Electric Warrior

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All Music Guide - Steve Huey
The album that essentially kick-started the U.K. glam rock craze, Electric Warrior completes T. Rex's transformation from hippie folk-rockers into flamboyant avatars of trashy rock & roll. There are a few vestiges of those early days remaining in the acoustic-driven ballads, but Electric Warrior spends most of its time in a swinging, hip-shaking groove powered by Marc Bolan's warm electric guitar. The music recalls not just the catchy simplicity of early rock & roll, but also the implicit sexuality -- except that here, Bolan gleefully hauls it to the surface, singing out loud what was once only communicated through the shimmying beat. He takes obvious delight in ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Huey
The album that essentially kick-started the U.K. glam rock craze, Electric Warrior completes T. Rex's transformation from hippie folk-rockers into flamboyant avatars of trashy rock & roll. There are a few vestiges of those early days remaining in the acoustic-driven ballads, but Electric Warrior spends most of its time in a swinging, hip-shaking groove powered by Marc Bolan's warm electric guitar. The music recalls not just the catchy simplicity of early rock & roll, but also the implicit sexuality -- except that here, Bolan gleefully hauls it to the surface, singing out loud what was once only communicated through the shimmying beat. He takes obvious delight in turning teenage bubblegum rock into campy sleaze, not to mention filling it with pseudo-psychedelic hippie poetry. In fact, Bolan sounds just as obsessed with the heavens as he does with sex, whether he's singing about spiritual mysticism or begging a flying saucer to take him away. It's all done with the same theatrical flair, but Tony Visconti's spacious, echoing production makes it surprisingly convincing. Still, the real reason Electric Warrior stands the test of time so well -- despite its intended disposability -- is that it revels so freely in its own absurdity and willful lack of substance. Not taking himself at all seriously, Bolan is free to pursue whatever silly wordplay, cosmic fantasies, or non sequitur imagery he feels like; his abandonment of any pretense to art becomes, ironically, a statement in itself. Bolan's lack of pomposity, back-to-basics songwriting, and elaborate theatrics went on to influence everything from hard rock to punk to new wave. But in the end, it's that sense of playfulness, combined with a raft of irresistible hooks, that keeps Electric Warrior such an infectious, invigorating listen today.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/17/2012
  • Label: Rhino Flashback
  • UPC: 081227974183
  • Catalog Number: 6466
  • Sales rank: 3,275

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Mambo Sun (3:41)
  2. 2 Cosmic Dancer (4:30)
  3. 3 Jeepster (4:13)
  4. 4 Monolith (3:49)
  5. 5 Lean Woman Blues (3:04)
  6. 6 Bang a Gong (Get It On) (4:26)
  7. 7 Planet Queen (3:14)
  8. 8 Girl (2:32)
  9. 9 The Motivator (4:01)
  10. 10 Life's a Gas (2:26)
  11. 11 Rip Off (3:41)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
T. Rex Primary Artist
Mickey Finn Percussion, Vocals
Marc Bolan Guitar, Vocals
Burt Collins Flugelhorn
Steve Currie Bass
Howard Kaylan Background Vocals
Ian McDonald Saxophone
Mark Volman Background Vocals
Will Legend Drums
Technical Credits
Marc Bolan Composer
Roy Baker Engineer
Malcolm Cecil Engineer
Rik Pekkonen Engineer
Martin Rushent Engineer
Tony Visconti Producer
George Underwood Inside Photo
June Child Concept
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