The fetching cover portrait notwithstanding, Archive Series offers the careless purchaser once more around the block with the clutch of pre-fame demos and outtakes that first saw duty on Track's Beginning of Doves collection back in 1974, and have been reappearing in a variety of guises ever since. The unaccompanied sessions that Marc Bolan (plus, occasionally, Steve Peregrin Took) recorded under the aegis of producer Simon Napier-Bell during 1966-1977 are, of course, enjoyable enough. But the 20 songs here nevertheless represent a mere fraction of the full archive, which itself was scoured to far greater effect by the remastered edition of Doves itself. Pass this one by, then, and pick up the real thing instead.
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AllMusic Review by Dave Thompson