MFP 5274 Ride A White Swan
Produced by Tony Visconti
Released on October 1972
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MFP 5274 cover  

I read somewhere (Goldmine?) that this was the first record Johnny Marr of The Smiths owned. He turned out all right, so how bad can Ride A White Swan really be? Well, it ain’t no Electric Warrior, that’s for sure. This is a compilation of the material that led up to Bolan’s electric reinvention, which is to say acoustic hippy music that sounds like Mungo Jerry’s “In The Summertime” over and over and over. Not to suggest that the seeds of greatness aren’t evident some of the time: “Stacey Grove,” “Ride A White Swan,” “One Inch Rock” and “Debora” presage the subsequent masterworks, “King of the Rumbling Spires” is already there. Of course, back in the day this music was likely more transcendent since Bolan was just so beautifully inscrutable. Throwing aside substance is easy when the surface of “Elemental Child” and similar tracks is so satisfying. Bolan didn’t trouble himself with reason any more than the caterpillar in Through The Looking Glass, so why should you? The sound quality is all right considering the source; “One Inch Rock” and “Debora” were even “electronically enhanced” (ooh!) to simulate stereo. Its role in the Marr mythology notwithstanding, there really isn’t a compelling reason to own this record today. The Tyrannosaurus Rex releases have been reissued on CD with superior sound, and countless compilations wrap up the early singles in more appealing packages. Ride A White Swan is very much a product of its time, drunk with optimism as T. Rextasy reached its orgasmic apex, and likely to find a kindred spirit mostly in those who remember when.

MFP 5274 back cover
MFP 5274 back cover

TRACK LISTING

  1. RIDE A WHITE SWAN
  2. DEBORA
  3. CHILD STAR
  4. BLACK CAT (THE WIZARD'S HAT)
  5. CONESUALA
  6. STRANGE ORHCESTRAS
  7. ONE INCH ROCK
  8. SALAMANDA PALAGANDA
  9. LOFTY SKIES
  10. STACEY GROVE
  11. KING OF THE RUMBLING SPIRES
  12. ELEMENTAL CHILD

CREDITS

Bernard Allum -- sleeve design

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REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
UK/NET October 1972 Music For Pleasure LP/CS MFP 5274  

 

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