T. Rex released their fifth LP which was self titled on Dec. 18, 1970. It was th…

Written by on December 18, 2017


T. Rex released their fifth LP which was self titled on Dec. 18, 1970. It was their first released under that name since changing their name from Tyrannosaurus Rex.

Although the album was credited to T. Rex, all the recordings (as well as the cover shot) were done when they still were Tyrannosaurus Rex, with the two-man lineup of singer/songwriter/guitarist Marc Bolan and percussionist Mickey Finn. Howard Kaylan and Mark Volman, aka “Flo and Eddie” (and The Turtles), sang backup vocals for the first time on a T. Rex song, “Seagull Woman”. They would go on to sing on most of the group’s subsequent string of hits.

T. Rex was the album that broke T. Rex in the UK, following the surprise success of the then-recent single “Ride a White Swan” (which reached No. 2 in the charts) and its smash No. 1 follow-up “Hot Love”. The album eventually reaching a chart peak of No. 7 and remained on the charts for 25 weeks.

The US version of the LP included “Ride a White Swan” as the last song on the album instead of “The Children of Rarn (Reprise)” which was on the UK version.

When is the last time you listened to this or any T.Rex?

Happy 47th Birthday to the LP “T-Rex”!!




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