Top reviews from the United States. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Verified Purchase. The cover of LP is permanently creased where prior to shipment was clearly perfect. Collectors do not dig and would have passed up a damaged item in store! I read numerous reviews on this album. Most are unfavorable.
Some even say this is Marc Bolans worst album. I will never again take a critics word for anything again. I have all the popular T. Rex albums and decided to branch out. Even with all the negativity thrown at this album, the samples I heard made me decide to purchase it and give it a try.
Zip Gun is one of the greatest risks I've taken. As far as I'm concerned, this album rivals The Slider. Even though Bolans popularity was waning and he was questioning his place in the music world at the time, he was able to create a masterpiece-even though he denounced it after it's release. It has a slightly more simplified sound and even has a 50's feel to it in some places. The album rocks where it needs to, but has some of the most beautiful harmonies and compositions he ever put to vinyl.
I guarantee that if you are a T. Rex fan, you will love this album. It hasn't left my stereo for 3 days-and counting.
Sounds great! I love this album. It is fun and the lyrics are kind of silly at times. It's upbeat and soulful and I can't get enough of it. I grew up in a house where my family was convinced that the Slider is the ultimate T. Rex album. In fact, the Slider according to my dad is considered the best album ever, or at least, in the top 3. I can't quite tell what kind of sound T.
Rex is going for here. Many of these songs feel like throwbacks to the early 60's period of rock but morphed to fit into T. Rex's glam rock style. One thing I know for a fact is that "Light of Love" is clearly my favorite song. I love this song quite a bit. I agree with the other reviews that there's something very unique about this album that puts it in a league of its own, and for that, the album deserves a high rating.
Something about the clear and vibrant production that I like. The only complaint is that the majority of these songs are dominated with female vocals that are quite loud and sometimes overbearing to the point of obnoxiousness. Rex reissue campaign. A companion release, entitled Precious Star The Alternate Zip Gun , was released in which contained alternative versions, studio rough mixes, a live version and demos of the main album and bonus tracks.
A combined album digipak was released in Upon release, Bolan's Zip Gun was poorly received by critics. Reviewer Dave Thompson noted that a sparser sound" "emphasized the rhythms, heightened the backing vocals, and left rock convention far behind.
Pitchfork wrote, "A purposeful return to the looser sound of Electric Warrior , Gun fires blanks. For all its directness, the album is mostly perfunctory, working some of the same sounds and ideas, but the results lack movement and liveliness; Bolan's mojo definitely wasn't working.
Worse, he really doesn't sound invested in these songs. Deusner noted that the alternate takes on the second disc of the reissue were "rougher and rawer" and "vastly improve on these songs, bringing out a charmingly stiff boogie piano on "Precious Star" and the popping bass line on "Light of Love". All tracks are written by Marc Bolan , except as noted. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Omnibus Press. Retrieved 7 February Australian Chart Book — illustrated ed. But the essence of Zip Gun remains firmly in the funky pastures which characterized Zinc Alloy , with the only significant difference lying in the presentation.
Out went the plush production which so diluted the earlier set, to be replaced by a sparser sound which emphasized the rhythms, heightened the backing vocals, and left rock convention far behind. The difference was, in , Marc Bolan was a God.
By , he was barely even a minor deity. It was, of course, the old, old story. When he made records that sounded like the old ones, the kids all complained he'd stagnated and lost it. When he made records that didn't sound like them, then they moaned even louder that things just weren't the same.
So he made ones that fell smack between the two poles, and that wasn't right either. And yet, played back to back alongside the "classics," there ain't much wrong with any of them. Whatever was the fuss all about, then? Decades on, each of Bolan 's latter day albums retain a hint of their original controversy, but hindsight lends them an impact and, for what it's worth, a credibility which contemporary listeners could never have imagined.
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