“My People Were Fair And Had Sky In Their Hair... But Now They’re Content To Wear Stars” by Tyrannosaurus Rex - album review

features in: Album Chart of 1968Album Chart of the Decade: 1960s

TJR says

Slappy bongo with hypnotic guitar picking and repetitive melody with some crazy vocal performances. It’s a good look dudes. Hot on the heels of the spellbinding “Debora” single, the debut LP from the idiosyncratic duo didn’t disappoint. At the time of its release in July 1968, they were: Marc Bolan (20, vocals, guitars) and Steve Peregrin Took (18, backing vocals, drums, pixiphone and percussion). Yes, he’s actually named after a hobbit. And no, despite the, admittedly funny, jokes of the day, the thing is not called a pixiephone. The fantastical lyrics, intoxicating rhythms and un-human vocalisations fascinate and entertain at every turn. Just when you think things can’t possibly get any stranger, up pops John Peel, who reads a children's story written by Bolan on the album's closing track, “Frowning Atahuallpa (My Inca Love)”, which also includes a lengthy Hare Krishna chant. Well, I never. “Mustang Ford”? “Hot Rod Mama”? I'll tell ya, in 1968, it wasn’t just the Velvet Underground twisting the Rock n Roll template out of all recognition. Right here, the acoustic Pink Floyd played a blinder.

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A1 [03:09] 9.4.png Tyrannosaurus Rex - Hot Rod Mama (Marc Bolan) Alternative Folk
A2 [01:41] 8.4.png Tyrannosaurus Rex - Scenescof (Marc Bolan) Alternative Folk
A3 [02:52] 6.4.png Tyrannosaurus Rex - Child Star (Marc Bolan) Psychedelia
A4 [01:47] 7.0.png Tyrannosaurus Rex - Strange Orchestras (Marc Bolan) Alternative Folk
A5 [02:38] 6.5.png Tyrannosaurus Rex - Chateau In Virginia Waters (Marc Bolan) Alternative Folk
A6 [02:47] 7.6.png Tyrannosaurus Rex - Dwarfish Trumpet Blues (Marc Bolan) Psychedelia
B1 [02:56] 9.6.png Tyrannosaurus Rex - Mustang Ford (Marc Bolan) Songwriter
B2 [01:59] 6.9.png Tyrannosaurus Rex - Afghan Woman (Marc Bolan) Alternative Folk
B3 [02:38] 6.4.png Tyrannosaurus Rex - Knight (Marc Bolan) Alternative Folk
B4 [01:28] 5.8.png Tyrannosaurus Rex - Graceful Fat Sheba (Marc Bolan) Songwriter
B5 [03:19] 9.1.png Tyrannosaurus Rex - Weilder Of Words (Marc Bolan) Alternative Folk
B6 [05:55] 8.9.png Tyrannosaurus Rex - Frowning Atahuallpa (Marc Bolan) Alternative Folk

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