A mishmash of John's Children's leftovers, Bolan solo numbers and very early Tyrannosaurus Rex... If you've never heard Bolan before, you'd probably hate this, or dismiss it as a gimmick. For those who've enjoyed Tyrannosaurus Rex's music, this record is pretty well essential.
It was originally going to be released at the height of T-Rexstacy, but Bolan obtained an injunction to prevent its release. It's easy to see why: it bears little relation to what Bolan was doing in 72 and the sound is not a little rough. It later crept out to be ignored in 74 or 75, which is when I got my first copy of it.
Of most interest are Hippy Gumbo and the songs that Bolan later recorded with Tyrannosaurus Rex, presented here in stripped down versions and, in the case of Cat Black, radically different. In the latter case only the title and melody survived.
If you already have and enjoy People, Prophets, Unicorn and Stars, buy this. If you don't have those albums, buy them first then consider this release.
<edit> Since this review was written an expanded version of the record has been released.