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Marc Bolan & T. Rex - Zinc Alloy And The Hidden Riders Of Tomorrow (1994) Retail CD
"Zinc Alloy" is generally seen as the beginning of Marc Bolan's wilderness years, between the heights of the early 70s and his TV rebirth shortly before his untimely death. It seems to me though that this is unfair. Yes, perhaps Bolan's music isn't as varied and clever as Bowie's, but it's still full of energy, soul and most importantly fun.This album mixes the glam sound with the wonderful gospel-soul vocals of Bolan's then new partner Gloria Jones and friends. Sometimes they sound silky-smooth ("Change" and "The Leopards"); at other times they shriek, coo and squawk as though in a religiousmore… ecstacy ("Venus Loon" and "Liquid Gang") - the effect is intoxicating and explosive. The listener cannot help but be swept along by their magnificent voices.Sometimes Bolan's slabs of guitar are laid over songs a little too thickly, but more often than not this album rewards repeated listening. Opener "Venus Loon" is unlike any other song you've ever heard; the orchestral pomp that climaxes the fantastic "Liquid Gang" sounds like Sergeant Pepper-era Beatles on a comedown. Bolan's bizarre lyrics are also as much fun as ever and as lewd as anything by Prince ("I want to lay my lips on your explosive mouth" indeed).There is also a sense of Bolan's awareness of his own falling star - both on "Change" and especially the magnificent "Teenage Dream" that forms the backbone of this extraordinary record.So, yes the title is probably trying too hard, and yes it's not as great or conceptually tight as, say, "Ziggy Stardust", but it certainly sounds a good deal more intergalactic than Bowie ever did. At a time when prog rock was rearing its dinosaur head, at least T-Rex knew how to have a laugh.Great stuff.
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|10||You've Got to Jive to Stay Alive - Spanish Midnight|
|12||Painless Persuasion V. The Meathawk Immaculate|
|14||Leopards Featuring Gardenia and the Mighty Slug|
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