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Tyrannosaurus Rex - Unicorn (2004) Retail CD
Unicorn was the third of four albums by Tyrannosaurus Rex and the last with Steve Peregrine Took. Released in May 1969, it followed the failure of their third single, Pewtor Suitor, in January. This had followed in the mould of the first two singles and albums by largely replicating the acoustic sound the band created onstage over the last year or so. The same could be said of the B-side, Warlord of The Royal Crocodiles, recorded near the start of the sessions for the album in December 1968.
Given that the duo had released two albums within the last twelve months, all written by Marc Bolan, themore… quality of the songs on Unicorn was remarkably strong, showing his considerable development as a writer, lyrically and musically, and fully utilising the flexible creativity of his musical partner Steve Took. Not anyway given to self-doubt, Marc Bolan must have been particularly confident at the outset of the sessions, and was therefore severely challenged by the commercial failure of Pewtor Suitor.
He met the challenge during the sessions, which lasted until 2nd February 1969, by experimenting with more instruments and multi-track overdubs, with the help of regular producer Tony Visconti and engineers Malcolm Toft and Rob Cabel, to create a much more complex panoply of chromatic sounds that incorporated Spectorish reverb and percussion. If not exactly a Wall Of Sound, they brilliantly complemented the beautiful idiosyncrasy of the songs. Marc added harmonium, lip organ and fonofidels to his repertoire, while Steve additionally supplied bass guitar, piano, drumkit and pixiepipe. Tony Visconti added some piano to Catblack. The result was a worthy 16-track successor to My People and Prophets and reversed their commercial decline by making a very healthy showing in the album charts.
The bonus tracks begin with Pewtor Suitor (in stereo) and show the way forward with the next single, not taken from Unicorn but freshly recorded in April 1969: King Of The Rumbling Spires/Do You Remember. This represented a quantum leap with electric guitars, Woolworth's organ and full drums in evidence. The remaining tracks are early takes of the songs from Unicorn and an early version of Do You Remember featuring as far as I know the only lead vocal that Steve Took recorded with Tyrannosaurus Rex. His enunciation is clearer than Marc's and allays a worry I have had for 35 years about one of the words in the lyric when he sings "Her face was like a coat to me".
|1||Chariots Of Silk|
|2||'Pon A Hill|
|3||The Seal Of Seasons|
|4||The Throat Of Winter|
|5||Cat Black (The Wizard's Hat)|
|6||Stones For Avalon|
|7||She Was Born To Be My Unicorn|
|8||Like A White Star, Tangled And Far, Tulip That's What You Are|
|9||Warlord Of The Royal Crocodiles|
|10||Evenings Of Damask|
|11||The Sea Beasts|
|14||The Pilgrim's Tale|
|15||The Misty Coast of Albany|
|17||Pewter Suitor - Single Version (Bonus Track)|
|18||King Of The Rumbling Spires - Single Version (Bonus Track)|
|19||Do You Remember - Single Version (Bonus Track)|
|20||'Pon A Hill - Take 1 (Bonus Track)|
|21||The Seal Of Seasons - Take 1 (Bonus Track)|
|22||The Throat Of Winter - Take 1 (Bonus Track)|
|23||She Was Born To Be My Unicorn - Take 1 (Bonus Track)|
|24||Warlord Of The Royal Crocodiles - Take 1 (Bonus Track)|
|25||Evenings Of Damask -Take 5 (Bonus Track)|
|26||Iscariot - Take 3 (Bonus Track)|
|27||The Misty Coast Of Albany - Take 1 (Bonus Track)|
|28||Romany Soup - Take 2 (Bonus Track)|
|29||Pewter Suitor - Take 1 (Bonus Track)|
|30||King Of The Rumbling Spires - Take 7 (Bonus Track)|
|31||Do You Remember - Take 3 (Bonus Track)|
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