He was simultaneously experimenting with the kind of material he would use in the first albums. Here also is a version of The Wizard, recorded during the same session as Third Degree, under the supervision of Mike Hurst, who discovered Cat Stevens and who produced his first hits. The Wizard was re-worked and surfaced on the eponymous T Rex album.
Bolan was clever enough to use the best session musicians. The drummer on Get It On, Telegram Sam and several others was Clem Cattini, who went way back with The Tornadoes and Johnny Kidd and the Pirates, taking the drum seat for Shakin' all Over. Clem says of Marc, You talk about egos. Now there was a massive ego.
Jim Economides had done a deal with Decca Records and he wanted me to produce Marc Bolan, and I did the first two with Marc. He was very raw when he came to me. What he did was good. I didn’t appreciate the fact that it could get better. At the time, I thought, this is ok but that’s it. What I recognised in him was the burning desire to be successful. If that’s star quality, then he had star quality.
Well, you can decide for yourself if there is any potential in these two tracks, but hindsight is a wonderful thing.
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