T. Rex (UK band)

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T. Rex were an English rock band, formed in 1967 by singer-songwriter and guitarist Marc Bolan. The band was initially called Tyrannosaurus Rex, and released four psychedelic folk albums under this name. In 1969, Bolan began to change the band's style towards electric rock, and shortened their name to T. Rex the following year. This development culminated in 1970 with the song "Ride a White Swan", and the group soon became pioneers of the glam rock movement.

From 1970 to 1973, T. Rex encountered a popularity in the UK comparable to that of the Beatles, with a run of eleven singles in the UK top ten. They scored four UK number one hits, "Hot Love", "Get It On", "Telegram Sam" and "Metal Guru". The band's 1971 album Electric Warrior received critical acclaim as a pioneering glam rock album: it reached number 1 in the UK. The 1972 follow-up, The Slider, entered the top 20 in the US. Bolstering their style with soul music, funk and gospel, the band released Tanx in 1973 which reached the top 5 in several countries. From 1974, T. Rex's appeal began to wane, though the band continued releasing one album per year. They blended rock with R&B influences, and occasionally incorporated disco elements in their music, on subsequent releases before returning to a stripped down sound.

In 1977, founder, songwriter and sole constant member Bolan died in a car crash several months after the release of the group's final studio album Dandy in the Underworld, and the group disbanded. T. Rex have continued to influence a variety of subsequent artists. The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2020.

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Discography

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YearTitleArtistRatingReleases
Rarities, Volume 1T. Rex1

Album

YearTitleArtistRatingReleases
1968My People Were Fair and Had Sky in Their Hair… But Now They’re Content to Wear Stars on Their BrowsTyrannosaurus Rex4
1968Prophets, Seers & Sages: The Angels of the AgesTyrannosaurus Rex6
1969UnicornTyrannosaurus Rex8
1970A Beard of StarsTyrannosaurus Rex7
1970T·RexT. Rex7
1971Electric WarriorT. Rex3.428
1972The SliderT. Rex517
1973TanxT. Rex514
1974Zinc Alloy and the Hidden Riders of TomorrowMarc Bolan & T·Rex10
1974Light of Love (US Album, compiled from songs of “Zinc Alloy” and “Bolan’s Zip Gun”)T. Rex1
1975Bolan’s Zip GunT. Rex8
1976Futuristic DragonT. Rex7
1977Dandy in the UnderworldT. Rex49
1982Billy Super DuperMarc Bolan & T. Rex2

Album + Compilation

YearTitleArtistRatingReleases
1971Flyback - The Best of T. RexT. Rex2
1972Ride a White SwanT. Rex1
1972Bolan BoogieT. Rex5
1972My People Were Fair And Had Sky In Their Hair… But Now They're Content To Wear Stars On Their Brows / Prophets, Seers & Sages - The Angels Of The Ages (Twofer)Tyrannosaurus Rex2
1973Great HitsT. Rex1
1978Unicorn / A Beard Of Stars (Twofer)Tyrannosaurus Rex2
1979Solid GoldT. Rex1
1982Across the AirwavesMarc Bolan & T. Rex1
1983The History of Rock Volume TwentyT. Rex / Sweet / Suzi Quatro / Gary Glitter1
1985A Crown of JewelsMarc Bolan and T. Rex1
1985T. Rextasy: The Best Of T. Rex, 1970-1973T. Rex1
1986Best of the 20th Century BoyT. Rex1
1986Greatest Hits, Volume OneT. Rex with Marc Bolan1
1986The CollectionT-Rex2
1987Cosmic DancerT. Rex3
1987Giants Of Glam Rock - The 16 Greatest HitsMarc Bolan and T. Rex6
1987History of T. Rex: The Singles Collection 1968–1977, Volume 1T. Rex3
1987History of T. Rex: The Singles Collection 1968-1977, Volume 2T. Rex2
1987History of T. Rex: The Singles Collection 1968-1977, Volume 3T. Rex2
1987The Very Best of T. RexT. Rex1
1988Starke ZeitenMarc Bolan / T. Rex1
1988Teenage DreamT. Rex1
1989Best Hits 21T. Rex1
1989The Very Best of T. RexT. Rex3
1990Rock OnT. Rex1
199120th Century Boy: The Very Best of Marc Bolan & T-Rex 1972-1977T-Rex1
199120th Century Boy: The Best of T. RexT. Rex22
199120th Century BoyT. Rex1
1991Anthology - the Early YearsT. Rex1
1991All the Hits and MoreMarc Bolan & T-Rex1
1991Great HitsT. Rex & Marc Bolan1
1991Hot Love - BestT. Rex1
1991Solid Gold Rapid ActionT. Rex1
1991The Very Best of Marc Bolan and T‐RexT. Rex2
1991The Ultimate CollectionT. Rex1
1991The Phantastic Collection of Marc Bolan and T-RexMarc Bolan and T-Rex2
1991The Early YearsT-Rex1
1992Boogie OnT. Rex & Marc Bolan1
1993The Definitive Tyrannosaurus RexTyrannosaurus Rex2
1994Great Hits - 1972-1977 The A-SidesT·Rex51
1994Great Hits - 1972-1977 - The B SidesT·Rex1
1995The Essential CollectionMarc Bolan & T. Rex55
1997Metal GuruT. Rex1
1997The Best of 1972-77Marc Bolan & T. Rex1
1997The Very Best of T. RexT. Rex1
1998Solid Gold - Easy Action: 20 Golden GreatsT. Rex1
1999The Very Best of T.Rex, Volume 2T. Rex1
2001Born to Boogie: The CollectionT. Rex1
2001HTV Music HistoryT. Rex51
2001Rocks!T. Rex1
2001Solid Gold T.Rex (The Top 30 Singles Collection)T. Rex1
2002Hits! The Very Best Of T. RexT. Rex1
2002Hits! The Very Best Of T. RexT. Rex1
200220th Century Boy: The Ultimate CollectionMarc Bolan & T. Rex1
200220th Century SuperstarT. Rex1
2002Star PowerT. Rex1
2002The T. Rex Wax Co Singles: A’s and B’s 1972-77T. Rex1
2002The Final CutsMarc Bolan & T. Rex1
2002There Was A TimeTyrannosaurus Rex1
2002The Singles As & BsT. Rex1
2003The Slider AnthologyT. Rex51
2003Boogie OnT.Rex1
2003Classic Marc Bolan & T - RexT. Rex1
2003Work In ProgressMarc Bolan & T.Rex1
2004Solid Gold: The Best of T. RexT. Rex1
2004Total T.Rex 1971-1972T. Rex51
2005Children of the Revolution: An Introduction to Marc BolanT. Rex1
2005Best of Marc Bolan and T-RexT. Rex3
2006A Whole Zinc Of FinchesTyrannosaurus Rex1
2007Greatest HitsT. Rex1
2007Colour CollectionT. Rex1
2008Greatest HitsT. Rex1
2010ClassicsT. Rex1
2011Get It On: The CollectionT. Rex1
2014Tanx / Zinc Alloy and the Hidden Riders of Tomorrow [Deluxe Edition]T. Rex1
2014The Albums CollectionT. Rex1
2015For All the Cats: The Best of Marc Bolan & T. RexMarc Bolan & T. Rex2
2015GreatestT. Rex1
20165 Classic AlbumsT. Rex1
2018GoldT. Rex1
The T-Rex Story: Marc Bolan & T-Rex 1972-77T. Rex1
The Ultimate CollectionT. Rex1

Album + Compilation + Interview + Live

YearTitleArtistRatingReleases
2013Marc Bolan at the BBCMarc Bolan & T. Rex1

Album + Compilation + Live

YearTitleArtistRatingReleases
2013Marc Bolan at the BBC - The Best of the BBC RecordingsJohn’s Children & Tyrannosaurus Rex and T. Rex1

Album + Compilation + Live + Demo

YearTitleArtistRatingReleases
2000Get It On - 18 Unplugged & Electric TracksT. Rex1

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