Tyrannosaurus Rex – A Beard Of Stars (1970) {2014, Deluxe Edition}

Tyrannosaurus Rex - A Beard Of Stars (1970) {2014, Deluxe Edition}

Tyrannosaurus Rex – A Beard Of Stars (1970) {2014, Deluxe Edition}
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Label: Polydor Records | Cat#: 534 732-9 | Genre: Psychedelic Rock

Tyrannosaurus Rex’s fourth album, A Beard of Stars, was the turning point where Marc Bolan began evolving from an unrepentant hippie into the full-on swaggering rock star he would be within a couple of years, though for those not familiar with his previous work, it still sounds like the work of a man with his mind plugged into the age of lysergic enchantment. “A Daye Laye,” “Pavilions of Sun,” and the title tune sure sound like the writings of an agreeably addled flower child, and Bolan’s vocals are playfully mannered in a manner that suits his loopy poetry. However, after shunning the corrupting influences of electric guitars on Tyrannosaurus Rex’s early recordings, A Beard of Stars finds Bolan plugging in as he turns on, and he sounds like he’s clearly enjoying it; the wah-wah solo that closes “Pavilions of Sun” demonstrates how just a little electricity gave this music a new lease on life, as do the guitar and bass overdubs on “Fist Heart Mighty Dawn Dart,” and the lo-fi raunch that dominates “Elemental Child” was the first manifestation of the amped-up proto-boogie that defined Electric Warrior and The Slider. A Beard of Stars was also the first Tyrannosaurus Rex album after Mickey Finn took over as percussionist from Steve Peregrine-Took, and his more straightforward approach (as well as his occasional basslines) gave this music a far more solid foundation than Peregrine-Took’s expressive but frequently unpredictable rhythms, further setting the stage for the group’s Grand Transformation. A Beard of Stars holds on to the charm of Tyrannosaurus Rex’s early work while letting Bolan’s natural charisma and rock moves finally take hold, and it’s a unique and very pleasing entry in their catalog.

Reviewed by Allmusic

Personnel / Credits:
• Marc Bolan – guitar, lead vocals
• Steve Peregrin Took – percussion

Additional Info:
• Recorded Date: April–November 1969 at Trident Studios, London, England
• Original Released Date: March 13, 1970
• Deluxe Edition Released Date: 2014
• Producer: Tony Visconti
• More info: Here

Disc 1:
01. Prelude – 01:05
02. A Day Laye – 01:56
03. Woodland Bop – 01:39
04. Fist Heart Mighty Dawn Dart – 02:45
05. Pavillons Of Sun – 02:49
06. Organ Blues – 02:48
07. By The Light Of A Magical Moon – 02:51
08. Wind Cheetah – 02:38
09. A Beard Of Stars – 01:37
10. Great Horse – 01:45
11. Dragon’s Ear – 02:37
12. Lofty Skies – 02:54
13. Dove – 02:05
14. Elemental Child – 05:33
Bonus Tracks
15. Find A Little Wood (Single B-Side) – 02:04
16. Fist Heart Mighty Dawn Dart (BBC Radio One, Top Gear: 17th November 1969) – 02:43
17. Pavilions Of Sun (BBC Radio One, Top Gear: 17th November 1969) – 02:51
18. A Daye Laye (BBC Radio One, Top Gear: 17th November 1969) – 02:01
19. By The Light Of A Magical Moon (BBC Radio One, Top Gear: 17th November 1969) – 02:47
20. Wind Cheetah (BBC Radio One, Top Gear: 17th November 1969) – 02:35

Disc 2
01. Fist Heart Mighty Dawn Dart (Home Demo Take 1) – 02:35
02. Organ Blues (Home Demo Take 1) – 02:51
03. A Day Laye (Home Demo Take 1) – 02:00
04. Lofty Skies (Alternative Home Demo) – 00:51
05. Organ Blues (Home Demo Take 2) – 01:33
06. Black Cat Sittin’ On My Shoulder (Home Demo Take 1) – 01:28
07. Instrumental (Guitar And Organ Home Demo) – 01:23
08. Pavillions Of Sun (Home Demo 1) – 02:32
09. I Got The Blues So Bad (Home Demo) – 01:15
10. By The Light Of A Magical Moon (Home Demo) – 02:58
11. Find A Little Wood (Home Demo) – 02:04
12. Great Horse (Home Demo) – 02:04
13. Wind Cheetah (Home Demo) – 01:39
14. Pavillions Of Sun (Home Demo Take 2) – 02:31
15. Elemental Child (Home Demo) – 02:51
16. Black Cat Sittin’ On My Shoulder (Home Demo Take 2) – 01:32
17. Fist Heart Mighty Dawn Dart (Home Demo 2) – 02:09
18. Oh Baby (Home Demo) – 02:42
19. Prelude (Alternative Take 1) – 01:14
20. Dove (Alternative Take) – 02:07
21. Dragon’s EarDragon’s Ear Parts One & Two (Take 2) – 02:35
22. A Beard Of StarsA Beard Of Stars (Alternative Take 1) – 01:42
23. Organ Blues (Alternative Take) – 03:34
24. Lofty Skies (Alternative Take) – 03:01
25. By The Light Of A Magical Moon (Instrumental) – 03:07
26. Elemental Child Part I (Alternative Take) – 02:19
27. Elemental Child Part II (Alternative Take) – 03:33

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