Top of the Poppers Sing & Play T. Rex's Greatest Hits (SHM 819) - 1973
The legend began with an oddly named band called Tyrannosaurus Rex and those who listened to their records most surely have been aware that behind the name lay talent, real talent. And of course it did, in the shape of Marc Bolan who took the music of Tyrannosaurus Rex first to the ears of DJ John Peel, thereafter a confirmed fan; and later to a public who made their 1968 residency at the Middle Earth disco something of a major event on the musical front.
“Deborah” took the band into the charts for the first time and when Marc later abbreviated the name to T.Rex and expanded to a quartet they were solidly set for success, Their big hit records, “Jeepster”, “Get it on”, “Telegram Sam” all went straight to the top of the charts and the hard, fast and heavy approach seemed to find favour with record buyers of all ages. T.Rex have established records that others may well try to emulate but may never equal. They’ve had three albums in the Top 20 simultaneously and the myth continues. Now on this album from the Top of the Poppers the songs that helped make T.Rex a musical legend come alive in an exciting and entertaining way. It’s the kind of album that not only pays tribute to a strong musical force but reminds everyone of some of the most momentous record hits of the 1970’s.
Comments: So popular were T Rex that the team had already recorded all of their hits bar the recent “The Groover”, done especially for this LP.