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4.0 out of 5 stars Tyrannosaurus Rex not T. Rex
Technically this compilation is by Tyrannosaurus Rex not T. Rex, the name adopted by a later incarnation of the group. It therefore only contains material recorded by the short-lived Tyrannosaurus Rex during the period 1968-1970.

However, it does feature the band's 3 Top 50 chart singles (Debora; One Inch Rock; King Of The Rumbling Spires) together with some...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Tyrannosaurus Rex not T. Rex, 1 Mar 2007
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This review is from: The Best Of T.Rex (Audio CD)
Technically this compilation is by Tyrannosaurus Rex not T. Rex, the name adopted by a later incarnation of the group. It therefore only contains material recorded by the short-lived Tyrannosaurus Rex during the period 1968-1970.

However, it does feature the band's 3 Top 50 chart singles (Debora; One Inch Rock; King Of The Rumbling Spires) together with some b-sides. Also included are tracks from the group's four albums: 'My People Were Fair And Had Sky In Their Hair, But Now They're Content To Wear Stars On Their Brows'(1968); 'Prophets Seers And Sages, The Angels Of The Ages'(1968); 'Unicorn'(1969) and 'A Beard Of Stars'(1970). Most of the percussion/bongos/etc. are played by Steve Peregine Took while Mickey Finn, who teamed up with Bolan in 1969, is only present on a few tracks.

Despite the band's popular image as bongo-playing pixie-fixated hippy types (which is not particularly inaccurate), some of these tracks showcase experiments with a full band and electric guitar. Challenging, unusual, innovative and a bit weird, Tyrannosaurus Rex are often seen as epitomising the childlike innocence of hippydom more than any other group of the time.

From gentle ballads to manic acoustic workouts this album isn't bad as a taster if you're new to early Bolan. The group's style, though, is nothing like the polished radio-friendly groovers Bolan was famous for in the glory days of T. Rex and Glam Rock.

A Tyrannosaurus Rex 2-disc release would ultimately do better tribute to the band's memory, especially as this collection only features one track each from their latter two albums.

But overall, its a good place to start if you want to explore Bolan's pre-'Hot Love' legacy. Just don't forget 'T.Rex'(1970), the first album by the newly renamed T. Rex, destined to be overshadowed by its colossal follow-up 'Electric Warrior'.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Original compilation, 20 July 2010
This review is from: The Best Of T.Rex (Audio CD)
This was Marc Bolan's first 'Best Of' and is almost all Tyrannosaurus Rex really.
It was originally released around 1970 and is full of great tracks!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars exalent, 22 Nov 2013
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Graham Spafford (newcastle under lyme Staffordshire United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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i just had to get this cd as i had the album of it originally,
for the amazing track blessed wild apple girl"
dreamy magic form marc!
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5.0 out of 5 stars love it, 23 Mar 2014
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I loved T rex when I was a kid, to the point of curling my hair like Marc Bolan, his songs were poems an amazingly quaint, I love every song on this album from Deborah onwards. He plays a prty mean guitar as well. sadly missed from this world.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tyranasaurus Rex realy, 4 Jan 2014
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pre pop. should not be thought of a T Rex. T Rex was what you think of as the chart band. this is a prequel album to thr rise to fame, however it is no less important. better than some of the chart hits. the roots of t rex
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great music, 17 Dec 2012
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Before T.Rex was Tyrannosaurus Rex, from whose work this LP is drawn: strange folky music with lyrics as whimsical and pre-Raphaelite as you are likely to find set to such lovely tunes. "Debora", "Find a Little Wood," "Blessed Wild Apple Girl"--this is a fine assortment of Marc Bolan's music in the few years just before the release of "Ride a White Swan" and the advent of TRextacy.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Maybe biased!, 3 Nov 2004
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Love this album,because its different! Would'nt be with out it!
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1.0 out of 5 stars what ever your looking for..you'll will find it with A, 18 July 2014
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Just what l was looking for..
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3 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Very Early Work, 14 May 2003
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Pieter Uys "Toypom" (Johannesburg) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Best Of T.Rex (Audio CD)
This collection includes the very best tracks from the very early period T Rex, before they made the breakthrough in about 1970 and when they were still caught in the hippy-mythology thing, long before their megahit Hot Love. It is fairly interesting British folk-rock from the late 1960s but I think the title is somewhat misleading. The only tracks that really stand out are Debora, Child star and Salamanda Palganda,. Skip this one and get one of the complation that includes Hot Love and Get It On (Bang A Gong).
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5.0 out of 5 stars HERE'S THE REAL GOLD!, 20 May 2003
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Pieter Uys "Toypom" (Johannesburg) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Solid Gold (Audio CD)
There's a lot of so-called Best Of T Rex compilations available that is anything but, mostly retreading obscure tracks from the late sixties. This one, titled SOLID GOLD: Best Of Marc Bolan and T Rex, is the real thing. It contains all of their biggest (Telegram Sam, Metal Guru, Solid Gold Easy Action, 20th Century Boy) and not so big hits (Truck On Tyke, Zip Gun Boogie, Laser Love, Children Of The Revolution) plus wonderful live versions of hits like Jeepster, Hot Love and Get It On, Bang A Gong. This last one was also their only Top 40 hit in the USA as far as I know. They were a glam/glitter band, but one with substance. Starting as a trippy hippy folk outfit in the late 60s, the band (basically just Marc Bolan) transformed itself into a snappy rock hit machine and scored massive hits with the soulful Hot Love and Get It On in 1971. Thereafter the hits came fast but they were fast, energetic 3-chord numbers with addictive hooks: Metal Guru, Jeepster etc. Truck On Tyke and Laser love were later hits and had a more melodic flow to their sound. This is a brilliant collection but much as the live versions of Hot Love and Get It On are good, I recommend that fans also get the studio versions of these amazing songs.
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