5/22/16

Marc Bolan & Gloria Jones - Do I Love Thee fake EP (1975)

It appears that I didn't have re-up this one on M. So I do it. Not that this song is one of his best, but I feel it is an interesting testimony to the way he decided durng some months to drive his style before going back to something quite more mainstream according to his standards Enjoy it here.

This song has never found its way on any single or album although it seems Bolan had some expectations about it, the proof is these 3 versions, the first one being the only one not far from being ready to be released (I found it on the A Paw Of Fur, An Air of Doom/The Midnight Sky of a Solid Mad Scientist bootleg compilation and, to my knowledge, not featuring on any of the various outtakes released these late years). It's maybe the peak of what I would call his "excessoul" period, removing all glam and even rock preoccupation. Not far from the way Steve Marriott would also approach black music. Both will fail to convince the little white teens that this music could be as exciting as these two artists were expecting it would be. Strangely, 5 years later, a guy called Prince would begin his triumphal march with a music that shared some similarities, but true that neither Bolan or Marriott had this little thing that could make crowds "shake their booty" as the Minneapolis wizard could do. So here we are with this song and its 3 versions (the alternate and the instrumental are from the vol 5 of the Unchained series). You may be surprised that I chose to create this fake EP under the name of Marc Bolan and Gloria Jones rather than T. Rex, but actually remember that on the Zip Gun cover sleeve it was written Bolan and not T. Rex, and morever, listening to the song, it's much more a duo than a band song, maybe the reason why it was not on the official LP. Some months later, seeing the weak reception of this US-oriented style, Bolan would make some various attempts to get back to a more rock sound and this outtake surely seemed to him not relevant anymore. I'm quite proud of the cover sleeve I must say. Happy to have found this picture taken by Norman Seef (I should have written it on the back cover, too late now, sorry for him).




Do I love thee in my heart like a jet black rose mighty thunder like my love in my head as it goes Shadow baby all the mansions of gold will be yours Do I love thee do i love thee like the secrets flow Have you seen her that girl like a cat in the storm he ever loved her since the day that the earth was born Do sing a rapture air supplied to our vibe that stay Flashing jet stream cruise on like the line of a team deep lagoon yeah trying to ride on the freighter dune Senseless times and trying to age like the youth of a claw Do I love thee do I love thee child of the gulls Jet lag rolls home night of thunder´s all that I know get in the back girl and put a kiss on it and it´ll grow

4 comments:

AussieRock said...

Thanks dkelvin for this rarity - another Bolan gem in the collection's vault.
Cheers from DownUnder
AussieRock

Anonymous said...

To be honest this must really be one of good ol' Boley's songs where he's completely lost it. Even if Zinc Alloy was a commercial failure, as an album it stands up very well even after all these years - which is not the case with most of Zip Gun IMHO.
Cheers, Catwazle

PAUL GROWLZ said...

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musicyoucan said...

Hello
Is it possible to re-up this rare Marc Bolan's track?
Many Thanks
musicyoucan