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20th Century Superstar [Box set, Original recording remastered, Import]

Marc Bolan & T RexAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (December 10, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set, Original recording remastered, Import
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Universal UK
  • ASIN: B00006J3KQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #433,589 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2. Blowin In The Wind
3. The Wizard
4. Beyond The Risin Sun
5. The Third Degree
6. San Francisco Poet
7. Eastern Spell
8. Hippy Gumbo
9. Misfit
10. Jasper C Debussy
11. Desdemona
12. Midsummer Nights Scene
13. Sara Crazy Child
14. The Lilac Hand Of Menthol Dan
15. Sleepy Maurice
16. Highways (Alias Misty Mist)
17. Child Star
18. Chateau In Virginia Waters
19. Puckish Pain
20. Lunacys Back
See all 99 tracks on this disc

Editorial Reviews

A Four CD Box Set Covering Marc's Career from his Early Solo Work in 1964 Through his Work with John's Children, Tyrannosaurus Rex and T. Rex. 108 Tracks all Digitally Remastered Including Three Previously Unreleased Tracks, Early Demos, Rare 45's, Ultra Rare Recordings with John's Children and Cuts from all of the Tyrannosaurus Rex and T. Rex Albums. A 64 Page Booklet Containing Rare and Previously Unseen Photographs as Well as an Introduction by Tony Visconti.

Customer Reviews

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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bias September 22, 2002
Format:Audio CD
Dear All,
It won't take 1,000 words to review this.Bolan like all artists had his highs and lows. Some of the very early stuff is less than brillant and takes a bit of time to get into. I originally bought the early T.REX singles and was blown away with some of the stuff on B sides e.g. The King of the Mountain Cometh (Hot Love if my vinyl memory is working).
This cd collection has a wide array of tracks covering Bolans very under rated catalogue.
He was and still is my No1 and the music (mostly the words) still help get me through the rain 30 years on.
If you only have one Bolan CD (silly you)this should be it due to the span and diversity it covers. OK from time to time he lost the plot.
So do we all.
Fantastic Collection a MUST buy for zealots and new potetial zealots.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BEST OF THE BEST December 10, 2002
Format:Audio CD
Years ago here in Oz we had a vinyl compilation much the same as this collection but this CD goes the extra mile to add additional rareities. I have always enjoyed the middle part of Marc's career the most and like: Get It On, Hot Love (UK version), Ride A White Swan, The King of the Mtn. Cometh, Woodland Rock, Jeepster etc...
I'm sure this CD will satisfy everyone's taste as Marc's recordings can be split into the two main phases - that being firstly "Folk Style" to "Glam Rock God". This CD just happens to be almost tracked into those two styles.
I can't reccomend this CD more highly. Quality does vary but that's because the recording are all done at various studios and over a 10+ years span.
Buy it NOW, play it LOUD, ENJOY!!!!!!!!!!
Tom Wynn
Stockton NSW
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Genius Bolan--The Best Box Set June 22, 2006
Format:Audio CD
This pricey but well-worth-it box set is only available in the UK, but Americans can get it here on amazon if they can afford it. If you only know T. Rex's "Bang a Gong (Get it On)," you'll never believe the great music that is collected here. I cannot recommend this work highly enough for any lovers of 1960s-1970s rock music or any rock for that matter. Bolan was an underrated and often overlooked genius whose work rivals any rock artist who ever made it here in the US (with the possible exception of the Beatles). As others have said, this set tracks Marc from his early experiments to his acoustic, folky Tyrannosaurus Rex period, through major UK glam-rock successes like Electric Warrior to recordings made mere months before his untimely death in a car crash a few weeks short of his 30th birthday in 1977. Mr. Wenner of Rolling Stone and his cronies should check out Marc Bolan on this 4-disc-retrospective to see who they should really be inducting into their Rock and Roll Hall of Fame these days. If it weren't for Marc, there likely would have been no punk rock, as Debbie Harry, Joey Ramone, Billy Idol, and other admirers have readily admitted. Rock on Marc--your music will live forever.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent overview, but omits several key cuts November 23, 2007
Format:Audio CD
"20th Century Superstar" is a comprehensive 4-CD box set covering all phases of Marc Bolan's career, and includes all of his hard-to-find early
solo singles as well as outtakes, X-mas fan club songs, tracks from every Tyrannosaurus and T.Rex album, etc. However, as with almost every box set that has been released since the format was invented, the curious omission of a handful of key tracks normally found on greatest-hits and anthologies prevents this from a full five-star rating. Whatever happened to "Mustang Ford", "She Was Born To Be My Unicorn", "Pavilions Of Sun", "Seagull Woman", "Buick McKane", "Mad Donna", "Crimson Moon"?? Certainly the omission of "She Was Born To Be My Unicorn", "Seagull Woman" and "Buick McKane" is highly suspect. And, as another reviewer here has mentioned, there is no live material bar "Dove" and the BBC "Sailors Of The Highway". Of course, there is so much material out there that one would need more than 4 discs to include everything of worth, although I would have at least included the above omitted tracks in favor of some of the "Zip Gun" and "Futuristic Dragon" material on disc four ("Jupiter Liar" in favor of "Buick McKane"??).

As this is a UK import, the hefty price tag is also likely to turn off all but devoted Bolan fanatics. Seeing as how I am one, I still consider it an essential purchase; some of songs here ("Nickelodeon", "Ill Starred Man", "Demon Queen", "Hot Love", "Mambo Sun") appear in alternate takes not found on any other release, even the recent remasters. And hearing the early singles and John's Children material in (for once) superb sound quality is worthwhile, as well as the chance to witness Bolan's constant evolution from beginning to end in one succinct package. Now one need only use this box set as a template to add the ten or so missing key tracks and create one's *own* box...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best compilation album to date! January 17, 2008
Format:Audio CD
This is the best of the greatest!! The booklet is interesting reading, the music is fab and I can take the best of Marc with me without carrying all the CD's I own! Must have for any and all who are Born to Boogie!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Over-priced, but well worth it! July 19, 2005
Format:Audio CD
This is a great box set featuring Marc Bolan in different stages of his musical career. From his earliest musical alter ego "Toby Tyler", to his Bob Dylan inspired solo act, to his short stint with John's Children, then to Tyrannasaurus Rex with Steve Took and finally with T. Rex. The box set treats and highlights each stage with equal respect.

Out of 4 discs included in this set, I like the first 2 discs the most because they contain rare songs from Bolan's earlier days and also alternate takes and 'previously unreleased' versions of Tyrannasaurus Rex/T.Rex songs. Those alone are worth the price!

This box set is a must have for anyone who's interested in Marc Bolan. This set is NOT about T.Rex but Marc Bolan, the man. If you are just interested in T Rex songs (i.e. his electric stuff) than find a cheaper "best of" albums out there since they seem to contain only T Rex stuff. Buy this box set if you want to learn and celebrate the history of Marc Bolan.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible
Who picked this box? They certainly did a terrible job. The first 20 cuts are worthless (20% of the set!) - hippie dawdlings. Read more
Published 5 months ago by M. Mastrogiacomo
5.0 out of 5 stars What a blast !
From the moment the first disc starts until the last one stops spinning in your player , you will have a blast listening to this. Bolan was a master of the pop song format. Read more
Published on November 20, 2007 by Jim Z
5.0 out of 5 stars Why is this set out of print?
I've always thought Bolan was underrated here in the U.S. He was popular in the U.K., and possibly on the Continent, but here when you mention T. Read more
Published on November 23, 2006 by Ralph Ferdingstadt
5.0 out of 5 stars Rock On Bolan
Marc Bolan recorded literally hundreds of recordings during his very brief life. A trouble with many boxed set producers is that they have trouble understanding how to create... Read more
Published on October 23, 2004 by Michael Trzciensky
5.0 out of 5 stars A GREAT SET!
Now this IS loads of fun!
From his early beginnings to the end,this has some of the best,and some rare things too! Read more
Published on August 21, 2003 by Barry P. S.
5.0 out of 5 stars The Prettiest Star?
I'll never forget the first time I heard the lines:"I drive a Rolls Royce 'cause it's good for my voice!" I was 16 & I knew I Was Hooked on this Teenage Dream. Read more
Published on April 19, 2003 by Glenn S. Hawley
3.0 out of 5 stars For Current T Rex Fans Only....
A little thin on Rex's best years during "Electric Warrior" & "The Slider" era, plus no live material. The best place for a new fan is the "20th Century Boy" compilation. Read more
Published on February 21, 2003 by "The Woj"
5.0 out of 5 stars At last, a proper Bolan compilation
I used to have the 3 LP Aussie compilation, "20th Century Boy" or something similar (slightly overused!). Finally, a CD set to replace it! Read more
Published on January 24, 2003 by "zepboy"
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