My People Were Fair and Had Sky in Their Hair... But Now They're Content to Wear Stars on Their Brows

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My People Were Fair and Had Sky in Their Hair... But Now They're Content to Wear Stars on Their Brows
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Studio album by Tyrannosaurus Rex
Released 5 July 1968
Recorded Early 1968 at Advision Studios, London, England
Genre Psychedelic folk
Length 33:18
Label Regal Zonophone
Producer Tony Visconti
Tyrannosaurus Rex chronology
My People Were Fair and Had Sky in Their Hair... But Now They're Content to Wear Stars on Their Brows
(1968)
Prophets, Seers & Sages: The Angels of the Ages
(1968)

My People Were Fair and Had Sky in Their Hair... But Now They're Content to Wear Stars on Their Brows is the debut album by psychedelic folk band Tyrannosaurus Rex (later known as T. Rex). It was released on 5 July 1968 by record label Regal Zonophone.

Recording[edit]

My People Were Fair was recorded at Advision Studios in London, England in early 1968 and produced by Tony Visconti.[citation needed] Preparatory demo sessions for the album took place at Tony Visconti's London flat as well as studio sessions with producer Joe Boyd. Advision was the first studio in the UK with eight-channel recording equipment. This Advision eight-channel machine was a model 280 made by Scully Recording Instruments, which allowed for far greater recording flexibility than the standard 4-track recorders of the era.

Two of the songs, "Mustang Ford" (retitled from "Go Go Girl") and "Hot Rod Mama" (a live BBC radio session)[1] name had been recorded earlier by Bolan's pre-Tyrannosaurus Rex band John's Children. Early versions of some of the tracks also appear on The Beginning of Doves, a collection of demos and early tracks released in 1974.

Music[edit]

The record featured Marc Bolan on vocals and guitars and Steve Peregrin Took on backing vocals, drums, pixiphone and percussion. It also featured disc jockey John Peel, who read a children's story written by Bolan for the album's closing track, "Frowning Atahuallpa (My Inca Love)", which also included a lengthy Hare Krishna chant.

The album's music represented for Bolan a rejection of the electric guitar-driven music he'd been playing with his previous band, John's Children. The cover art and subject matter of many of the songs dealt with the fantasy themes that would pervade much of the subsequent Tyrannosaurus Rex catalogue.

Release[edit]

My People Were Fair was released on 5 July 1968 by Regal Zonophone. It reached number 15 in the UK Album Chart upon initial release.[2]

The album was paired with Tyrannosaurus Rex's follow-up album Prophets, Seers & Sages: The Angels of the Ages (1968) and released in 1972 as the double album Tyrannosaurus Rex: A Beginning, following the success of T. Rex's Electric Warrior (1971) and The Slider (1972) albums. It reached number 1 in the UK.[2]

In 1985 it was re-released on Sierra Records. An expanded edition CD was released in 2004, which included many alternate studio takes. A deluxe edition, released in January 2015, included home demos for the album recorded by Tony Visconti and exploratory studio sessions with producer Joe Boyd.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[3]
Sunday Express favourable[4]

The album reportedly received negative reviews upon its release.[5]

In his retrospective review, Dave Thompson, writing for AllMusic, called it "an irresistible affair, if absolutely a child of its psychedelically-inclined time".[3]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Marc Bolan

Side A
No. Title Length
1. "Hot Rod Mama"   3:09
2. "Scenescof"   1:41
3. "Child Star"   2:52
4. "Strange Orchestras"   1:47
5. "Chateau in Virginia Waters"   2:38
6. "Dwarfish Trumpet Blues"   2:47
Side B
No. Title Length
1. "Mustang Ford"   2:56
2. "Afghan Woman"   1:59
3. "Knight"   2:38
4. "Graceful Fat Sheba"   1:28
5. "Wielder of Words"   3:19
6. "Frowning Atahuallpa (My Inca Love)"   5:55
Note: There is a short, unlisted title track at the end of side B.

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