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While David Bowie grabbed the acclaim and fame for thin white funk, Marc Bolan had beaten him to it. As ever, the pioneer did not win the plaudits. But when T.Rex sent soul into space with Zinc Alloy And The Hidden Riders Of Tomorrow, it produced fabulous rarities, a reMarcable musical fusion – and a great story. George Rab reports The start of the 70s saw the transformation of an amiable …




Its name synonymous with sweaty rock’n’roll, London’s Marquee spent decades as a launch pad for almost every legendary British act – and all the never weres. Bob Solly, who gigged there with some loser called David Bowie, tells the story of the venue with the help of its owner, Harold Pendleton, and RC ’s Editor, Ian McCann, recalls being a teenage punter at the club in the 70s The …

ARTICLE From Issue 426

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There’s a spate of music parodies in the run-up to April Fool’s Day: Tim Jones turns rock’s top laughing stocks up to 11 This month arguably the greatest music spoof ever gets reissued in the shape of the 30th Anniversary Bluray Steelbook of the mockumentary film, This Is Spinal Tap, due via Studio Canal with a host of extras. Also at the cinema is the Coen Brothers’ knowing parody of …

ARTICLE From Issue 426

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Exhibitions of Gerry Rafferty, Ocean Colour Scene, The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, Nirvana. Deluxe Editions from Walter Trout, Oasis, Embrace, Soundgarden, Killing Joke, Billy Joe, Deep Purple. Q&As with: Chris Thompson, Concrete Blonde, Sonata Arctica, The Felice Brothers, Dean Wareham, Magnum.

Reviews from the current issue

Here is a selection from over 200 reviews from this month's Record Collector, the magazine that has the world's largest coverage of reissues

ORIGINAL ALBUM SERIES - Tommy James & The Shondells

Stylistic dichoTommy By the time Hanky Panky became a sleeper mega-hit – it had been snoring like a Tory backbencher for two years, remember – the original Shondells had evaporated. A poisonedchalice contract with Roulette therefore thrust Tommy James into the studio with brand-new Shondells for the first in a series of delightfully unruly albums, collated on this utilitarian …

ALBUM REVIEW From Issue 426

VARIOUS ARTISTS - No Slam Dancing, No Stage Diving, No Spikes: An Oral History Of The Legendary City Gardens by Amy Yates Wuelfing & Steven Dilodovico

Gardens of unearthly delights Situated in the middle of the ghetto, surrounded by a landfill site and targeted by local undesirables ranging from bent cops to neo-Nazi skinheads, Trenton, New Jersey’s City Gardens was never going to have the hip cachet of a CBGB or Whisky A Go Go. Yet, against incredible odds, this downtrodden 1,000-capacity concrete barn became one of the US …

BOOK REVIEW From Issue 426

STAN GETZ QUARTET - Live At Montreux 1972

A fearsome fusion foursome As he reveals in his sleevenotes to this previously unreleased colour footage of the Stan Getz Quartet at the 1972 Montreux Jazz Festival, Chick Corea – who was playing in the saxophone maestro’s band back then – almost abandoned the piano for the drums in 1967; that was due to having to play horrendously out-of-tune pianos in jazz clubs. But it was …

DVD REVIEW From Issue 426

- Bristol Fleece (25th February, 2014)

View: stage-left, front, standing After 2012’s New Goblin tour, keyboardist Simonetti split to form a new group. Trepidation regarding the authenticity of Simonetti’s combo was forgivable, but Goblin’s co-founder kept composing Dario Argento’s movie soundtracks long after the rest of the band, and there was no need for concern. The Italian prog-rockers had some teething …

LIVE REVIEW From Issue 426