T. Rex Tribute, That includes U2 and Elton John and Helmed by Hal Willner, Coming in September

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“AngelHeaded Hipster,” a long-percolating tribute album to Marc Bolan and T. Rex — that includes U2, Elton John, Nick Cave, Joan Jett, Lucinda Williams and Father John Misty, and which is a companion to a forthcoming documentary movie on the legendary rocker — is due on Sept. 4. The primary observe from the album, Cave’s tackle Bolan’s 1971 tune “Cosmic Dancer,” could be heard right here.

The 26-track album, helmed by veteran producer Hal Willner — who handed away April 7 on account of problems from coronavirus — contains a tag crew between U2 and Elton John on T. Rex’s largest hit, “Bang a Gong (Get It On),” in addition to contributions from Cave, Jett, Williams, Misty, Todd Rundgen, Perry Farrell, Comfortable Cell singer Marc Almond, Kesha and lots of others. The complete observe listing seems beneath.

Each the album and documentary are from BMG, in collaboration with Who/Robert Plant supervisor Invoice Curbishley’s Trinifold firm.

A trailer for the documentary, which is outwardly named after Bolan’s hit “Kids of the Revolution,” options Willner and most of the above-listed artists talking about it, though particulars on the undertaking have been scarce (watch the trailer right here). The undertaking was first introduced to Selection in in 2017 by BMG CEO Hartwig Masuch, and Willner talked about it in a New York Instances profile that very same 12 months.

Whereas Bolan had only one main hit within the U.S. with “Bang a Gong,” he and the band he led, T. Rex (earlier known as Tyrannosaurus Rex), have been monumental superstars within the U.Ok. and Europe throughout the early 1970s. From his early days as a “mod” trend plate to his first albums as a hippie folksinger to his 1970 transformation right into a pioneering glam rock icon, Bolan’s star energy and hits like “Journey a White Swan,” “Bang a Gong,” “Telegram Sam,” “Jeepster,” 20th Century Boy” and “Kids of the Revolution” made him one of many largest stars of the period.

As his hits cooled off, Bolan had his personal selection present, “Marc,” on the BBC, which he used to highlight rising punk bands of the period, passing the baton to a technology he had helped to spawn. David Bowie was a longtime good friend and rival — throughout his 1999 VH1 “Storytellers” section, Bowie recalled receiving a snide remark about his footwear from Bolan throughout their first assembly in 1964, when each have been enlisted to color their then-manager’s workplace — and the 2 of them carried out collectively on “Marc” simply days earlier than Bolan’s dying in a automobile accident in October of 1977.

Over the course of his lengthy an uncommonly numerous profession, Willner labored with artists starting from Lou Reed and Lucinda Williams to Laurie Anderson and Marianne Faithfull, however is probably most famed for modern, multi-artist tribute compilations comparable to this, which embrace units devoted to Kurt Weill, Charles Mingus and the basic Disney movie canon.

Williams, who contributed a canopy of “Life’s a Fuel” to the album, not too long ago advised Selection‘s Chris Willman, “The final undertaking that I labored on with Hal is a T. Rex tribute album that hasn’t been launched but — which is basic Hal, it nonetheless hasn’t come out as a result of he stored inviting increasingly artists to return in and do tracks, which is what he would all the time do with initiatives.”

Says Rachel Fox, Supervising Producer of “AngelHeaded Hipster” and longtime Willner collaborator, “Hal had a singular imaginative and prescient of Marc Bolan’s music, and dealing on ‘AngelHeaded Hipster’ introduced him nice pleasure.  Talking for these closest to him, we’ll perpetually be heartbroken on the premature lack of our beloved good friend and irreplaceable inventive engine.  Hal, who referred to ‘AngelHeaded Hipster’ as his ‘White Album’, was keen for everybody to listen to these lovely songs and to start out excited about Bolan and T. Rex once more.  This album is a testomony to Hal’s spirit.”

Willner — who named the album after a line from Allen Ginsberg’s poem “Howl” —  labored on the gathering for a number of years, with classes spanning continents, from New York, Los Angeles and New Orleans, to London, Paris and Berlin. The album options particular visitors Donald Fagen, Mike Garson, Invoice Frisell, Wayne Kramer, Van Dyke Parks and Marc Ribot, with preparations by Thomas Bartlett, Steven Bernstein, Eli Brueggemann, J.G. Thirlwell and Steve Weisberg.

Disc 1

  1. Kids Of The Revolution – Kesha
  2. Cosmic Dancer – Nick Cave
  3. Jeepster – Joan Jett
  4. Scenescof – Devendra Banhart
  5. Life’s A Fuel – Lucinda Williams
  6. Strong Gold, Straightforward Motion – Peaches
  7. Daybreak Storm – BØRNS
  8. Hippy Gumbo – Beth Orton
  9. I Love To Boogie – King Khan
  10. Beltane Stroll – Gaby Moreno
  11. Bang A Gong (Get It On) – U2 feat. Elton John
  12. Diamond Meadows – John Cameron Mitchell
  13. Ballrooms Of Mars – Emily Haines

Disc: 2
1. Most important Man – By Father John Misty
2. Rock On – By Perry Farrell
3. The Avenue and Babe Shadow – By Elysian Fields
4. The Leopards – By Gavin Friday
5. Steel Guru – By Nena
6. Teenage Dream – By Marc Almond
7. Organ Blues – By Helga Davis
8. Planet Queen – By Todd Rundgren
9. Nice Horse – By Jesse Harris
10. Mambo Solar – By Sean Lennon & Charlotte Kemp Muhl
11. Pilgrim’s Story – By Victoria Williams & Julian Lennon
12. Bang a Gong (Get It On) [Reprise] – By David Johansen
13. She Was Born to Be My Unicorn / Journey a White Swan – By Maria McKee & Gavin Friday



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