T. Rex Spaceball: The American Radio Sessions (2-CD)
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- Number of Discs: 2
- Released: November 30, 2009
- Originally Released: 2009
- Label: Applebush
Record Collector (magazine) - p.933 stars out of 5 -- "[A] lo-fi record of Bolan in transition and looking to break the States..."
Tracks on Disc 1:
Tracks on Disc 2:
- 1.'T.Rex' Album Advert #1
- 3.Cosmic Dancer
- 4.Planet Queen
- 5.Elemental Child
- 7.Hot Love
- 8.KLOS Jingle #2
- 9.Cosmic Dancer
- 10.Honey Don't
- 11.Planet Queen
- 12.Get It On Blues
- 13.WGLD Radio Jingle
- 14.Life's A Gas
- 15.Spaceball Ricochet
- 16.Sunken Rags
- 17.Everybody's Loose / Talking
- 18.'T.Rex' Album Advert #2
Song previews provided courtesy of iTunes
SPACEBALL is a compilation of Marc Bolan's American radio sessions.
Recorded in New York, New York in 1971 & Los Angeles, California in 1972. Includes liner notes by Cliff McLenehen.
Personnel: Marc Bolan (vocals, guitar); Steve Currie (bass guitar); Bill Legend (drums); Mickey Finn (congas, percussion).
Liner Note Author: Andrew Gardner.
Recording information: K.Day Radio, Los Angeles (02/15/1972); WBAI Radio, New York (02/15/1972); WBCN Radio, Boston (02/15/1972); WGLD Radio, Chicago (02/15/1972); WPLJ Radio, New York (02/15/1972); K.Day Radio, Los Angeles (04/08/1971); WBAI Radio, New York (04/08/1971); WBCN Radio, Boston (04/08/1971); WGLD Radio, Chicago (04/08/1971); WPLJ Radio, New York (04/08/1971); K.Day Radio, Los Angeles (04/15/1971); WBAI Radio, New York (04/15/1971); WBCN Radio, Boston (04/15/1971); WGLD Radio, Chicago (04/15/1971); WPLJ Radio, New York (04/15/1971); K.Day Radio, Los Angeles (09/11/1972); WBAI Radio, New York (09/11/1972); WBCN Radio, Boston (09/11/1972); WGLD Radio, Chicago (09/11/1972); WPLJ Radio, New York (09/11/1972); K.Day Radio, Los Angeles (12/11/1971); WBAI Radio, New York (12/11/1971); WBCN Radio, Boston (12/11/1971); WGLD Radio, Chicago (12/11/1971); WPLJ Radio, New York (12/11/1971).
Illustrator: Les Clark.
Photographer: Keith Morris .
A companion to the several compilations of Marc Bolan's BBC recordings, Spaceball gathers together a batch of rare radio tapes recorded in the U.S. during the elfin singer/songwriter's abortive attempt to become an American superstar. Disc one was recorded in Los Angeles and Boston in 1972, on the back of Electric Warrior, the closest T. Rex came to a U.S. hit. Unfortunately, these solo acoustic performances are a pale shadow of the glossy electric boogaloo of that album; hearing Bolan's lyrics clearly (which even in the '60s were mostly stoned hippie babble, but by the early '70s were utterly nonsensical) isn't often a plus, and songs like "Jeepster" and "Baby Strange" miss the hard candy crunch of the studio takes. Disc two is more successful, as the first half includes the full early-1971 lineup of T. Rex in a New York radio station, and the second half features the core lineup of Bolan on acoustic guitar and Mickey Finn on percussion, not to mention a very odd almost pop-art radio commercial for Electric Warrior. There's a horrifyingly bad 12-minute version of "Jewel" and a torturous "blues" version of "Bang a Gong (Get It On)" to utilize the forward skip button on immediately, but the rest of the disc is hugely entertaining. Regardless, however, Spaceball is only for the most devout of Marc Bolan fans. ~ Stewart Mason
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