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Electric Warrior

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Electric Warrior is the sixth album by British rock group T. Rex, and is widely considered to be one of the quintessential glam rock releases. Electric Warrior reached number thirty-two in the US; it went to number one for several weeks in the UK, becoming the biggest album of 1971. In 2003 it was ranked number 160 in Rolling Stone magazine's list of the "500 Greatest Albums of All Time."
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 17, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rhino Flashback
  • ASIN: B006HH5Y6K
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (197 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,313 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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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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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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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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By amsc76 on February 8, 2008
Format: Vinyl
An excellent album from start to finish. Definitely Marc Bolan's masterpiece.
Be aware that the album does not include bonus tracks as listed on Amazon. It's the album with the 11 songs we know and love. Rhino's remastered CD version does include extra tracks and an interview. The album is pressed on 180 gram vinyl.
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This is one reissue that is definitely worth your money. The remastering makes this classic album punchier and even more delectable. In case you don't know, Electric Warrior is a blast. It's one of those rare albums that sounds like a band having a party in the studio. There is nothing deep about this music. It's just uplifting, sexy, rocking grooves that make you shake your ***.

I'm no T. Rex/Marc Bolan expert. But compared to the few other T. Rex albums I've bought, this one is their most nuanced and varied. This was the record that Bolan was hoping would break them in America (as mentioned in the bonus interview). When that didn't happen, he sank into obscurity and eventual self-parody. Never again would T Rex sound as fresh and exciting as they do on Electric Warrior.

Anyway, this is one of the crucial rock albums of the 1970s and probably THE quintessential glam rock album. Sure, Bowie's Ziggy Stardust was a higher-concept affair, but it is also much more dated. The Rhino remaster freshens up this already timeless album.
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