Thursday, August 16, 2007
Tyrannosaurus Rex - Prophets Seers & Sages: The Angels Of The Ages (1968)
This is the second album from the British folk duo consisting of Marc Bolan and Steve Peregrin Took that would later transform into the famous glam rock group T. Rex. Although Bolan's vocal style is similarly flamboyant in both Tyrannosaurus Rex and T. Rex, the overall sound is entirely different. Prophets Seers & Sages: The Angels Of The Ages combines Bolan's acoustic guitar and vocals with Took's impressive, fast-paced bongo playing. The songs are all excellent as is Bolan's voice. The lyrical content is apparently packed with references to Lord of the Rings, but none of this really registers with me since I'm vehemently opposed to all of that mystical bullshit...just kidding, sort of. The only outwardly psychedelic moment in the album is in the first track, "Deboraarobed." The first half of the song segues into the same song played backwards, which was pretty unheard of at the time. Backwards recording had certainly been used at this point, but not nearly as blatantly. By the way, I don't know what the deal is with the song, "Our Wonderful Brownskin Man."
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