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Audio DVD, Original recording remastered, January 13, 2004
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One of the most popular British bands of their time, T. Rex spearheaded the glam-rock movement, a genre owing everything to its quintessential superstar, Marc Bolan. Driven by simple grooves, effortless hooks, trippy vocals, and fat guitars, their music was infused both with hippie spirituality and raw sexuality. "Bang A Gong (Get It On)" was their biggest hit, topping the British charts, cracking the American top ten, and sending Bolan on his way to cult hero immortality. "Electric Warrior" is an essential title, packaged in original gatefold jacket, with the inner photo of Bolan, and including some of the group's biggest hits such as "Bang A Gong" and "Jeepster".
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But back to the music, This is a fun, mostly happy romp of an album with mostly bare bones rock/pop songs that make you want to sing along, even dance. Bolen was not a great guitar soloist; but he was an excellent rhythm guitarist who obviously had listened to a few Chuck Berry tunes and copped a few licks. And he was a master songwriter of Pop and Funky rock. He employed very interesting song lyrics full of suggestive and confusing metaphors, He used many different and innovative rhythyms and percussion to create infectiously GROOVY tunes. His sound on this album was unique , I've never heard anything quite like it. About the only artists I can compare him to were David Bowie and Donovan when he was in a more reflective mood.
The contributions of Turtles/Zappa vocalists Flo & Eddie really add a wonderful, ironic counterpoint to Bolens low register vocals. Bolen was a good singer but did not often stretch his voice into the upper register; he relied on his innate sex appeal and spice it up with a lot of growls and sighs that are very tastefully done. The guy had sex appeal in spades, and it shone through his vocals and rhythmns.
This album is a Pop rock gem which is still relevant and doesn't sound dated like so many of the more adventurous efforts of the time. I believe you could take some young musicians and re-release most of these songs; and it could still be potentially a hit. Except the psychedelic inspired lyrics might not work with todays youth. But then again, maybe they would. All told, this is an excellent effort by a creative young man who was trying to shed his Hippie/Flower Child persona and create a new, electric image. ANd it succeeds beautifully.
I just don't get tired of this album. Mambo Sun is easily climbing my most played list on last.fm.
Marc Bolan's genius is as clear as ever on this record. Beautiful songs. Great sound. There aren't words to describe how great this record is.
I don't think anyone can claim to love rock music without having listened to this record.
You can't claim to be a fan of glam rock without owning a copy of this.
Saying that you love rock music without listening to marc Bolan just doesn't make sense. It's like saying that you love coffee without ever having tasted anything other than freeze dried folgers instant coffee crystals.
There's not a band you can claim to like from the past 40+ years that did not take some influence from this man and the music on this record.
Love and Peace,