Unicorn (Tyrannosaurus Rex album)

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Studio album by Tyrannosaurus Rex
Released 16 May 1969
Recorded November 1968 – February 1969
Trident Studios, London
Genre Folk rock, psychedelic rock, psychedelic folk
Length 39:46
Label Regal Zonophone (UK), Blue Thumb (US)
Producer Tony Visconti
Tyrannosaurus Rex chronology
Prophets, Seers & Sages: The Angels of the Ages
A Beard of Stars

Unicorn is the third studio album by British band Tyrannosaurus Rex, comprising Marc Bolan (vocals, guitar) and Steve Peregrin Took (bongos, African drums, kazoo, pixiphone, Chinese gong), released in 1969. It reached number 12 in the UK charts. It is the last of Tyrannosaurus Rex's albums featuring Took, because Bolan fired him after refusing to include Took's songs for the next album. This is also the first album by the band to be released in the US.

The back cover depicts Bolan and Took surrounded by books which have some relevance to the subject matter of the songs. They name check William Blake and the 'Cottingly fairies' a famous case of two children's photographs of alleged fairies taken near their Yorkshire home.

The final song on the album, "Romany Soup", features John Peel reciting a short story written by Bolan. Peel was an early supporter of the band.

Track listing[edit]

All songs composed by Marc Bolan

Side One
No. Title Length
1. "Chariots of Silk"   2:26
2. "Pon a Hill"   1:14
3. "The Seal of Seasons"   1:49
4. "The Throat of Winter"   1:59
5. "Cat Black (The Wizard's Hat)"   2:55
6. "Stones for Avalon"   1:37
7. "She Was Born to Be My Unicorn"   2:37
8. "Like a White Star, Tangled and Far, Tulip That's What You Are"   3:49
Side Two
No. Title Length
1. "Warlord of the Royal Crocodiles"   2:11
2. "Evenings of Damask"   2:26
3. "The Sea Beasts"   2:26
4. "Iscariot"   2:53
5. "Nijinsky Hind"   2:20
6. "The Pilgrim's Tale"   2:07
7. "The Misty Coast of Albany"   1:43
8. "Romany Soup"   5:40
  • 2004 was the release of the Limited Edition, Reissue and Remaster of "Unicorn" from Tyrannosaurus Rex under A&M Records.