T. Rex

The T. Rex Wax Co. Singles: A's and B's 1972-77

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AllMusic Review by Thom Jurek

First, full disclosure is necessary as to what's missing. Ready? On this glorious 38-track, double-CD collection, there isn't one track from T. Rex's Electric Warrior. That's right, "Bang a Gong," "Mambo Sun," and "Jeepster" are all absent. Why? Simple: it appears Warner is recalcitrant to license that wondrous album to anyone in any form. It turns out that this is simply a small complaint because none of the tracks from Electric Warrior should be separated from its full corpus anyway -- it is an album in the purest and more literal sense of the world. Getting to what is here, listeners do get tracks from that beautiful slab The Slider as well as Tanx, Light of Love , Bolan's Zip Gun, Dandy in the Underworld, Futuristic Dragon, and a slew of 45s never issued on LP. If you are looking for "Sunken Rags," it's here; if you need "Mad Donna," it's also here. So are "Metal Guru," "Telegram Sam," "Solid Gold Easy Action," "Children of the Revolution," "Baby Strange," "20th Century Boy," "Satisfaction Pony," and "Born to Boogie." Right, it's packed with nary a dolt in the whole mess. While much of this -- in fact all of it -- has been compiled in other places, this one's remastered sound takes precedence over the rest of the lot. If you are enough of a Marc Bolan freak to want a T. Rex orgy once in a while and don't need all the studio LPs, but you're not a rabid completist, then pick this one up, add to it that remastered version of Electric Warrior, and you will have a listening -- or party -- experience of thoroughly unexpected results at your disposal.

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