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4.7 out of 5 stars

on 1 June 2015
Great package and lots of unreleased material. Much of it has also been available before in the expanded edition from about 8 years ago. We'll probably see another extra deluxe edition in a few years with a dvd I'm sure. Nonetheless, worthy.
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on 11 December 2015
Should be in every music fan's collection. A triumph of Tony Visconti's genius in the studio and Bolan's other-worldly visions. Awesomely addictive tunes too .
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on 19 August 2016
One of the best T. rex albums
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on 29 October 2015
i bought it by mistake as i already got it.
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on 23 July 2014
Brilliant CD one of my favourite albums by Bolan.
a dreamy album full of mystical songs
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on 14 October 2015
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on 9 May 2015
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on 19 April 2014
This review is for the 2014 release of A Beard Of Stars [Deluxe] [Double CD, Deluxe Edition
What could one expect for an Album that has been put out many times over the years on CD.
Well right from the very first track Prelude I noticed a clear warm sound to this Beautiful album.
The opening thimble cymbals on Prelude were always a bit smeared on previous versions of this CD.
So you know that they have in fact gone back to the analog tapes and made a new digital master
which sounds warm and natural.
The bonus CD includes some really nice home recordings of Marc working on the songs before He went into the Studio.
There is also some really good Alt. versions and works in progress from the Studio.
Along with some good liner notes and some great photos I feel this package is well worth the money.
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on 3 March 2014
After first being exposed to Marc Bolan through his Electric Warrior album when it first came out, I came across a copy of Beard of Stars in the cheapie bins for next to nothing. When I first heard it I didn't know what to make of it. But something about the songs kept drawing me back over and over and again and again. Many spins later...and this ended up being the record that made me a T. Rex fan for life. This album is often overlooked and yet it contains some of Marc's strongest lyrics and melodies. Beard of Stars has held up exceptionally well over time. Easily one of my top favorite recordings of all time. It's right up there with Marc's next release, the self-titled T. Rex album.

Though they will most likely only be appreciated by Bolan fanatics, the demonstration recordings (on the second disc in this set) are truly mindblowing. I never even knew there were any demonstration recordings for this album that survived. A whole ton of them are included here. Hearing the demonstration recording of "Find A Little Wood" is alone worth much more than the price of this double disc set. Twenty-seven extra recordings in all...YES!
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on 31 July 2017
Marc Bolan was a very different artist before he became a big pop star in the early 70s. He was the little prince of the underground, with DJ John Peel as his champion. This album showcases Marc's unique talent for writing poetic lyrics full of imaginative imagery and wrapped up in catchy tunes. His chordings of his songs on this album are also more interesting than a lot of his T.Rex songs, proving that Marc could come up with more than three chord boogie and the myth that he only knew 'seven chords' as has often been written. Bolan always had an ear for a hook and he refined this later in T.Rex. It's true to say that this album is very much of its time, there is a lot of hippy dippy mysticism in the songs but it nevertheless has a charm that you can't resist. The album is an important one in the Bolan canon as it is the electric transition that is evident on this album, soon to lead to his first big hit single 'Ride a white swan'. (not on this album by the way) For many Marc Bolan fans, this is his best album and on the right day and in the right mood, I am inclined to agree!
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