T. Rex Import
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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.
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!
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".Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Marc Bolan was a genius. Don't take my word for it; listen for yourself. This album transcends brilliance.Published 7 months ago by Laine
A Great "Deluxe Version". Plenty Of Outtakes,Alternates & BBC Sessions ! My ONLY Fault I Find With This Is : They Should've Used The "Tony Visconti Version" Of... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Colonel Dan
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 morePublished 18 months ago by Dann
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 morePublished 19 months ago by G. S. Fazakas
THIS IS WERE MARK AND MICKEY START TO PICK IT UP A FEW NOTCH'S .PRODUCER TONY VISCONTI STARTS TO FORM THE T-REX WE KNOW TODAY TONY WAS WORKING WITH BOWIE SHORTLY AFTER HE KNEW HIS... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Wayne W.
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 morePublished 23 months ago by babysue
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 morePublished on October 18, 2013 by L. Graham
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 morePublished on April 9, 2013 by Richard Morgan