|2. Stacey Grove|
|3. Wind Quartets|
|5. Trelawny Lawn|
|6. Aznageel The Mage|
|7. The Friends|
|8. Salamanda Palaganda|
|9. Our Wonderful Brownskin Man|
|10. O Harley (The Saltimbaques)|
|11. Eastern Spell|
|12. The Travelling Tragition|
|13. Juniper Suction|
|14. Scenescof Dynasty|
|15. One Inch Rock (A-side) - Single Version (Bonus Track)|
|16. Nickelodeon -Take 1 (Bonus Track)|
|17. Wind Quartets - Take 1 (Bonus Track)|
|18. Conesuala - Take 9 (Bonus Track)|
|19. Trelawny Lawn - Take 1 (Bonus Track)|
|20. Aznageel The Mage - Take 1 (Bonus Track)|
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Before Bolan learned to boogie he could write a melody that stood head and shoulders above those of his his peers. Prophets, Seers and Sages, while being a vast improvement upon its predecessor ('My People Were Fair.........') was but a muscle-flexing for the majesty that was to be 'Unicorn' (which begat the glorious 'A Beard of Stars').
But those melodies! Those vocal arrangements! Those orchestrations (mostly finger-clicks, claps and stuff)! Listen to 'Trelawny Lawn' and 'Salamander Palagander' and feel yourself falling under the spell of an innocence that is greatly missed.
'Prophets' is a musically accomplished record with a strong sense of 'other world' magic. Old fashioned instruments and Tolkien/Narnian inspired lyrics really do put you in mind of noble warriors, wise sages, elves dancing in groves and kings in their timbered halls!
This record is a lot of fun but is also credible. The music and lyrics are perfectly devised and crafted. Prophets, as an example of Bolan's early work, is like nothing we will ever hear again.
* Stacey Grove
* Eastern Spell
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