With much of "A Beard of Stars " already recorded before Mickey Finn arrived on the scene this album is very much a Marc Bolan and Tony Visconti collaboration. Mickey shouldn't be undervalued though, his contributions are simple, restrained and effective. Steve Peregrin Tooks unique and wonderfull vocal and percussion, that reached it's peak on "Unicorn", is largely compensated for by Marcs electric guitars and the use of bass guitar and organ, a Woolworths childrens one by all accounts. Mickeys percussion and vocals are kept very low key and simple on the finished product so it's especially interesting to hear the bonus tracks. Songs such as "Organ Blues" started out with much more going on and then were simplified .. refined . "A Beard of Stars" is an adventure of sound with instrumentation that really is unique and some lovely romantic and yearning lyrics such as "Lofty Skies" and "Lofty Skies". Things get boppier with "Pavilions of Sun" ... and when the bass comes in on "Elemental Child", well the album is worth listening to for that moment alone.