T. Rex

T. Rex EP [DVD]

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T. Rex is represented by four clips on this 12-minute DVD, drawn from the Radio Bremen Beat Club and Musik Laden television series -- luckily, their appearances all dated from the time when the show was shot and preserved in color (there would be precious little reason to watch the special effects on "Ride a White Swan" in black-and-white). As it is, the latter is a nicely hard-rocking live performance dominated by Marc Bolan's voice and guitar; "Jeepster" is even better, a hard, stripped-down performance with some inventive camera work and intermixing of images, along with superb editing. "Life's a Gas" captures Bolan and company working in a slightly more lyrical ballad style, amazingly surrounded by the wildest array of psychedelic effects that this reviewer has yet seen coming from this body of performance clips, and worth seeing on that basis alone. Finally, on "20th Century Boy," Bolan is seen in all of his glam rock glory, crunching and surging away on the song against an almost minimalist background, the camera pulling in for tight close-ups on his face and his guitar (with quick cuts away to Mickey Finn et al.). The 36-minute "video jukebox" function on the disc offers clips, from full-length Classic Pictures DVD concert releases, of Alexis Korner, Steve Marriott (doing "Whatcha Gonna Do About It" with a little vamp on "The Last Time"), Leon Russell ("Delta Lady"), Jack Bruce ("Sunshine of Your Love"), the New Grass Revival ("Jumpin' Jack Flash"), and Big Country ("In a Big Country"), among others. The menu is easy to utilize and the jukebox function is a major bonus, unless one already has this material on one of the company's other DVD EP releases.