20th Century Boy: The Ultimate Collection Original recording remastered
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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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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.Read more ›
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).Read more ›
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Yes really a good collection-all true recordings and authentic-telegram sam, bang a gong, white swan, metal guru etc etc you wont be disappointedPublished 5 months ago by Kat Daddy
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