T. Rex

Total T. Rex: 1971-1972

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The first major release under son Rolan Bolan's stewardship of Marc Bolan's back catalog, Total T. Rex is a six-disc, 72-track collection that rounds up a mountain of material from 1971-1972, largely live but also including radio sessions, demos, and even a bonus DVD's worth of live footage. Little of it is entirely new to the avid collector, although the cleaned-up sound and sensible chronology is an improvement on many past attempts to anthologize this period. A few of the live recordings, too, seem to hail from hitherto untapped sources, although the only disc that really counts as "invaluable" would be the one that delves into the sessions for 1971's Electric Warrior watershed and hauls out the hitherto unheard title track -- which shifts so quickly into the so-familiar "There Was a Time" that one wonders what all the fuss has been about. Elsewhere, demos and rehearsals do round up a few more items of interest, but the entire package is really recommended only to collectors who, having spent the last decade or so in a land with no record stores, haven't already been tempted by much the same material in a wealth of other packagings.

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