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"You're my main
Telegram Sam - Marc Bolan.
T.Rex - Mainline Albums
Seal of Seasons
For me the four Tyrannosaurus Rex albums form a natural
cycle, each one representing a season and a locale. To be
more precise I feel they represent transitions or movements,
seasonal cusps as it were: Spring into Summer, Summer into
It is a mixture of the album cover design, the lyrics and
the music. Why should that be? For me I can explain the first
two. For the last, not being musically talented I appeal to
the muso's amongst you for your insights.
- My People...
=== Spring / Summer ===
It was that summer of love and peace '68. The cover
illustration is full of many colours, like the flowers of a
summer meadow in full bloom. "Blooms that twine around
your ears, Blossoms of the royalest texture". The
dedication ends "... it will be a long and glorious
summer". The songs are full of images of trees, at
their fullest leaf in Summer: "the burning of trees
was a crime"; "through the big dark oak
tree". The music, like all first albums, something
special, new and full of vigour.
=== Summer / Autumn ===
Now those leaves are turning to shades of yellow and brown,
like the album cover and the song sheet and, in my
imagination, I am in the bosky woods and orchards of
autumnal "mellow mists and fruitfulness". The
images are of "...my little summer maid, Orchard eyed
one...deep forest fed", "garlanded with bluebells
strewn with silver birch, spring grown tiaras" (OK you
got me there, it says "spring", but this
ain't logic - its heart"). To me the music is
mellower too, a ripening of talent and confidence.
=== Autumn / Winter ===
My favourite Tyrannosaurus Rex Album.
The scene and mood change to "The misty coasts of
Albany" on a winter's day. The grey, weak, winter
sun is reflected in the grey of the inside cover.
"Pilgim's Tale", "The Sea Beasts",
"The Seal of Seasons" all put me firmly on that
bleak seashore and "The Throat of Winter" in that
season - "Winter, winter, winter, are you but a
servant of the bad one?". The music is so much more
atmospheric as well. "Iscariot" is probably my
favourite track on this album.
My copy is mono because I forgot to specify stereo when I
ordered it from the little old lady in the record shop, one
- Beard Of Stars
=== Winter / Spring ===
Winter because of the bleak black and white, but spring
because of the promise of things to come. The first
electric album and what that would lead to (hindsight is a
wonderful thing). It puts me in mind of frosty March
mornings, the daffodils open and and the tulips emerging.
But location? I am not sure - a mythical world,
- My People Were Fair And Had
Sky In Their Hair
But Now They're Content To Wear Stars On Their
- Listen very carfully at the end of side one and you
His horns are streaked with parts of you
He drinks from jars of morning dew
His eyes are locked we hold the key
So smile because there's grapes for tea
The last (=Please Turn Over) is said so very quietly that I
never knew it was there until someone recently pointed it
out to me.
This album contains Part One of the story of Lionel Lark and Kingsley Mole
=== Q&A ===
(Tanx to Pete G. for this info.)
Q. An alternate take of People, consisting of a complete
rehearsal runthough of the album with tracks that never
made it to the final cut, was promised for this year but
hasn't surfaced. I think Simon Napier-Bell has the
rights to that one.
A. Tony Visconti has these tapes but hasn't been able
to release them due to red tape. Marc and Took played the
songs in a run through live for Danny Cordell and Tony and
they were all recorded before the first LP was recorded.
Tony claims to have not produced "People.." but
instead engineered it.
See also the People... Review
- Prophets, Seers And Sages
The Angels Of The Ages (1968)
- See also the Prophets, Seers and
Sages Review Page.
- See also the Unicorn Review
=== Footnote from Mark McL. ===
This album contains Part Two of the story of Lionel Lark and Kingsley Mole
=== Info from Cliff. ===
Blessed Wild Apple Girl is probably an outtake from
Unicorn. It's a beautiful song. But I think the other
outtake, Once Upon The Seas Of Abyssinia, is even better
and a real lost gem.
It's possible that these songs were recorded after the
Unicorn sessions, around the time of King Of The Rumbling
Spires and Do You Remember and were originally intended for
A Beard Of Stars.
- A Beard Of Stars
- See also the Beard Of Stars Review
- A change of name and a change of style.
- See also the T.Rex Review
- For my money, *the* T.Rex album and the last one I
bought as it was released.
- See also the Electric Warrior
- The Slider
- The only album I bought second hand.
- See also the Slider Review
- Tanx (1973)
- Getting into Glam Rock.
See also the Tanx Review Page.
- Zinc Alloy And The Hidden Riders
Of Tomorrow Or A Creamed Cage In August
- Excellent reviews of Zinc on their own Zinc Alloy Review Page.
- Bolan's Zip
- Very similar track listing to Light of Love.
See also the Zipgun Review
- Futuristic Dragon
- An excellent instrumental intro.
See also the Futuristic Dragon Review
- Dandy In The
- So many excellent reviews of Dandy they now have their
own Dandy Review Page.
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