Updated on 7th October 2014




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*.*Marc Bolan's Discography*.*


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Marc Bolan died on Sept. 16th 1977

This site commemorates his life in music.

These are the recordings (in release order) that were released during Marc's lifetime
Many more have been released after his death but these pages concentrate on his lifetimes published works only.
Included here are Marc's session work for other artists.

All items on these pages are from the UK (with several exceptions), since
this is the country where Marc's vinyl was released first.
To view Marc's work from other countries, click the link in each section.

PAGE 1 (1963 >> Aug 1968)

(Additional information and scans supplied by the George Rab Archive)

Track[s]
Version
Cover artwork

Marc Feld acetate

Mrs. Jones

Probably recorded at Joe Meek's recording studio, 304 Holloway Road, London.

:NOTE:
It has never been confirmed that this is Marc

 

  Listen to Mrs. Jones

1963
single-sided
EMIDISC
Acetate

Toby Tyler (Riggs) (Marc Feld) acetates

Side 1 - The Road I'm On (Gloria)

Side 2 - Blowin' In The Wind

Recorded at Vic Keary's Maximum Sound Studios, 47 Dean Street, Soho, London.

:Note:
The typed "Marc Feld" was struck through in pen and "Toby Tyler" written over. The word "Riggs" also struck through, at the bottom of the labels was a name Marc concidered using before settling on Toby Tyler.
Riggs was the first name of Riggs O'Hara an actor that Marc shared a flat with for a short period of time. Also sharing the flat was another actor called James Bolam. It doesn't seem a too far fetched idea to think Marc borrowed the name Bolam and replaced to "m" with an "n" considering he was happy to borrow the name Riggs. Although an alternative idea was that Marc borrowed "Bo" and "lan" from Bob Dylan.

 Listen to Blowin' In The Wind

1964
double-sided
EMIDISC
Acetate

Toby Tyler acetate

Side 1 - The Road I'm On (Gloria)

There are three known acetates of these recordings, 2 double-sided acetates (1 set above) and one single-sided acetate. The single-sided acetate (this one) has the one track "The Road I'm On (Gloria)".

1964
Single-sided
EMIDISC
Acetate

Marc/k Bolan acetates

The Wizard
Beyond The Risin' Sun
That's The Bag I'm In

Produced by Jim Economides

Recorded at Decca Studios, Broadhurst Gardens, West Hampstead, London.

The Wizard has an original publication date of 9th October 1965. This acetate has two editions of the song The Wizard on the "A" side, one slightly louder than the other.

"Beyond The Risin' Sun" is written down as "Beyond The Sun" by Mark Bolan.

14th Sept. 1965
Single-sided Decca

Acetates

Sorry no pictures of the "That's The Bag I'm In" acetate as yet

 

The Wizard "A" side and blank "B" side labels

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beyond The Risin' Sun "A" side label
(2 copies)


Side 1 - Beyond The Risin' Sun

Side 2 - San Francisco Poem

14th Sept. 1965
Double-sided Decca

Acetate

Side 1 - San Francisco Poem (Poet) 14th Sept. 1965
Single-sided Decca

Acetate

Side 1 - The Wizard

Side 2 - Beyond The Risin' Sun

Produced by Jim Economides

Recorded at Decca Studios, Broadhurst Gardens, West Hampstead, London.

:NOTE:
Marc had around this time been using umlauts over the "O" in his name. Early in the production process Marc saw the demo and asked to have the umlauts added. It was agreed, but labels without the umlauts had already been printed. So on some "A" sides it can be seen, and on some "B" sides it can be seen. I have not seen a single that has it on both sides but more than likely there will be some floating around.

Listen to The Wizard


Listen to Beyond The Risin' Sun

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pictures 5 and 6 are of the demonstration sample (promo to you and me).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here's a demo copy that is missing the track information on side 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pictures 9 and 10 are of the solid centred version of the standard single. This was produced in the 81 or 82 I believe, as no solid centre was ever made of the original. For whatever reason all copies seem to have two small nicks in the outer rim of the labels. Seen here at 6:30 and 5 o'clock on side 1, and at 8:45 and 7:15 on side 2 but always the same distance apart on all copies. The print won't correspond to the nicks, i.e. another copy may have the nicks at Noon and 1:30 or any variation thereof. It was also produced in several different colours of vinyl, black, orange and transparent/clear.

(1981 REPRO) >>>>>>>>>>>>>

 

 

 


Please be aware if buying a copy of this single on Ebay or similar, there is an almost identical repro being sold lately. This repro was manufactured in 2007 as part of a box set and is identical in most ways. The only obvious difference that is plainly visible is the wrong font used and the lack of the push-out centre. What looks like the push-out is actually solid plastic coloured white to appear like slots.


(2007 REPRO) >>>>>>>>>>>>>

 

19th Nov. 1965
Decca
F.12288

 

Run-out etchings:
Side 1
DRF-36707-TC-1C

Side 2
DRF-36708-TC-1C






Highways

Produced by Jim Economides

Recorded at Decca Studios, Broadhurst Gardens, West Hampstead, London.

The hand written name and title was done by Mike Leander, the music director.

30th December 1965
Single-sided
EMIDISC
acetate

Rings of Fortune

Produced by Jim Economides

Recorded at Decca Studios, Broadhurst Gardens, West Hampstead, London.

The hand written name and title was done by Mike Leander, the music director.

30th December 1965
Single-sided
EMIDISC
acetate

Reality

Produced by Jim Economides

Recorded at Decca Studios, Broadhurst Gardens, West Hampstead, London.

The hand written name and title was done by Mike Leander, the music director.

30th December 1965
Single-sided
EMIDISC
acetate

Song for a Soldier

Produced by Jim Economides

Recorded at Decca Studios, Broadhurst Gardens, West Hampstead, London.

The hand written name and title was done by Mike Leander, the music director.

30th December 1965
Single-sided
EMIDISC
acetate

Side 1 - The Third Degree

Side 2 - San Francisco Poet

Produced by Jim Economides (Economides Recording)

Recorded at De Lane Lea Studios, Kingsway, London. John Paul Jones of Led Zeppelin fame was the session bassist on this recording.

Listen to The Third Degree


Listen to San Francisco Poet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This 3rd picture is of the original picture taken out of the Record Collector magazine showing the test-pressing of the promo (a black and white photocopy that I've tinted blue)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


These 4th and 5th pictures are actual pictures of the almost ready to issue promo.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


These 6th and 7th pictures are of the actual promo

 

 

 

 

 

 

:NOTE:
Please be aware if buying a copy of this single on Ebay or similar, there is an almost identical repro being sold. This repro was manufactured in 2007 as part of a box set and is identical in most ways. The only difference that is not plainly visible is the lack of the push-out centre. What looks like the push-out is actually solid plastic coloured white to appear like slots. Also on the original version, each side had either "Gauntlet Music" or "Pall Mall Music", I believe the repro has alternative text in place.


See 8th and 9th pictures >>>>>>

 

>>>>REPRO>>>>>>>>

3rd June 1966
Decca
F.12413

 

Run-out etchings:
Side 1
XDRF-38233-T1-1C

Side 2
XDRF-38234-T1-1C

 

Click the 2 pictures for larger/different views >>>

Side B




Hippy Gumbo

Misfit

The Hippy Gumbo single-sided acetate has a doodle by Marc Bolan himself.

Produced by Simon Napier Bell
Recorded at De Lane Lea Studios, Kingsway, London

Nov. 1966
EMIDisc
Single-sided acetates


Side 1 - Hippy Gumbo

Side 2 - Misfit

Produced by Simon Napier Bell

 

Listen to Misfit 

 

:Note:

Hippy Gumbo was recorded along with 13 other tracks sometime between September/October 1966 at De Lane Lea Studios, Kingsway, London.

The thirteen other tracks recorded alongside Hippy Gumbo were:-
The Perfumed Garden of Gulliver Smith
Pictures of Purple People
Charlie
I'm Weird
Mustang Ford
Horrible Breath
Hot Rod Mama
Jasmine 49
Eastern Spell
Black and White Incident
You Got the Power
Observations
Cat Black

25th Nov. 1966
Parlophone
R.5539

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click the 2 pictures for a clearer idea of the actual items -->>

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The runout etchings on side two is stamped:-

7XCE 20516 - 1





Side 1. Misfit

Side 2. Hippy Gumbo

:Note:
Side two has an EMIDISC label


Produced by Simon Napier Bell
Recorded at De Lane Lea Studios, Kingsway, London, and cut at the Radio Luxembourg Recording Studios in Mayfair, london.

Below is the John's Children version (from acetate)

 Listen to Hippy Gumbo

early 1967
Double-sided
acetate

Horrible Breath

Note:
This was cut as a jingle to promote Amplex Tablets

early 1967
Single-sided
Audiodisc
acetate
side 1. Jasmine '49

Side 2. Horrible Breath


Produced by Simon Napier Bell
Recorded at De Lane Lea Studios, Kingsway, London, and cut at the Radio Luxembourg Recording Studios in Mayfair, london.

Listen to Jasmine '49


Listen to Horrible Breath

early 1967
Double-sided
acetate

Side 1. Black & White Incident

Side 2. Cat Black

Produced by Simon Napier Bell
Recorded at De Lane Lea Studios, Kingsway, London, and cut at the Radio Luxembourg Recording Studios in Mayfair, london.

Listen to Black & White Incident


Listen to Cat Black

early 1967
Double-sided
acetate

John's Children single

Side 1 - Desdemona

Side 2 - Remember Thomas A. Becket

Produced by Simon Napier Bell
Recorded at Advision Studios, Gosfield Street, London.

Marc did not contribute to the "B" side.

 

Listen to Desdemona and side 2


 

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Click HERE for labels and covers for Marsha Hunt's version

24th May 1967
Track Record
604003

Run-out etchings:
Side 1
604003
A?2 1123

Side 2
604003
B//1 112

Some "A" sides have the run-out etching of A// 3 111 (between the forward slashes and the 3 something has been scored out.)

Back Cover

Side 1 - The Lilac Hand of Menthol Dan

 

Produced by Simon Napier Bell
Recorded at Advision Studios, Gosfield Street, London.

John's Children were the backing band on this acetate.

Listen to The Lilac Hand of Menthol Dan

June-July 1967
Single-sided
acetate

John's Children single

Side 1 - Midsummer Night's Scene

Side 2 - Sarah Crazy Child

Produced by Simon Napier Bell
Recorded at Spot Studios, South Molton Street, London.

Between 25 and 50 copies were given away at the groups club in Leatherhead. Another small quantity were given to radio DJ's to promote the single, the rest were destroyed.

The 1st picture is apparently the real McCoy.

 

Listen to Midsummer Night's Scene

 

 

 

 

 

 

The second picture is a fake that sold recently on Ebay for $177 (£107).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The 3rd and 4th pictures on the right are a Japanese reproduction made very recently I believe. It comes complete with it's own unique Japanese sleeve.

7th July 1967
Track Record
604005
Not Officially
released.





John's Children single

Side 1 - Come And Play With Me In The Garden

Side 2 - Sarah Crazy Child

Produced by Simon Napier Bell
Recorded at Spot Studios, South Molton Street, London.

Marc did not contribute to the "A" side.

early 1967
SNB Record
SNB-001
Test-Pressing



John's Children single

Side 1 - Come And Play With Me In The Garden

Side 2 - Sarah Crazy Child

Produced by Simon Napier Bell
Recorded at Spot Studios, South Molton Street, London.

Marc did not contribute to the "A" side.

 

Listen to Sara Crazy Child


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21st July 1967
Track Record
604005

Run-out etchings:
Side 1
604005
A▼2
1
1
1

Side 2
604005
B//1
1
2
1


Jasper C. Debussy

Produced by Simon Napier Bell
Recorded at Spot Studios, South Molton Street, London.

Marc Bolan with Steve Peregrine Took

Jasper C Debussy
Beyond The Rising Sun
Lunacy's Back
Jasmine '49
Sleepy Maurice
Beginning Of Doves
Hot Rod Momma (Woman)
Sarah Crazy Child
Sally Was An Angel
Rings Of Fortune
Highways (Misty Mist)
One Inch Rock

The above 12 songs were all recorded during two recording sessions at SPOT Studios in August of 1967

Listen to Jasper C. Debussy


Listen to Lunacy's Back

August 1967
Single-sided
SPOT
acetates



Side 1. Sleepy Maurice

Side 2. Beyond the Sun

Produced by Simon Napier Bell
Recorded at Spot Studios, South Molton Street, London.

Marc Bolan with Steve Peregrine Took

Listen to Beyond The Sun

 

August 1967
Double-sided
SPOT
acetate

Sadly no image as yet

Side 1. Sleepy Maurice

Side 2. Beginning of Doves

Produced by Simon Napier Bell
Recorded at Spot Studios, South Molton Street, London.

Marc Bolan with Steve Peregrine Took

:Note:
Marc Bolan has been marked through and "Tyranosaurus Rex" added in a different pen, also note the single "n" in Tyrannosaurus.

Listen to Beginning of Doves

August 1967
Double-sided
SPOT
acetate

Side 1 - Hot Rod Momma (Woman)

Side 2 - Sarah Crazy Child

Produced by Simon Napier Bell
Recorded at Spot Studios, South Molton Street, London.

Listen to Hot Rod Momma

August 1967
Double-sided
EMIDISC-SPOT
acetate

John's Children single

Side 1 - Go Go Girl

Side 2 - Jagged Time Lapse

Produced by Simon Napier Bell
Recorded at Spot Studios, South Molton Street, London.

:Note:
Marc did not contribute to the "B" side and it has yet to be confirmed that he played on the "A" side but it is more than likely he did.

 

Listen to Go Go Girl and side 2

October 1967
Track Record
604010

Run-out etchings:
Side 1
604010
A//1
1
1
1

Side 2
604010
B//1
1
2
1


Chateau In Virginia Waters

Produced by Joe Boyd
Recorded at Sounds Techniques Studio in Chelsea, London.

:Note:
The illustrations on the label are by Marc

 

Listen to Chateau In Virginia Waters

1968
Single-sided
EMIDISC
acetate


Debora(h)

Here is a copy of the double sided acetate. Debora is spelled with a "h". Marc and his wife June Child wrote on and decorated this acetate.

It would appear to me that "Deborah", "Child Star", and "Tyr Rex" on both sides was written by June.

I believe Marc would have written and drawn the rest.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here is a single-sided white label test pressing signed by Marc to Kate and Ben

1968
Double-sided
acetate
and
single-sided
test pressing


Debora(h)

Here are two copies of side 1 of the single sided acetate. Both spell Debora with a "h"

1968
Single-sided
acetates

Side 1 - Debora - 3:05

Side 2 - Child Star - 2:50

Recorded at Trident Studios, St. Anne's Court, Soho, London.
Produced by Tony Visconti

Regal Zonophone's standard blue label

Highest UK chart position: No. 34

:NOTE:
Pictures 7 and 8 show the single with the labels on the wrong sides. Notice the "B" side label shows "6941" but the runout etching shows "6940", whereas the "A" side label shows "6940 but the runout etching shows 6941".
Pictures 9 and 10 show the single with the "B" side label on both sides. You may just be able to see the etchings

Pictures 13 and 14: does anyone have any info on when, where and why this sleeve was produced. I bought it recently with only "made in the 90's" as a clue.

 


Also note the misspelling of the title track "Deborah" on the promo and the cover.

 

Listen to Debora(h)


Listen to Child Star

 

 

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19th Apr. 1968
Regal Zonophone
RZ-3008

Run-out etchings:
Side 1
7XCAR
6940-1
1 KT 11

Side 2
7XCAR
6941-1
1 KT P

The cover with the green tint is an original. The black and white cover was produced in the 90's by Paul Johnson for the Marc Bolan fan club. Apparently only 99 copies of the original sleeve were produced to go with the promotional disc



Side B



My People Were Fair and Had Sky in Their Hair, but Now They're Content to Wear Stars on Their Brows acetate

Side 1:-
1 - Hot Rod Mama – 3:09
2 - Scenescof – 1:41
3 - Child Star – 2:52
4 - Strange Orchestras – 1:47
5 - Chateau in Virginia Waters – 2:38
6 - Dwarfish Trumpet Blues – 2:47

Side 2:-
1 - Mustang Ford – 2:56
2. - Afghan Woman - 1:59
3 - Knight – 2:38
4 - Graceful Fat Sheba – 1:28
5 - Weilder of Words – 3:19
6 - Frowning Atahuallpa (My Inca Love) – 5:55

Produced by Tony Visconti
Recorded at Advision Studios, Gosfield Street, London.

16th April 1968
Double-sided
EMIDISC
acetate
mono edition

My People Were Fair and Had Sky in Their Hair, but Now They're Content to Wear Stars on Their Brows acetate

Side 1:-
1 - Hot Rod Mama – 3:09
2 - Scenescof – 1:41
3 - Child Star – 2:52
4 - Strange Orchestras – 1:47
5 - Chateau in Virginia Waters – 2:38
6 - Dwarfish Trumpet Blues – 2:47

Side 2:-
1 - Mustang Ford – 2:56
2 - Knight – 2:38
3 - Graceful Fat Sheba – 1:28
4 - Weilder of Words – 3:19
5 - Frowning Atahuallpa (My Inca Love) – 5:55

Produced by Tony Visconti
Recorded at Advision Studios, Gosfield Street, London.

This hand written acetate is missing "Afghan Woman"

 

 

 

 

 

This typed acetate looks like it may have all the tracks for the album

16th April 1968
Double-sided
EMIDISC
acetate
stereo edition


My People Were Fair and Had Sky in Their Hair, but Now They're Content to Wear Stars on Their Brows album

Side 1:-
1 - Hot Rod Mama – 3:09
2 - Scenescof – 1:41
3 - Child Star – 2:52
4 - Strange Orchestras – 1:47
5 - Chateau in Virginia Waters – 2:38
6 - Dwarfish Trumpet Blues – 2:47

Side 2:-
1 - >Mustang Ford" – 2:56
2 - Afghan Woman" – 1:59
3 - Knight" – 2:38
4 - Graceful Fat Sheba" – 1:28
5 - Weilder of Words" – 3:19
6 - Frowning Atahuallpa (My Inca Love) – 5:55

Produced by Tony Visconti
Recorded at Advision Studios, Gosfield Street, London.

Highest UK chart position: 15

This was the first of the new red centre labels from Regal Zonophone.

:NOTE:
Notice the text differences on the third stereo label. It no longer has the wording: "SOLD IN U.K. SUBJECT TO RESALE PRICE CONDITIONS, SEE PRICE LISTS". This leads me to believe it was a later pressing

Click HERE for labels and covers for the rest of the world

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The same as directly above but with a slightly different alignment

5th July 1968
Regal Zonophone
LRZ-1003
(mono)

SLRZ-1003
(stereo)

Run-out etchings:
mono side 1
YCARX 43 - 1
1 G

mono side 2
YCARX 44 - 1
1 G

stereo side 1
TBC

stereo side 2
TBC










Side 1 - One Inch Rock

Recorded at Trident Studios, St. Anne's Court, Soho, London.
Produced by Tony Visconti

mid 1968
Single-sided
EMIDISC
acetate
Side 1 - One Inch Rock

Side 2 - Salamanda Palaganda

Recorded at Trident Studios, St. Anne's Court, Soho, London.
Produced by Tony Visconti

mid 1968
Double-sided
EMIDISC
acetate

Sadly no image as yet

Side 1 - One Inch Rock - 1:45

Side 2 - Salamanda Palaganda - 2:14

Recorded at Trident Studios, St. Anne's Court, Soho, London.
Produced by Tony Visconti

Highest UK chart position: No. 28

This was the last of the blue centre Regal Zonophone labels. All other RZ labels after this should have been red.

A copy exists with Salamanda Palaganda on both labels. Each side plays the correct song and has the correct runout etchings. See pics 6 & 7

 

Listen to One Inch Rock and Salamanda Palaganda

 

 

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23rd Aug. 1968
Regal Zonophone
RZ-3011

Run-out etchings:
Side 1
7XCAR
6846-1
1 KT A

Side 2
7XCAR
6847-1
1 KT A

The top pictures are the original cover. The other two are repros and were produced in the 90's by Paul Johnson for the Marc Bolan fan club. Apparently only 99 copies of the original sleeve were produced to go with the promotional disc



Side 2

PAGE 2 HERE (Oct. 1968 >> Aug. 1970)

PAGE 3 HERE  (Sept. 1970 >> 1971)               

PAGE 4 HERE  (1972)                              

PAGE 5 HERE     (1973 >> 1974)               

PAGE 6 HERE     (1975 >> 1977)                  

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