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T. Rex [Import]

Marc Bolan & T RexAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (March 2, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Polygram Int'l
  • ASIN: B00000I7BB
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #463,610 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Children Of Rarn
2. Jewel
3. The Visit
4. Childe
5. Summer Deep
6. Seagull Woman
7. Suneye
8. The Wizard
9. The Children Of Rarn
10. The Time Of Love Is Now
11. Diamond Meadows
12. Root Of Star
13. Beltane Walk
14. Is It Love?
15. One Inch Rock

Editorial Reviews

Reissue of their fifth album, which reached #13 in the U.K.when originally released in 1970. 15 tracks, including 'TheChildren Of Rarn' & 'The Wizard'. 1998 A&M Records release.

Customer Reviews

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
In a rather ecstatic review for the earlier unremastered Castle

CD of this first T.Rex album from 1970, I declared it Bolan's absolute best, a transitional work that combined prime but far more accessible examples of the earlier acoustic Tyrannosaurus Rex sound ("The Visit", "The Time Of Love Is Now", "Root Of Star") with thrilling embryonic versions of the T.Rex electric pop sound ("Jewel", "Childe", "Beltane Walk", "Is It Love?", "One Inch Rock"), with not a single weak track in sight and capturing Bolan's magical personality at its purest. The last album with the two-man lineup of Marc Bolan and Mickey Finn, it was also the first album to feature strings, drums and Flo & Eddie on backing vocals (albeit on only one song, the gorgeous "Seagull Woman").

My opinion remains unchanged and has only grown with time; what was always frustrating was the thin sound of all previous CD releases, which did not do justice to such an important work. This latest deluxe reissue finally gives the album its due, with a loud and clear remaster that highlights every explosive guitar solo, epic scream and production trick. The lyrics and artwork

are restored, although unfortunately the bonus tracks are the weakest of all the remasters: while the seminal non-LP single "Ride A White Swan"/"Summertime Blues" is included, the outtakes sound almost identical to the released versions despite being labeled "works in progress". Outside of a slight remix, I found nary a difference to the album versions. What's more, the fantastic instrumental outtake "Deep Summer" is not included, one of the few T.Rex cuts to remain in the hands of the bootleggers. Despite this, I would recommend everyone get their hands on a copy of this reissue, if only for the quality of the album itself, combined with the vastly improved sound.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bolan on the Verge of Electric November 17, 2004
Format:Audio CD
This newly issued remaster of the first T Rex album is available in the UK only--and that's a shame. The album captures Bolan moving from the acoustic Tyrannosaurus Rex sound to the T Rex pop-rock sound that would make him famous. Very good to excellent tunes of both varieties plus bonus of the great breakthrough single "Ride a White Swan" backed with "Summertime Blues." Also alternate takes. Buy this one--not the remaster issued in the '90s without the bonus tracks. Great sound.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Genesis of Glam Rock June 21, 2004
Format:Audio CD
This magical album for Marc Bolan and his newly christened band T. Rex is a wonderful timepiece from the 1970's. It is the perfect mix of Bolan's fanciful imagination, his lyrical poetry, and producer Tony Visconti's string arrangements. It would be the album that launched the T. Rex craze in Britain for the next three years.
The "T. Rex" album marked the transition from Bolan's gentle Tolkien inspired Tyrannosaurus Rex acoustic days to the Electric Warrior, the king of fashion conscious, mascara heavy Glam Rock. Many early fans were quite disappointed with the change, as their homegrown favorite had now become the darling of the teenage set. The single "Ride a White Swan" from this time (that should be included on this CD) paved the way for the T. Rex hit machine, and was a staple in Bolan's live set until his all-too-early death in 1977. It was a huge hit in the UK and has been covered numerous times since Bolan's death.
The album opens with the short intro "The Children Of Rarn," Bolan's own piece of mythology that bridges the divide between Tyrannosaurus Rex to T. Rex beautifully. Interestingly enough, Marc had created a whole 20 minute piece around this track ("The Children of Rarn Suite") that didn't see the light of day until Tony Visconti released a version back in 1978. It could have been a wonderful concept piece. The songs that follow on the album are simply beautiful works of poetry set to music. Highlights are "Jewel," "The Visit," "Summer Deep," and "Diamond Meadows" (most recently heard in the movie "Velvet Goldmine").
While each T. Rex album is near and dear to my heart, this probably isn't the best place to start if you're interested in Marc Bolan and his band. The album of choice for a starting point would be "Electric Warrior," followed by "The Slider," then this album. Once you're under Bolan's spell, you're hooked!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Supernatural Bolan effort, his very best July 7, 2002
Format:Audio CD
If there's any one album which encapsulates the legend of Marc Bolan for me, it's the debut "T.Rex" album from 1970. Sure, "Unicorn", "Electric Warrior" and "The Slider" are all masterpieces, but "T.Rex"'s transitional blend of his acoustic and electric sides gives one the best of both worlds, and it just so happens that his voice, lyrics and guitar playing were reaching a peak at this time. Put it all together, and you have one amazing ride. Some people call this the last Tyrannosaurus Rex album, seeing as how it was the last with the two-man lineup, and even features re-recorded songs from the 60s as well as the last time Bolan fully immersed himself in his Tolkien-esque fantasy world. Songs like "The Visit", "Suneye", "The Time Of Love Is Now" and "Root Of Star" all adhere to the melodic, elegant acoustic sound of the past, although there is some evidence of change when a wah-wah guitar gracefully punctuates the gorgeously fragile "Root Of Star" (and who can deny lyrics like "a root of star I gave to thee, from the canyons of the sea; a jewel of frost that was lost in days of dreams when we were free..."--enough to melt your heart!).
However, "T.Rex" can also rightfully claim to be the first T.Rex album, as the transition to the electric pop sound of "Electric Warrior" is clearly in evidence on the bopping "Beltane Walk", "Is It Love", "One Inch Rock", "Childe" and "Jewel".
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Lacking Classic Children of Rarn Suite version by Visconti
Beware, the 15+ minute version of Children of Rarn is not the full version with instrumentation and production that Tony Visconti created years ago for the Marc collection. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Dann
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant album by T-Rex with a lot of extras on ...
Brilliant album by T-Rex with a lot of extras on it like the singles that Marc Bolan never put onto his albums " Ride a White Swan" the acoustic "Summertime Blues"... Read more
Published 3 months ago by G. S. Fazakas
5.0 out of 5 stars THE BAND BECOMES HEAVIER.
Published 6 months ago by Wayne W.
5.0 out of 5 stars Bolan's creative peak.
On Beard of Stars, Marc Bolan was hitting his creative peak. By the time the self-titled T. Rex album was released, Marc and Tony Visconti had fine-tuned their trademark sound. Read more
Published 7 months ago by babysue
5.0 out of 5 stars No bang your gong.
I was turned on to this album by a late girlfriend of mine in the way early 70's. It was whimsical and rockin. Read more
Published 12 months ago by L. Graham
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Special
This is perhaps the "golden moment" of Marc Bolan's career, combining the most magical elements of his folk-mystic period with the stirrings of his electric warrior phase. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Richard Morgan
5.0 out of 5 stars The ultimate T Rex
I must begin by saying I'm a big T Rex fan. This album is what T Rex is all about. A lot of rockers and some ballads. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Fred Heuer
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely amazing!!!!
This is one of the best bands of the era. Not as well known as they should be. However, they get enough love from record collectors to make up for it.
Published 21 months ago by K. McDonald
5.0 out of 5 stars And then there was T.REX!
When "T.Rex" came out at the end of 1970, Marc Bolan had already released four records under the more adventurous wanderings of "Tyrannosaurus Rex". Read more
Published on May 8, 2012 by Paulo Alm
5.0 out of 5 stars Sacred territory
I remember the first time I played this LP, as a thirteen year old when it first came out. I was appalled. It was simply too weird. Read more
Published on August 26, 2011 by Robert Mason
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