T. REX – Glam Rock Monument ‘ELECTRIC WARRIOR’ Came Out 50 Years Ago Today

Back in time

24 September 2021

Band: T. REX
Active: 1967-1977
4 studio LPs as Tyrannosaurus Rex
and 12 albums as T. Rex

R.I.P. Marc Bolan
30 September 1947 – 16 September 1977

Anniversary album: ELECTRIC WARRIOR
Released: 24 September 1971 – 50 years ag today
Producer: Tony Visconti (who worked a lot with Bowie
too and several other big-name musicians))
Score: # 1 in the UK

Pitchfork said: “Electric Warrior does contain the immortal “Bang a Gong (Get it On)”, but that’s neither the only nor the best reason to pick it up. What makes this record so enduring is its almost accidental emotional depth: When T.Rex is kicking out the jams, they sound like they’re having the most gleeful, absurd good time ever committed to wax. There’s nothing so glorious in rock and roll as hearing Bolan croon, “Just like a car, you’re pleasing to behold/ I’ll call you Jaguar if I may be so bold,” over his namesake boogie… The most significant aspect of Electric Warrior isn’t its arena rock confidence; it’s that Bolan allows his grinning mask to slip. With the incomparable aid of producer Tony Visconti, Bolan sketches a vast, empty room, where, after the party’s over, he resides alone, wide-eyed and desperate. On ballads like
“Cosmic Dancer”, “Monolith” and “Girl”, he speaks in the same gibberish as elsewhere, but
he’s clearly haunted by what we can’t say.”
Full review here. Score: 9.5/10.

Turn Up The Volume: A natural-born rock star. Charisma, looks, clothes,
voice, and most of all tons of classic gems, slow and fast, glamorous and
moody. A genuine electric warrior. Icon 4ever.

Singles: Get It On / Jeepster

(No 1 on the UK Singles Chart)

(Peaked at #2 on the UK Singles Chart)

Album in full…

T.REX: Discography

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