REP 1078 Telegram Sam
Produced by Tony Visconti
Released on January 1972
UK CHART POSITION #1 (RE-CHART #69 in 1982). . . US CHART POSITION #67 (charted April 22, 1972 for 5 weeks)
Find it at GEMM
REP 1078 wo. picture sleeve
[high resolution scan]
 

I got the bright idea in college to play random 45s on a radio show, which was of course a terrible idea, except that no one was listening anyway. And I did uncover T. Rex for myself in the process with this single and “Metal Guru.” A keeper for the great rogues gallery of the glammed that Bolan peopled with his internal peepers. The B side is the nonalbum “Cadillac,” which was forgettable in the bountiful days of Slider but might look like beautiful mana to someone who’s traversed the great wasteland of the ‘80s and ‘90s (and beyond) looking for anything gilded and edible. (For me, it stalled.) “Cadillac” was later added to the expanded reissue of The Slider, so the single’s value today is negligible (plus, those Reprise singles were just so darned ugly).

TRACK LISTING

    UK 7-inch EP listing
  1. TELEGRAM SAM
  2. CADILLAC
  3. BABY STRANGE

    US 7-inch single
  4. TELEGRAM SAM    (Marc Bolan)    3:45
  5. CADILLAC    (Marc Bolan)    3:53

    GER 7-inch single
  6. TELEGRAM SAM
  7. BABY STRANGE

    UK Old Gold 7-inch reissue
  8. TELEGRAM SAM
  9. I LOVE TO BOOGIE

    GER Ariola 7-inch single
  10. TELEGRAM SAM
  11. METAL GURU

CREDITS

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REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
UK January 1972 EMI 7EP TREX101 picture sleeve
US April 1972 Reprise 7" REP 1078 see US listing
GER 1972 Ariola 7" 19089AT picture sleeve, see GER listing
UK March 1982 EMI 7" TREX101 picture sleeve, reissue
UK January 1985 Old Gold 7" OG9506 see Old Gold listing
GER   Ariola 7" 104.270.100  

 

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