12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on 18 March 2003
Blimey, these guys know how to milk the Bolan back catalogue don't they? Not only have we had eight 'Unchained' CDs which die-hard Bolan fans like me went out and bought but we've also had the 'A Wizard - A True Star' box set, the 'Metal Guru' box set, Messing With The Mystic [a compilation of the best of the Unchained series] then the 'Best of Unchained', which is another compilation of the same, then we've had 'The best of 1972-1977', and now we get this. As it says on the box, 'All material on these discs has been previously issued'. They forgot the words 'many times and in many formats'. So why issue them again?
The only saving grace is the packaging - they have done a truly excellent job and the use of the original [?] cassettes with Bolan's writing on them is innovative and looks very, very good. The other thing is, of course, that it is an excellent compilation - disc one Marc's home recordings, disc two the unreleased stuff done with the band. All great stuff and maybe a good place for those who didn't bother with the 'Unchained' series, but for we fans who did bother and bought all the other stuff too, it's just another re-hash of Marc's material that we feel obliged to buy because we are fans. But we do so with a slight feeling of being had.
I'm taking a slightly different tack in this review to "highway trousers"(the point about milking the Bolan archives is very well made though !)
For those who did not get hold of the "Unchained" series of releases or hanker after CD versions of songs from the "Dance In The Midnight" & "Billy Super Duper" albums released in the '80's, this release is a boon.
I loved the intimacy of the first disc of home demos & the second disc of studio recordings showed the genius & versatility of which Marc was capable, which is not always appreciated.
Gives a good "overview" of the "Unchained" releases & is well worth getting a hold of (before they delete this one as well !!)