Light of Love

Light of Love
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Light of Love was a US only album released by T.Rex in 1974. It is composed of tracks previously released in the UK on the album Zinc Alloy and the Hidden Riders of Tomorrow, together with songs recorded in the Spring of 1974 at Music Recorders Inc. Studios in Hollywood. The album was engineered by Gary Ulmer and, in the absence of Tony Visconti (who had left T.Rex production duties) was produced by Marc Bolan himself. The album marked the first time that a T.Rex album had been produced without Tony Visconti and also marked Bolans’s debut in this role.

The newly recorded songs were licensed by Neil Bogart who had just set up his Casablanca Records label, together with “Teenage Dream”, “Explosive Mouth” and “Venus Loon” from the Zinc Alloy and the Hidden Riders of Tomorrow album. Despite considerable publicity and a US tour, Light of Love did not chart in the US. The reasons are disputed, but it permanently ended Bolan’s attempts to gain stardom in the United States’ pop market. After its failure he concentrated on the UK again (where his career was to experience a resurgence), the new tracks being re-used for the next UK album Bolan’s Zip Gun. Ironically, UK import sales of the Light of Love album may well have impacted the subsequent relative lack of success of Bolans Zip Gun.

Light of Love was eventually released on CD in the UK in 1995 as part of Edsel Records extensive T.Rex reissue campaign (EDCD 413). Live tracks from the US tour, recorded at the Agora Club in Cleveland, Ohio on 11th November 1974, were released as the bonus disc of the Live 1977 compilation album.

Track listing

  1. “Light of Love” – 3:16
  2. “Solid Baby” – 2:37
  3. “Precious Star” – 2:51
  4. “Token of My Love” – 3:39
  5. “Space Boss” – 2:47
  6. “Think Zinc” – 3:21
  7. “Till Dawn” – 3:01
  8. “Teenage Dream” – 4:58
  9. “Girl in the Thunderbolt Suit” – 2:19
  10. “Explosive Mouth” – 2:25
  11. “Venus Loon” – 3:02

 

Versions

Title Label Cat# Country Year
Light Of Love (LP, Album) Casablanca Records NB 9006 US 1974
Light Of Love (LP, Album) Casablanca Records NBLP 7005 US 1974

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