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T. Rex – Spaceball

(Applebush/Easy Action)

The collections of ‘rare’ T. Rex material to have appeared in the years since Marc Bolan’s death in 1977 by now dwarf the official output released during his lifetime. Although much of them are deeply inessential, and sometimes indeed unlistenable, carefully sifting through these volumes of out-takes and demos unearths some gems that actually surpass the official releases. The alternative versions of Electric Warrior and The Slider for instance, strip some of Bolan’s most iconic tunes of Tony Visconti’s homogenising production to reveal the startling simplicity beneath. 2007’s Bolan at the Beeb box set featured a wealth of great takes recorded mostly for John Peel’s Top Gear, but seeing as Peel and Bolan mutually dropped each other when T. Rex hit it big, the collection grinds to a halt in 1971, just

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