Great Jewish Music: Marc Bolan

Great Jewish Music: Marc Bolan


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Part of the Tzadik label's Radical Jewish Culture Series, which sought to highlight great music by Jews (instead of focusing on music with distinct Jewish cultural influences, though the two are not mutually exclusive), Great Jewish Music: Marc Bolan is also part of a smaller series of tribute albums put out by the label. The diverse lineup of honored artists, which includes Serge Gainsbourg and Burt Bacharach, is presented on albums that feature interpretations by some of the avant-garde and experimental community's most talented musicians. Bolan may seem like the gritty odd-man-out in such company, but John Zorn, the creative force holding the reins at Tzadik, knows an influential musician when he sees one. Indeed, ripples of the impact that Marc Bolan and his band T. Rex had on punk and rock musicians can still be felt more than two decades after his death. His delicious creepiness is all over this album, especially on Kramer's version of "Get It On," where a child's voice singing over up-tempo drums and jangly guitar (with flute, drum machine, and string elements thrown in) lends an almost pedophiliac edge to Bolan's swampy sexual lure. Rebecca Moore's "Telegram Sam" is also reverently disturbing, with guttural utterances alternating between the atmospheric moaning, wailing, and buzzing of guitar and synth, like the last breath of someone who has given up fighting her own demons. The Tall Dwarfs' version of "Ride a White Swan" shows off Bolan's penchant for sounding raw and groovy at the same time, and Eszter Balint's rendition of "Mambo Sun" shows how a love song can be both sweet and angry. Overall, this is a great compilation, which instead of merely parroting Bolan's music, does what the best of tributes do -- captures the elements that made him wonderful, while letting the creativity and uniqueness of the artists performing the songs shine through.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/15/1998
Label: Tzadik
UPC: 0702397712626
catalogNumber: 7126
Rank: 75406

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Lloyd Cole and the Commotions   Vocals,Track Performer
Tall Dwarfs   Track Performer
Marc Ribot   Guitar,Track Performer
Kramer   Track Performer
Melvins   Track Performer
Arto Lindsay   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Gary Lucas   Vocals,Electronic Sounds,Slide Guitar,Track Performer
Anthony Coleman   Sampling
Christine Bard   Drums
Buckethead   Track Performer
Jennifer Charles   Vocals
Chris Cochrane   Guitar,Vocals
Danny Cohen   Vocals,Track Performer
J.D. Foster   Bass,Sampling
Melvin Gibbs   Bass
Yuka Honda   Vocals,Track Performer
John Medeski   Keyboards,Track Performer
Mike Patton   Track Performer
Vernon Reid   Guitar,Track Performer
Chris Knox   Guitar,Vocals,Hand Clapping
Billy Martin   Drums,Track Performer
Sean Lennon   Vocals,Track Performer
Trey Spruance   Organ,Guitar,Piano,Vocals,Track Performer
Rebecca Moore   Bass,Violin,Vocals,Sampling,Track Performer,Keyboard Synthesizer
Alec Bathgate   Guitar,Background Vocals,Hand Clapping
Charles Curtis   Cello
Galluccio   Track Performer
Cake Like   Track Performer
Jody Seifert   Drums,Vocals
Chris Wood   Track Performer
Nina Hellman   Guitar,Vocals
Eszter Balint   Violin,Vocals,Track Performer
Fantômas   Track Performer
Jim Pugliese   Drums

Technical Credits

Martin Bisi   Engineer
Lloyd Cole and the Commotions   Arranger
Marc Ribot   Arranger
Arto Lindsay   Arranger
Gary Lucas   Arranger,Producer
Oren Bloedow   Contributor
Dougie Bowne   drum programming
Chris Cochrane   Arranger
Danny Cohen   Arranger
J.D. Foster   Producer
Scotty Hard   Producer
Yuka Honda   Arranger
John Medeski   Arranger,Producer
Vernon Reid   Arranger,drum programming
Murray Weinstock   Producer
John Zorn   Executive Producer
Billy Martin   Arranger,Producer
Sean Lennon   Arranger
Trey Spruance   Arranger
Craig Wedren   Producer
Rebecca Moore   Arranger
Travis Dickerson   Engineer
Maruo Suehiro   Illustrations
Eszter Balint   Arranger
Tim Green   Engineer

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