- Released: August 29, 2011
- Label: Fat Possum Records
Q - 10/02, p.1224 stars out of 5
- "...The last official T.Rex album....it's petulant pop holds up well..."
- 1.Dandy In the Underworld
- 2.Crimson Moon
- 4.I'm a Fool For You, Girl
- 5.I Love To Boogie
- 6.Visions of Domino
- 7.Jason B Sad
- 8.Groove a Little
- 9.The Soul of My Suit
- 10.Hang - Ups
- 11.Pain and Love
- 12.Teen Riot Structure
The 1997 reissue of DANDY IN THE UNDERWORLD features 5 additional tracks that did not appear on the original release; "To Know You Is To Love You (To Know Him Is To Love Him)," "City Port," "Dandy In The Underworld (Single Version)," "Tame My Tiger" and "Celebrate Summer."
Marc Bolan/T.Rex: Marc Bolan (vocals, guitar, bass, percussion); Dino Dines (keyboards, synthesizer); Herbie Flowers (bass); Tony Newman (drums).
Additional personnel: Steve Harley (vocals); Miller Anderson (guitar); J. Long (violin); Bud Beadle (flute, baritone saxophone); Steve Gregory (flute); Chris Mercer (tenor saxophone); Scott Edwards, Steve Currie (bass); Paul Humphrey, Davey Lutton, Paul Fenton (drums); Gloria Jones, Colin Jacas, Alfalpha (background vocals).
Includes liner notes by Mark Paytress.
All tracks have been digitally remastered.
PRINCE OF PLAYERS is Edsel's alternate version of DANDY IN THE UNDERWORLD.
Personnel: Marc Bolan (vocals, guitar); Miller Anderson (guitar); Dino Dines (keyboards, synthesizer); Herbie Flowers (bass); Tony Newman (drums).
Includes liner notes by Martin Barden.
Audio Remasterer: Jason Ward .
Photographer: Allan Ballard.
T. Rex's final release came out in 1977, when punk emerged like a ragged, safety-pin bedecked David to strike the Goliath of progressive rock square between the eyes with a well-aimed, rough-edged rock. The musical landscape has never been quite the same since.
Marc Bolan, always a keen observer of musical trends, was quick to embrace the punk ethos, even declaring himself to be its godfather. But DANDY is no punk record. It's an eclectic set, but all in all, it sounds like T. Rex. "Jason B. Sad" has a "Get it On" flavor, while "I Love to Boogie" has a similar feel to the classic "Jeepster." The title track, a midtempo groover, sports synthesizer textures and slick production. Yet these songs show Bolan's heartfelt commitment to classic chord patterns of '50s rock & roll, as the cover of "To Know Him Is to Love Him" further attests. It's hard to hear the punk influence here: certainly "We love to boogie/on a Saturday night" is a far cry from "I want to be anarchy..." But in an era when rock was becoming increasingly self-important, T. Rex shared the essential punk preference for songs that were fast, simple, and disposable.