Beard of Stars [Expanded Edition]

A Beard of Stars [Expanded Edition]

by T. Rex
     
 

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There was a big and obvious change to Tyrannosaurus Rex on their fourth album, A Beard of Stars, as Steve Took was replaced by Mickey Finn, with Marc Bolan remaining the true captain of the duo act as singer and songwriter. Of more significance was the change in the band's sound, moving into far more electric rock territory with much

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There was a big and obvious change to Tyrannosaurus Rex on their fourth album, A Beard of Stars, as Steve Took was replaced by Mickey Finn, with Marc Bolan remaining the true captain of the duo act as singer and songwriter. Of more significance was the change in the band's sound, moving into far more electric rock territory with much greater use of electric guitar, though Bolan's songs were still often grounded in the fairytale-like musings of his earlier work. It was still a ways off from his glam rock approach, but it was definitely more accessible than the relatively homespun elflike folk-rock of the earliest Tyrannosaurus Rex albums. It also made some effective use of organ and somewhat more pop-friendly, conventional tunes like "By the Light of the Magical Moon," "Elemental Child," and "A Daye Laye," though weirder items like "Wild Cheetah" and "Dove" bore a slight similarity to some of Syd Barrett's gentlest compositions. [The 2004 expanded edition adds no less than 16 bonus tracks, as well as historical liner notes by Bolan biographer Mark Paytress. Most of the bonus tracks on this series of expanded editions of the first five Tyrannosaurus Rex/T. Rex albums were alternate takes that were similar to the versions that made it into initial release, and this CD is no exception, containing alternates of 11 of A Beard of Stars' 14 songs (though "Organ Blues" does go on about a minute longer in its alternate state, and some of the arrangements in the alternates are more minimal, "Great Horse" being one example). There are, however, five songs that didn't make it onto A Beard of Stars at all. Some of these five numbers are largely acoustic recordings that perhaps sonically belong more in the Took era than the Finn one, though "Once Upon the Seas of Abyssinia" does have subdued electric guitar, and "Blessed Wild Apple Girl" has a muted Phil Spector-ish production boom. But like the rest of the material here, they do show Bolan refining his songwriting craft, becoming less repetitious, more hummable, and less excessive in his vocal delivery, while retaining much of the wide-eyed fantasy view of his early compositions.]

Product Details

Release Date:
01/04/2005
Label:
Universal Uk
UPC:
0602498225127
catalogNumber:
9822512

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Tracks

  1. Prelude
  2. A Day Laye
  3. Woodland Bop
  4. Fist Heart Mighty Dawn Dart
  5. Pavilions of Sun
  6. Organ Blues
  7. By the Light of the Magical Moon
  8. Wind Cheetah
  9. A Beard of Stars
  10. Great Horse
  11. Dragon's Ear
  12. Lofty Skies
  13. Dove
  14. Elemental Child
  15. III Starred Man
  16. Demon Queen
  17. Once Upon the Seas of Abyssinia
  18. Blessed Wild Apple Girl
  19. Find a Little Wood
  20. A Daye Laye
  21. Fist Heart Mighty Dawn Dart
  22. Organ Blues
  23. Wind Cheetah
  24. A Beard of Stars
  25. Great Horse
  26. Dragons Ear
  27. Dove
  28. Elemental Child
  29. By the Light of the Magical Moon
  30. Prelude

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Performance Credits

T. Rex   Primary Artist

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