T. REX

Electric Warrior

Universal Music

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Available on vinyl LP.

Electric Warrior, arguably T. Rex's best album, distills elements of Marc Bolan's earlier acoustic period with a dynamic rock rhythm section--drummer Bill Legend and bassist Steve Currie--and lush arrangements by producer Tony Visconti. Featuring the classics "Bang a Gong (Get It On)," "Jeepster," and "Mambo Sun," Warrior ranges from the space blues of "Lean Woman Blues" to the punk jazz of "Rip Off," with a sound fleshed out by chamber strings and the falsetto harmonies of ex-Turtles and Mothers of Invention members Howard Kaylan and Mark Volman. (Zappa sideman Ian McDonald plays sax as well.) Touches such as the arcing cellos of "Cosmic Dancer" and the sexy rhythms of "Planet Queen" perfectly bring to life Bolan's imaginative world of "diamond star halos" and "shadowless horses." A must for any serious collector of British rock classics. 

Tracklisting:

  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 

RIYL: Lou Reed, The Modern Lovers, The Kinks, Love