Monday, 4 June 2018

T. Rex - Electric Warrior (1971)

  

Released September 1971

Recorded at Trident Studios, London

Marc Bolan put away his patchouli oil and carpet for this one, strapped on an electric guitar, applied some glitter tears, said a few spells and there you go....

TRACK LISTING

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

Encouraged by producer/collaborator Tony Visconti, he produced arguably the first “glam rock” album. Full of Bolan’s trademark guitar riffs, some melodic acoustic strumming and those nonsense couplet lyrics, you had the archetypal T.Rex album. Those riffs on “Jeepster”, “Get It On” and “The Motivator” are timeless and the lyrics too - “you’re built like a car, you got a hubcap diamond star halo”. Umm. Ok Marc. “Love the velvet hat...”

There are nods to the old acoustic Tyrannosaurus Rex in “Cosmic Dancer”, “Life’s A Gas” and “Planet Queen” but also some hard blues rocking in “Lean Woman Blues”. Some proto-punk posturing in “Rip Off”. The bonus tracks are excellent, the mammoth hit “Hot Love”, the rocky “Woodland Rock” and the dreamy “King Of The Mountain Cometh”.

The remastered sound by the wonderful Tony Visconti is warm and full and does this minor classic justice. Great cover too.

B+

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