NB 9006 Light of Love
Produced by Marc Bolan
Released on 1974
no chart information
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NB 9006 cover
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S omehow, Casablanca got the US distribution rights to Bolan’s recent material (if it was a card game, they should have taken the watch instead) and beat most of what would become Bolan’s Zip Gun to market with Light of Love. Like the “official” T. Rex albums from this period (Zinc Alloy, Zip Gun), listeners approaching this from vintage Rex might go into synthetic shock on first listen. Songs like “Girl In The Thunderbolt Suit” and “Think Zinc” stretch Bolan’s already-thin lyrical credibility, and the backing vocals of Gloria Jones et al lack the unearthly grace of Flo & Eddie. But when you canvas the musical landscape and find so few glam artists making music like this, it dawns on you that even Bolan at fifty-percent power is a cup half full. There are moments that muster the old magic (“Venus Loon,” “Precious Star”), examples of Bolan seeking rockier terrain (“Explosive Mouth” and the otherwise overlooked B side, “Space Boss”), and short bursts of high-octane silliness. As the saying goes, though, you can’t make a silk purse from a sow’s ear. Light of Love is a better record than Bolan’s Zip Gun song-for-song, but that’s hardly aiming very high.

NB 9006 back cover
NB 9006 back cover

TRACK LISTING

  1. LIGHT OF LOVE    3:12
  2. SOLID BABY    2:35
  3. PRECIOUS STAR    2:50
  4. TOKEN OF MY LOVE    3:39
  5. SPACE BOSS    2:49
  6. THINK ZINC    3:22
  7. TILL DAWN    3:01
  8. TEENAGE DREAM    5:00
  9. GIRL IN THE THUNDERBOLT SUIT    2:17
  10. EXPLOSIVE MOUTH    2:24
  11. VENUS LOON    2:58

    All songs written & composed by Marc Bolan

CREDITS

MARC BOLAN --
BIG RICHARD -- The Cosmic Choir
B.J. COLE --
STEVE CURRIE --
MICKEY FINN --
JACK GREEN --
SISTER PAT HALL -- The Cosmic Choir
THE GLORIA JONES -- The Cosmic Choir
LONNIE JORDAN --
BILL LEGEND --
DANNY THOMPSON --
David Katz & The Pop Arts Orchestra -- strings
Tony Visconti -- string arrangements
David Larkham & Ron Wong -- cover design
Neil Preston -- cover photo
Fortune-Rodabaugh -- liner photo

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REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
US 1974 Casablanca LP NB 9006 promo only?
US 1974 Casablanca LP NBLP 7005  
EUR June 19, 1995 Zomba CD 413  

 

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