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 Marc Bolan & T.Rex bump'n'grind Japan 2000 CD

All about the first CD to come from Thunderwing Productions Limited, first released by Teichiku Entertainment in Japan in 2000 and by Thunderwing Records in 2005:

Marc Bolan & T.Rex  bump'n'grind


 Sticker for front of 2005 release (not used)


The Groover

Master version


Jitterbug Love

Working version


Dishing Fish Wop

Master version


Telelgram Sam

Working version


Laser Love

Rough mix


20th Century Boy

Master version


Silver Lady

Working version


Metal Guru

Master version


Fast Blues (Easy Action)

Working version


Light Of Love

Master version


The Soul Of My Suit

Working version



Alternative master mix


Christmas Bop

Master version


Bonus Tracks

The Groover



Children Of The Revolution

Jam / Working version


This 15 track CD includes the complete studio recording of T.Rex's 10th hit single, The Groover, which clocks in at 5 minutes and 14 seconds, and finds the band rocking well past the fade found on the original single.

On the raw working version of the bands third No.1, Telegram Sam, Marc declares 'Me I fuck, but I don't care' ~ didn't you wish he'd said that on the original 7"! However, the similarly descriptive word 'funk' replaced the expletive on the final version.

An entirely new set of lyrics are presented in the pre-punk-rock-a-boogie Fast Blues (Easy Action), driven by some dynamic slide guitar ~ the final version was indeed Solid Gold, reaching No. 2.

Recorded during the same session, the working version of Silver Lady (re-titled Dreamy Lady), and the mysteriously abandoned Christmas Bop both share 'they should have been hits' status and deliciously dominant seductive keyboard melodies. These pop delights are crushed by the monstrous brawl of Children Of The Revolution ~ over 12 minutes long and crammed with guitar solos, phrases and riffs. The legendary Flo and Eddie sound more like they're undertaking Primal Scream therapy than backing vocals, but whatever the session was for, it was definitely fun!

Star tracks of this release will surely be the heart breaking The Soul Of My Suit ~ 'You damaged the soul of my suit, you pulled my love out by the roots', which features Bolan giving a tutorial to the band about his complex but emotive arrangement, and the mightiest version of 20th Century Boy you'll ever hear. Nothing can prepare you for the abounding energy that drives this track, like The Groover, well past it's fade point. Direct from the master tape and unheard for almost 30 years, over 2 ½ minutes of hard rock from the 'Artist Formerly Known As Pop', takes this track to over 6 minutes!

An essential package, not only for every Bolan fan, but also for anyone who wants to hear a passionate, hard-working, and vibrant Artist, who infused energy and humour into his work, and to experience the glorious process of creation for some of the greatest singles to come out of England during the 70's.   

bump’n’grindimpressive segments from press & web reviews

You cannot expect to appreciate or understand the full range, breadth and influence of 70s rock without a knowledge of the late Marc Bolan. He strode through the early part of the decade, at once both an icon and iconoclast… Without Bolan’s contribution, there’s little doubt that rock music would have been a poorer habitat.

Some of these recordings are simply amazing. For instance, the version here of ‘20th Century Boy’ lasts for more than six minutes and is simply mind-blowing in its passion and ferocity…

‘Bump’N’Grind’ is a rarity amongst Bolan releases, in that it is a totally essential purchase. Finally, the Bolan heritage has been done justice.

[The astute and perceptive Malcolm Dome of Classic Rock]

With much of Bolan’s work still highly rated, this selection of tracks will be prized by collectors… For once, the hype that accompanies the release is justified, with the 12-minute jam version of “Children Of The Revolution” and the master recording of “20th Century Boy” (extending well beyond its normal fade point) being particularly worthy of attention… The sound quality of the 15 tracks is also exceptional.

A truly awesome collection that falls into the ‘vital purchase’ category.

[The very Rich Wilson of Record Collector ~ bump’n’grind was also included in Record Collector’s Top Albums of 2000 list]

the latest holders of the Bolan torch have taken care of their haul and, in conjunction with the National Sound Archives, have cleaned up the tapes. Along the way, they’ve discovered unheard versions of some of his best-known works.

One of the most revealing tracks is the working version of Telegram Sam, driven by some raunchy Bolan guitar which belies the notion that T.Rex were studio stooges transformed into pop gods at the mixing desk.

In essence…Bump’N’Grind is a must-have, carefully packaged and notated with excellent sound quality. Obviously assembled with great love and enthusiasm, it’s the best new Bolan material that’s appeared in some time.

[The highly astute Simon Comfort of Mojo]

…the comprehensive sleevenotes include some very frank observations on the nature of (and reasons for) any remastering.
This is an insight into the working of the mind of a pop genius, and if you take one thing from this compilation, it’s a clear impression of how at home Bolan was in the studio.

[The insightful James Masterson of Record Collector - A second review!!]


This CD is a solid gold collection of Bolan goodies
. It sets the tone right from the start with a great version of ‘The Groover.’ Bolan counts the band in and then after a brief flurry of music stops them and shouts “Once more,
I forgot my T.REX!”. Once the song gets going the band delivers a stonking version.

[The man in the know, Ian Shirley from Record Mart and Buyer]

T.Rex’s seminal frontman Marc Bolan has been voluminously recorded, bootlegged, compiled, and distributed since the ‘60s, although with a disorganisation unbecoming the latitudes of his contribution

Bump’N’Grind liberates a fiesta of master tapes and daring, obscure discoveries and never stoops to the barrel-scraping of many elaborate posthumous comps. This is the original monster rock, the floor tremblers and widow-makers that were the T.Rex experience. Fans will delight in a full version of “The Groover”, where Bolan impresses gods on high with his effortless vibrato… An utterly awesome six-minute version of “20th Century Boy” blasts through the conventional fades with guitars emulating the coupling of unlikely machines in an utterly unnatural world.

Bump’N’Grind is a quintessential rock & roll record in the most literal sense.

[The wild and wayward Becky Byrkit of allmusic.com]


Daring, louche and foxy, these are astonishing. OK, so I’d give four stars to a tape of T.Rex tuning up, but wait until you get a load of these monsters. They don’t rock. They ARE rock.

There’s the full version of “The Groover”, a raw run-through of “Telegram Sam” (with original lyric “Me, I fuck, but I don’t care”), and an awesome six-minute “20th Century Boy” which blasts past the conventional fade with guitars emulating the sounds of a tank taking a cat from behind….

When your grandkids ask you what rock’n’roll was, play them this. It’ll make ‘em lusty.

[The positively awesome Chris Roberts of Uncut]


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