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Electric Warrior [Deluxe Edition] [Digipak]
0. DISC 1:
1. Mambo Sun
2. Cosmic Dancer
5. Lean Woman Blues
6. Get It On
7. Planet Queen
9. Motivator, The
10. Life's a Gas
11. Rip Off
12. There Was a Time/Raw Ramp [B-Side]
13. Hot Love [A-Side]
14. Woodland Rock [B-Side]
15. King of the Mountain Cometh [B-Side], The
0. DISC 2:
1. Electric Warrior Poem [US Radio Promo]
2. Mambo Sun [Instrumental Edit]
3. Cosmic Dancer [Vocal Mix] - (mix)
4. Jeepster [Vocal Mix] - (mix)
5. Monolith [Working Version]
6. Lean Woman Blues [Working Version]
7. Get It On [Full Length Version]
8. Planet Queen [Working Version]
9. Girl [Alternative Master] - (alternate take)
10. Motivator [Working Version], The
11. Life's a Gas [Working Version]
12. Rip Off [Instrumental]
13. Raw Ramp [Working Version]
14. Electric Boogie [Working Version]
15. Untitled [Instumental] [Studio Outtake]
16. Honey Don't [Studio Outtake]
17. Planet Queen [Home Demo]
18. Girl [Acoustic Home Demo]
19. Jeepster [Home Demo]
20. Get It On [Acoustic Home Demo]
21. Electric Warrior Poem/Radio Advert [US Radio Promo]
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 5337800
Includes liner notes by Nikki Sudden, Cliff McLenehen & Bill Legend.
Includes liner notes by Nikki Sudden, Cliff McLenehan and Bill Legend.
Prior to ELECTRIC WARRIOR's release, T. Rex (or, as it had mostly been known, Tyrannosaurus Rex) was a folk-rock duo that played acoustic guitar and bongos augmented by the occasional electric and full drum kit. While some of the hippie-prophet philosophy that dominated Tyrannosaurus Rex's music can still be heard here (especially on the dreamy geneology of "Cosmic Dancer"), ELECTRIC WARRIOR, for the most part, represents a revolution in attitude and approach. Singer/songwriter/guitarist Marc Bolan expanded the band here for a full rock sound, and focused on lean, hook-heavy pop songs that relied on slinky grooves and the riveting energy of early rock & roll. Married to Bolan's cheeky sexuality and theatrical flair, the results were undeniable.
From the mid-tempo thump of "Mambo Sun" to the crashing yowl of "Rip Off," ELECTRIC WARRIOR is fuzzy, nasty, and immediately appealing. Songs like "Jeepster" and "Bang A Gong" pump straight from the elemental heart of rock & roll, yet the songs are fleshed out beautifully with strings, handclaps, backup vocals, and Tony Visconti's expansive production. Bolan's glitzy, sexy aesthetic directly sparked the glam movement (he was a huge influence on David Bowie and the creation of his Ziggy Stardust persona), while his punchy, back-to-basics approach also presaged the stripped-down, three-minute song attack of the Ramones and the punk movement in the later '70s. As a result, ELECTRIC WARRIOR can be seen as one of the most enduring and quietly influential records in the rock canon.
Rolling Stone (1/6/72, pp.64-66) - "...he plays to the post-J.F.K. set, yet with enough decadence and sarcasm for any war baby to hum along....Marc is one of the eternally precocious, fated to live outside the world of adults forever..."
Q (9/01, pp.137-8) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...Glistening, seemingly extra-terrestrial prettiness....bewitching stuff..."
Mojo (Publisher) (p.101) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "Bolan suited the careerist '70s, and rarely sounded better than he did on the second T.Rex album....The album's fey charm and power is undeniable."
Mojo (Publisher) (10/01, p.133) - "...This music may even sound better than it did at the time: stripped of baggage, it's the kind of pop-rock deluxe which is, these days, in short supply..."
Uncut (magazine) (p.91) - "ELECTRIC WARRIOR captures the group at a time when there was still a trace of innocent pleasure left..."
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