bump’n’grind – impressive 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]
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 comprehensive sleevenotes include some very frank observations on the nature of (and reasons for) any remastering.
[The insightful James Masterson of Record Collector - A second review!!]
. 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.
This CD is a solid gold collection of Bolan goodies
[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]