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T. Rex

Marc Bolan & T Rex Audio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: A&M Records
  • ASIN: B00000I7BB
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 218,125 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The transitional album 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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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The last Tyrannosaurus. 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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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars t.rex the first of 3 brilliant albums in a row 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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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars T.Rex- before the screaming started 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 2 disc Deluxe Editions are not great value 3 May 2014
Format:Audio CD
The last Tyrannosaurus Rex Album – Beard of Stars – and the first, eponymously named, album of the newly abbreviated T.Rex are very much a pair. Stylistically similar they both feature Marc Bolan and Mickey Finn as a duo; Bolan’s previous musical collaborator, Steve Peregrin Took, having departed after a less than wildly successful 1969 US tour. Together they also mark a transition from the shimmering and whimsical, acoustic psychedelia of the first three Tyrannosaurus Rex albums, to the highly polished “Glam Rock” sound of Electric Warrior and The Slider; performed by an expanded, four piece T.Rex.

By the summer of 1969 multi coloured paisley and psychedelia was giving way to faded denim and hard rock/blues. To some extent, these albums reflect that shift: although gifted with more imagination than virtuosity, Marc Bolan’s next step was not going to be the obvious one. All the same while they are still laced with Bolan’s personal (and borrowed) mythology, most of the tracks on A Beard of Stars and T.Rex feature an electric guitar and are palpably Rock music. T.Rex also includes – for the first time – the string arrangements, scored by producer Tony Visconti, and the backing Vocals of Howard Kaylan and Mark Volman (of The Turtles fame); that would become an integral part of the classic T.Rex sound.

As someone who has loved these albums for decades, I would give them both five stars each as LPs. However, I am actually reviewing these particular CD releases so different criteria will result in different scores.

With their range of two disc Deluxe Editions, Universal Music seems to be reworking through its (now very extensive) back catalogue; tagging on bonus discs to supplement, often already re-released and re-mastered, CDs. These bonus discs are of varying quality.
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Shoddy Remaster of Wonderful Album 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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5.0 out of 5 stars how great is this
what a record, what a sound, how great is this?
Published 3 days ago by Mr. James S. Edmondson
5.0 out of 5 stars T.Rex (Brown Album) 2014 Deluxe version
A nice warm clear version of this great album on CD.
The bonus CD has a clean copy of Marc's Rarn Suite as He recorded as a demo without overdubs. Read more
Published 3 months ago by RomanyStew
5.0 out of 5 stars fab cd
love to album good to get it on a cd so can have iton loud in the in the car
Published 3 months ago by J OLIVER
5.0 out of 5 stars T. Rex
Great mix of old and new(ish) tracks Marc Bolan (T. Rex). Ideal for the fan and the new fan alike. and value for money! Give it a try.
Published 4 months ago by Steveo
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars for the Album..No stars for the remastering
I have loved this album since The Winter of 1970...it brings back precious memories of my teenage years and have been collecting Marc ever since. Read more
Published 4 months ago by L. Din
5.0 out of 5 stars Bolan's creative peak.
On Beard of Stars, Marc Bolan was hitting his creative peak. By the time the self-titled T. Rex album was released, Marc and Tony Visconti had fine-tuned their trademark sound. Read more
Published 4 months ago by babysue
5.0 out of 5 stars t rex as it should sound
great, mystic music and lyrics. pre pop sound before chart styled hits changed the direction of bolans writing. I love this album
Published 6 months ago by chris hearn
5.0 out of 5 stars 'Root of Star'
'T Rex' is even more of a transitional album than 'A Beard of Stars' though it's none the worse for it. Read more
Published 8 months ago by John F
4.0 out of 5 stars a new beginning
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. Read more
Published 20 months ago by the lone voice of reason
5.0 out of 5 stars Sheer Nostalgia
This was one of my most favourite vinyl albums, now sadly long gone, and when I saw it was available on CD I was unable to resist and wasn't dissapointed. Read more
Published on 21 Jan 2012 by Mister H
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