Tuesday, May 16, 2006

T. Rex - Electric Warrior

T. Rex mania swept the U.K. in 1971 after the release of this record featuring the classic (much overplayed on radio even though I never seem to tire of it) song Bang A Gong (Get It On) which jump started the glam rock craze of the early 70's.

Judging by the cover of the record you would think it was an all out electric assault but it is filled with quite a few mellow songs and many acoustic guitars, strings and heavenly back up vocals. Marc Bolan took the spirit of 50's rock & roll threw in some hippie cosmic mystical imagery, an unencumbered confidence and a healthy dose of sexual swagger all wrapped in a glorious production job by Tony Visconti (who would go on to produce many classics for one David Bowie) to make himself a star with Electric Warrior.

Listen to it to find out why.

Check out the chugging riffs of Jeepster or the flying saucer inspired grooviness of Planet Queen.

Buy it here.

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