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Editorial Reviews

The Fourth Album from Tyrannosaurus Rex from 1970 Saw Mickey Finn Replaced the Departed Steve Peregrin and Marc Bolan's Domination of the Group Completed. The Songs Became More Electric Than Acoustic as the T.rex Sound was Being Forged. Includes "a Daye Laye", "by the Light of a Magical Moon" and "Pavillions of Sun".

1. Prelude
2. A Daye Laye
3. Woodland Bop
4. Fist Heart Mighty Dawn Dart
5. Pavillions Of The Sun
6. Organ Blues
7. By The Light Of The Magical Moon
8. Wind Cheetah
9. A Beard Of The Stars
10. Great Horse
11. Dragon's Ear
12. Lofty Skies
13. Dove
14. Dove
15. Elemental Child

Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 2, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Universal/Polygram
  • ASIN: B000023ZEN
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #546,282 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By G. Preston on November 21, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Years ago I purchased 2 very scratched up old LPs: "Unicorn" & "Beard Of Stars." I think I had read some reviews claiming that these were Marc Bolans' best works before he went electric and morphed into T. Rex. The records were in absolutely terrible shape, but behind the clicks and pops were some of the most spellbinding, beautiful songs I have ever heard in my life.
20+ years later I'm amazed to find that their impact has not diminished one bit. This music falls somewhere between the Beatles and Syd Barrett but I personally find it more evocative and interesting than either. One of the incredible things about the music of the Beatles is the doors that it opened for other artists to expand upon. Truly talented people did not merely mimic the sound of the Fab Four, but actually took that sound into new realms. Nowhere is that phenomenon more evident than on "Beard Of Stars." There's a really strong "mythical beasts and wizards of yore" kinda vibe, but what is really being communicated is a yearning for warmth and innocence, that is very heartfelt and quite powerful. I don't know what else to say but if you're curious about this at all, find a copy of this album!!!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Michael Topper on February 14, 2003
Format: Audio CD
"A Beard Of Stars" followed hot on the heels of the extraordinary "Unicorn" and while very similar in lyrics and general musical style to that album, the addition of electric guitar and bass ended up making it the first of two transitional works from the early acoustic hippie purity of Tyrannosaurus Rex to the full-blooded glam rock of T.Rex. It is also an extremely beautiful and moving album with some of Bolan's best-ever melodies and playing; the replacement of Steve Took with the slightly less talented Mickey Finn shows, but not too noticeably.
Bolan's vocals took a slight step forward here for the first time toward comprehensibility, and the addition of electric guitar lines made his songs (which had always seemed like catchy pop/rock songs down deep, underneath the bizarre acoustic trappings) much more recognizably accessible and direct. Nearly every track is a highlight: the gorgeous opening anthem "A Day Laye" (with a stunning lyric and one of the most entrancing instrumental breaks of its time), the forceful rockers "Woodland Bop" and "Pavilions Of Sun" (which mix acoustic and electric guitars to great effect), the classically-tinged gothic "Wind Cheetah", tear-jerking ballads "Great Horse" and "Dove" and the maniacal closing track "Elemental Child"--with guitar work that, while still technically formative, emits a magical aura and intensity which makes it one of the greatest of all time--all contribute to make this the second masterpiece in a row from the man (of which three more--"T.Rex", "Electric Warrior" and "The Slider"--would follow), but one that is curiously overlooked.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 11, 2001
Format: Audio CD
I bought this CD just because it had a cool title. I was a little disappointed to see that it was just the two man lineup. However, once you listen to the music, it is truly fantastic, essential, enchanting and totally unique. This CD will give you a great look into the progression of Marc Bolan from acoustic to electric. Bolan is no guitar god, but he has a very pleasant sound and enjoyable style. This is one of my absolute favorite T.Rex albums. Listen to it and enjoy!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Nancy Solitare on April 16, 2005
Format: Audio CD
From the Fairy Master himself Marc Bolan. Beautiful acoustic melodies permeate throughout the mystical morass as the elvish singing puts you away. Bolan here best capsulizes the whole hippie mythos and delivers it in short fantastical sonnets to love,eternity and spiritualism.
You either love Bolan or not.
He had me at Prelude.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Debie L. Smith on July 27, 2002
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I am a T REXer from the very beginning and I do believe this is the very best, very rounded and moving. Although I do love all of the classics, Beard of Stars is my very favorite for sure!
I would highly recommend adding this to your collection if you LOVE Marc Bolan as much as I do.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 2, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Consider this, Billy joel is in the Rock n Roll hall of fame and Marc Bolan is not. SHUDDER!!! What are those people thinking. The only thing I can come up with is that Bolans music goes right over there little pea brains. Come to think of it, whats so great about being in the Hall of... if the Slider ain't there. Answer: It ain't that great.
Oh yeah the record Beard of stars. Well.... its like all of Bolans material, PURE DAZZLING GENIUS misunderstood except by a lucky minority. ROCK ON IN HEAVEN MARC!! LOVE ALWAYS
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