“A Beard Of Stars” by Tyrannosaurus Rex - album review

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TJR says

With Steve Peregrin Took having been ousted as a result of artistic frictions, Marc appointed a new sideman and marched forward, unfazed. The new duo were: Marc Bolan (22, acoustic and electric guitars, lead vocals, chord organ, bass) and Mickey Finn (22, Moroccan clay drums, backing vocals, tabla, finger cymbals, bass). The introduction of the electric guitar was a first on Tyrannosaurus Rex albums, but it's played in a fairly unobtrusive way, beefing up the sound a tad without losing sight of the trademark slappy-happy-folkie-mystics which have served the group so well thus far. I'm first enraptured by “Organ Blues”, a simple love song where “there's gold in the mountains and a people living in the sea”, framed by a droning organ and lightly slapped hand drums. This is followed by the equally brilliant “By The Light Of A Magical Moon” which fuses the alt-folk with traces of - shock-horror - rock guitar, and comes out unscathed, pointing towards an evolving new sound in Marc's head. This is underlined on the album's closer, “Elemental Child”, which - again, shock-horror - introduces a lilting rock-boogie into the proceedings. The pot's bubbling…

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A1 [01:04] 5.4.png Tyrannosaurus Rex - Prelude (Marc Bolan) Rock
A2 [01:56] 6.8.png Tyrannosaurus Rex - A Daye Laye (Marc Bolan) Folk Rock / Americana
A3 [01:39] 6.2.png Tyrannosaurus Rex - Woodland Bop (Marc Bolan) Alternative Folk
A4 [02:45] 6.6.png Tyrannosaurus Rex - Fist Heart Mighty Dawn Dart (Marc Bolan) Psychedelia
A5 [02:49] 6.8.png Tyrannosaurus Rex - Pavilions Of Sun (Marc Bolan) Alternative Folk
A6 [02:47] 7.6.png Tyrannosaurus Rex - Organ Blues (Marc Bolan) Alternative Folk
A7 [02:51] 7.6.png Tyrannosaurus Rex - By The Light Of A Magical Moon (Marc Bolan) Folk Rock / Americana
A8 [02:38] 5.6.png Tyrannosaurus Rex - Wind Cheetah (Marc Bolan) Psychedelia
B1 [01:37] 5.2.png Tyrannosaurus Rex - A Beard Of Stars (Marc Bolan) Psychedelia
B2 [01:42] 6.3.png Tyrannosaurus Rex - Great Horse (Marc Bolan) Alternative Folk
B3 [02:37] 6.0.png Tyrannosaurus Rex - Dragons Ear (Marc Bolan) Alternative Folk
B4 [02:54] 5.8.png Tyrannosaurus Rex - Lofty Skies (Marc Bolan) Psychedelia
B5 [02:06] 6.0.png Tyrannosaurus Rex - Dove (Marc Bolan) Folk
B6 [05:33] 7.8.png Tyrannosaurus Rex - Elemental Child (Marc Bolan) Rock

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