Wednesday, October 25, 2006


Now that some phone commercial is featuring Allison Goldfrapp's very T. Rex song "Ooh-La-La", I thought I'd take this opportunity to mention that you can see the real thing in the new-ish DVD "Born To Boogie".

BTB is the legendary concert film of 24-year-old Marc Bolan and T. Rex at the height of their powers in 1972, fully restored to crystal-clear cinematic glory, and given a fresh 5.1 mix by original music producer Tony Visconti.

The movie is a product of Apple Films, and was produced and directed by one of its camera operators: Ringo Starr. The DVD project was put together by Bolan's son Rolan (yes, Rolan Bolan), who was just two years old when his dad died in a car crash in 1977.

The deluxe 2-disc edition includes the original restored movie, plus the two complete Wembley concerts, plus outtakes, plus interviews. Apart from the concert itself, the movie features some surreal interludes and a jam session in the Apple recording studio with Ringo and Elton John.

And may I just say that the live version of "Bang A Gong" kicks ass.

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