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Beard of Stars [Deluxe Edition] [Digipak]

Album: Beard of Stars [Deluxe Edition] [Digipak]
# Song Title   Time
1)    Prelude
2)    Daye Laye, A
3)    Woodland Bop
4)    Fist Heart Mighty Dawn Dart
5)    Pavilions of Sun
6)    Organ Blues
7)    By the Light of a Magical Moon
8)    Wind Cheetah
9)    Beard of Stars, A
10)    Great Horse
11)    Dragon's Ear
12)    Lofty Skies
13)    Dove
14)    Elemental Child
15)    Find a Little Wood [Single B-Side]
16)    Fist Heart Mighty Dawn Dart [BBC Live: Top Gear 17/11/69]
17)    Pavilions of Sun [BBC Live: Top Gear 17/11/69]
18)    Day Laye [BBC Live: Top Gear 17/11/69], A
19)    By the Light of a Magical Moon [BBC Live: Top Gear/ London/1969]
20)    Wind Cheetah [BBC Live: Top Gear 17/11/69]
1)    Fist Heart Mighty Dawn Dart [Home Demo] - (previously unreleased)
2)    Organ Blues [Home Demo] - (previously unreleased)
3)    Day Laye [Home Demo], A - (previously unreleased)
4)    Lofty Skies [Home Demo with Guitars]
5)    Organ Blues [Home Demo]
6)    Black Cat Sittin' on My Shoulder [Home Demo Take 1]
7)    Instrumental [Guitar & Organ Demo] - (previously unreleased)
8)    Pavilions of Sun [Home Demo] - (previously unreleased)
9)    I Got the Blues So Bad [Home Demo] - (previously unreleased)
10)    By the Light of a Magical Moon [Home Demo] - (previously unreleased)
11)    Find a Little Wood [Home Demo] - (previously unreleased)
12)    Great Horse [Home Demo] - (previously unreleased)
13)    Wind Cheetah [Home Demo] - (previously unreleased)
14)    Pavilions of Sun [Home Demo Take 2] - (previously unreleased)
15)    Elemental Child [Home Demo]
16)    Black Cat Sittin' on My Shoulder [Home Demo Take 2]
17)    Fist Heart Mighty Dawn Dart [Home Demo with Bass Guitar]
18)    Oh Baby [Home Demo] - (previously unreleased)
19)    Prelude [Take 1] - (alternate take)
20)    Dove [Take 5] - (alternate take)
21)    Dragon's Ear, Pts. 1-2 - (alternate take)
22)    Beard of Stars [Take 1], A - (alternate take)
23)    Organ Blues [Take 7] - (previously unreleased, alternate take)
24)    Lofty Skies [Take 1] - (previously unreleased, alternate take)
25)    By the Light of a Magical Moon [Instrumental Take 1] - (previously unreleased)
26)    Elemental Child, Pt. 1 - (alternate take)
27)    Elemental Child, Pt. 2 - (previously unreleased, alternate take)
Product Details
Performer Notes
  • Personnel: Marc Bolan (vocals, guitar, organ); Micky Finn (finger cymbals, tabla, background vocals); Liam Donoghue (computer).
  • Liner Note Authors: Mark Paytress; Rob Partridge.
  • Recording information: Trident Studios (04/1969-11/1969).
  • There was a big and obvious change to Tyrannosaurus Rex on their fourth album, A Beard of Stars, as Steve Took was replaced by Mickey Finn, with Marc Bolan remaining the true captain of the duo act as singer and songwriter. Of more significance was the change in the band's sound, moving into far more electric rock territory with much greater use of electric guitar, though Bolan's songs were still often grounded in the fairytale-like musings of his earlier work. It was still a ways off from his glam rock approach, but it was definitely more accessible than the relatively homespun elflike folk-rock of the earliest Tyrannosaurus Rex albums. It also made some effective use of organ and somewhat more pop-friendly, conventional tunes like "By the Light of the Magical Moon," "Elemental Child," and "A Daye Laye," though weirder items like "Wild Cheetah" and "Dove" bore a slight similarity to some of Syd Barrett's gentlest compositions. ~ Richie Unterberger
Professional Reviews
Mojo (Publisher) (p.73) - "[T]his is Bolan at his most personal, dreamy and blue."
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