Album Remarks & Appraisals:
Two CD set from boppin' Bolan and his T.Rex mates. Disc One features the soundtrack to the motion picture Born To Boogie, which was directed by fan (and former Beatle) Ringo Starr. Disc Two features a complete T.Rex live performance recorded during the movie-making experience but never released in it's entirety (it is one of only two full concerts ever recorded with T.Rex). Also featured is the jam between Marc, Ringo and Elton John, where they perform 'Tutti Frutti' and 'Children Of The Revolution'. Prepare to be blown away by a band at the height of their success. Sanctuary. 2005.
This double-disc set is something of a holy grail for T. Rex fanatics. Both discs contain music from BORN TO BOOGIE, a film about T. Rex frontman Marc Bolan made by Ringo Starr in 1972. The film was considered lost until 2003, when old prints where found and painstakingly restored. This expanded CD reissue covers the music from the original film, as well as additional material, including excerpts from concerts recorded at Wembley stadium, and a BBC interview with Bolan from 1971.
Bolan is backed here by his crack band, and by Ringo and Elton John (both of whom are professed T. Rex fans). The playlist includes many of his finest tunes: the rollicking "Jeepster," the slinky bounce of "Get It On," and the epic, metaphysical autobiography-in-song "Cosmic Dancer," in addition to fun covers ("Tutti Frutti") and selections of Bolan's poetry. The tapes have been remastered to sparkling effect, and everything here, from Bolan's trademark yelps and moans to the ecstatic screaming of his female fans, is crystal clear. Moreover, BORN TO BOOGIE captures T. Rex at his commercial and artistic apex, and offers a snapshot of the glam superstar in a unique and significant moment in rock & roll history.