T Rex Electric Warrior 40th Anniversary VINYL

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T Rex Electric Warrior 40th Anniversary VINYL

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Given they were teen Mod rivals, pals and frustrated wannabes in the 1960s before both quickly bypassed mere stardom for glam rock superstar deity status, the comparisons between Marc Bolan and David Bowie is endlessly fascinating. But there the comparisons end. While Bowie endlessly transmuted with each record, Bolan chased repetitive and diminishing returns until his fatal car crash in 1977. While Bowie killed off Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars 18 months after launching him, Bolan’s 1974 album Zinc Alloy and the Hidden Riders of Tomorrow was a bizarre gesture of solidarity, or simply a lame parody. Yet Bolan’s crowning glory is still a beauty – a slice of solid gold easy action, as a later T. Rex single put it. This needs repeating as Bolan’s reputation is one of pop frivolity, more Gary Glitter than Ziggy or Aladdin. But for four years, from Tyrannosaurus Rex’s Unicorn and A Beard of Stars albums through the abbreviated name’s self-titled debut and Electric Warrior (1972’s The Slider was too patchy to continue the run), Bolan shone, with his corkscrew hair, pioneering dabs of glitter and Larry-the-Lamb-like warble.

Brilliantly arranged by (Bowie’s producer/bandmate) Tony Visconti, the album blends 50s retro distilled from Chuck Berry with modern camp thrust, infused with what Bowie’s tribute Lady Stardust called, “an animal grace”. Even before Bowie, Bolan had unlocked Pandora’s Box for all the young dudes and dudettes bored by their brothers and sisters’ Beatles and Stones records, and the opening Mambo Sun nails that sea change. Over a sinewy, clipped guitar riff and echoed drum beat, Bolan breathlessly announces “Beneath the be-bop moon/I wanna croon with you,” throws in his first “owwww!” and takes a bluesy brief guitar solo full of animal grace. Cosmic Dancer (later covered by Morrissey) follows, an ecstatic dream ballad with darkly contrasting cellos that single-handedly confirms Bolan’s brilliance. Then again, the song’s couplet – “What’s it like to be a loon? I liken it to a balloon” – confirmed his any-rhyme-will-do laziness that predicted his creative collapse. But in the face of Get It On and Jeepster – both outrageously hook-lined and joyous smash hit singles – and the delicate croon of Life’s a Gas, the jittery finale Rip Off and the less-acknowledged beauties Girl and Planet Queen, Bolan’s slithery swagger is irresistible.


Track Listing
1 Mambo Sun
2 Cosmic Dancer
3 Jeepster
4 Monolith
5 Lean Woman Blues
6 Mambo Sun – Instrumental Edit
7 Cosmic Dancer – Single-Vocal Mix
8 Jeepster – Single-Vocal Mix
9 Monolith – Working Version
10 Lean Woman Blues -Working Version
11 Get It on
12 Planet Queen
13 Girl
14 The Motivator
15 Life’s a Gas
16 Rip Off
17 Get It on – Full Length Version
18 Planet Queen – Working Version
19 Girl – Alternate Master
20 The Motivator-Working Version
21 Life’s a Gas – Working Version
22 Rip Off – Instrumental

Details
Artist: T.Rex
Title: Electric Warrior
Genre: Classic Rock
Release Date: 1 May 2012
Attributes: LP ~ Discs:2
Country: EU
Label: Universal
Product Type: Vinyl
Catalogue: 60075337797
UPC: 600753377970

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