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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Crisp and Focused Marc
There's something immediately uplifting about Marc's 'Dandy In The Underworld' which makes it his most refreshing album since 'Electric Warrior'. Much of the musical excesses of the previous few albums (in particuar Gloria Jones ) have been cut back to leave a crisp and focused sounding album.
Some of the songs still share the traditional T Rex formula but this time...
Published on 14 July 2005

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2.0 out of 5 stars Needs some real perspective
Im a BIG fan of bolans - i think he is without a doubt one of the greatest singer/songwriters of all time. His ear for melody and drama was without parralel in the late 60's/early 70's. His albums of that time were truly special, especially 'the slider', and he remains incredibly under-rated. But this, his swansong, just isnt all that good

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Published on 13 Nov. 2012 by The lone voice of reason


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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Crisp and Focused Marc, 14 July 2005
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There's something immediately uplifting about Marc's 'Dandy In The Underworld' which makes it his most refreshing album since 'Electric Warrior'. Much of the musical excesses of the previous few albums (in particuar Gloria Jones ) have been cut back to leave a crisp and focused sounding album.
Some of the songs still share the traditional T Rex formula but this time they sound quite different.There's a greater emphasis on keyboards as well as less emphasis on the backing vocals which gives the album a more contemporary feel. There's also the funk influences Marc had already started pursuing in recent times.
There are a few departures on the album such as 'Teen Riot Structure' which sounds quite different to Marc's previous work.
It's debateable of course as to whether Marc would ever have become a major force again in music again but one thing is for sure with this album he put aside his private indulgences and was now the most focused he had been since 'Electric Warrior'.
Although 'Dandy In The Underworld' is quite different to Marc's early albums (pre - 'Slider')in style one thing it has in common is Marc's dedication in creating great music without being pre-occupied with everything else which goes along with it.
'Dandy In The Underworld' most definitely marked an upturn in his music.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bolan's last album, and one of his very best, 26 Jan. 2004
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'Dandy' was Marc Bolan's last album before his death in 1977. It is certainly one of his best, alongside the great Electric Warrior (1971) and The Slider (1972).
As it says in the extensive sleeve notes, Bolan began 1977 by proclaiming himself the 'Godfather of punk'. Bolan was certainly one of the major influences on punk, and in this album he is certainly responding to the new music in his own way - most evidently in 'Teen Riot Structure' and 'Celebrate Summer', both excellent songs.
But this is a very consistent album. There are very few poor tracks here. The title track is outstanding, and features Bolan at his best. Bolan was a unique performer in so many ways: his voice, his lyrics and his guitar style. All are on top form here. Other highlights include 'Soul of my Suit' and 'Crimson moon'.
As with all of this series, the packaging is excellent. Clearly a good deal of effort has gone into this release. As ever, the bonus disc is interesting rather than essential, but the album itself is top notch. A lasting tribute to Marc.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Bolan's Best, 21 Nov. 2001
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Marc Bolan left a legacy of great music behind when he died in 1977. This album ranks as one of his best. If you're a fan of the man's music and don't have this album - get it. Songs like "Dandy In the Underworld," "Crimson Moon," "Hang-Ups," "Visions of Domino" and the B-Side single "Tame My Tiger" are not only great songs, but great poems set to music: "This woman is a perfumed breeze/Greek Gods recline upon her knees/I'd freeze the sun to kiss her ear..." Edsel has done a wonderful job packaging this release. Get a copy while it's still in print. This is a wonderful album
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Prince Of Players, 17 May 2005
In the early seventies, Marc Bolan was a teen idol ruling the world with his unique blend of "cosmic rock".
Most people will know his early albums, such as "Electric Warrior" and "The Slider", and his many hits such as "Get It On", "Hot Love", "Telegram Sam", and "Metal Guru".
By the mid seventies, his star had waned, much to do with his ongoing battles against drink, drugs, and a weight problem akin to that of Elvis.
It was in this period of his career that the critics to a man wrote him off.
Bolan himself knew he had problems - bloated and ill looking, he still managed to release (1974) the classic "Teenage Dream", a song which is littered with lyrics remarking uopn his own demise.
It was to be a further 3 years before he overcame his demons, releasing in 1977 (the year of his death) this now classic album, "Dandy In The Underworld".
It is a rare thing, when reviewing an album, you can't find a weak track, or "filler".
This album has none.
Each song is vibrant, classic rock, most of them are way ahead of time. The title track is an example to behold, some superb guitar playing from Bolan (why is he so underrated by the critics in this field, when both his contemporaries, and fans think otherwise ?) and neat, lyrics, and a sound as tight as you could possibly wish for.
Without doubt, Bolan was back, big time (ITV had just offered him a continuation of his own music show, which had been a great success) writing material he was proud of, and rightly so.
Listen to each track on the album, from the wistful "Soul Of My Suit", to the pacey "Teen Riot Structure", and you'll soon get the picture.
This album showcases Bolan's talent in a manner that many of his previous works failed - not least the oustanding lead guitar work on all tracks.
"Dandy" will no doubt leave it's mark on time as one of (if not the) Bolan's Best Albums - Deservedly so.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Marc rides into the sunset, 26 April 2009
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Bolan's final album saw him continue his welcome return to form as he rode a wave of newly found credibility.
On the back of his association with some of the punk & new wave acts of the time,with a column in the music press & with a TV show on the go,his profile was back on the rise & his music & its influence, was being talked about in more positive terms than had been the case, for some time.
This album ditches some of the over production evident on some previous albums ("Zinc Alloy" & "Zip Gun" specifically). It also ditches the female backing singers & the overt influence of black America (as evident on "Zip Gun")
Although the preceding album, "Futuristic Dragon", was a really, hugely enjoyable romp (although, it seems to me, also hugely under rated as a record), "Dandy" seems to have a more self analytical, more back to basics Bolan at the helm.
This does not mean the record suffers as a result because it truly does not. One of Bolan's strongest records & it remains a huge sadness that it was his last.
Some great pop tunes,mixed with the inward looking title track & some good old fashion rock & roll tracks - it really is a marvellous record.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars T.Rex still tops, 26 Sept. 2014
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Dandy was Marc's comeback album after suffering poor chart placings with Bolan Zip Gun and Futuristic Dragon this one shot in to the charts at 26 highest it went I think but at the time it was good to see Marc back in business. A great tour with punk rockers the Damned (I didn't care for them much) was a big success and the Marc shows on TV later but this album was Marc at his top form again. I love to boogie a rockabilly track should have been a number one, the title track was written on the toilet according to Marc but a gem, Pain and Love very haunting backing vocals and Marc showing he can do much more then Rock with his vocal style. Crimson Moon is another favorite of mine with great guitar riff, reminiscence of his old stuff from the early 70s, lyrically as good as the music.Groove a little should have been named Rock a little nice 50s feel bluesy number and very Tommy tucker influenced (Put on your high heel sneakers). The Soul of My Soul anther gem released as a single just before he passed away should have been another number one. Hang ups with its great drum and guitar intro, a nice Bo Diddley beat to go with it you cant go wrong there. I was a massive Bolan fan back then and am still as much a fan today and still have all his recordings, T.Rex were and still are my top band.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Bolan's Back, 10 Aug. 2004
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This album released not long before Marc's death in 1977 shows he was on the way back. Like the previous "Futuristic Dragon" it showed "Bolan" could still rock. The sound quality is excellent as is the music. Check out - Crimson Moon and Groove a Little which could easily have been singles. Also the immortal, I Love to Boogie. EXCELLENT!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best so far post 'Electric Warrior', 3 Aug. 2013
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I like the return to a a more traditional rock and roll style in many of the tracks here- many time better than the Zinc Alloy album which I feel was something and nothing although I liked it's quirky lyrics. But then all Marc's material was filled with quirky lyrics which was the allure. Excellent Album; Buy it!
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Needs some real perspective, 13 Nov. 2012
Im a BIG fan of bolans - i think he is without a doubt one of the greatest singer/songwriters of all time. His ear for melody and drama was without parralel in the late 60's/early 70's. His albums of that time were truly special, especially 'the slider', and he remains incredibly under-rated. But this, his swansong, just isnt all that good

Its easy to be carried away on waves of emotion concerning marc, and many of his fans love everything he does regardless of quality, which is NOT the right attitude to have, and thats coming from a bolan fan. I remember being totally dismayed by the godawful 'zinc alloy' album which had COCAINE written all over it. The following 2 were not much better and for me, bolan had totally lost his way. High hopes though for this one cos he had cleaned up his act, and in the wake of punk, you had the feeling he might return to form. Alas, when this came out i was very dissapointed

The high points are the tital track, the infectious, if lightweight, bop of 'i love to boogie' - and especially 'soul of my suit' which works really well until the sloppy chorus. The rest are a mishmash of very lame pop with cheesy synths and rotten production, slightly improved by this re-master, but still evident. Worst offender of this total lack of inspiration is 'jason b sad' which re-cycles the glorious riff from 'get it on' and turns it into a plodding waste of time and space

What marc SHOULD have done was to crank the guitars up, drop the nasty synths, get visconti back, get flo and eddie back, and get into ROCK mode, especially seeing as punk was lighting the scene up at the time. This just sounds unbelivably weedy and embarrasing, and it so far below his best work that it doesnt even seem like the same artist. you would have thought that having musicians of the calibre of miller anderson and herbie flowers around him that he would have been firing on all cylinders but instead theyre all sounding like session men and its all very uninspired. Just goes to show what an integral part of bolans sound that messrs finn, legend and currie were. Its a shame that marc didnt realize that too. Maybe he thought that he wanted to 'move on' musically - but this was a definate step backwards and downwards from the glory of his earlier material.

Very sad that he went out on such a damp squib. To newcomers to bolan - bypass this and instead seek out the first four albums, along with the amazing tyrannosaurus rex stuff - therein you will find the true essence of the man, and there you will find how great he was and why his memory should be treasured
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5.0 out of 5 stars Buy it, 28 Feb. 2015
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Even better than expected, only duff track is "to know him is to love him", otherwise it's a classic T Rex album.
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