Although it only clocks in at barely over 15 minutes, T. Rex's Peel Sessions is an important landmark in the group's career, since it marks the precise moment when ex-folk hippie Marc Bolan transformed into a rampaging, glam rock & roller. It was recorded in late 1970, right before T. Rex mania swept England, and when the group was still just a duo (Bolan on guitar/vocals and Mickey Finn on percussion). While the four-cut EP contains T. Rex's first true hit ("Ride a White Swan") and a popular album track ("Jewel"), it is the elongated "Elemental Child" which proves to be the album's surprise highlight. It features a long, wailing Bolan guitar solo, which contains phrases from the future hit "Jeepster," and shows that he could certainly hold his own on the six-string. "Sun Eye" is a throwback to the band's folk days, with a gentle vocal melody and acoustic guitar strumming. T. Rex freaks will certainly want to track down a copy of this brief Holland import, but it's hardly essential listening. If you're a newcomer to the group, work your way to The Peel Sessions only after you've become familiar with the early-70's T. Rex classics (Electric Warrior, The Slider, Tanx, etc.).
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AllMusic Review by Greg Prato