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T.Rex - Futuristic Dragons cd (Fat Possum)


"The most blatantly, and brilliantly, portentous of Marc Bolan's albums since the transitional blurring of boundaries that was Beard of Stars, almost seven years prior, Futuristic Dragon
opens on a wave of unrelenting feedback, guitars and bombast, setting
an apocalyptic mood for the record which persists long after that brief
(two minutes) overture is over. Indeed, even the quintessential bop of
the succeeding "Jupiter Liar" is irrevocably flavored by what came
before, dirty guitars churning beneath a classic Bolan melody, and the lyrics a spiteful masterpiece. While the oddly Barry White-influenced "Ride My Wheels" continues flirting with the neo-funk basics of 1975's Bolan's Zip Gun, the widescreen sonic majesty of Futuristic Dragon
was, if anything, even more gratuitously ambitious than its
predecessor. "Calling All Destroyers," "Sensation Boulevard" and the
magnificent "Dawn Storm" all bristle with lyrical splendor, while
"Casual Agent" revisits some older glories with its near-slavish
re-creation of the old "Rip Off" vibe. But if the other tunes pursue Bolan's
new-found fascination for pomp over pop with barely disguised glee, he
wasn't above slipping the odd joke into the brew to remind us that he
knew what he was doing. "Theme for a Dragon" is an all-but Wagnerian
symphonic instrumental -- with the sound of screaming teenyboppers as
its backdrop, and the punch line lurking further afield among the
handful of obvious hits which he also stirred in. The first of these,
the big-budget ballad "Dreamy Lady," scored even before the rest of the
album was complete. It was followed by the idiotically contagious "New
York City," a piece of pure pop nonsense/genius which so effortlessly
returned him to the British Top 20 that, for a few weeks through
mid-1976, the idea of seeing "a woman coming out of New York City with a
frog in her hand" really didn't seem as silly as it sounded. And when
he followed that up with the rhythm'n'punk swagger of "I Love to
Boogie," few people would deny that Bolan was on the way back up. That particular gem would be featured on his next album, 1977's Dandy in the Underworld; the Edsel remaster of Futuristic Dragon
does, however, wrap up three further cuts from the era, the single
sides "Laser Love," the languid "Life's an Elevator" and, best of all,
"London Boys," a piece of undisguised childhood nostalgia which was
allegedly written about David Bowie, one of Bolan's
teenaged running mates. The song, incidentally, was drawn from a
proposed concept album, ambitiously titled "London Opera" (one of two Bolan was then considering, the other was the sci-fi themed Billy Super Duper).
The project was never completed, however -- for something else was
stirring in the capital's bowels, that snarling monster which emerged as
punk. And the moment Bolan saw it, he knew precisely what it represented. He began work on a new album right away." - Dave Thompson All Music Guide

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This product was added to our catalog on Wednesday 04 January, 2012.

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