The Slider 40th Anniversary Boxset
Marc Bolan was a unique and extraordinary pop artist. The Slider, both intensely personal and hugely accessible, was and remains a unique and extraordinary album. This expansive, lovingly produced T. Rex -- The Slider 40th Anniversary Box Set, now tells the full story for the first time. As well as producer Visconti's remaster of the original 13-track album, there are B-sides and numerous outtakes, including a previously unreleased demo of the title track from Visconti's private collection. On the accompanying DVD, Tony Visconti recalls the making of the album in an exclusive new 105-minute interview with Bolan biographer Mark Paytress.
The DVD also features TV footage including performances of Telegram Sam and Metal Guru from Top Of The Pops, ITV performance footage of Cadilac, Spaceball Ricochet and Telegram Sam, plus Marc's interview with Russell Harty from 1972. Rounding off the DVD is footage of Marc Bolan and Mickey Finn visiting EMI's pressing plant, a TV advert for The Slider and a US promotional film of Buick Mackane.
Tony Visconti has also written a special essay for the hardback coffee-table book included in the box, which also features a 6,000-word essay by Paytress, rare photos and reproductions of archive material.
Also included in the set, which comes in a sturdy 12" x 12" box, is a 180g vinyl pressing of the original album, its 2 spin-off singles and a repro of the hugely collectable promo-only Chariot Choogle 45, all in facsimile T. Rex Wax Co paper sleeves.
Rounding off the package is a 40-page book of the sheet music for every song on the album, an A2 poster, sticker, plastic carrier bag, sew-on patch and facsimiles of an original Bolan fan club letter, membership card, rosette and concert ticket. To find out just how much interesting stuff Tony Visconti and Mark Paytress have contributed to this package - please take a look at the videos above.