T. Rex

Billy Super Duper

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Touted, upon its original release by the Bolan fan club of the age, as a re-creation of what would have been the follow-up to 1977's Dandy in the Underworld album, Billy Super Duper has since been revealed as nothing of the sort. Rather, its title track and a goodly swath of its other contents date back as far as 1975, to a time when Bolan was planning a concept album/stage show under that same title. That is not to detract from the brilliance of many of the songs included, of course, nor from what was then the inestimable treat of hearing an entire LP's worth of previously unissued numbers, including such understated Bolan gems as "Foxy Boy," "Mellow Love," and "Depth Charge." At the same time, however, the presence of a band's worth of session men to "complete" Bolan's original performances cannot disguise the fact that much of this album is comprised of unfinished demos not intended for public consumption. It would be another decade before listeners finally got to hear the songs in their natural state -- and Bolan had never intended even those versions to be heard.