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5.0 out of 5 stars Prince Of Players, 17 May 2005
This review is from: Dandy in the Underworld: Deluxe Edition (Audio CD)
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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Initial post: 13 Oct 2011 13:02:56 BDT
G. Donaldson says:
IMHO, Dandy tends to be over-rated by many fans. Yes, he'd got rid of the overblown production but the actual material was still a far cry from Electric Warrior or The Slider form. No filler or weak tracks? Well, only Soul of My Suit and the title track rise above average in my view and still, neither of these come close to being ranked amongst his best material, while other numbers such as Groove a Little, Universe, Jason B. Sad and I'm A Fool for You Girl are depressingly mediocre. Personally speaking, I still think Bolan's best album post-Tanx is Futuristic Dragon.

Also, despite the TV show's success and Marc obviously feeling healthier and happier, Dandy's chart high of no. 26 hardly supports a claim that "Bolan was back, big time."

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Oct 2011 14:30:36 BDT
DavyA says:
Mmmm, I don't know if it is over rated; I do think it was very certainly a return to form (if not to commercial success). Crimson Moon alongside (as you mention) Soul Of My Suit, the title track, I Love To Boogie, Pain and Love and Hang Ups are, in my opinion, well above what had been achieved on Zinc Alloy and Zip Gun and must merit greater praise than being classed as just average ? As for Universe, I'm a Fool For You Girl and Jason B Sad they are all rollicking good time fun surely ?!!
Given that Britain was still in the grip of a post punk / new wave musical leaning, it is perhaps not surprising that this album charted fairly poorly (though better than the last two T.Rex albums if memory serves). However, both Futuristic Dragon and Dandy In The Underworld are cracking records and I do think both show that Marc was back to his creative, if not (to reiterate) his commercial peak.
I have to agree though, I do love Futuristic Dragon even more than I love Dandy In the Underworld.
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