Slider [40th Anniversary Box]

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All Music Guide
Buoyed by two U.K. number one singles in "Telegram Sam" and "Metal Guru," The Slider became T. Rex's most popular record on both sides of the Atlantic, despite the fact that it produced no hits in the U.S. The Slider essentially replicates all the virtues of Electric Warrior, crammed with effortless hooks and trashy fun. All of Marc Bolan's signatures are here -- mystical folk-tinged ballads, overt sexual come-ons crooned over sleazy, bopping boogies, loopy nonsense poetry, and a mastery of the three-minute pop song form. The main difference is that the trippy mix of Electric Warrior is replaced by a fuller, more immediate-sounding production. Bolan's guitar has a harder bite, the backing choruses are more up-front, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide
Buoyed by two U.K. number one singles in "Telegram Sam" and "Metal Guru," The Slider became T. Rex's most popular record on both sides of the Atlantic, despite the fact that it produced no hits in the U.S. The Slider essentially replicates all the virtues of Electric Warrior, crammed with effortless hooks and trashy fun. All of Marc Bolan's signatures are here -- mystical folk-tinged ballads, overt sexual come-ons crooned over sleazy, bopping boogies, loopy nonsense poetry, and a mastery of the three-minute pop song form. The main difference is that the trippy mix of Electric Warrior is replaced by a fuller, more immediate-sounding production. Bolan's guitar has a harder bite, the backing choruses are more up-front, and the arrangements are thicker-sounding, even introducing a string section on some cuts (both ballads and rockers). Even with the beefier production, T. Rex still doesn't sound nearly as heavy as many of the bands it influenced (and even a few of its glam contemporaries), but that's partly intentional -- Bolan's love of a good groove takes precedence over fast tempos or high-volume crunch. Lyrically, Bolan's flair for the sublimely ridiculous is fully intact, but he has way too much style for The Slider to sound truly stupid, especially given the playful, knowing wink in his delivery. It's nearly impossible not to get caught up in the irresistible rush of melodies and cheery good times. Even if it treads largely the same ground as Electric Warrior, The Slider is flawlessly executed, and every bit the classic that its predecessor is. [The 40th Anniversary Box features the album proper on the first disc as remastered in 2012 by Tony Visconti and Ted Jensen. The second disc has the B-sides "Cadilac," "Thunderwing," and "Lady," also remastered by Visconti and Jensen, then there are demos, acoustic versions, and a couple of radio sessions, plus an interview with Marc Bolan. Next up is the DVD, which contains a new interview with Visconti, T. Rex appearances from Top of the Pops, Music in the Round, and Eleven Plus, plus various odds and ends including the clip "Marc and Mickey Visit the Pressing Plant."] ~ Steve Huey & Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/4/2012
  • Label: Edsel Records Uk
  • UPC: 740155400736
  • Catalog Number: 5540073
  • Sales rank: 182,141

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Metal Guru (2:28)
  2. 2 Mystic Lady (3:13)
  3. 3 Rock On (3:28)
  4. 4 The Slider (3:22)
  5. 5 Baby Boomerang (2:18)
  6. 6 Spaceball Ricochet (3:37)
  7. 7 Buick Mackane (3:32)
  8. 8 Telegram Sam (3:46)
  9. 9 Rabbit Fighter (3:57)
  10. 10 Baby Strange (3:06)
  11. 11 Ballrooms of Mars (4:10)
  12. 12 Chariot Choogle (2:45)
  13. 13 Main Man (4:13)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Cadilac (3:53)
  2. 2 Thunderwing (3:46)
  3. 3 Lady (2:13)
  4. 4 Rock On (2:13)
  5. 5 The Slider (2:36)
  6. 6 Buick Mackane (1:39)
  7. 7 Sugar Baby (Rabbit Fighter) (1:42)
  8. 8 Baby Strange (2:34)
  9. 9 Slider Blues (3:30)
  10. 10 Buick Mackane II (3:49)
  11. 11 Baby Strange (3:00)
  12. 12 Ballrooms of Mars (4:12)
  13. 13 The Slider (3:48)
  14. 14 Radio Interview, 26 August 1972: Marc Bolan Talkes to Johnny Mornan Abo (14:33)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Tony Visconti Interviewed by Mark Paytress [The Soho Hotel, London, 13t
  2. 2 Telegram Sam
  3. 3 Metal Guru
  4. 4 Metal Guru
  5. 5 Cadilac
  6. 6 Spaceball Ricochet
  7. 7 Telegram Sam
  8. 8 Marc Bolan Interviewed By Russell Harty
  9. 9 Advert for the Slider
  10. 10 At the Chateau D'Hérouville
  11. 11 Marc and Mickey Visit the EMI Pressing Plant
Disc 4
  1. 1 Metal Guru
  2. 2 Mystic Lady
  3. 3 Rock On
  4. 4 The Slider
  5. 5 Baby Boomerang
  6. 6 Spacebal Richochet
  7. 7 Buick Mackane
  8. 8 Telegram Sam
  9. 9 Rabbit Fighter
  10. 10 Baby Strange
  11. 11 Ballrooms of Mars
  12. 12 Chariot Choogle
  13. 13 Main Man
Disc 5
  1. 1 Telegram Sam
  2. 2 Cadilac
  3. 3 Baby Strange
Disc 6
  1. 1 Metal Guru
  2. 2 Thunderwing
  3. 3 Lady
Disc 7
  1. 1 Chariot Choogle
  2. 2 The Slider
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
T. Rex Primary Artist
Mickey Finn Conga, Vocals, Hand Percussion
Marc Bolan Guitar, Vocals
Steve Currie Bass
Howard Kaylan Background Vocals, Guest Appearance
Tony Visconti Strings, Background Vocals, Mellotron
Mark Volman Background Vocals, Guest Appearance
Bill Legend Drums
Technical Credits
Marc Bolan Composer, Liner Notes
Freddy Hansson Engineer
Ted Jensen Remastering
Tony Visconti Producer, Liner Notes, String Arrangements, Remastering
Mark Paytress Liner Notes
Barry Grint Mastering
Micky Marmalade Roadie
Phil Kinrade Mastering
Jools Williamson Artwork
Ian Williamson Retouching
Noel Hammond Memorabilia
Mick O'Halloran Roadie
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