Unicorn (Tyrannosaurus Rex album)

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Unicorn
Unicorn(Album).jpg
Studio album by
Released16 May 1969
RecordedNovember 1968 – February 1969 at Trident Studios, London, England
GenrePsychedelic rock, folk rock
Length39:46
LabelRegal Zonophone (UK),
Blue Thumb (US)
ProducerTony Visconti
Tyrannosaurus Rex chronology
Prophets, Seers & Sages: The Angels of the Ages
(1968)
Unicorn
(1969)
A Beard of Stars
(1970)

Unicorn is the third studio album by English psychedelic folk (later glam rock) band Tyrannosaurus Rex (later known as T. Rex). It was released on 16 May 1969 by record labels Regal Zonophone and Blue Thumb, and was the last Tyrannosaurus Rex album to feature Steve Peregrin Took.

Content[edit]

Unicorn featured Marc Bolan on vocals, guitar, organ and phonofiddle and Took on percussion, bass and piano. The back cover depicted Bolan and Took surrounded by books that were relevant to the subject matter of the songs. The lyrics namechecked William Blake as well as the Cottingley 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", featured John Peel (an early supporter of the band) reciting a short story written by Bolan.

Release[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3/5 stars[1]

Unicorn was released on 16 May 1969 by Regal Zonophone in the UK and Blue Thumb in the US; it was their first album to be released in the US. It reached No. 12 in the UK Albums Chart.[2]

Unicorn was the last of Tyrannosaurus Rex's albums to feature Took; Bolan fired him after refusing to include Took's songs on the next album.[3]

In 2004, the album was remastered and reissued by A&M Records.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Marc Bolan.

Side A
No.TitleLength
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 B
No.TitleLength
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

Personnel[edit]

Tyrannosaurus Rex
Additional Personnel

References[edit]

  1. ^ Thompson, Dave. "Unicorn – Tyrannosaurus Rex | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 8 February 2015.
  2. ^ "T. Rex | Artist | Official Charts". Official Charts. Retrieved 8 February 2015.
  3. ^ Marc Bolan - The Final Word documentary, BBC, 2007 - comments by Tony Visconti at 27:42 point of video

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