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"Every dawn of our lives a heart
is forged and linked with lore to one so similar."
A Day Laye - Marc Bolan.
T.Rex - Beard Of Stars.
List of Reviewers
=== Review by MarkMcL ===
IT'S IN STEREO
Of course it is you say, but remember that in the late
60's stereo was still a novelty. I bought stereo LPs even
though neither I nor anyone I knew had one. "This can be
played on mono equipment fitted with a suitable stylus. If in
doubt consult your dealer" was printed on the back of
most stereo albums.
With my freshly bought copy of BOS I went round to my friend
John Sayer's; he had a new stereo (well his dad did
really) AND stereo headphones. I had never tried headphones
before and as I listened to Prelude the cymbals went
"from ear to ear" right across the middle of my
head - WOW!!
Compared to the first three albums Marc has moved from
narrative and descriptive songs to songs written from a
personal viewpoint. This means mainly love songs which were
not really present before. Also the tone is much sadder, a
catch in the throat. What was happening in his personal life
at the time that could have brought about this change?
Most of the album is Tyrannosaurus Rex "Plugged"
and then this track bursts upon you. Who? What?? Where???
What is going on here, this is so-o-o different! A harbinger
of things to come. Each album has an oddball track that
sticks out from the others, this is BOS's. For those
unready to move on this is the writing on the wall. Exciting
or self indulgent? Don't care really - I liked it.
=== Review by Rick ===
Anyway (June 1st) ----- "Beard of stars"
1- "A day Laye"
This song could have fit on almost any prior T-Rex or Tyrann.
LP. I could even seeing it fit onto many of the later
LP's (well maybe not Zip Gun Boogie, or Futuristic
It always reminded me of the opening of "Children of
Rarn" from the T-REX lp. As with the UK release of that
Lp it would have fit in nicely as a reprise at the end of
On my site (small P.R. work <g>) I've used two of
my favorite lyrics to introduce certain section & both of
them came from this track.
To greet those at my collections I have ::
"Every dawn of our lives a heart is forged and
Linked with lore to one so similar"
To thank those on my homepage I included :
"Even though the wind might blow it all away
Don't ever worry 'cos I'm your friend"
I still get a warm feeling everytime I hear this song. It
represents a human quality .. man connecting to fellow
man/woman I think Marc saw this as Lp as he did the T-Rex Lp
..A Book . and "A Day Laye" is the prolouge .. In
the past 25 years I think i've used the latter lyric in
countless letters to friends (there was a time when we only
had snail mail) if they were feeling down about
Well that is how the song touches me .. As I probably will
review all the tracks , on a personal level. Each song that
Marc gave us ,in turn gave me, a better insight to myself.
Even if it was only "You can bump & grind if
it's good for you mind" That Bump & grind was
still imbedded in my mind!
=== Review by blackink ===
Ahem...Greetings all. Here is my submission to the Record of
the Month Club.
Obligatory intro story: I inherited an acoustic guitar from a
friend who died in 1984. - I'd never played, but somehow,
it seemed like the 'perfect gift'. Anyway, that
summer, I was going through a pretty heavy Ty-Rex phase and
one day while I was sitting strumming this guitar, I realized
that I'd accidentally strummed out the chords of the
rhythm guitar part in 'A Daye Laye'. (!!)
I love -everything- about this LP. From the very first note
of Prelude which always makes my heart soar - to the
'Grand Cacophony' of Elemental Child, where I have
often find myself pogo-ing around the room, bopping madly to
that guitar thing at the end. (The cats, at this point, are
both hiding under the bed.)
Here's my quick synopsis of the whole record - which I
just recently found on CD! No lyric sheet with the CD though
So that's me. (This was a great idea Rick) I had fun
listening to this record with 'fresh ears' again.
- A Daye Laye. <for me> is forever dedicated to
- Woodland Bop. A totally accessible pop tune.
- Fist Heart Mighty D-D-D-Dawn Dart. A personal
favourite. I love the melody.
- Pavillions of Sun. Awesome melody. 'Know the earth
and you'll understand'
- Organ Blues. 'Ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah you know that I
love you...' - Sheer Brilliance. Listen to the bongo
drum, it's alive!
- By The Light....Another totally accessible pop tune and
I just love the lead guitar...the way it weaves itself
around and through the melody...it sounds backwards!!!
- Doesn't Wind Cheetah sound like something totally
foreign and exotic?
- Great Horse. I have no words for this beautiful song. I
think it might be my favourite off this album. It's sad
-and- happy -and- gorgeous.
- Dragons Ear is my least favourite!
- Lofty Skies is the second song I learnt the chords to.
:) Another personal favourite
- Dove. Another one of those totally accessible little
- Elemental Child. I think I covered this one in the
Got done the painting and now have time for the review.
Like some others, I got to this album backwards. My first
T.Rex album was EW and then I got the T.Rex album (here in
Canada with Ride A White Swan instead of The Children of Rarn
reprise...always thought Swan belonged there..a goodbye to
Ty.Rex and on with the Electric Warrior) At the time I looked
for anything by Marc. I don't quite remember, but I think
that BOS was my first Ty.Rex album. I love the cover photos
of Marc and Micky. I've just realised I have two vinyl
copies of this (where did this second copy come from?.. age
it does things to the mind), both on Blue Thumb Records, but
each with a different foldout, also a cd copy.
The first thing that strikes me about this album is how short
it is, only 35 minutes, but a very entertaining 35
Throughout this album we are treated to some GREAT poetry put
to music..not all of it makes sense in reality, but in the
fantasy realms of our minds it conjurs up visions
- Prelude - appropriately titled - a prelude of things to
come, simple and relaxing, listen to it on the headphones
and the bells go back and forth - Micky's debut?
- A Day Laye - great lyrics, "don't ever worry
cos I'm your friend"
- Woodland Bop - once you start it you'll find it
hard to stop, do da da daa;-)
- Fist Heart Mighty Dawn Dart - great title, I used to
have Bard's Tale characters named Fistheart and
Dawndart. I loved that game...funny how the day comes slo
- Pavilions of Sun - Swans will fly.....love the bongos,
good job Micky!
- Organ Blues - what a mood..oh yeah..simple yet
entertaining..again good on the headphones. did he say
feasties of the Bestys;-)..oh right beasties (phew!)
- By the Light of the Magical Moon - nice guitar intro
and bongos again, there's that 'lectric
guitar..again moving around on the headphones.
- Wind Cheetah - you can see Marc, standing on a hill,
wind in his hair, playing the electric guitar, Micky at his
feet, as they overlook the village below.....spinning their
- A Beard of Stars - backing vocals remind me of what was
to come, nice work
- Great Horse - love the words
- Dragon's Ear - my favorite, love the simplicity of
the start...I used to have a character named Dworn in BT as
well...he kick ***. this would make a good rocker.. but
let's not mess with a good thing.
- Lofty Skies - we kissed and cried..good advice;-)
- Dove - haven't we all felt this way?
- Elemental Child - like the way Marc sings the
title..the rest..well Hendrix he wasn't..also good to
listen to on the headphones..nice backing vocal in the left
ear..would have liked Marc to try this later when his
guitar skills were better developed..did he ever perform it
live as T.Rex?
Marc Hendrix is still playing in my ears, man they could have
used a better bass line...<g>
My second review, is that a newbie record;-), again, go easy
on me, I'm new at this.
=== Review by David Do ===
Thoughts on Beard Of Stars.
Inspirational,uplifting,perfumed melodies interwoven with
Marc's usual unusual words that mean
nothing..........that is unless you're linked to lore
with one so similar.....and I believe we all are, and that is
why we are all here on Till Dawn..."born with blessed
life dust.......and .......in some way our fate is one.
Beard of Stars contains IMO the most remarkable song ever
written, it moves me.....Lofty Skies. We are all here beneath
the eyes of the lofty skies, there is no escaping that and in
our daily lives we are held 'neath the bars of the
tumbling stars. A staggeringly simple melody and a harmony
that is a work of genius. "Oh this time my (of) love
moves me" !
Marc is just starting to define his electric style...that les
paul, I know I'm small crunch.Kapow! makes the hairs on
the back of your neck stand on end. Beard is Marcs musical
puberty,it has a newly developed passion and raw energy.
I've often wondered if this album would have been
improved had it been recorded a year later with a full
"band". Songs like Elemental Child seem to cry out
for a bassist and a drummer, but it maybe it would have lost
all of it's charm and innocence.
There is a beautiful naivety about these song..."maybe I
can hold your gold hand"...how could anyone refuse?
The simple words and melody of Dove..a lost love ? then there
are songs like Great Horse, so many have, over the years
tried to write like this, many with the help of "great
horse"..and failed...Sire, I can master with the help of
this skull powdered cord...wonderful
Wind Cheetah is the soundtrack to a very strange trip...herds
of African cows grazed on her beauty !! too much, this means
so much to me. There is gold in the mountains........just go
David Do.....can I go out now please ???
=== Review by Michel ===
Now you're talking. At times I am wondering if I prefer
UNICORN or BEARD OF STARS. Sometimes I just can't figure
it out. That's why I was so glad to find both CDs
re-released in the same jewel box (on the Castle label - same
with My People and Prophets). BEARD OF STARS was the second
album I bought from Tyrannosaurus Rex and it was the
confirmation that Marc was real - UNICORN wasn't just a
one shot dream. I cannot tell you how many hours I have spent
listening to this album, dreaming of this magical land... I
wasn't yet cured of my teenage crisis about the so-called
real world of adults and their values in life... One winter
On www.amazon.com I have commented this recording as
- PRELUDE I rmember the first time I put the album on the
turn table, I thought: "Wow, Marc has bought an
electric guitar" and I was sceptical as I was hoping
the magic would remain - but then again this was just an
intro and almost immediately...
- A DAY LAYE came. Thank God, Marc remained as pure as
ever, even with an electric guitar. The inspiration and the
clear sight weren't affected by material instruments -
even better, these instruments were purified by the sacred
hymns of Marc Bolan. I agree with Rick as for the
uniqueness of these lyrics and all philosophies are resumed
in very few sentences in the essence of existence:
"Every dawn of our lives a heart is forged, and linked
with lore to one so similar..." Who hasn't been
looking for his soul mate, for the loved one... call it
karma, fate... it is the eternal quest.
- THE WOODLAND BOP Marc always write his songs like
mantras... Here he is setting the pace for the Beltane
fires - the moon has risen, it will be a long night of
festivities to the gods, dance in a trance...
- FIST HEART MIGHTY DWAN DART Tony Visconti was a master
at helping Marc to achieve a unique kingdom of sound to
describe this poetic universe. Although heavy and painting
a full wall of sound... you can still feel the night going
away to let the welcoming dawn slowly cover the land after
a long ceremonial dance.
- PAVILIONS OF SUN The songs on Bear Of Stars are
chapters taken from the books of Agadinmar and they are
like paintings as well. You can see as well as hear
everything - although, when I bought my first copy on Blue
Thumb, the lyrics weren't print. Even if I didn't
understand most of the lyrics, the songs were quite clear
in their meaning and I knew what they were all about.
"Come into my garden Lady Love..." Has anyone
heard a more sweeter invitation? Who could resist such a
spell? And the incredible buid up ending the song abruptly
and pushing you over the cliff... You really had to learn
to fly instantly, or else... You couldn't
- ORGAN BLUES Marc was telling us of days gone by, flying
over the past. Even then... but time is the sole master of
this material universe.
- BY THE LIGHT OF A MAGICAL MOON Not to forget that in
all universes there is a time for love and dance with the
chosen one... The heart light as a feather, a time to love,
a time to dance and rejoice.
- WIND CHEETAH Probably the most touching song on the
album. It took me years to finally break through this thick
wall of sound and discover the lightness and etheral
quality of this poetry. Although deep in meaning and tales,
it is a song of love, "run to the one that I love,
Chained to the Chalky Chalice of Night..." Priestess
and bards, no mortal lovers will really understand the
heights of this sacred union...
- GREAT HORSES Perfect story telling and imagination in
the court of the King of the Rumbling Spires. A cast of
warriors and foe, and warlocks... "Sir I can master
with the aid of this skull powder cord..."
- DRAGON'S EAR Even in other worlds and kingdoms, one
has to face his own destiny and protect his loved ones.
Still it isn't the spiritual sky yet for one has to
face the Dworns. And this song also gives us one of
Marc's most beautiful philosophical line: "Our
lives are merely trees of possibilities...", so rich,
so deep and yet so innocent like all great words of
- LOFTY SKIES War and Peace. War and love, battles and
peaceful living. Let us pray that the evil Dworns won't
come back. But even more painful than wounds of war are the
wounds of love and happiness. It is true that man isn't
strong enough to bear real happiness. Only you and I my
love know for sure...
- DOVE And it is true as well when I'm not with you.
And my love even grows and reaches a higher level when
you're not by my side for you take the shape of the
whole world around me. But my fear also grows with
- ELEMENTAL CHILD That's why I will eternally be in
love with her for she knows how to tell me true,
unconditionally. And her kiss is a whip of the moon... how
can a simple mortal man, a simple soul, can resist to the
call of the priestess' daughter?
<<Along with the Unicorn album, BEARD OF STARS is, in
my humble opinion, certainly among the best albums ever
produced in the world of mystical music. If you really want
to be in for a visit in the realm of the fairy kingdom, in
the land known as Beltane long before it was changed into
'Earth'. If you're open enough to discover the
strange and haunting sounds of Marc Bolan's guitar
playing, the depth of his poetry and the most charming
melodies of his songwriting skills, you will be taken to a
different level of hearing perception. OK enough! I know, it
may seems strange to read something like that about a simple
recording, but just ask any Marc Bolan fan! You will hear the
same praise, may they live in England, in Sueden, in Spain,
in Japan, in Canada, in the USA... Just surf around on the
net and visit any Marc Bolan, Tyrannosaurus Rex and
T.Rex' sites, you'll see ! >>
=== Review by Dan-D ===
Hey Michel, your bio page looks great and thank you for the
great BEARD OF STARS review. Back when I did my first review
of Unicorn I mentioned that I was partial to this lp most of
all the Tyrannosaurus Rex recordings.
This was the lp that I turned to during my hippy hermit years
when I lived in a small cottage hidden on the wooded peaceful
corner of a horse pasture back in the seventies. I discovered
this recording at a time when I was avoiding the rat race and
the peace that I found from A Beard Of Stars recharged me and
brought me back. Right from the start with its transcendental
guitar solo this lp is special. A Day Laye sets the tone with
such a unique sound. Bringing a myriad of influences together
Marc sounds like a folk singer from another dimension. I hear
nature, I hear 20s style bop, I hear electric boogie, what a
joyful mix of ideas.
The Woodland Bop is such an elfish prancer, Fist Heart is a
sound bending electric solo halucinogenic chant. Pavilions of
Sun is a wah wah warble with a bellydancer beat. Organ Blues
is a church cathedral with an african ambient hypnotism. Then
my favourite, By The Light of A Magical Moon, a glowing
midnight meadow dance with a proud romantic sentiment. Such
an uplifting song, how could I not be recharged by listening?
Wind Cheetah follows with its mysterious exotic feel. Side
two starts of with the title track, another playful melody.
Great Horse has an almost classical baroque feel and
Dragon's Ear is a mini epic with some Eddie Cochran
stumming thrown in for good measure. Lofty Skies shines forth
next as one of Marc's greatest melodies. Fantastic soft
wah wah guitar floats in and out. Brilliant. Dove is a simple
relaxing song that lets us catch our breath before the
energetic finale of Elemental Child. Rockin guitar with some
great lyrics, "Hold the glove of gold behind you. Love
the glove of Truth". Thank you Marc.
=== Review by MarcO ===
If you put put yourself in 1969 - 70. Having heard unicorn
and eagerly awaiting the release of Beard, I dare say you
would have been a tad dissapointed. Not because Beard was
bad, but that Unicorn was so good. IMO. Marc peaked three
times in his musical career, first with Unicorn, next with
Warrior and finally with Dandy.
If Marc had stuck with the Tyran. Rex format throughout his
career and he were alive today, he would probably be one of
the most respected musicians in the music buisness, allbeit
unknown outside it. He would have been quite well off but not
Finally, half of the bands around today wouldnt exist.
As for A beard of Stars? its a very fine album, not a
statement I use loosely these days.
=== Review by Stewart ===
I first got this album in the early 70's,i remember
finding it in the shop along with the Unicorn album, i bought
A Beard of Stars and my friend Ron bought the Unicorn.After
going home and playing them back to back Ron and I thought i
had the better album<G>.As it turn out i got his copy
of Unicorn with a trade of some record i can't
Going from the Slider album to A Beard of Stars was a bit of
a shock,but the track Elemental Child was really Hot for me,i
would play it over and over,not the first part ,but the fast
Wild guitar part at the end.
Later i started to really get into the sound of the whole
album,but i always loved Marc's electric guitar playing
on all those track's.
Later i started to get into listening to the album with
headphones on and really started to love this album as i did
with the Unicorn album.
The album has such a good feel to it, it always puts me in a
good frame of mind.
Wind Cheetah was the only song that it took me longer to get
into,mabey because its so moody,almost a dark sound to
Marc's soulful sound on the title track Beard of Stars
still makes the hair on the back of my neck stand up.
Lofty Skies has the best sounding wa wa guitar work i have
ever heard,its like a shot right to the brain with that
solo,so smooth,so much feeling in it,but yet so soft.
Jumping back to By the Light of the Magical Moon,again
Marc's soulful guitar work is so nice,i am at a loss for
I could never judge this album against another album by Marc
because its a feeling or a mood of its own and when your in
that mood nothing can compare to it.
Hi Tillers and Dawnettes!
Okay, I'm going to attempt at putting my feelings into
words about this album...here goes.
The Album Cover: Marc's beauty has always reminded me of
a wild stallion and this album cover really shows him as that
imo. And seeing as how I relate 3 animals together....cats,
Afghans, and wild stallions...I consider Marc's far away
gaze on the cover to be as an Afghan; independent, dignified,
proud, and poetic. Do you think I'm crazy in thinking
At the time I found this album...when I was a teen I was
heavily into the occult and when Marc sang of such blatant
magickal terms as on Elemental Child...well, I knew I was on
the right track :-) That is what Marc was and is to me...a
- Prelude: This song always takes me back to when I had
my electric guitar at age 15 or so and I would try to
follow Marc's notes. Needless to say my version sounded
really crappy but Marc's still flows.
- A Day Laye: One thing I notice in this song is how Marc
drops the ending of some of his words....blow (bulow),
friend (frienda), linked (linkda), soul (soula), children
(childrena). I love the way he pronounces Away (awai). It
all sounds so English to me <g>
- The Woodland Bop: When he starts singing "in the
hallowed morning" it sounds dramatic, like some action
is taking place that we're spying on.
- Fist Heart Mighty Dawn Dart: One of the most magical
things about Marc is, of course, his voice...but the way he
manipulates it has not been matched. Anyone singing these
words could not make the story the same as when Marc sings
it...how he stresses certain words...giving more importance
to some words because of his voice. When he sings
"funny how the day comes sloooow" Beautiful!
- Pavilions of Sun: As in all of Marc's songs...the
words here are so becoming. Maybe I can hold your gold
hand...know the earth and you'll understand.
- Organ Blues: I have to admit that this is not a
favorite. It just seems to be missing an instrument or two.
The highlight is the "eah eah eah eah eah eah".
One thing that I've never really paid much attention to
and is rather quaint I think is that the song is the same
at the beginning and at the end.
- By The Light of The Magical Moon: Now, here we go!!
This is such a romantic song and such a visual one, too. I
always picture Marc, and elves, and beautiful girls in
flowing gowns dancing under a full moon..and everyone's
- Wind Cheetah: This is one of those Marc poems that you
just have to keep re-reading. It is so full of detail. The
melody doesn't do alot for me...but the words make it a
big plus! Oh and I can't forget how he pronounces his
t's...nighT! I have to go take a shower now guys
- A Beard of Stars: Ah, this is so light and lovely and
another one of Marc's songs that I tried to play. I
said tried <g>
- Great Horse: I love this song. Didn't I tell you he
reminded of a stallion? I rest my case!
- Dragon's Ear: Now, if this isn't Tolkien-esque
then I'm talking out of my butt <g> My favorite
part of this song is in the middle when everything comes
together. Black cat sitting on my shoulder and I'm
glad. Whoooeeee. Marc is sooo hot!
- Lofty Skies: Simple and beautiful. I can feel
Marc's deep tale of love in this one...and it moves me,
- Dove: Another song of love and yet it's called
Dove. A dove, white and pure, a symbol of peace...like love
- Elemental Child: "She once taught me to think
white, and the night disappeared like a bird". This
song is so full of things magickal. White magick.
=== Review by Melinda ===
Actually this is the first time I have been late on a Beard
of Stars review,since this is my first Beard of Stars
wow what month July has been. On with the review. I have
never said much on the covers before, but this one..... Oh my
what a lovely picture of Marc, so eartheal. As I will try and
always remember him, lovely wasn't he.
That's all. I hope you guys enjoy it now onto the
- I've been wondering why no one mentions the
Prelude. I love this part it set the stage for the album.
It is so like that magical Marc I love so much. To tease
like this and then onto......
- Day Laye: Yes, these words are the Till Dawn List. A
beautiful, hopeful song. I t does not surprise me that this
was chosen for the Baltane cd (thank you Michel).
- Woodland Bop: 'Once you start you'll find it
had to stop..' I hear this song so often in my mind (
not including sex). 'See her llike a sun bird streaking
across the skies' early mornings driving south, on my
way to work.
- Fist Heart Mighty Dawn Dart: I still believe that this
is a war related song (coming from a war mongering
country).. 'could you please heart cleanse our
- Pavilions of Sun: Prince of Sun from his pavilion.
might this be our Marc?? sitting high in his pavilion, as
he makes us shine? 'Know the earth and you'll
understand' more truth in this phrase than Marc may
have known, or maybe he did. To ground yourself with the
soil and to be with nature. This is how I should
- Organ Blues: I love that steady beat that starts and
continues through out the song. This is almost a
chant/mantra (I'm in Michels territory here). Makes me
think of Eastern Spell, 'The spell you're under is
mine'. and then 'I Love you and don't you know
you that you love me. Yes you do you, you always do,
yooho.' how sweet.
- By the Light of the Magical Moon: Now that we are under
the spell it is time to dance. 'Gonna deedeedee dance
with my baby..... by the light of the magical moon.'
This song brings my so much pleasure, to hear it brightens
my day, my mood, always. Always hope.
- Wind Cheetah: So strong musically, I have trouble
understanding this song, the words appear so soft. Maybe it
is my state of mind at this time.
- Beard of Stars: Again no one mentions this?? What does
Marc say, the only spoken line..... could it be be ' I
still believe' or 'I do believe'? Sweet short
piece so full of emotion.
- Great Horse: This song seems so sad, that's all on
this for now. I'm sure this will come around
- Dragons Ear: So full of magic and love, protection of
the innocent, healing and loving.
- Lofty Skies: mmmmmmm, so much said in so few words,
love so deep and sweet that it hurts....... If everyone
could have this feeling once and cherish it.
- Dove: Blessed is the perosn who brings this song to
- Elemental Child: I love the lyrics of this song, I
always thought the guitar work was a little much. But I
know that Marc had great fun making it. And then I think of
our Karen, yes, I can enjoy the rest of this song.
Melinda Mae (be in a state of grace)
It's seems this went fast, did I miss a song??
=== Review by Karen ===
A beard of Stars, well it's well placed in my top three
Marc albums,although I never know whereabouts, depending on
my mood usually.
This has always come across as a very confident Tyrann album,
as though Marc finally knew what direction he wanted to take.
It's definetly the most commercial sounding of all the
Tyrann albums, Nice cover as well, I have always prefferes
those black and white album covers.
Karen(Torchgirl of the marshes)
- Prelude a nice little opening to the Lp, short enough
to just get you interested.
- A Day Laye - Much to short, it's a beautiful little
song, which I always associate with TillDawn now, I think
it conjures up the meaning of true friendship
- The Woodland Bop- A nice little bopping Elf number, a
rocking sort of number.
- Fist Heart Mighty Dawn Dart - I love this song, a sort
of eerie quality to it, The new electric sounding Trann Rex
is evident here.
- Pavilions of the Sun - Marc has been very sparse on his
Lyrics on this album, most of the tracks are a little to
short for my liking, heres another one, I'm just
getting into and then it's finished, like the song and
the bongo beat, but way to short on the verses.
- Organ Blues - My least favourite track on the album,
well titled, all I can hear is the organ and I don't
really like organ music much.
- By The Light of A Magical Moon - I love this song it
always makes me want to dance, it has a real laid back feel
to it, yeah get those shoes off and dance. Marc also sounds
soooo good singing this song, love him in the video of
- Wind Cheetah - More organ music!!
- A Beard Of Stars - Title track of the album, a rather
to short instrumental, well played.
- Great Horse - Marc at his best in a storytelling mode,
I think it's a beautiful song almost mythical, love
- Dragons Ear - I love this song also, a definate tale of
Dragons and witches to music, the song builds up
nicely.Micky on form on the bongos and there is a definate
improvement on this album on Marcs guitar, I think
confidence was definetly growing here.
- Lofty Skies - Sorry to bore you all again, but I like
this song also, there's not much on this album I
don't like. A really beautiful album, my one criticism
(I'm allowed one arn't I ) is that the album is way
- Dove - Definetly wrote by a man in Love, I think, the
ultimate love song to anyone, June perhaps?
- Elemental Child - Of course my fave all time T.Rex
song, Marc definetly growing in confidence attempting a
guitar solo, ok I know he was no Jimi Hendrix, but who
knows what he could've turned out if he had gone more
along this road. I love this because it has a more heavier
feel to it, this song doesn't sound out of place even
today. Nice lyrics to. This song hit me the first time I
heard it, it was so different from previous T.Rex stuff
I've heard before. A brilliant song to bring the album
to a close and the last Tyrann album, anyone who bought the
albums in the order they were released would've been
able to follow the progression of T.Rex as a band, alas I
bought most of these albums in a different order,mainly
after Marc had died, but I feel I've caught up with the
feel of them.
=== Review by Pierre ===
A Beard Of Stars
A Nice Lp but I prefer by far 'Unicorn' or the Brown
album. To me this one miss something.
- Prelude : This tune gives the tone. yes that Stato
sounds like a Les Paul.
- A Daye laye : Every dawn of our lives. I love the
guitar : a high and soft one in background, another low to
give a bass line. Superb !
- Woodland Bop : A nice and subtle one, gently
- Fist Heart Mighty Dawn Dart : I love the Bass. A
wonderful track, fully working
- Pavilions of the Sun : One of my favorites for long....
Co-co-come into my garden Lady Love.......Nice bongos in
the back, and nice guitar riff in the middle.
- Organ Blues : quite weak IMHO. Still a nice and soft
- By The Light Of the Magical Moon : A beautiful one. I
love also the '76 reggae version. I love the guitar
line coming in from times to times. Screams in the
- Wind Cheetah : The organ sounds like the one I had when
I was a child. Anyway it gives an nice atmosphere.
- A Beard of Stars : Marc you're really good here ! A
- Great Horse : this one could be out of Unicorn. The
same mood. A very nice one
- Dragon's Ear : Black Cat sitting on my shoulder,
seems like 3 different songs put into one.
- Lofty Skies : one of the most beautiful of Marc's
ever songs. Oh this Time of Love moves me. Big use of the
wah-wah and nice guitar solo.
- Dove : Tony holds the bass. See how the sun shines....
One more gentle song.
- Elemental Child : I'm sorry. i fear that single
song refrains me to listen to 'Beard of Stars' more
often. I like the start and the riff, but for me the guitar
piece is far too long for the interest it brings...