A Beard of Stars

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A Beard of Stars
Studio album by Tyrannosaurus Rex
Released 13 March 1970
Recorded April–November 1969
Trident Studios, London
Genre Folk rock, psychedelic rock
Length 35:03
Label Regal Zonophone (UK), Blue Thumb (US)
Producer Tony Visconti
Tyrannosaurus Rex chronology
A Beard of Stars
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Singles from A Beard of Stars
  1. "By the Light of a Magical Moon"
    Released: 1970
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A Beard of Stars is the fourth studio album by Tyrannosaurus Rex, comprising Marc Bolan (vocals, guitar, organ, bass) and the first with new partner Mickey Finn (percussion). It is notable for being the first album on which Bolan used electric guitars (although these had first appeared on the 1969 single King of the Rumbling Spires/Do You Remember.)

Four tracks from this album, including Great Horse were salvaged from Spring 1969 sessions for a fourth album with original percussionist Steve Peregrin Took in the wake of King of the Rumbling Spires. These four tracks were overdubbed for release by Finn, Bolan and Visconti.[1] A further four tracks from the Took sessions – rejected for the final album – would subsequently surface on various compilations – three (Once Upon The Seas of Abysinnia, Blessed Wild Apple Girl, Demon Queen) in Bolan's lifetime, the fourth (Ill Starred Man) posthumously. Other songs recorded around this time may include (Do You Remember) and (Find A Little Wood)

Track listing[edit]

Side One
No. Title Length
1. "Prelude"   1:04
2. "A Day Laye"   1:56
3. "Woodland Bop"   1:39
4. "Fist Heart Mighty Dawn Dart"   2:45
5. "Pavilions of Sun"   2:49
6. "Organ Blues"   2:47
7. "By the Light of a Magical Moon"   2:51
8. "Wind Cheetah"   2:38
Side Two
No. Title Length
1. "A Beard of Stars"   1:37
2. "Great Horse"   1:42
3. "Dragon's Ear"   2:37
4. "Lofty Skies"   2:54
5. "Dove"   2:06
6. "Elemental Child"   5:33


  1. ^ 20th Century Boy – The Marc Bolan Story by Mark Paytress, Sedgewick and Jackson 1992