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20th Century Boy: The Ultimate Collection [Original recording remastered]

Marc Bolan & T RexAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (August 20, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Hip-O Records
  • ASIN: B000069V25
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
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1. Debora - Tyrannosaurus Rex
2. One Inch Rock - Tyrannosaurus Rex
3. King Of The Rumbling Spires - Tyrannosaurus Rex
4. By The Light of A Magical Moon - Tyrannosaurus Rex
5. Elemental Child - Tyrannosaurus Rex
6. Ride A White Swan
7. Summertime Blues
8. Jewel
9. Beltane Walk
10. Hot Love
11. Get It On (Bang A Gong)
12. There Was A Time / Raw Ramp
13. Cosmic Dancer
14. Jeepster
15. Telegram Sam
16. Metal Guru
17. Mystic Lady
18. The Slider
19. Children Of The Revolution
20. Solid Gold Easy Action
See all 23 tracks on this disc

Editorial Reviews

Despite scoring only one sizable American hit ("Bang a Gong") during its lifespan, Marc Bolan's T. Rex was one of the most influential rock acts of the '70s. This 23-track, digitally remastered anthology moves from the band's original, late-'60s roots as Tyrannosaurus Rex to the acoustic neo-folk duo of Bolan and Steve Peregrin Took to its more familiar electrified early-'70s incarnation. While many of his U.K. peers were smitten with prog-rock excesses and album-length ruminations during that period, Bolan obsessed on the pop-single form, stripping his music down to the elemental rock hooks of "Ride a White Swan" and the minimalist cover of Eddie Cochran's "Summertime Blues." Coupled with a glam-era sense of style, his was a pop sensibility that presaged much of the succeeding waves of punk and new wave, hard rock and glam metal. Indeed, "Metal Guru" and "Children of the Revolution" now sound like clarion calls. If, as singles like "Gong," "Telegram Sam," and "Jeepster" indicate, Bolan was working from formula, it was an undeniably infectious one. And what could be more of an ironic tribute that a quarter-century after Bolan's untimely death in a car accident, his ballsy "20th Century Boy" became the soundtrack to a car advertising campaign? --Jerry McCulley

Product Description

You won't find a single-disc T. Rex collection with more bite than this: 23 career-spanning tracks from one of the all-time great glam-rockers! The hits Bang a Gong (Get It On); Hot Love; Telegram Sam , and Ride a White Swan join early Tyrannosarus Rex tracks like Debora and One Inch Rock plus Raw Ramp; Jewel; The Slider; I Love to Boogie , and more!

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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Of The Electric Warrior September 4, 2002
Format:Audio CD
This is an excellently priced set if you want to get a good sampling of the Glam Icon from the '70's. A huge act in Europe, he had only moderate success here..until a revival of sorts from the car commercial.
Having lived in England during that time, I was naturally a great fan and this collection shows many hightlights of his career, with the of course hit "Get It On", (done by Power Station later) and the TV add hit 20th Century Boy.
The early "Bolan" is here, with such gread songs as one of my favorites "Ride A White Swan". Here you can listen to "Flourescent Leech and Eddie" sing backup, (The Turtles Fame) a trademark of later songs as well.
"Hot Love" I could not believe was not a hit here. A huge song, and everybit as good as "Get It On". Its hypnotic, and shows a rarely seen side of this band.
"Children of The Revolution", (later done by BONO), is epic Bolan and is an anthem for that generation and time.
"Jeepster" received much airplay on the FM band, and did "Telegram Sam", and are, like "Bang a Gong", from his rocker period.
It was also nice to see the inclusion of "The Slider" from my favorite Bolan album of the same name.
Overall, this album is an A+, especially for those new to his music. At this price, its much better than the more expensie imports, plus its digitally remastered.
Other recommended CD's include "Great Hits 1972-77-A-Sides" for further sampling, and the classic and first collection "Bolan Boogie [IMPORT] ".
A great CD, and well worth your time, at a good price too.
Oher great cuts:
One Inch Rock - early minimalist bolan very catchy
3. King Of The Rumbling Spires - If your into Tolkien
4. By The Light of A Magical Moon as above
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A nice collection. Better places to start ... November 29, 2002
Format:Audio CD
As the title indicates, this set seems to have been released to cash in on the renewed interest in T-Rex after "20th Century Boy" was "rediscovered" for that Mitsubishi ad a couple of years back.
You have to give the Hip-O label credit for including five tracks from Bolan's earlier acoustic incarnation known by the full moniker of Tyrannosaurus Rex. There is a reason most compilations of this kind leave that work out, though. For the neophytes picking this collection up expecting to hear Marc Bolan strap on the stratocaster and proceed to Bang a Gong, the acoustic stuff is going to sound downright quirky.
There are some nice early electric B-sides like "Summertime Blues" and "Raw Ramp" that don't usually show up on single-dics T-Rex compilations. But once you roll past "Telegram Sam" there's no time left on the disc for any surprises or rare gems. As a result the first half of the cd feels a little like an odds & sods collection and the latter feels like a rehash of other best-of sets. Some of that trashy rush of T-Rextasy gets lost.
For those coming to Bolan's work for the first time, I would recommend starting instead with the budget-priced (but well-programmed) Very Best of Marc Bolan and T-Rex. It's the one with "T-Rex" in hot pink letters over a b&w photo of Bolan wagging his finger. Starting with "Hot Love" and ending with "I Love to Boogie", it 's as solid a single-disc, twenty-song overview as you're going to find of Bolan's glam idol phase. Moreover, it seems to follow the arc of his (electric) career quite nicely, even including the somewhat overlooked late-career gem "Laser Love".
For most fans, a T-Rex best-of is just the starting point. His three classic albums (Electric Warrior, The Slider & Tanx) are a must-have for any serious fan of 70's era.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bolan Knows How To Boogie September 2, 2002
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This is hands-down the best single disc T. Rex collection in print. You get a 16-page booklet with excellent liner notes, lots of terrific pictures, track-by-track info on release dates and album sources of all the songs (the only thing missing is peak chart positions), along with artwork and release dates of all of Marc Bolan's studio albums from 1968's "My People Were Fair..." through 1977's "Dandy in the Underworld."
And then there's the music...WOW! It's never sounded better. The first three tracks are from the late Sixties when Tyrannosaurus Rex consisted of Bolan and percussionist Steve Peregrine Took beginning with their first UK hits "Debora" (No. 34) and "One Inch Rock" (No. 28). Tracks 4-9 were all released in 1970 and feature Took's replacement Micky Finn. The new duo had their first Top Ten hit in the UK when "Ride a White Swan" reached No. 2. By 1971 T. Rex was a full guitar-bass-drums band and their first single was the UK No. 1 "Hot Love," (the first of many songs to feature backing vocalists Flo and Eddie). For the next two years T. Rextasy was in full swing and Bolan and company would hit the British Top Ten eight more times. [T. Rex would crack the U.S. Top 40 only once, when "Bang a Gong (Get It On)" hit No. 10 in 1972.]
While Bolan is closely linked with the glam rock movement, his bag full of Chuck Berry riffs and electric boogie made him one of the most influential artists of the Seventies. Kudos to the folks at Hip-O for including songs like "Ride a White Swan," "Hot Love" and "Raw Ramp" (which I previously only had on an out-of-print WB anthology on cassette).
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great sound and collection of songs.
Published 1 month ago by Yvonne Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
es sind ein paar seltene und schöne Aufnahmen dabei,ich sage prima.
Published 2 months ago by Uwe Lossin(lordchen58)
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome CD
T. Rex at there best.. A great collection of Songs.. The music is rare and awesome.. Mark B. rocks.. You have to get this CD..
Published 2 months ago by Mike A. R.
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best of Marc Boan and T.Rex
As always, I love listening to the older songs as I grew. The songs I heard before are definitely garage band music, but that what attracted us to T.Rex. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Martha
5.0 out of 5 stars music
excellent cd has all the popular songs plus extras that i have never heard until now and enjoy listening too also. A must have in your cd collection even if your not a big T. Read more
Published 4 months ago by ferd
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Rock
Solid collection, but not a whole lot grabbed me outside of "Get It On". I was hoping for more like it, but didn't find it on there. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Ray W. Black
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good Bolan over view
I can't say if there are great songs not included here. All the ones I know of are here. Nice to have the early hippie-ish Tyrannosaurus Rex songs. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Michael A. Nelson
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Selection
This collection had all the songs I was looking for. Awesome. Marc Bolan's biography is also printed in the info booklet.
Published 6 months ago by melissa d leek
5.0 out of 5 stars bang a gong baby
i didn't have any of the music on cd. now I do. fun to get reqquainted with the tunes. surprising how good they were back then
Published 10 months ago by sanddollar
4.0 out of 5 stars It's So Sweet, It's So Fine
All the singles from the period are there along with some of the "B" sides (though I'm certain the mix on a couple is different than on the 7" recordings), and lots of... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Stephen Mann
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