Electric Warrior [Deluxe Edition]

Electric Warrior [Deluxe Edition]

by T. Rex
     
 

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The 40th anniversary reissue of T. Rex's breakthrough Electric Warrior expands the 30th Anniversary Edition by adding two songs -- the non-LP A-side "Hot Love" and the B-side "Raw Ramp" -- both oddly absent from the 2003 reissue. A Deluxe Edition goes further by adding a full disc of outtakes, demos, and oddities on a second disc, and a…  See more details below

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The 40th anniversary reissue of T. Rex's breakthrough Electric Warrior expands the 30th Anniversary Edition by adding two songs -- the non-LP A-side "Hot Love" and the B-side "Raw Ramp" -- both oddly absent from the 2003 reissue. A Deluxe Edition goes further by adding a full disc of outtakes, demos, and oddities on a second disc, and a Super Deluxe Edition goes further still by adding a DVD of promo clips and live performances along with a hardcover bound mini-book, replicas of promo photos and posters, and a beer coaster added as a cherry on top. All the packaging on the Super Deluxe Edition is quite appealing -- particularly all the news weekly covers and articles and ads that are found within -- and the DVD does an excellent job of visualizing Bolan mania (a particular highlight is a Christmas 1971 performance of "Get It On" with Elton John sitting in on piano), but the meat of this anniversary edition is the second CD. Granted, there are no unheard songs (the closest is a cover of Carl Perkins' "Honey Don't") and there are no real revelations -- the constant parade of Bolan demos, expanded T. Rex albums, box sets, and the Unchained series have sapped any of Bolan's working versions of their ability to surprise as these wind up familiarly embryonic. All the songs are in place and they all sound better with some production, so the best cuts here are the ones that are fleshed out the most, including a "full-length" version of "Get It On," which has lots of vocal flair from Flo & Eddie and a tidy ending. Such slight yet notable differences are certainly worth the time of dyed-in-the-wool Bolan fanatics yet they're not quite enough to recommend it to the T. Rex fans who love only Electric Warrior. But for those who love T. Rex and Electric Warrior so much they know what they're getting into with this deluxe package, they'll be pleased with this handsome set.

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Product Details

Release Date:
05/01/2012
Label:
Universal Uk
UPC:
0600753378007
catalogNumber:
5337800
Rank:
53648

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Mambo Sun
  2. Cosmic Dancer
  3. Jeepster
  4. Monolith
  5. Lean Woman Blues
  6. Get It On
  7. Planet Queen
  8. Girl
  9. The Motivator
  10. Life's a Gas
  11. Rip Off
  12. There Was a Time/Raw Ramp
  13. Hot Love
  14. Woodland Rock
  15. The King of the Mountain Cometh

Disc 2

  1. Electric Warrior Poem
  2. Mambo Sun
  3. Cosmic Dancer
  4. Jeepster
  5. Monolith
  6. Lean Woman Blues
  7. Get It On
  8. Planet Queen
  9. Girl
  10. The Motivator
  11. Life's a Gas
  12. Rip Off
  13. Raw Ramp
  14. Electric Boogie
  15. Untitled Instrumental aka a Lot of Rubbish [Instrumen
  16. Honey Don't
  17. Planet Queen
  18. Girl
  19. Jeepster
  20. Get It On
  21. Electric Warrior Poem/Radio Advert

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

T. Rex   Primary Artist
Flo & Eddie   Guest Appearance
Marc Bolan   Vocals,Group Member
Burt Collins   Flugelhorn,Group Member
Steve Currie   Bass,Group Member
Howard Kaylan   Background Vocals
Ian McDonald   Saxophone,Group Member
Mark Volman   Background Vocals
Martin Barden   Compield
Mark Paytress   Compield
Micky Finn   Percussion,Vocals,Group Member
Will Legend   Drums,Group Member

Technical Credits

Roy Baker   Engineer
Malcolm Cecil   Engineer
Rik Pekkonen   Engineer
Martin Rushent   Engineer
Tony Visconti   Producer
Mark Paytress   Sleeve Notes
June Child   Concept

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