Marc Bolan and T. REX ‘SON OF MAGICAL POUTING PANACHE’

On this blog we have come across Japanese bootleggers naming an LP after an article in the UK music press at that time (see SOUPED UP RORY on Marc and THE STING OF EL FERANTI on the cartoon label) and here we have another example:“SON OF MAGICAL POUTING PANACHE” was the title of an interview by Paul Morley that appeared in the New Musical Express edition dated 19 March 1977.

TRex SoMPP

T Rex SoMPP II

The inner sleeve:
TRex SoMPP b

T Rex SoMPP III

TRex SoMPP inner

TRex SoMPP detail

T Rex SoMPP inner II

Printed inner sleeves on a bootleg – pretty fancy. No coincidence that in a culture where presentation is celebrated, we will find this on yet another Japanese vinyl bootleg LP from the late 1970’s – the previous example having been the Bay City Roller’s KA-GA-YA-KE!

TRex SoMPP lbl aTRex SoMPP lbl b

Japan: 197? Technically, it would have been possible to have this compilation finished at the time of Marc’s death on 16 September ’77 but perhaps this album was released posthumously or maybe at the start of the 1980’s?

Review from the samgreen.co.uk Bolan site:
“Although the outer cover shows images from the Dandy period this very rare album mainly features material from 1976 along with four live tracks from the 1977 Rainbow concert and a song from the Manchester concert.

Also featured on the album is the set from the TV special ‘Rollin’ Bolan’ (which was recorded in July 1976 and broadcast in August 1976 though the cover incorrectly states November 1976). The cover also lists a set of songs from ‘Sunderland Pavillion Hall 8/2/1976’, in fact this was Sunderland Empire Theatre and the songs are from the concert on the 15th February 1976.

Whoever produced this bootleg has gone to some lengths to create an aesthetically pleasing cover. The title, ‘Son Of Magical Pouting Panache’, was taken from the title of an interview with Bolan by Paul Morley which was published in the New Musical Express (19th March 1977) and the front cover image of Marc was simply taken from the full page advert for the ‘Dandy In The Underworld’ single. The attention to detail follows through to the labels where the T Rex branding and ‘Bolan’ diamond are reproduced with the album given a matrix number of BLN 7677 (a nice touch of humour!).

T REX DitUW ad

This ad came with an annotation stating “11/6/1977, pg 7”. I read this as the European way of the date and the month as June (and I doubt the text would have said the same so shortly after his death), making it less likely that this bootleg was released while Marc was still alive.

T Rex Damned

T Rex Rainbow ticket

Material from this concert was officially released in 1997 on LIVE 1977 , padded with material from other 1977 and 1974 concerts.

T Rex Damned. Tee

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Marc Bolan’s last ever live performance: Stockholm, 24 May 1977

Bolan Stockholm 77

Bolan Stockholm 77 II

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