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Electric Warrior

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Track Listings 1. Mambo Sun 2. Cosmic Dancer 3. Jeepster 4. Monolith 5. Lean Woman Blues 6. Bang A Gong (Get It On) 7. Planet Queen 8. Girl 9. The Motivator 10. Life's A Gas 11. Rip off

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T. Rex's best album, Electric Warrior, distills the best elements of Marc Bolan's earlier acoustic period with a dynamic rock rhythm section--drummer Bill Legend and bassist Steve Currie--and lush arrangements by producer Tony Visconti. Featuring the classics "Bang a Gong (Get It On)," "Jeepster," and "Mambo Sun," Warrior ranges from the space-blues of "Lean Woman Blues" to the punk-jazz of "Rip Off," with a sound fleshed out by chamber strings and the falsetto harmonies of ex-Turtles and Mothers of Invention Howard Kaylan and Mark Volman. (Zappa sideman Ian McDonald plays sax as well.) Touches such as the arcing cellos of "Cosmic Dancer" and the sexy rhythms of "Planet Queen" perfectly bring to life Bolan's imaginative world of "diamond star halos" and "shadowless horses." A must for any serious collector of British rock classics. --James Rotondi

1. Mambo Sun
2. Cosmic Dancer
3. Jeepster
4. Monolith
5. Lean Woman Blues
6. Bang A Gong (Get It On)
7. Planet Queen
8. Girl
9. The Motivator
10. Life's A Gas
11. Rip off

Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 20, 1989)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Reprise
  • ASIN: B000002KP3
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (181 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #186,993 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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71 of 74 people found the following review helpful By Steve Vrana HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on June 6, 2003
Format: Audio CD
This is my favorite album of 1971 and one of my all-time favorite albums--period. So I'm not ashamed to say that this marks the fourth time I've bought ELECTRIC WARRIOR. The first time, of course, was on vinyl when it was first released. I then upgraded to CD in the nineties. Then I bought A&M's 30th anniversary edition, but it's Rhino's re-release that got everything right.
You get remastered versions of the eleven songs on the original album, plus a number of extras: All of the non-album UK/US singles and B-sides that were released in 1971, a previously unissued acoustic version of "Planet Queen," a nearly 20-minute interview with Marc Bolan, the cardboard digi-pak maintains the look of the original release (lyrics of all songs--including the bonus tracks, a 9 x 14 poster, the drawings on the album sleeve, even the original Reprise logo on the CD).
All in all, this is the definitive version of a classic album. If you haven't upgraded to CD yet, this is the one you've been waiting for. ESSENTIAL
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 1, 2001
Format: Audio CD
If you collect T. Rex CD's you're probably as frustrated as me with this particular album. A few years ago EDSEL records in the UK released pretty much everything in the vaults on CD from 1972-1977 and did a remarkable job artwork and sound quality wise. Every album was re-mastered with expanded original artwork and bonus tracks (mostly rare B-Sides). The problem is, everything before 1972 (including 1971's ELECTRIC WARRIOR) is being released by A&M, who seem to be working on a budget or something because we don't get the original artwork (aside from the front covers), bonus tracks or even lyrics. When I heard they were putting out ELECTRIC WARRIOR as a 30th anniversary edition with bonus tracks I immediately ordered one sight unseen hoping they would rectify past mistakes. All I can say is I'm bitterly disappointed. Where are the lyrics? Where's the gatefold photo of Marc from the LP? Why do we get Visconti's private pictures of freakin' Flo & Eddie in the studio instead? Aside from all that, the tracks don't even sound good. Mambo Sun even has a complete DROP OUT at one point. Was Tony taking a leak while remastering that one? Oh yeah, and if you were hoping for HOT LOVE or RAW RAMP as a bonus track, we are instead treated to studio outtakes. Interesting, but do we need to hear every bad take of each song? It really spoils the album as a whole for me. If you want a decent copy of this album on CD look for the REPRISE version that's been out for years or the elusive Japanese version.
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46 of 52 people found the following review helpful By krimboy on June 3, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Time has been kind to Marc Bolan. No rocket scientist, Marc always just assumed his boppy elfin schtick set to the simplest of boogie beats would be accepted by one and all as the works of a genius. Initially adored mainly by 12 year old girls in England, his music has grown in stature over the years as tastes changed leaving him high and dry as the sole purveyer of a perculiar (in all senses of the word) style of rock that has over time proved remarkably difficult to reproduce. Electric Warrior is to Bolan what Ziggy Stardust was to Bowie (his friend at the time). Electric Warrior cuts loose from Bolans previous hippie ramblings, best realised on "Beard of Stars", and powered by superb production, and the judicious use of real musicians, the album boogies its three chord wonders into an entirely new domain that retains its unique charms to this day. Not deep, not complex, not even all that sensible, Electric Warrior nevertheless works and provides a telling reminder that 'pop' music is a rush that dosn't have to make sense it just has to make you feel good. Very good.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Muckinhaupt on February 25, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Marc Bolan was on the verge of superstardom worldwide, and Electric Warrior almost made it big here, but was never able to obtain the American success he wanted. Sure, Bang a Gong was great, but there are so many more treasures in the T.Rex catalog. I still believe that Warner Bros.didn't release the right choices for singles, but that's just my opinion. The sound quality of this reissue surpasses the import remaster on A&M last year. And this time, the wonderful "Mambo Sun" is not shortened annoyingly like the reissue. The bonus material are all classics and the packaging is superb, also much better than the import version. Included is the cool inner picture of Marc sitting in the chair as a poster!! Well done, Rhino/Reprise. Now release the brown 1971 "T.Rex" album with bonus tracks i.e. Deep Summer and I will be a truly happy man!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By king of madness on April 7, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Where do I start? This is still my favorite T-Rex album. Marc did something remarkable and very cool in the early '70's: fusing commercial-sounding guitar-riffs with a melancholy, sublime and highly poetic sentiment that was unmistakably his own. Just listen to that strange elfin voice, crooning such deep wistfulness on the slow tracks like "Cosmic Dancer". Listen to the bizarre campy feeling of "Rip Off", when he affects a growling sort of shout. If you're interested in glam-rock, you should know that Marc Bolan was a close friend of the "king" of glam-rock, David Bowie, and Bowie's song "Lady Stardust" was inspired by Marc, who sang his "songs of darkness and disgrace" most beautifully on Electric Warrior.
To complain about the commercial aspect of this album is to miss the point. The commercial-ness consists only in the deliberately campy guitar-riffs, which were balanced by Marc's beautiful croon and the excellent percussion section by Mickey Finn, to which were added the eerie background vocals. That's what glam-rock was about- the conjunction of lowness with stateliness.
My favorite song is "Life's a Gas": "I could have turned you into a priestess/ I could have burned your fate in the sand/ Bu-uut it a' really doesn't matter at all/ No it a' really doesn't matter at all/ Li-ife's a gas- hope it's gonna last!"
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