Prophets, Seers & Sages: The Angels of the Ages

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Prophets, Seers & Sages: The Angels of the Ages
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Studio album by
Released14 October 1968
RecordedApril–August 1968 at Trident Studios, London, England
GenrePsychedelic folk
Length30:22
LabelRegal Zonophone
ProducerTony 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)
Unicorn
(1969)

Prophets, Seers & Sages: The Angels of the Ages is the second studio album by English psychedelic folk band Tyrannosaurus Rex (later known as T. Rex). It was released on 14 October 1968 by record label Regal Zonophone.

Recording[edit]

Prophets, Seers & Sages was recorded from April to August 1968 at Trident Studios in London, England and was produced by Tony Visconti.

Music[edit]

Prophets, Seers & Sages featured Marc Bolan on vocals and guitar and Steve Peregrin Took on bongos, African drums, kazoo, pixiephone and Chinese gong.

The album opened with a revisiting of Tyrannosaurus Rex's first single "Debora", altered by a reversed-tape effect, as indicated by its new title "Deboraarobed".

Release[edit]

Prophets, Seers & Sages was released on 14 October 1968 by record label Regal Zonophone, but failed to chart upon first release.[1]

The album was released in both mono and stereo editions; on the labels, "Oh Harley (the Saltimbanques)" was spelled "O Harley (the Saltimbanques)".[2]

The album was paired with the first Tyrannosaurus Rex album, My People Were Fair and Had Sky in Their Hair... But Now They're Content to Wear Stars on Their Brows (1968), and re-released by Fly Records as a double album on 14 April 1972, following the success of the T. Rex albums Electric Warrior (1971) and The Slider (1972). This re-released edition of the album reached No. 1 in the UK Albums Chart.[1] This double LP set was released in the United States on A&M Records titled Tyrannosaurus Rex: A Beginning, and was the first time the albums were available there.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3/5 stars[3]
Tiny Mix Tapesfavourable[4]

In his retrospective review, Dave Thompson, writing for AllMusic, called it "the most underrated of Tyrannosaurus Rex's four albums".[3] Tiny Mix Tapes wrote, "Prophets, nearly four decades after its initial release, remains a timeless album for everyone".[4]

Legacy[edit]

"Debora", the original recording of "Deboraarobed", features in Edgar Wright's 2017 film Baby Driver.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks are written by Marc Bolan.

Side A
No.TitleLength
1."Deboraarobed"3:33
2."Stacey Grove"1:59
3."Wind Quartets"2:57
4."Conesuala"2:25
5."Trelawny Lawn"1:46
6."Aznageel the Mage"1:59
7."The Friends"1:19
Side B
No.TitleLength
1."Salamanda Palaganda"2:15
2."Our Wonderful Brownskin Man"0:51
3."Oh Harley (The Saltimbanques)"2:19
4."Eastern Spell"1:41
5."The Travelling Tragition"1:48
6."Juniper Suction"1:13
7."Scenescof Dynasty"4:07

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "T. Rex | Artist | Official Charts". Official Charts. Retrieved 8 February 2015.
  2. ^ "Tyrannosaurus Rex - Prophets, Seers & Sages The Angels Of The Ages". Discogs. Retrieved 5 December 2018.
  3. ^ a b Thompson, Dave. "Prophets, Seers & Sages: The Angels of the Ages – Tyrannosaurus Rex | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 8 February 2015.
  4. ^ a b "2007: DeLorean Discoveries | Staff Feature | Tiny Mix Tapes". Tiny Mix Tapes. December 2007. Retrieved 8 February 2015.

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