This compilation provides a generous selection of songs from the latter half of Marc Bolan's career. It does not include any material from the several albums released in the late sixties, early seventies under the name Tyrannosaurus Rex, which are more psychedelic folk, influenced by Donovan. Then Bolan realized that Donovan wasn't cool anymore and changed to T.Rex and to an electric rockier sound and spent a year and a half or so as the biggest act in Britain. The earlier hits from this period are NOT included here: that is, no Get it on, Hot Love, Jeepster or their breakthrough hit, the insanely infectious Ride a White Swan. Cosmic Dancer is also missing.
What is here is the best from 1972 to Bolan's death in 1977. Starting with the big hits from the second half of their golden period: Children of the Revolution, Twentieth Century Boy, Metal Guru, Telegram Sam and Solid Gold Easy Action. Then the hits dried up but Bolan continued writing to pretty much the same formula: repetitive lyrics that made little sense and simple blues based progressions. T-Rex had one minor hit before Bolan's death with the extremely formulaic, moderately catchy I Love to Boogie. The final two songs on the collection, City Port and Pain and Love, showcase a much more mature sound, definitely among the better songs here.
There are a lot of songs on this collection, some are boring, some are fun, a few are great. It's not ideal as an introduction to Bolan because it misses out on many of his greatest songs. There are a multitude of T-Rex compilations available, some of which include all of the hits. If you get this one, though, you probably have all the late-period Bolan you need(not having the original albums, I can't say for sure, but it feels like enough to me). And it's probably worth the price for Metal Guru and Telegram Sam alone.