHAINED: UNRELEASED RECORDINGS VOL. 3 (1973, PART 1)
1995 October T. REX UNCHAINED: UNRELEASED RECORDINGS VOL. 4 (1973, PART 2)
1996 June PRECIOUS STAR: THE ALTERNATE ZIP GUN
1996 June T. REX UNCHAINED: UNRELEASED RECORDINGS VOL. 5 (1974)
1996 June T. REX UNCHAINED: UNRELEASED RECORDINGS VOL. 6 (1975)
1996 November A WIZARD, A TRUE STAR: MARC BOLAN & T. REX 1972-1977
1996 A BBC HISTORY
1997 June DAZZLING RAIMENT: THE ALTERNATE FUTURISTIC DRAGON
1997 July T. REX UNCHAINED: UNRELEASED RECORDINGS VOL. 7
1997 July T. REX UNCHAINED: UNRELEASED RECORDINGS VOL. 8
1997 July LIVE 1977
1997 October METAL GURU
2000 GET IT ON (PRISM)
2002 October 22 WAX CO. SINGLES VOLUME 1 (1972-1974)
2002 October 22 WAX CO. SINGLES VOLUME 2 (1975-1978)
2006 September 18 THE FINAL CUTS
2007 June 19 THE ELECTRIC BOOGIE: NINETEENSEVENTYONE
2007 September 4 ELECTRIC JEWELS
2007 October 30 "I DANCED MYSELF OUT OF THE WOMB"
2007 November 2 BOLAN AT THE BEEB
2007 INTERSTELLAR SOUL
2007 LIVE 1977 + IN CONVERSATION
2008 March 25 COLOUR COLLECTION
2008 March 25 LEGEND
2008 August 19 THE BEST OF THE BBC RECORDINGS
2010 January 12 SPACEBALL: THE AMERICAN RADIO SESSIONS

SEE ALSO...
School of Rock: Music From And Inspired By The Motion Picture
Ringo Starr: Ringo

 

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