20th Century Boy: The Ultimate Collection

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Given that the T. Rex/Marc Bolan catalog is cluttered with collections, all recycling much of the same material, it's easy to be suspicious of another hits compilation, such as Hip-0's 2002 release "20th Century Boy: The Ultimate Collection," especially if it's billed as an "ultimate" retrospective. Against all odds, this 23-track disc really is an "ultimate collection," or at least as close as it can possibly get, given the labyrinthine nature of Bolan's catalog. What this gets right is that it samples it all, from Tyrannosaurus Rex to Dandy in the Underworld, hitting all the big songs along the way -- "Debora," "One Inch Rock," "Ride a White Swan," "Bang a ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Given that the T. Rex/Marc Bolan catalog is cluttered with collections, all recycling much of the same material, it's easy to be suspicious of another hits compilation, such as Hip-0's 2002 release "20th Century Boy: The Ultimate Collection," especially if it's billed as an "ultimate" retrospective. Against all odds, this 23-track disc really is an "ultimate collection," or at least as close as it can possibly get, given the labyrinthine nature of Bolan's catalog. What this gets right is that it samples it all, from Tyrannosaurus Rex to Dandy in the Underworld, hitting all the big songs along the way -- "Debora," "One Inch Rock," "Ride a White Swan," "Bang a Gong Get It On," "Cosmic Dancer," "Telegram Sam," "The Slider," "Children of the Revolution," "20th Century Boy" -- which is the first time all of these have been on a collection so concise, succinct, and winning. Sure, some may complain about a missing single or album track, but this is a stellar, pitch-perfect compilation, balancing the aforementioned big hits with relatively lesser-known gems like "Raw Ramp" and a cover of "Summertime Blues," resulting in the only single-disc compilation to capture all sides of Marc Bolan and T. Rex. And that means it's not just a necessary introduction, it's also essential for those who already have a bunch of albums, because it puts his career in perspective.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/20/2002
  • Label: Hip-O Records
  • UPC: 731458494829
  • Catalog Number: 584948
  • Sales rank: 19,528

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Debora (3:10)
  2. 2 One Inch Rock (1:44)
  3. 3 King of the Rumbling Spires (2:11)
  4. 4 By the Light of a Magical Moon (2:52)
  5. 5 Elemental Child (5:36)
  6. 6 Ride a White Swan (2:13)
  7. 7 Summertime Blues (2:43)
  8. 8 Jewel (2:47)
  9. 9 Beltane Walk (2:28)
  10. 10 Hot Love (4:58)
  11. 11 Bang a Gong (Get It On) (4:26)
  12. 12 Raw Ramp (5:16)
  13. 13 Cosmic Dancer (4:30)
  14. 14 Jeepster (4:13)
  15. 15 Telegram Sam (3:46)
  16. 16 Metal Guru (2:28)
  17. 17 Mystic Lady (3:13)
  18. 18 The Slider (3:22)
  19. 19 Children of the Revolution (2:29)
  20. 20 Solid Gold Easy Action (2:21)
  21. 21 Born to Boogie (2:07)
  22. 22 20th Century Boy (3:41)
  23. 23 I Love to Boogie (2:15)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Marc Bolan & T. Rex Primary Artist, Indexed Contributor
Sue & Sunny Background Vocals
Mickey Finn Bass, Percussion, Tabla, Background Vocals, Clay Drums, Pixiephone
Marc Bolan Acoustic Guitar, Fiddle, Guitar, Harmonica, Harmonium, Vocals
Burt Collins Flugelhorn
Steve Currie Bass
Dino Dines Keyboards
Howard Kaylan Background Vocals
Dave Lutton Drums
Ian McDonald Saxophone
Barry St. John Background Vocals
Mark Volman Background Vocals
Will Legend Drums
Victoria "Vicky B" Brown Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Eddie Cochran Composer
Marc Bolan Producer
Jerry Capehart Composer
Tony Visconti Producer
Dana Smart Executive Producer
Smay Vision Art Direction
Pat Lawrence Executive Producer
Dave Thompson Liner Notes
Robin Schwartz Licensing
Michele Horie Art Administration
Daniel Hersch Mastering
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