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T. Rex [VINYL] Double LP


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  • Vinyl (3 Mar 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Double LP
  • Label: UMC
  • ASIN: B00HO0UHVQ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 149,135 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 )
See all 8 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Is It Love ? ( 2:34 )
2. One Inch Rock ( 2:26 )
3. Summer Deep ( 1:43 )
4. Seagull Woman ( 2:18 )
5. Suneye ( 2:06)
See all 7 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. The Children of Rarn - Take 6 ( 1:01)
2. Jewel - Alternate Take ( 3:35 )
3. The Visit - Alternate Take ( 1:44 )
4. The Time Of Love Is Now - Alternate Take ( 2:45 )
5. Diamond Meadows - Alternate Take ( 2:09 )
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Disc: 4
1. One Inch Rock - Alternate Take ( 2:33 )
2. Summer Deep - Alternate Take ( 1:47 )
3. Seagull Woman - Alternate Take ( 2:23 )
4. Suneye -BBC Top Gear performance 26/10/1970 ( 2:00 )
5. Deep Summer - Alternate Take ( 4:42 )
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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. While it includes the band’s first smash hit ‘Ride A White Swan’ 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. Presented here for the first time in luxurious gatefold vinyl 2-LP set. Newly remastered in 2012.

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Peter E. Bauckham on 6 Sep 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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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Michael F. Maloney 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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13 of 13 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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15 of 15 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jervis VINE VOICE on 29 Jun 2005
Format: Audio CD
T Rex is actually a transitional album which was released between two of Marc's very best albums 'A Beard Of Stars' and 'Electric Warrior'. It is also the first time the abbreviated T Rex is used as the group name. Unfortunately i don't think the album is quite as satisfying as the other two i have mentioned.
The album is split between Marc's more typical acoustic songs and songs with more rocky arrangements. The acoustic songs are now more refined both musically and lyrically than in the Tyrannosaurus Rex days although there are still traces of Marc's more mystical writing. His vocals also tend to be a little more accessible and easier to understand. The rocky songs are quite sparse and lack the glam rock trimmings of the songs to come. The songs still sound fairly entenched in the hippy culture. Marc also revists a couple of old songs - 'One Inch Rock' and 'The Wizard'
There are a number of really excellent songs including 'Jewel', 'The Visit' and 'The Time Of The Love Is Now' which compare favourably with Marc's best work but there is also a number of very slight songs where the music and lyrics are a little over simplified. Marc sounds a little tentative here as if he's just trying to feel his way into finding a new sound.
The album doesn't sit quite as comfortably as Marc's other albums from that period (1969-71) and for me the addition of 'Ride A White Swan' as an bonus track boosts the album's rating considerably.
It's not one of Marc's very best albums but it does contain a number of excellent songs. Marc would sound far more self assured on his next album.
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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful By "pretty_boy" on 18 Nov 2004
Format: Audio CD
This is one of my favorite albums of all time. I am Horrified that a key track on this 2004 remaster, Childe (track 4), has several seconds chopped off the beginning of the track. I have the LP and prior CD issues of this album and this CD is the only one that has the truncated intro. This album deserves better treatment than this. Universal should be ashamed.
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3 of 3 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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