Born to Boogie インポート
David Bowie's glammed-out Ziggy Stardust may have inspired much British critical hype at the dawn of the '70s, but it was Marc Bolan's T. Rex whose infectious blend of rock roots and mystic troubadour conceits were the era's biggest teen-frenzy pop phenomena. Ringo Starr was so enamored of "T. Rexstasy" that he set about making a loose documentary on Bolan and band, one whose loose flights of improvisational cinema seem as dizzy as they do substance-fueled. This double-disc soundtrack to Born to Boogie's painstakingly restored and expanded DVD release is a fascinating, warts-and-all slice of pop history, mixing concert performances of key hits like "Jeepster," "Get It On," and "Hot Love" with live-in-the-studio rave-ups of "Tutti Frutti" and "Children of the Revolution," featuring backing by Ringo and Elton John. The "Tea Party Medley" is one strange soirée of hits, while disc two presents the only complete recording of a T. Rex show, capturing the band's triumphant Wembley homecoming on March 18, 1972, in all its screaming teen glory. --Jerry McCulley
Experience one of the most legendary rock `n' roll bands as you've never seen or heard them before. Directed by and starring ex-Beatle, Ringo Starr, and featuring Elton John. Get ready to join Marc Bolan and T.Rex on stage in the epic, Born to Boogie The Motion Picture. Also included are the only two full T. Rex concerts ever recorded. Prepare to be blown away by a band at the height of their success performing to over 10,000 screaming fans. The studio sound is unmistakable on stage, the live experience is transforming. With a second disc packed full of extras, interviews and hours of never-before-seen footage, this is the ultimate DVD and soundtrack CD for any fan. Sanctuary. 2005.
It's beautifully packaged and presented but offers little that isn't available already, after all the build up it really is soo dissapointing!
But it's the live footage that makes this DVD worth every penny. Looking at the frenzied fifteen-year-old girls in the audience, I couldn't help but muse on the sad reality that their equivalents today would be attending a show by One Direction; and the contrast between those cynically-manufactured marionettes with a self-made superstar playing and singing his own songs, oozing charisma and presenting such an odd, quirky, but brilliantly effective twist on the standard rock formula, is a sobering one indeed. You're being sold short, kids of today. The Fab Four tore down Tin Pan Alley and Bolan was a beneficiary of that demolition; who'd have thought, forty years later, that we'd have retreated back to a time before rock 'n' roll first dented the cartel of Svengali's and hack songwriters who made the early 50s as dull as they've made the 2010s? Every time some old rock journo moans about the pre-punk 70s, remind them that they didn't know how bloody lucky they were!
Consisting of two discs, the first featuring songs from the matinee show, a medley of hits with Bolan playing acoustic guitar accomplied by a string quartet, spliced with excerpts from the film.
The second disc (for me the reason for buying the album) is the entire evening performance.
A real rough & ready sound, perhaps the audio is lifted from the film tape reels, but it shows a different side to T Rex (there doesn’t seem any point in realising a live album if the songs sound exactly the same as the studio recordings).
Highlights form me are an extended version of “Get it on”, which is quite brave considering that the audience consists of mostly teenage girls, & a cover of “Summer time blues”, & because of the grungy sound doesn’t sound a million miles away from The Who’s version they performed on “Live ay Leeds”.
Only quibble is that at just over 50 minutes, the show is a little short, but it was at the height of Bolan’s pop phase of his career.
Fate, on the other hand, was not so kind and Marc died shortly before the final program was broadcast. The production is typical of pop shows of the time, but if you can see through that you will be witnessing some of the last great performances of this musical legend. For me it brings back some sad memories as well. I have seen some pretty good bands since the seventies but nothing comes near to stirring the musical senses like Marc Bolan and T.Rex did!
The picture quality is excellent on most tracks considering they're taken from 30-year old tapes while the sound quality is mostly acceptable.
Some of these clips were filmed literally days before Marc's death in September 1977 and so it's quite sad watching them, even more so given that he looked so well and everybody seemed to be enjoying the whole thing, him especially.
'Born To Boogie', the DVD of the movie, is a must for all fans as it's fun, nonsense, embarrassing and wonderful, all rolled into one! I reckon it's also an accurate marker of the beginning of Bolan's decline. But that's another story.
A big HI! to all the 50 something guys like me who were proud to be counted at the time for being as in awe of him as the girls were. History has proved us right fellas!