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Gary Covers T-Rex Track for Tzadik Marc Bolan Tribute CD
Gary just completed a solo track for Tzadik Records' "Tribute to Marc Bolan" album as part of their Great Jewish Composers series (Marc Bolan's real name was Marc Feld!). Marc Bolan and Tyrannosaurus Rex being one of Gary's alltime favorites (he can remember seeing Bolan—with Mickey Finn on bongos—open for Humble Pie at Long Island's shortlived venue The Rockpile—formerly the Action House—in summer '73,
and mighty fine they were too), he jumped at the chance to cover the very
first Tyrannosaurus Rex single "Debora", a Summer of Love classic that
also appeared on the first Tyrannosaurus Rex album "Prophets, Seers and
Sages, the Angels of the Ages" (Regal Zonophone 1968) in a slightly
longer form as "Deboraarobed" (longer as midway through the track the
song replays...backwards, a la Napoleon the 14th's
"They're Coming to Take Me Away Ha Ha").
Gary is no stranger to Bolan
tributes, having partaken in the weekend long tribute to Marc Bolan show
last September at NYC's Fez nightclub, where he joined original
Bolan/Bowie producer Tony Visconti onstage at the show's climax along
with a host of other rock luminaries in a long medley of Marc-mania, as
well as playing "Debora" solo.
Gary's "Debora" features him solo on
acoustic slide guitar, electronics, and vocals, and was produced at NYC's
Love Notes Music by Gary and Murray Weinstock. The Tzadik CD (the
brainchild of John Zorn) also features Cakelike and Arto Lindsay, and
should be out this September.
And as Gary notes, if you're visiting
London, check out the beautiful suburb of Barnes cross the
Thames—besides getting a glimpse of Olympic Studios (home of the Stones,
Traffic etc.) the locals will kindly direct you to the infamous tree
where Marc's girlfriend Gloria Jones
crashed his Rolls Royce, and he ascended to the rock pantheon—the tree is
now a designated landmark and festooned with messages to Marc in the
great beyond from his earthbound fans...