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Bari Watts - There Was A Time
Tracklist
A1There Was A Time
A2Ratskull
A3Here There Be Dragons
A4Kerenza (My Lady Love)
A5The Wizard Of The Skies
A6Gypsy Girl
A7The Queen Of The Marshes Call
A8Magical Myst (Neath The Willow)
B1Magic Hurdy Gurdy Man
B2Motorcycle Ram
B3Crystal Pagoda
B4Demon Love
B5Fly With The Silver Swan
B6Boogie Mama
B7Antediluvian Hop

Bari Watts
There Was A Time

Black Widow | Item No: 561953
Vinyl LP | 2017 / EU – Original | New
29,99 €
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Indeed, there was a time some four and a half decades ago that one Marc Bolan was, according to Bari’s liner notes, “the biggest pop sensation of the time”. Aided and abetted variously by Steve Peregrin Took (who died 35 years ago this week), Bill Legend (the only surviving member), Steve Currie, and Mickey Finn, Bolan ruled the charts and airwaves in the early '70s as the wild-haired wonder fronting both Tyrannosaurus Rex and its glammy successor, T. Rex. This is Watts’ tribute to his hero. But it’s not simply a collection of cover tunes (there are plenty of Bolan-related tribute albums already). Watts meticulously, but not slavishly, recreates some of Bolan’s signature styles, right down to enlisting Middle Earth DJ (and America manager) Jeff Dexter to sit in for John Peel and contribute the spoken word segment of the title track while Bari emulates Bolan’s bleating goat warble in the background.
So, with the respect due to Neil Innes for his own honourable discharge that is The Rutles, we can sit back and play “spot the original” as Watts chronologically performs his own spot-on impressions of Bolan’s Tyrannosaurus Rex period via the surreal wordplay on the hippie gumbo ‘Ratskull’, the slurred acid folk ballads, ‘Here There Be Dragons’ and ‘Crystal Pagoda’, the bongo fury of ‘Kerenza’ (complete with awesome Tookish vocal squeals), and the dreamy (albeit quite Prince-ly) ‘Gypsy Girl’, wherein Bari tries out some of his own Bolan guitar moves to great effect. (Bari understands how underrated a guitarist Bolan was and uses his own skill sets to attempt to acknowledge this in his own inimitable way. Check out his solos at the fade to ‘Motorcycle Ram’ and throughout the chugging swamp stomp of ‘Demon Love’.)
The seminal T. Rex period is unveiled with the stomping flash of ‘The Queen of The Marshes Call’, the elegiac, ‘Ballrooms of Mars’-y ‘Magical Myst’, and the intentional anti-Donovan whimsy of ‘Magic Hurdy Gurdy Man’ (I’ve got an idea for your next album, Bari!) For balls-to-the-wall rawk, bang a gong along with the ‘Raw Ramp’-y ‘Fly with the Silver Swan’, “slide” along to ‘Boogie Mama’, and put on your dancing shoes and do the ‘Antediluvian Hop’. And if you haven’t already guessed, the track list is a veritable litany of punny Bolanistic titles: ‘The Wizard of The Skies’, ‘The Queen of The Marshes Call’, ‘Motorcycle Ram’ (Bolan, probably to his and our eternal regret, never drove, but he wrote numerous “car songs”), ‘Crystal Pagoda’, and ‘Fly With The Silver Swan’.
Item Details
Item No:561953
Artist:Bari Watts
Titel:There Was A Time
Label:Black Widow
Katalog-Nr:BWR189
Format:Vinyl LP, Vinyl, LP
Pressing:EU – Original
Release Date:2017
Genre:Rock / Indie
Style:Classic Rock
Available since:05.12.2017
Condition:New
Price:29,99 €
Weight:250g (plus 250g Packaging)
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