Tanx

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Tanx
Studio album by T. Rex
Released 28 January 1973
Recorded February–March 1972 Abbey Road Studios London, October–December 1972
Strawberry Studios, Paris; EMI Toshiba Studios, Tokyo; AIR Studios, London
Genre Glam rock
Length 35:03
Label EMI (UK), Reprise (US)
Producer Tony Visconti
T. Rex chronology
The Slider
(1972)
Tanx
(1973)
Zinc Alloy and the Hidden Riders of Tomorrow
(1974)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Pitchfork Media (8.3/10)[2]
PopMatters 7/10 stars[3]
Rolling Stone (favorable)[4]

Tanx is the eighth album by British rock band T. Rex, released in 1973.[5] Tanx was a hit in UK and Europe but it failed to match the success of The Slider in the US, reaching only No. 102 in the album charts. At the time, it was critically derided by journalists as an uneven departure from the unique melodic rock and roll that made the band famous.[1]

The song "Born to Boogie" was actually not featured in the 1972 Ringo Starr produced film, also called Born to Boogie. Curiously, the popular single "20th Century Boy" was not included on the album, which may have affected sales, as the album (unlike its two predecessors) did not include a hit single. Earlier sessions at Abbey Road Studios in early 1972 included "Left Handed Luke", "Country Honey", "Electric Slim & The Factory Hen", also "The Groover", & "Blackjack" but those two were not featured on any original studio album. The earlier Abbey Road Sessions were either shelved or destroyed those songs would be re-recorded at Strawberry studios. The early sessions of "Blackjack" & "The Groover" are featured on The "20th Century Superstar" Box Set.[citation needed]

The album is also widely known to be the last of T. Rex's string of successes since Electric Warrior; their next album Zinc Alloy and the Hidden Riders of Tomorrow would prove to be a financial failure and put Bolan's musical career in jeopardy until 1976. It's also T. Rex's last album released under Reprise Records in the US, as Light of Love, released under Casablanca Records (like Reprise, distributed through Warner Bros. Records), would be the last of their albums released in the US.

Reissues[edit]

Tanx was remastered for CD by Edsel Records in 1994 as part of their extensive T. Rex reissue campaign. A number of bonus tracks were added (see below).[6] A companion release, entitled Left Hand Luke (The Alternative Tanx), was released in 1995 which contained alternative versions, studio rough mixes and demos of the main album and bonus tracks. A combined album digipak (MEDCD716) was released in 2002.

In 2003, further recordings from the Tanx sessions were released by Thunderwing Productions Limited (TPL), the owners of several original ¼", 1" and 2" Master Tape recordings of Marc Bolan & T.Rex. These tracks were released as The Tanx Recordings.[7]

Track listing[edit]

All songs composed by Marc Bolan.

  1. "Tenement Lady" – 2:55
  2. "Rapids" – 2:48
  3. "Mister Mister" – 3:29
  4. "Broken Hearted Blues" – 2:02
  5. "Shock Rock" – 1:43
  6. "Country Honey" – 1:47
  7. "Electric Slim and the Factory Hen" – 3:03
  8. "Mad Donna" – 2:16
  9. "Born to Boogie" – 2:04
  10. "Life is Strange" – 2:30
  11. "The Street and Babe Shadow" – 2:18
  12. "Highway Knees" – 2:34
  13. "Left Hand Luke and the Beggar Boys" – 5:18
1994 CD reissue (Edsel EDCD391)
  1. "Children of the Revolution" – 2:30
  2. "Jitterbug Love" – 2:59
  3. "Sunken Rags" – 2:54
  4. "Solid Gold Easy Action" – 2:20
  5. "Xmas Riff" – 0:11
  6. "20th Century Boy" – 3:41
  7. "Free Angel" – 2:12

Left Hand Luke (The Alternative Tanx) (Edesl EDCD 410)[edit]

  1. "Tenement Lady / Darling" – 2:49
  2. "Rapids" – 1:59
  3. "Mister Mister" – 2:49
  4. "Broken Hearted Blues" – 2:08
  5. "Country Honey" – 1:50
  6. "Mad Donna" – 2:19
  7. "Born to Boogie" – 2:09
  8. "Life is Strange" – 1:47
  9. "The Street and Babe Shadow" – 2:20
  10. "Highway Knees" – 2:32
  11. "Left Hand Luke" – 5:17
  12. "Children of the Revolution" – 1:04
  13. "Solid Gold Easy Action" – 2:13
  14. "Free Angel" – 2:14
  15. "Mister Mister" (Acoustic and Bass Demo) – 3:32
  16. "Broken Hearted Blues" (Acoustic and Bass Demo) – 2:08
  17. "The Street and the Babe Shadow" – 2:14
  18. "Tenement Lady" (Acoustic and Bass Demo) – 1:35
  19. "Tenement Lady" (Acoustic Demo) – 1:53
  20. "Broken Hearted Blues" (Acoustic Demo) – 1:50
  21. "Mad Donna" (Different Lyrics / Acoustic Demo) – 1:45
  22. "The Street and the Babe Shadow" (Acoustic Demo) – 2:36
  23. "Left Hand Luke" (Acoustic Demo) – 1:58

The Tanx Recordings (TPL.CD.03)[edit]

  1. "Tenement Lady" – 3:18
  2. "Darling" – 1:46
  3. "Rapids" – 4:39
  4. "Mister Mister" – 3:31
  5. "Broken Hearted Blues" – 2:16
  6. "Shock Rock" – 2:36
  7. "Country Honey" – 2:06
  8. "Electric Slim & the Factory Hen" – 3:16
  9. "Mad Donna" – 4:10
  10. "Born to Boogie" – 2:10
  11. "Life is Strange" – 2:39
  12. "The Street & Babe Shadow" – 2:17
  13. "Highway Knees" – 2:35
  14. "Left Hand Luke" – 5:26
  15. "Children of the Revolution" – 3:32
  16. "Jitterbug Love" – 3:59
  17. "Solid Gold Easy Action" – 3:31
  18. "20th Century Boy" – 3:57
  19. "Free Angel" – 2:21

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Greg Prato. "Tanx [US Bonus Tracks] – T. Rex". allmusic.com. Retrieved 29 July 2011. 
  2. ^ Stephen M. Deusner (5 February 2006). "Album Reviews: T. Rex: Tanx / Zip Gun / Futuristic Dragon / Work in Progress". pitchfork.com. Retrieved 29 July 2011. 
  3. ^ Whitney Strub (23 January 2006). "T. Rex: Tanx / Zip Gun / Futuristic Dragon / Work in Progress". popmatters.com. Retrieved 29 July 2011. 
  4. ^ Paul Gambaccini (24 May 1973). "Tanx by T. Rex". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 29 July 2011. 
  5. ^ http://www.discogs.com/T-Rex-Tanx/release/1704183
  6. ^ http://www.discogs.com/T-Rex-Tanx/release/398036
  7. ^ http://www.thunderwing.com/tanx-details.html

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