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  • Audio CD (3 Mar. 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Double CD
  • Label: UMC
  • ASIN: B00HO0UHWK
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 26,347 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. The Children of Rarn ( 0:53 )
2. Jewel ( 2:46 )
3. The Visit ( 1:55 )
4. Childe ( 1:36 )
5. The Time of Love Is Now ( 2:42 )
6. Diamond Meadows ( 1:58 )
7. Root Of Star ( 2:31 )
8. Beltane Walk ( 2:26 )
9. Is It Love ? ( 2:34 )
10. One Inch Rock ( 2:26 )
See all 21 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. The Children of Rarn - Suite ( 15:21 )
2. Jewel - Alternate Take ( 3:34 ) - Previously Unreleased
3. The Visit - Alternate Take ( 2:14 )
4. The Time of Love Is Now - Alternate Take ( 2:45 ) - Previously Unreleased
5. Diamond Meadows - Alternate Take ( 2:09 ) - Previously Unreleased
6. Root Of Star - Alternate Take ( 2:34 )
7. Beltane Walk - Alternate Take ( 2:23 ) - Previously Unreleased
8. Is It Love ? - Alternate Take ( 2:36 ) - Previously Unreleased
9. One Inch Rock - Alternate Take ( 2:23 ) - Previously Unreleased
10. Summer Deep - Alternate Take ( 1:47 ) - Previously Unreleased
See all 18 tracks on this disc

Product Description

Everything had fallen into place by the time Marc Bolan began work on ‘T. Rex’. The band’s name had shrunk but their fame had risen immeasurably, with sweet-faced Bolan an instant hit with the glossier pop magazines. Now including a version of ‘Ride A White Swan’ specially recorded for Top Of The Pops among its bonus tracks, the T. Rex album reveals another side to Bolan’s so-called instant success – one listen and it’s little wonder that many aficionados, Morrissey among them, regard T. Rex as the best-kept secret in the Marc Bolan catalogue. A bonus disc of outtakes, many previously unreleased, has been handpicked by T. Rexpert Clive Zone - who also provides memorabilia for the booklet. Newly remastered in 2012.

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Peter E. Bauckham on 6 Sept. 2005
Format: Audio CD
The album sits, somewhat uncomfortably, between the last Tyrannosaurus Rex album, 'Beard of Stars' and the T.Rex rocker 'Electric Warrior'. As such, it is difficult to describe. Certainly the production is far more polished than 'Beard' but, at the same time, many of the tracks are rather sparse and intimate. However, taken on its own merits, rather than in comparison to, this is a great album. I particularly like the softer songs 'The Visit', 'The Time of Love is Now', 'Root of Star' and 'Suneye'. Bolan's lyrics are much clearer than the earlier stuff. On the downside, I don't like either of the re-worked tracks 'One Inch Rock' or 'The Wizard' (far too long). Also, what has happened to the beginning of 'Childe'? Numerous bonus tracks are included on this re-master - 'Ride a White Swan' plus its b-side, the definitive version of 'Summertime Blues', make it worthwhile. I am however unconvinced that the re-mastered version here sounds that great (it's all a bit hard and congested compared to the old vinyl, especially 'Swan' - although this sounds equally poor on the boxed set). If you're new to Bolan, this probably isn't the best place to start - it's not a 'pop' album. But it is an essential album, its highlights being some of the best songs Bolan ever wrote.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Michael F.M on 2 Nov. 2004
Format: Audio CD
Though this is the first T.Rex album for all intents and purposes it was actually the last Tyrannosaurus Rex album. In sound and theme it could be called "T.REX" by Tyrannosaurus Rex and continues in the mood of "A Beard of Stars" and "Unicorn", an inspired mix of electric and acoustic instrumentation thats bops rather than boogies. The packaging and presentation of this whole series of releases is flawless, an immaculate collection that finally does does justice to Marcs early work. Of the tracks on this album "Jewel" is awesome, "Childe" pure magic and "The Wizard" a multi instrumental workout of epic proportions where Marc lets loose his favourite instrument, his voice. The extra tracks include a poem, some studio banter, alternative takes and the last Tyrannosaurus ... well first T.Rex single "Ride a White Swan".
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By DavyA TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 7 Oct. 2007
Format: Audio CD
The first T.Rex album following the shortening of the Tyrannosaurus Rex name & the second electric album following on from "Beard Of Stars".
This is a wonderful, beautiful record, which holds on to elements of the Tyrannosaurus Rex material but hints at the metamorphosis into the glam rock, T.Rex.Marc's vocals on this record are stunning & the arrangements are superb.
This always feels to me like one of Marc's most intimate records & the sound is beautiful. This is a record that built the foundation for the stardom to come & is one of the most (in my opinion) under rated records ever made by a man, who himself ,is much under valued in the annals of British music history.
This record is one of a number of Bolan's albums which showcase the diversity of which he was capable,sadly this is often ignored.
My advice - buy,buy,buy !!
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By trumpetwindsock@hotmail.com on 23 May 2001
Format: Audio CD
i owned this album many years ago and feared as always it wouldnt replay well at all, but what a contradiction,i found this album delicious! tracks like beltane walk,and diamond meadows are among the finest stuff bolan put on record this is the real uncommercialised bolan material lots of meaty gibson guitar licks and you thought he only knew 3 chords! well give this a hearing!!!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By N. F. Jensen on 6 Oct. 2003
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I discovered T.Rex in 1971, like most people did at that time. It started with Electric Warrior, then you scrolled back along Marc Bolan's career.While Tyrannosaurus Rex was a homespun group, usuing chairlegs, penny whistles and suchlike, this album marked a halfway house between hippydom and stardom. But there are some real gems here - Children of Rarn has achieved almost hymn-like status among Bolan disciples, and Beltane Walk points the direction in which the corkscrew-haired one was going. Diamond Meadows and Jewel are both classic Bolan tracks. Overall, this album may not have the commercial appeal of say, Slider or Tanx, but after the Warrior, it is Bolan's most endearing work.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By D.PICKLES on 28 Nov. 2002
Format: Audio CD
I'd lent this album out to a girl in 1973 and never got it back! So buying this album on CD 22 years later, i was amazed at just how great it sounded after all these years, and reminded me of just how great Bolan was, in a time just before he released his classic album "Electric Warrior"
Here, you hear Bolan at his creative best, with songs like Jewel, Wizard, and Diamond Meadows showing a man on the verge of becoming a huge Star.
The album has a glorious atmosphere to it, conjouring up images of Goblins, Elves and Wizards that seemed to be a great fascination with Bolan at that time.
If you have a curiosity with what T.Rex and Bolan was all about, then treat youself to an album that is a very fine example of Bolan at his greatest.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By The lone voice of reason on 15 Nov. 2012
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A complaint by a reviewer about the track 'childe' being chopped on this re-master is justified and its a mystery as to why it happened. Aside from that this a wonderful re-master of this milestone album which saw marc make the transition from tyrannosaurus to t.rex

However its evident that he was still testing the water here. most of this album has its feet in tyrannosaurus rex waters, especially the very confused and scrappy 'the wizard' which could have been lifted off of any of the 4 tyrannosaurus rex albums. It starts with a curious peice 'children of rarn' which is another tyrannosaurus moment - then however it explodes into 'jewel' my favourite track on the album and one of the heaviest tunes marc put onto vinyl. Alas, jewel remains the only rock out track here. The rest is mostly gentle ballads, again very tyrannosaurus rex based but with clearer vocals. Aside from that there two great bolan boogie numbers 'beltane walk' and 'one inch rock' an old tyrannosaurus track revamped and dusted down which was surely the inspiration for ray dorset and mungo jerry!

A great album, full of many colours and contrasts. still not the full blown t.rex we saw next on electric warrior, but a very interesting transition peice indeed
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