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  • Audio CD (October 25, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Universal UK
  • ASIN: B0002LU976
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,666 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Chariots Of Silk
2. 'pon A Hill
3. Seal Of Seasons
4. Throat Of Winter
5. Cat Black (The Wizard's Hat)
6. Stones For Avalon
7. She Was Born To Be A Unicorn
8. Like A White Estar Tangled And Far Tulip That's What You Are
9. Warlord Of The Royal Crocodiles
10. Eveningsof Damask
11. Sea Beasts
12. Iscariot
13. Nijinsky Hind
14. Pilgrim's Tale
15. Misty Coast Of Albany
16. Romany Soup
17. Pewter Suitor (Single Version) (Bonus Track)
18. King Of The Rumbling Spires (Single Version) (Bonus Track)
19. Do You Remember (Single Version) (Bonus Track)
20. 'pon A Hill (Take 1) (Bonus Track)
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Editorial Reviews

Pre-glam rock era T. Rex (then Tyrannosaurus Rex) re-issue their early albums including this, 'Unicorn'. Considered a cornerstone of the 60s British Underground along with The Soft Machine, Syd Barrett-era Pink Floyd, Cream, and the Jimi Hendrix Experience, this expanded edition includes original artwork, lyrics, sleevenotes by Marc Bolan biographer Mark Paytress, rare photographs by Peter Sanders, and 15 bonus tracks with stereo recordings and outtakes. First pressings come with a slipcase. Universal. 2004.

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About bloody time ..Unicorn is given its due..remastered with extras.
M. Richards-warley
He frequently slurs or warbles the lyrics in that unmistakable, faltering Donovan Leitch style, making them difficult to understand in more ways than one.
Don Schmittdiel
The sound can be at times as indistinct and incomprehesible as the lyrics.
W. T. Hoffman

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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Michael Topper on March 13, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Tyrannosaurus Rex, after releasing two charming but at times monotonous albums "My People Were Fair" and "Prophets Seers And Sages", perfected their sound on "Unicorn", creating a work which remains singularly unique in just about all genres of music to this day. Some T.Rex fans infatuated with Bolan's later electric glam image remain completely turned off by his earlier acoustic Tolkein-influenced work, but for those with an open ear "Unicorn" reveals just as many catchy, hummable tunes

as "Electric Warrior" and "The Slider" combined, recorded with an all-acoustic wall of sound production that has to be heard to be believed.

Lyrically, the Tolkein fantasy influence remained strong but Bolan's sense of wordplay was reaching Shakespearian heights--if this sounds exaggerated, simply read the lyric sheet and marvel at lines such as "the skull of jade was pearl inlaid, the silks skin-spun, repelled the sun" or "Nijinsky hind is a wisp of our world through the heart's eye, a likeness in flesh of the magic contained in a pearl's shell..", all sung in a magnificent soft-focus slur that sounds at first listen like an utterly foreign tongue.

The fabled Spector-ish production values utilize just about every acoustic instrument imaginable, including guitars, pianos, organs, bongoes, talking drums, pixiephone, gong, drums, bass,

claves, fonofiddle and harmonica, treated at times with vast amounts of reverb ("Chariots Of Silk", "Catblack") for a grand,

ethereal sound; a song like "She Was Born To Be My Unicorn" almost seems to float with a liquid momentum.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Don Schmittdiel on February 5, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Marc Bolan and Steve Took produced 'Unicorn' as their third and final album together in May of 1969. Bolan's next release, 'A Beard Of Stars' would feature Micky Finn in Took's place. Finn would also occupy a place in Bolan's more notorious backing band, T-Rex, as they electrified their schtick with 1971's 'Electric Warrior'. Steve Took's contribution to this release, widely regarded as Bolan's finest acoustic piece, can hardly be underestimated. Though Bolan's Donovan Leich-like vocal mannerisms, compelling acoustic guitar playing, and composing talents are unquestionably center stage in Tyrannosaurus Rex, Took's vocals, bass guitar, and piano contributions are creative and indispensible to the finished product.

And what a product it is. While most people first became aware of Bolan's talents with the success of his glam-rock persona and single releases under the banner of T-Rex, this strange but gripping work stands as a minor masterpiece. The strangeness, and certainly the explanation for its stealth existance over the decades, traces back to the lyrical content of the compositions. Bolan brings a Tolkien-like consciousness to the whole affair, presenting a fantasy world of images featuring chariots, kegs of dew, silent scriptures, a shell of foam, bluebells in hearts, sky-blue teeth, starbrowed brothers, a chalcedony bed, a muse on life's lawn, a thunderbolt suit, and Silver Satyrs, just to name a few. While at once seemingly a Dada-redeux, one can't help but to suspect that, in Bolan's mind, perhaps all of this has some underlying meaning. He sings as though he does, though the delivery of these perplexing lyrics is similarly strained.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By W. T. Hoffman TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 27, 2007
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I never knew ANYTHING about Tyrannosaurus Rex before i picked up this CD this week. Unless i'm experiencing something like a sonic equivalent of "love at first sign", a simple inflatuation, I have to say that this album UNICORN has completely charmed and captivated me. This doesnt happen much to me. If someone really LOVES something, it's because they see something of themselves in it. Somehow, from this psychedelic folk album that is all but unknown in the USA, i've heard melodies, that existed in my mind for incarnations.Once you hear the strange poetic images, and the evocative sounds, you'll be convinced Marc Bolan channeled these delicate tunes from Rivendale during the second age of MIDDLE EARTH, or from the last days of Atlantis. I bought BEARD OF STARS also, but for me UNICORN outranks it. First off, both members from the UNICORN version of Tyrannosaurus Rex had tragic lives. Marc and Steve were both dead by the time they were 30. So, as with Nick Drake, Tim Buckley or Phil Ochs, a sad poetic mystique surrounds people that never made it past their youth. Maybe some people own a vision of beauty so transcendent and otherworldly, that the world removes them, and takes them back to that etheric plane they belong to. These were guys not given to sticking to the rules, and writing comprehensible, big-money big-money POP. Well, I mean, sure T REX was money making pop, but except for that quavering, unique voice, its hard to make the connection between this album and the T REX sound. IF anything, this album is as much about POETRY as it is MUSIC. (The last 6 minutes of UNICORN is a spoken word poem.) Here's poetry floating just beyond the grasp of the intellect. The music at first seems to lack the lush, "thick" 60s psychedelic folk ideal.Read more ›
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