Hi folks, are there any Marc Bolan experts out there? I've recently aquired an off air tape of most of this Tyrannosaurus Rex session which is in excellent quality, and I wondered what it's present status was? I know it wasn't retained by the Beeb and the 'Bolan At The Beeb' 3 CD doesn't feature any of its performances. Its probably out there on a bootleg but net research by me hasn't given me any definite clues or answers! I have 'Debora', 'Knight' (referred to by Peel as 'Strange Orchestras'!), 'Afghan Woman', and 'Frowning Atuahallpa' (probably spelt that wrong!) I've also found 'Wind Quartets' from the August 25th edition of 'Top Gear'. Can any kind souls on this forum help??! If on a bootleg what's the quality like? Cheers! Nigel
Hi, Nigel, I'n no Marc Bolan expert, but I do keep an eye out generally for BBC sessions from the 60s and 70s. If it helps at all, I've seen no reference to these songs from 1968 as existing. The Bolan fraternity is particularly obsessive, so unless you know the provenance of the off-air recording, chances are that it's in circulation - but if your source made the original off-air recording or knew the person who did, it may well be something of great interest to fans of his 'airy-fairy' era, the stuff my wife likes, bless her! It might eventually get a slot in the early hours on BBC6, if you copy it for the Beeb. Cheers, Stuart
Cheers guys, most helpful so far! The source I got it from did indeed tape it himself and its the first time the tape's been out of his house, so any other versions out there will definitely be from other sources. If anyone is interested in BBC sessions from the period my new 'Shapes And Sounds Volume Three' compilation will be out shortly, though I'll post a seperate thread for this. And before anyone asks its legit and licensed from the Beeb! Nigel
I had a similar experience recently with a Peel session,i obtained a load of reel to reel tapes and they contain clips from Top Gear from 1968/69,amongst the tracks is a missing session by Free,with the help of Ken Garner they are being restored to the BBC and one track may be issued next year on a Peel Session compilation.I can highly recommend the Yahoo John Peel group,there are lots of people with a vast knowledge of all things Peel and they are happy to help with any queries.
Forgot to mention chaps - my source also taped the early 68 repeat of the first 1967 Tyran Rex session ('Pictures Of Purple People' etc) - I know that this session is on the 'Bolan At The Beeb' CD, and it was presumably taken from off air recordings. I don't have the CD, does anyone know of the sound quality of that first session on 'Bolan At The Beeb'? Cheers Nigel
Sorry to have initially omitted to answer Martin Barden, though not much else to say really. Stuff is really nice quality, Peel chat and intros included, and the chap used to plug his recorder into the radio rather than hand held mike as was often the case, so quality improvement on many other recordings of the time.
Very interested to be alerted to this discovery by a new member over at the Peel group on yahoo. Happy to help with any documentary info I can. If anyone else here comes across old Top Gear or Peel Night ride off-air tapes (or SOunds of the 70s from 1970-1974 for that matter), I can help you date and tracklist them, based on the archival research I've done in the BBC archives since the early nineties, some of it (but by no means all) for and in my two books IN SESSION TONIGHT (1993) and THE PEEL SESSIONS (2007). email me off list, my address should be showing here. Cheers. - ken
Hi Eric, sounds like you might have some interesting stuff too - maybe we could discuss what we have when you've been through your tapes? Send me a private message and we could exchange contact details? Cheers Nigel