In celebration of producer Hal Willner, who passed away recently due to COVID-19, BMG will release his final work: an extraordinary tribute album to one of rock’s great composers.

BMG have announced today that they will release a Marc Bolan tribute album on 4 September 2020.

AngelHeaded Hipster will feature reimagined versions of some of Bolan’s greatest hits from major artists including Elton John, Marc Almond, Nick Cave, U2, Joan Jett and Peaches.

Bolan, who found fame with rock band T. Rex, has been cited as a major influence by some of the biggest names in music from David Bowie to Johnny Marr. Tragically, he died in 1977 aged just 29 after a car crash in Barnes, London, but his reputation has only grown.

The tribute album, which features solo work as well as T. Rex hits, was created under the direction of the late Hal Willner: his last work before passing away from COVID-19 in early April. AngelHeaded Hipster is not only a tribute to Marc Bolan, but also to Hal.

“I became immersed in this artist by listening to everything, talking to Bolan experts & fans, researching his reviews and interviews,” Willner explained while working on the album. “And I found that Bolan was hardly ever talked about as a “composer”. It was all about what a great rocker he was, how innovative he was, how David Bowie took his essence and Bolan was in his shadow… But I put him in the same pantheon as other composers that I’ve explored before. So, the concept for the album became to show Bolan as a composer with our typical cast of artists from different worlds that one rarely sees in the same place.”

As a taster, you can find Nick Cave’s cover of Cosmic Dancer here:

The full track listing is as follows:

  1. Children Of The Revolution – Kesha
  2. Cosmic Dancer – Nick Cave
  3. Jeepster – Joan Jett
  4. Scenescof – Devendra Banhart
  5. Life’s A Gas – Lucinda Williams
  6. Solid Gold, Easy Action – Peaches
  7. Dawn Storm – Børns
  8. Hippy Gumbo – Beth Orton
  9. I Love To Boogie – King Khan
  10. Beltane Walk – Gaby Moreno
  11. Bang A Gong (Get It On) – U2 feat. Elton John
  12. Diamond Meadows – John Cameron Mitchell
  13. Ballrooms Of Mars – Emily Haines
  14. Main Man – Father John Misty
  15. Rock On – Perry Farrell
  16. The Street and Babe Shadow – Elysian Fields
  17. The Leopards – Gavin Friday
  18. Metal Guru – Nena
  19. Teenage Dream – Marc Almond
  20. Organ Blues – Helga Davis
  21. Planet Queen – Todd Rundgren
  22. Great Horse – Jessie Harris
  23. Mambo Sun – Sean Lennon and Charlotte Kemp Muhl
  24. Pilgrim’s Tale – Victoria Williams with Julian Lennon
  25. Bang A Gong (Get It On) Reprise – David Johansen
  26. She Was Born To Be My Unicorn / Ride A White Swan – Maria McKee

Preorder the album here.

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