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T. Rex's The Slider 40th Anniversary box set
A must have for Marc Bolan fans!
Featuring a remastered 180-gram vinyl presssing of the original album, B-sides, rarities, demos and outtakes spread over two CDs, a DVD featuring TV appearances, interviews and more, three 7-inch singles, a 48-page casebound book, a 40-page book of sheet music, a poster, plus reproductions of memorabilia
The British glam-rock quartet T. Rex's The Slider is the definitive soundtrack to the frenzy surrounding its frontman Marc Bolan. Bolan mania swept most corners of the globe circa 1972. It was boom-time for manufacturers of lipstick-sized phials of glitter. The music press had a field day, too, seizing the opportunity to debate the rabid tensions between playful pop and sensible rock. But to the many thousands who had succumbed to "T. Rextasy," the first great teenage phenomenon of the '70s, it was, in the words of Morrissey "Many people's first love affair."
Now remastered for the first time by Tony Visconti, this classic album — released in July 1972 on the back of three chart-topping T.Rex LPs — provides a perfect snapshot of the T. Rextasy era, and is proof of Bolan's extraordinary and enduring appeal across the generations.
This deluxe 40th Anniversary boxset edition includes the original album remastered by Visconti plus B-sides, rarities, demos and outtakes spread over two CDs, a DVD featuring TV appearances, interviews and more, a 180-gram vinyl LP, three 7-inch singles, a 48-page casebound book, 40-page book of sheet music, a poster, plus reproductions of memorabilia and ephemera.
The Slider contained two U.K. No. 1 hit singles, "Telegram Sam" and "Metal Guru" — the latter famously regarded by Morrissey as "pop perfection." It was the first to bear the T. Rex Wax Co imprint, a seal of approval from EMI Records, who felt Bolan sufficiently important to warrant having his own record label.
On the accompanying DVD, Visconti recalls the making of the album in an exclusive new 105-minute interview with Bolan biographer Mark Paytress. The DVD also features TV footage including performances of "Telegram Sam" and "Metal Guru" from "Top Of The Pops," ITV performance footage of "Cadilac," "Spaceball Ricochet" and "Telegram Sam," plus Marc's interview with Russell Harty from 1972. Rounding off the DVD is footage of Marc Bolan and Mickey Finn visiting EMI's pressing plant, a TV advertisment for The Slider and a U.S. promotional film of Buick Mackane.
Tony Visconti has also written a special essay for the 48-page hardback coffee-table book included in the box, which also features a 6,000-word essay by Paytress, rare photos and reproductions of archive material. Also included in the set, which comes in a sturdy 12" x 12" box, is a 180-gram vinyl pressing of the original album, its two spin-off singles and a reproduction of the hugely collectable promo-only Chariot Choogle 45, all in facsimile T. Rex Wax Co paper sleeves.
Rounding off the package is a 40-page book of the sheet music for every song on the album, an A2 poster, sticker, plastic carrier bag, sew-on patch and facsimiles of an original Bolan fan club letter, membership card, rosette and concert ticket.
|Disc 1 – The Slider|
|1. Metal Guru|
|2. Mystic Lady|
|3. Rock On|
|4. The Slider|
|5. Baby Boomerang|
|6. Spaceball Ricochet|
|7. Buick Mackane|
|8. Telegram Sam|
|9. Rabbit Fighter|
|10. Baby Strange|
|11. Ballrooms of mars|
|12. Chariot choogle|
|13. Main Man|
Disc 2 – The Slider B-sides
|Demos, Radio Sessions and Outtakes|
|4. Rock On [demo]|
|5. The Slider [acoustic]|
|6. Buick Mackane [demo]|
|7. Sugar Baby (Rabbit Fighter) [demo]|
|8. Babe Strange [electric solo demo; incomplete]|
|9. Slider Blues [solo demo]|
|10. Buick Mackane II [Slider outtake]|
|11. Baby strange [US radio session]|
|12. Ballrooms of Mars [US radio session]|
|13. The Slider [acoustic demo]|
|14. Radio Interview, 26 August 1972; Marc Bolan talks to Johnny Moran|
DVD – The Slider on TV
|Tony Visconti Interviewed by Mark Paytress|
|Marc Bolan Interviewed by Russell Harty|
|Advert for the Slider|
|At the Chateau D’Herouville|
|Marc and Mickey Visit the EMI Pressing Plant|
|The Slider – Vinyl Album|
|Telegram Sam/Cadilac/Baby Strange|
|Chariot Choogle/The Slider|