Marc Bolan & T. Rex

Dirty Sweet

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As if there were not already sufficient albums drawing from Marc Bolan's voluminous archive, Dirty Sweet wandered up to sample arguably (very arguably) the highlights of the canon, at the same time making it plain that there's so much more where this came from that you're really only beginning to scratch the surface. Although the 24 tracks here trace his entire 1972-1977 career, they pay only lip service to the hit singles. Thus, there's enough here to whet the ingénue's appetite, but the real meat lies elsewhere, in tracks cherry-picked evenhandedly from across the sequence of albums that ran between The Slider and Dandy in the Underworld. As such, it definitely highlights some of the lesser-known corners of the catalog ("Rabbit Fighter," "Change," and "Interstellar Soul" all make welcome appearances), but there's also enough chaff here that a true novice might just think "why bother?" There are definitely better collections around.

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