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Well I just had to..., 4 May 2012
I have to confess that I am one of those people, who while not a obsessive completist, just had to buy this Super Deluxe edition; given how much I love "Electric Warrior". Given the choice, I would have awarded the music and its digital representation five stars; while the package itself would have got 3.5 to 4 stars. I can honestly say no other music has given me more pleasure, over the years. However, although tempted to, I will not write a full review of the music itself; assuming that if you are looking at this Super Deluxe version, I would be preaching to the converted. Instead I shall now focus on the pros and cons of this edition.
Ten years ago I was delighted with the news of Universal's release of the Tony Visconti re-mastered version. Indeed the improvement in sound quality over previous CD versions was substantial. However I was a little disappointed with two annoying shortcomings: firstly, nearly two minutes into the first track, the left channel momentarily dropped out; followed shortly after by the right: secondly, was the rather odd choice not to include the single "A" and "B" sides of the "Electric Warrior" period. This was especially strange as not only had Edsel Records set the precedent with their fantastic re-mastered releases of the later T.Rex Wax Co. albums; Universal itself was to follow this pattern with their subsequent releases of the earlier Tyrannosaurus Rex and T.Rex albums.
For these reasons, I took the trouble of also ordering the Rhino Records edition from the States. This re-mastered version, although not re-mastered by the wonderful Tony Visconti, had the virtue of being free of these two errors.
I am very pleased to report that this version, built around the Visconti re-master, is also free of these two annoying shortcomings: so finally there is a definitive version of this great record, on CD. I also think that the choice of tracks, on disc 2, is very satisfying; effectively an "Alternative Electric Warrior" in the same manner of the similar "Alternative" range of Edsel Releases. As for disc 3, while it is good to have material not previously released on DVD; I would imagine that there are precious few people who would buy this product who do not already own the "Born to Boogie" DVD and already possess the Wembley Stadium footage.
The slim hardback book enclosed in the box is both lavish and delightful: a well written piece by Bolan expert Mark Paytress is complemented by a large range of images and clippings from the era. I do wonder about the point of the poster, postcards and coaster (!?). Nice though it is, I find it unlikely that anyone who spends so much of their hard earned on this package would want to casually pin this material on the wall, or spoil the coaster (actually it is more like a beermat) by using it: maybe it would have been wiser just to include a slightly thicker book.
One practical consideration is that, as all this assorted material sits on top of the discs in the box, it is somewhat fiddly to get to the discs to play them - and that is when you finally manage to take the lid off: well-made as it is, the box lid sits very snuggly over the bottom section and can only slide off very slowly. That said it is a very handsome box, though I do wonder why Universal has gone to the trouble of picking out the lettering in a very fetching gold while only using a goldie-yellowy coloured ink for the iconic Spud Murphy / Hipgnosis image.
In conclusion, anyone who loves T.Rex really must buy either this 3 disc Super Deluxe or the 2 disc Deluxe version. And there is the rub: those who can do without the lovely book and the (otherwise unavailable on DVD) Hot Love video footage, would probably be better off getting the much cheaper 2 disc version.