Car Boot Vinyl Diaries

Car Boot Vinyl Diaries

Saturday, 7 April 2012

Dirty and sweet, oh yeah

I picked up a decent copy of T. Rex's Electric Warrior at last Sunday's car boot sale for £5:

T. Rex - Electric Warrior (1971)

Like 1972's The Slider which I got a couple of weeks before, it was produced by Tony Visconti.  It was Bolan's first foray into glam rock, and undoubtedly his best, with its hook-heavy bubblegum boogie and tongue-in-cheek sleazy stomp.  It's biggest hits were 'Get It On' and 'Jeepster' but other top tracks include the unsettling-yet-dreamy 'Cosmic Dancer' (one of five T. Rex songs used in the Billy Elliot soundtrack), 'The Motivator' and 'Planet Queen', with a special mention for the chewy guitar of 'Monolith'.

Bolan in '71
The album went to no.1 twice in the UK between December '71 and February '72 and was the biggest seller of '71.  It's also number 160 in Rolling Stone magazine's list of 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time.

Here are some Spotify links:

T. Rex – Planet Queen

T. Rex – Cosmic Dancer

T. Rex – Jeepster

T. Rex – Get It On

And the original Rolling Stone review:

The 40th anniversary Deluxe Edition is out on the 23rd of April, remastered by Visconti and in a variety of formats including a lavish Super-Deluxe box set.

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