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BEGINNING OF DOVES & OTHER 'SOLO' BOLAN ALBUM RELEASES

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BACKGROUND HISTORY
Tyrannosaurus Rex were initially signed with 'Track Records'. They were with Track until the end of '67. In this respect the TAG 'There Was A Time' CD is invaluable because there is a reference to a single coming out on Track. This never materialised. Whether it was Bolan informing the DJ of this in the same way that he told people that a whole bunch of people wanted to sign Tyran. Rex when Tony Visconti approached him, or whether Track simply decided not to do a single I don't know.

"The Beginning Of Doves" was released on 20th June 1974. A 'cash in album' put out by Track Records. Originally track planned to release the album in the Summer of '72 under the title 'Hard on Love'. Bolan was able to prevent this via a court action. The releases of the album on vinyl & cassette (1974) & subsequent releases on CD, as TBOD's & budget priced complelation albums containing BOD's tracks (such as 'Prehistoric' & 'Misty Mist') all have one thing in common:-

STEVE PEREGRIN TOOK IS NOT CREDITED ONCE!
If they say anything it is "recorded by Bolan before he formed Tyrannosaurus Rex" as seen on the 'Prehistoric release of some of these tracks:-

REVIEWS:-
"The Beginning of Doves (Receiver)" + "Love and Death (Cherry Red)," MELODY MAKER, Nov. 16, 1991, p. 34.

The revival continues apace for the bopping elf. Here anyway are two more archive goldies, "The Beginning Of Doves" being the one people like me rushed out and stole from our mate's record shop in 1974, only to find half of it was risible and it was thus best regarded as good value for returning and claiming a full refund. A Post-John's Children/pre T. REx set of acoustic songs, it shows Marc at his most minstrelesque, all wandering soul and jingly-jangly warble in full effect.. By far the greatest moment is "Jasper C. Debussy", not so much a song as a conuncdrum on a tandem. You will also derive much pleasure from the seminal "Mustang Ford" and "One Inch Rock", the scatty "Cat Black", "Black And White Incident", and "Jasmine Forty Nine". Say what you will Marc had a way with titles.

"Love And Death" is no mean title itself. It's actually a blend of "You Scare Me To Death" and a few extremely early Decca out-takes, plus a couple of numbers from, er, "The Beginning of Doves". Barrel-scraping? the music industry? Get outta here! "You Scare Me To Death" was originally called "Horrible Breath" and was written as a proposed television jingle for Amplex tablets. It is of course terrific. "I'm Weird" lacks subtlety, perhaps, but "The Perfumed Garden Of Gulliver Smith" is beyond reproach. The album closes with "recorded quotes", i.e., bits of talking. Next week I shall be reviewing a double album of Marc Bolan coughing and with habitual accuracy will describe it as superior to the collected works, of say, Manchester. (Chris Roberts)

Marc Bolan -- The Beginning of Doves, Q Magazine, No. 64, 1992, p. 86

Beginning Of Doves (1900) dives even deeper inside the archives, retrieving a load of solo demos made before he formed Tyrannosaurus Rex-thin, flimsy things unless you're especially interested. And the mid-price Love And Death record presents a lot of the same tracks, overdubbed with a band in 1981. The purist might deplore such mucking about with history, but, truthfully, this material needs any help it can get. A couple of very early Decca cuts are thrown in, too, plus a snip of Marc in conversation. (Paul Du Noyer )

IS STEVE TOOK ON THE ALBUM 'THE BEGINNING OF DOVES?

Put Simply "YES!"

Of the 20 tracks which make up this (TBOD's), 11 were Bolan solo, One was recorded John's Children, before Steve Took answered the advert in IT in July 1967. One was a Tyrannasaurus Rex/John's Children splice and SEVEN were recorded as Tyrannosaurus Rex by both Bolan AND Took.
Therefore Steve Took is on eight of the tracks.
Plus a further FIVE on the reissued extended 2002 edition!!


RECORDING INFORMATION FOR THOSE TRACKS

Reference source Cliff McLenehan's 'Marc Bolan 1947-1977 A Chronology' book.

May 16th 1967
The track 'Sally Was An Angel' was recorded on May 16th 1967 as part of John's Children. The BOD's version is "part Tyran. Rex demo spliced with the John's Children Version".

July (? Cliff's question mark) 1967
The first & second Tyrannosaurus Rex Demo sessions which was done for Track Records. An unknown bass player augmented the band, at the first session, "though Ben Cartland who worked on Bolan's earlier session is the most likely candidate" (Says Cliff McL) . "In addition, a couple of female 'backing singers' were present".

The following tracks used on TBOD'S were recorded at the first session:-

Sara Crazy Child
Rings Of Fortune
One Inch Rock
Sally Was An Angel' (part used)
The Beginning Of Doves

The following TBOD's tracks were laid down at the second session:-
Lunacy's Back
Beyond The Risin' Sun
Misty Mist.

Steve Took was approached by Track to overdub the remaining tracks. In 1979 he recalled "(Track) asked me to over dub on it, when he had done this "Electric Warrior" thing, but I wouldn't .. because I don't think it's ethical and they didn't offer me enough money (laughs). No you can't do things like that, man. Wouldn't have done it then, but I would do it now." Listen to that clip as an MP3 (48 seconds 0.78 meg)


SOUND CLIPS
LISTEN OUT FOR STEVE'S BONGOS & BACKING VOCALS!

Sally Was An Angel (FULL SONG 2 m 43seconds 1.7 meg)
Sara Crazy Child Great Bongoing and terrific backing Vox by the Tookster! (FULL SONG 3 minutes 22 seconds 3.07 meg)
Rings Of Fortune Great Bongoing and nice backing Vox by the Tookster! (FULL SONG 2 minutes 36 seconds 2.36 meg)
One Inch Rock (FULL SONG 2 minutes 16 seconds 2.11 meg)
The Beginning Of Doves (FULL SONG 1 minute 46 seconds 1.49 meg)
Lunacy's Back Terrific backing Vox by the Tookster at the beginning & end plus Took on whistle! (FULL SONG 2 minute 20 seconds 2.16 meg)
Lunacy's Back ([*] second version) Terrific backing Vox by the Tookster at the beginning & end! (FULL SONG 2 minute 35 seconds 2.44 meg)
Beyond The Risin' Sun The better of the two versions. Fast-Pace Bongoing rocks! Terrific backing Vox by the Tookster plus Took on whistle! (FULL SONG 2 minute 15 seconds 2.13 meg)
Beyond The Risin' Sun Fast-Pace Bongoing - though not as powerful as the version above! (FULL SONG 2 minute 50 seconds 2.67 meg)
Misty Mist (FULL SONG 1 minute 31 seconds 1.43 meg)
Sleepy Maurice (FULL SONG 2 minute 53 seconds 2.71 meg)
Jasper C Debussy Great Bongoing and terrific backing Vox by the Tookster! (FULL SONG 2 minute 26 seconds 2.29 meg)
Hot Rod Mamma (FULL SONG 2 minute 58 seconds 2.65 meg)

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