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Tyrannosaurus Rex (not T. Rex)

 

Prog Folk

3.44 | 29 ratings

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Valdez
4 stars Let me preface this review by quoting a sample of lyric from the album...

"Catblack the wizard is back with dales of lore from Dagamoor, we of the wind must rejoice and speak and kiss all our starbrowed brothers on the cheek".

These lyrics were written around 1968 and the album was released in 69, and Mark Bolan had been doing music like this since 66 and 67.

And although the music sounds a bit "Twee" nowadays, I am beginning to think that Tyrannosaurus Rex (along with a very silly 60's Bowie) may have been some of the first proggers... in spirit at least. Just look at the song titles! warlords, crocodiles, avalon, unicorns, nijinsky! I would bet that Giles Giles and Fripp and Peter gabriel were watching Mark Bolans Tyrannosaurus Rex very very closely back in the day.

The songs are mostly all twee, No chunky Les paul yet... just like Bowies first records. But there is a seed waiting in these songs that later became Americas dandy; T.Rex... A powerhouse of simplistic glam rock that carried with it some of the magic of these early songs. Seagull woman being the best example and Bang a gong being the last.

If you like music history, dig up these old recordings and tell me if you think these may have been the real roots of prog. I do.

Valdez | 4/5 |

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