So says the very marvelous Mark Paytress, author of the seminal Bolan biography and the liner notes to this mammoth 8 disc collection.
Paytress should be given a knighthood for his work on behalf of the Bolan cause. His intelligent, insightful and objective writings on Bolan have done much to give credence to this largely undervalued and maligned artist. Paytress knows his Bolan and his work on the man is truly enticing. It is, in fact, one of the main reasons that I bought this collection.
The music on these discs consists, for the most part, of rough and unfinished demos. Quality varies throughout the discs but it's generally good. However, if you're expecting hi-fi Sonics then prepare to be disappointed. But oh the actual music!! What beauty there is to be found within! Seriously, if you're serious about Bolan then you need this box set in your life. Discs 1 and 2 are truly essential loads of bluesy guitar work outs and Dylan/Kerouac wordplay. Later discs are less consistent but there's still enough goodness within to warrant a lengthy playlist for the iPod.
I love this collection because much of the music is new to me (having previously only owned `the best' of unchained) and I have always favored the minimal sounds of Bolan's delicious warblings and acoustic guitar.
At the time of this review this box set is shockingly cheap. Surely no further incentive is required to promote investment in this trove of Bolan delights!