Marc Bolan

Early Singles 1964-1968

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Current collector prices would demand you drop several thousand pounds for the original Decca and Parlophone pressings of Marc Bolan's first recordings. This box set gives you the same music, in the same 7", 45-rpm format, for a fraction of the price -- and then some. In fact, only three of the singles within were actually released as 45s during Bolan's lifetime, the couplings of "The Wizard"/"Beyond the Rising Sun," "The Third Degree"/"San Francisco Poet," and "Hippy Gumbo"/"The Misfit." The remainder -- "The Road I'm On"/"Blowing in the Wind" (credited here to Toby Tyler), "Sleepy Maurice"/"Cat Black," and "Hot Rod Mama"/"Sarah Crazy Child" (Tyrannosaurus Rex) draw from archive recordings that did not really start circulating until after Bolan's death. All should be familiar to even the halfway conscientious collector, either in their original form or via Bolan's own subsequent remakes -- the 20th Century Superstar box set rounds them all up in CD form. But the vinyl artifacts are attractive regardless, with custom picture sleeves that not only draw from period photographs, they utilize period art standards, too. Earmark's customary use of the highest quality vinyl rounds out an excellent package.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Title/Composer Performer Time
1
2:42
2
2:23

Track Listing - Disc 2

Title/Composer Performer Time
1
1:47
2
2:16

Track Listing - Disc 3

Title/Composer Performer Time
1
2:30
2
1:42

Track Listing - Disc 4

Title/Composer Performer Time
1
1:55
2
1:54

Track Listing - Disc 5

Title/Composer Performer Time
1
2:53
2
1:22

Track Listing - Disc 6

Title/Composer Performer Time
1
2:59
2
3:21
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