Saturday, November 29, 2014

Record #0620: Telegram Sam / Cadillac – T. REX

Reprise 1078 (original) USA, Jan. 22, 1972
Words & Music bySide AMarc Bolan; Side B – Bolan
Musicians: Marc Bolan (lead vocals, guitars), Steve Currie (bass), Bill Legend (drums), Mickey Finn (backing vocals, percussion), Tony Visconti, Mark Volman and Howard Kaylan (backing vocals) and an orchestra conducted by David Katz
Recording sessions: Produced by Tony Visconti at Rosenberg Studios, Copenhagen, Denmark, and at Chateau d'Hierouville Studios, Paris, France in 1971
Highest chart positions:  US #67, UK #1, Ireland #1, Germany #4, Norway #6, Finland #20

This was the first single release from T. Rex' 1972 album "The Slider". The single came out six months before the album.

In the UK this was the first single released on Marc Bolan's own label ("T-REX"). That release had two songs on the flip-side, the other one being "Baby Strange".

I remember recording "Telegram Sam" from a radio broadcast to a C-cassette when I was a kid. I often tried to sing along the song, though I didn't know any English. :) Still dig it!

List price:  Very Good+ is $3, Near Mint is $6

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