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Electric Warrior

T. Rex

1971

Electric Warrior

Album Summary

Electric Warrior is the second studio album by English rock band T. Rex, their sixth since their debut as Tyrannosaurus Rex. The album marked a turning point in the band's sound, moving away from the folk-oriented sound of the group's previous albums and pioneering a more flamboyant, pop-friendly glam rock style.The album reached number one on the UK charts and became the best selling album of 1971. Specifically the single "Get It On" helped promote the album's success and reached the top ten in the US Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. Retitled "Bang a Gong (Get It On)" by the US record company, it also became the band's only North American hit. Electric Warrior has since received acclaim as a pivotal release of the glam rock movement. It had a profound influence on later musicians of different genres.

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Rating

3.56

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5916

Genres

  • Rock
  • Psychedelic Rock
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Wed Jan 20 2021
5

Oh my God. I love everything about this album. Every single song. Best T Rex album hands down. He caught lightning in a bottle here. What a tight little package - so efficient/effective. Cooked to perfection with just the right amount of seasoning in the production. The thing I think I love the most is probably his intonation/phrasing/inflection on nearly every line. So passionate and memorable. Burned into me. Unlike Donovan, Marc Bolan figured out how to transition out of the mystical 60s folk thing and into the sexy ass rock of the 70s. Both a sensitive whimsical dreamer and a rocker with some serious balls. So much catchy joy through it all. Highest caliber pleasure. There might be albums that I like more in one way or another or that mean more to me but I consider this a perfect album. Even the imperfections are perfect. Gotta listen to the expanded and remastered version. Bonus: cult favorites of mine, Flo and Eddie of the Turtles, are on backing vox. I feel they might be the real secret ingredient in making the mix really shine.

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Wed May 05 2021
5

The album that essentially kick-started the U.K. glam rock craze, Electric Warrior completes T. Rex's transformation from hippie folk-rockers into flamboyant avatars of trashy rock & roll. There are a few vestiges of those early days remaining in the acoustic-driven ballads, but Electric Warrior spends most of its time in a swinging, hip-shaking groove powered by Marc Bolan's warm electric guitar. The music recalls not just the catchy simplicity of early rock & roll, but also the implicit sexuality -- except that here, Bolan gleefully hauls it to the surface, singing out loud what was once only communicated through the shimmying beat. He takes obvious delight in turning teenage bubblegum rock into campy sleaze, not to mention filling it with pseudo-psychedelic hippie poetry. In fact, Bolan sounds just as obsessed with the heavens as he does with sex, whether he's singing about spiritual mysticism or begging a flying saucer to take him away. It's all done with the same theatrical flair, but Tony Visconti's spacious, echoing production makes it surprisingly convincing. Still, the real reason Electric Warrior stands the test of time so well -- despite its intended disposability -- is that it revels so freely in its own absurdity and willful lack of substance. Not taking himself at all seriously, Bolan is free to pursue whatever silly wordplay, cosmic fantasies, or non sequitur imagery he feels like; his abandonment of any pretense to art becomes, ironically, a statement in itself. Bolan's lack of pomposity, back-to-basics songwriting, and elaborate theatrics went on to influence everything from hard rock to punk to new wave. But in the end, it's that sense of playfulness, combined with a raft of irresistible hooks, that keeps Electric Warrior such an infectious, invigorating listen today.

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Thu Dec 09 2021
4

J'ai adoré cet album de grande qualité. Petit bemol cependant, le moment où le T-rex dévore sa proie n'était peut-etre pas necessaire, et entâche un peu cet excellent projet. L'enquête continue.

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Thu Dec 09 2021
3

Quel dommage... Alors que la fin de l'album semblait mettre en scène le retour du T-rex auprès de sa famille, les scénaristes ont finalement fait le choix d'une outro des plus cruelles. Le T-rex retourne en effet chez lui mais repart aussitôt chasser un troupeau de tricératops. Il attrape le plus jeune d'entre eux avec ses longues dents et le déchiquette sans le moindre état d'âme devant sa mère. Était-ce vraiment nécessaire ?...

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Sun Feb 07 2021
2

“Electric Warrior” by T-Rex. Never listened to this album. I’m only familiar with their hit “Get It On”, which is good, but kind of canned pop. It was all over the radio in 1971. (Interesting side fact: In the U.S., it was titled “Bang the Gong” to distinguish it from “Get It On” by the American band Chase—a MUCH better song! I strongly urge you to listen to it. Horn virtuosity par excellence!) Anyway, this album is only ‘okay’, in my opinion. Instrumentals lack variety and individual performances are so-so (except Ian McDonald’s great baritone & alto sax work). Drums and bass are mechanical, sans any semblance of creativity. Whoever thought of putting bongos on a country rock setting (“Jeepster”) should be shot. Rick Wakeman is listed as doing backing piano on “Get It On”. Rick Wakeman (later of Yes and much solo work) is a genius. I bet he regrets his cadaverous contribution to this piece of pop. Orchestral background on “Cosmic Dancer” is pallid and derivative. Listen to Moody Blues instead. (Or METALLICA, for God’s sake!) Same with choral backing on “Monolith”. Marc Nolan’s lead vocals are bad. When he doesn’t overdub himself, I feel like I need a chalkboard to scratch in order to drown him out. “Lean Woman Blues” is so far from the blues, it’s yellow. Lyrics are formulaic, lacking depth—kind of like flowered wallpaper. No mystery. No sense. Words seem to be chosen simply for their aural texture (on the generous assumption that they actually thought about it). These lyrics remind me of Bruce Springsteen’s “Blinded by the Light”—ear candy. Production value is primitive, even for 1971. Listening to this album today makes me want to go out and buy me some bubble gum. When I was 16, I probably would have thought it was cool. But then, at that time I was wearing bell-bottomed pants and paisley shirts. 2/5

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Wed Apr 14 2021
5

Grunge rock, sleazy but solid and impressive musically. Like a harder, more visceral Deerhunter. They've definitely influenced plenty bands I listen to. Need to explore more

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Tue Sep 07 2021
3

Thought it was quite good without it Bolan me over.

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Mon Nov 29 2021
3

Yeah, this one's really confusing to me. The composition, production, lead guitar, percussion, effects (especially effects) are all incredible. So slick and yet somehow so raw - ahead of their time, for the time. But I just can't get past the vocals - the guy's voice annoys me so much. The rhythm builds into a verse and you want him to belt, at least hold a god damn note for half a breath, but he does some weak ass affectation instead and ruins what could have been a powerful moment. The lead ascends into some wonderfully engineered break as if anticipating a climax in the arrangement, but the singer just steps in like his day job and follows it with some low energy repeat of the same chorus in the same tone as the last one. But you know, his accent is cool or something. It's not like he can't hold a note (life's a gas utilises his tone just right) or command a stage (rip off shows that)... Which implies he just doesn't want to - or maybe it's the studio effect and I'm feeling his apathy from singing the same song 20 times in a row. Or he fucked up his voice in the preceding years when he could still sing like a lead vocalist. Could he? I don't know him. Whatever it is I can very easily imagine a five star version of this album where each song is recorded with a different vocalist who can actually sing like they fucking mean it. Can't listen to this one unfortunately, despite the fact everything else about it is excellent.

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Fri Sep 03 2021
2

Not bad, but it felt like the songs were always building toward a payoff that never came. It kept climbing slowly up the ladder to the high dive, building anticipation, getting to the edge... and then turning around and just climbing back down. Musical edging with no satisfying release. I want to enjoy this more than I really do.

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Fri Sep 24 2021
2

Confession: first time I'd ever heard "Bang A Gong" it was the Power Station cover, c1985. Since then I've heard the original a few thousand times - it's fine. It's fine. Just like the rest of the album. It's all fine. I suspect if I had been a teenager in 1971 when this came out I'd have loved it - the simple driving beats, 4 chords, accessible and simple melodies. It's just that I've heard it all so many times, and frankly ... I've heard better. I will say that I'd bet these songs would be really good live - ample room for good musicians to jam and expand the sound. It's tough to gauge something that may have been rather ground-breaking for the time which I know a lot of people hold this as, so I allow a little deference there. But.... is/was it so groundbreaking? Are these anything that early Kinks or Stones wouldn't trounce into the ground musically? I read that this is the "beginning of glam rock" but is that actually a genre or because Marc Bolan started wearing glitter? Absolutely nothing bad in here, and might get a knowing nod from me if I heard it out somewhere, but it's like a Ritz cracker with no topping. Oh, if you desperately need something to eat it'll do, but I'd really like some good cheese on top. Or frankly - a better cracker. 4/10 2 stars.

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Tue Feb 09 2021
5

I completely misread what kind of music T. Rex made. This is very chill, super fun guitar driven jams. There's a through-line of vulnerability in the music. I enjoyed this very much.

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Tue Apr 27 2021
5

As in other landmark albums reviewed like 'Nevermind' or 'Rumours', 'Electric Warrior' is a top-of-genre, jewel of the crown of the glam-rock movement and one of best 70s rock efforts

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Sat Oct 02 2021
5

Bolan takes the pop and rock and roll that came before him and makes something that somehow stills sounds and feels futuristic. It’s fun, sexy, sleazy, dirty, funky and gorgeous. An actual peer of Bowie and an antecedent to Prince.

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Sun Jan 17 2021
3

Soft rock, not usually my type. But then heard a song and thought, "So that's who sings this." (Bang a Gong)

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Fri Aug 06 2021
3

Hmm, sounds like the whole thing was recorded at half speed, with the singer whispering in the closet. Guitar was fun and lyrics are entertaining. Sort of a loungey rock and roll for late-night listening.

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Sat Jan 22 2022
3

January 24th 2022. The best of this album IMO: - Not a fan of the voice. Album was okay. Some songs are repetitive. 2.8/5

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Sun Jan 17 2021
2

Realised why I did not pick up on T Rex in the 70’s

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Sun Jan 31 2021
2

I have a hard time writing about music, and this album is a good example. It's cool, I just don't like the music. Do I understand why some people like it? Yes. Do I like it? No. Then how to rate it? 2.

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Fri Apr 16 2021
2

Ok, aber echte Dinosaurier waren schon cooler

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Fri Feb 19 2021
5

S teir glam rock masterpiece

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Thu Oct 29 2020
5

One of my favorite albums, all-time. Top to bottom, it is great. Effortless psych boogie. Sure, The Motivator is just a Bang A Gong part 2, but this is an essential album. If I don't give this 5 stars, I'm not sure there are any 5 star albums.

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Wed Mar 10 2021
5

Very very enjoyable

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Fri Jan 15 2021
5

Fuckin' rocked.

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Wed Jan 27 2021
5

Glam rock masterpiece

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Fri Mar 12 2021
5

Love it, so many great songs I'd heard over the years, esp cosmic dancer

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Sat Jun 05 2021
5

Incredible

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Tue Apr 06 2021
5

mto bom

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Wed Jan 20 2021
5

Ty Segall led me to T. Rex a while back and they quickly became one of my faves. I think this album is a gem.

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Thu Jan 14 2021
5

Classic Trex

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Thu Jan 14 2021
5

Great album, right up my alley. didnt skip a song

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Fri Mar 26 2021
5

One of my favorite albums. A classic!

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Tue Jan 19 2021
5

Life's a Gas, Yeah!

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Sun Jan 31 2021
5

Un disco seminal!!! Me encanta

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Sat May 08 2021
5

Album juz zaslyszany lata temu, ktory po lekturze 20 century boys nie mozna bylo nie sprawdzic co zainspirowalo pana mangowego do referencji w swoim dziele, w ten sposob poznalem t rexa oraz samego Pana Bolana, ktory nie tylko frontuje wokalnie i gitarkowo, ale jest takze mozgiem za tekstowa strona grupy, na tym albumie wszystkie traki sa jego piora, a wyszly kawalki przystepnego rokowania zwanego rowniez glam rockiem, bo wlasnie ten album zapoczatkowal fale glamowania na wyspach, a sam bolan stal sie jego ikona, zapoczatkowal i odszedl gdy byl na szczycie, a wydac ostatni swoj ostatni album pod tytulem dandy in the underworld jeszcze bardziej tworzy magie wokol tej legendy, ale nie sama postac, ale to co stworzyla zostaly, bo jak dla mnie bolanowe wokale sa czesto wyznacznikiem tego jak rokowanie powinno byc spiewane, lecz nie tylko za sprawa wokali ten album jest czyms co nazwalbym przystepnym rokiem, rozwazne wykorzystanie instrumntow nietypowe bongosy czy tamburyny nadaja unikalnego charakteru temu materialowi, jak czesto mam problem z popowymi lirykami i spiewaniu o niczym, tak tutaj pomimo swojej popowosci i belkotliwemu charakterowi nie da sie tego odczuc, nie wpada on rowniez w pulapke mialkosci dzwieku jak to zazwyczaj bywa w muzyce popularnej, ze jeden trak przypomina do zludzenia drugi, na jednym potrafi pokazac smooth gitarkowanie, zeby zaraz szarpac za struny, wykorzystanie studyjnych grajow tez jest w punkt, jak na traku get it on klawisze, ktore przemykaja miedzy riffami tworza wlasnie to cos, na plejce mialem juz mambo sun i monolith, ale dorzuce dodatkowo get it on i rip off

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Fri Jan 22 2021
5

Cosmic Dancer 🕺 Jeepster 👌🏻 Get it on 🙌🏻 Life’s a Gas 😎

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Fri May 28 2021
5

Very familiar with this album. It's really a great intro to T Rex, the simple but earnest lyrics, the kind of silly straight-up rock anthems, and the breadth.

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Wed Feb 24 2021
5

'Fuck yeah' kind of rock music.

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Fri May 07 2021
5

Great album, really fun to listen to, enjoyed every song on it.

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Wed Jul 07 2021
5

Dope album. Would definitely listen again.

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Sun Jun 27 2021
5

Very solid album from legendary group. That's it.

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Mon Aug 16 2021
5

Ну наканецта годноты завезли, я уже заебался дженерик кал слушать. Не слушал тирекса раньше, но предполагаю, что на многих руцке роцкеров он норм так повлиял, особенно ещё вот в эти, квартирничные времена, когда Тсой ещё пел про трамваи, а Майк - про старые раны. Но при этом разница в качестве поразительная (учитывая, что альбом 71го года). В первую очередь, конечно, доставляют ударные (и всё, что вместо них используется). Для кого-то мб будет и перебор, но мне прям зашло, какие они громкие, четкие, выразительные и близкие к слушателю в панораме. Гитары тоже звучат охуенно, четко, сочно, при том что по большей части тут акустика играет, но динамика не проёбывается. Бля, как же охуенно слушается, вот реально тот случай, когда хочется сказать "сейчас такой музыки не делают уже", и когда осознаешь, какие же необратимые увечья индустрии нанесла пресловутая война громкости. Очень нехватает живой динамики, которая просто убивается десятитонной компрессией современного роцка. Но да хуй с ним, народу нравится. Ну и сами песни достаточно годные. Не то чтобы инстант рок-хиты, скорее такие ироничные и харизматичные полубаллады, что мне тоже весьма импонирует. Голос кайфовый у Болана, мотивы запоминаются. Искренне могу поругать только за закрывашку Rip Off - чето тут со звуком не докрутили, звучит тупо сыро и недостаточно динамично, чтоль. Ну в общем негоже самые слабые треки на конец оставлять. А в остальном - да 9/10, на здоровье, классический альбом, классическая обложка, репитить не напряжно.

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Thu Aug 19 2021
5

This album is so good that we feel bad we rate other albums five stars

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Fri Sep 03 2021
5

I can taste the folk origins here, and the thin Glam veneer is actually surprising potent in such a small dose. This is simultaneously the most confident and the most relaxed Glam rock record.

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Tue Sep 21 2021
5

Este sí es un álbum que todo mundo debería escuchar y que relativamente pocos han escuchado. Musicalmente hablando me gusta mucho lo que hace con la guitarra, siendo de los primeros en hacer un "riff" y convertirlo en la base de la canción. Me gusta también el uso de las voces, que no son decoradas o exageradas pero si con melodías que invitan a cantar. Conocí este disco hace unos doce años y desde entonces lo tengo en mi rotación. Honestamente lo demás de T.Rex y de Marc Bolan no me gusta tanto como esto, que siento que es una influencia enorme en mucho de lo que vino en el Rock después.

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Tue Sep 21 2021
5

De esas bandas importantes y a veces muy olvidadas, recuerdo que los mencioné hace tiempo en una de las reseñas (revisando veo que fue con The Auteurs). Pioneros de glam es muy interesante como hay canciones que se notan en sus vertientes tanto con un sonido tipo Bowie como Girl o medio Lou Reed como Life's a Gas... en realidad el sonido clave del glam en toda su expresión, no diría que son sus creadores pero sí quizá quienes en su momento ayudaron a su explosión y haciéndolo de manera magistral. El disco tiene un lugar extremadamente merecido en la lista, no solo por esa importancia histórica, no solo porque la gente conozca de dónde viene la canción de Get It On, sino solamente por ser un disco que destila lo que no veo otra manera que llamarle "rock cool," te llama a ponerlo, relajarte y solo dejarte llevar. Variado, agradable, 40 minutos de puro disfrute setentero.

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Mon Oct 04 2021
5

Bolan's best album

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Tue Oct 05 2021
5

Loved it!

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Tue Oct 12 2021
5

Loved it! Haven’t heard for decades..

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Thu Oct 21 2021
5

A great rock/glam rock album. Bang a Gong sounds like it could be a Black Keys song.

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Mon Nov 15 2021
5

Super cool. Guitar riffs were awesome. Very catchy songs

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Mon Nov 22 2021
5

Superb album. We were cruelly robbed of a fantastic talent. I often think of what wonders he would have given us had he not been tragically killed.

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Tue Jan 11 2022
5

Classic T. Rex album, never gets bored ..would be nice if a few more T. Rex albums are included as well.

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Thu Jan 13 2022
5

My life’s a shadowless horse If I can’t get across to you In the alligator rain - Mambo sun

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Mon Jan 17 2022
5

love love love Cosmic Dancer

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Mon Feb 07 2022
5

Great album! Love it!

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Tue Feb 08 2022
5

Amazing - start to finish - sexy, groovy, fun and just the right length. Some great songs on this one too - Jeepster and of course bang a gong

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Tue Feb 15 2022
5

This is a very cool album. Mambo Sun starts things off great - cool from the first moment. Cosmic Dancer sounds like Bowie (and so does Planet Queen) - I admit I'm not sure who influenced who (whom?). Reading various biographies suggests it was mutual (plus, they both worked with Tony Visconti - heck, Rick Wakeman played with both as well. I also see Ian McDonald was on the album. RIP Ian). Jeepster and Bang a Gong are both classics for good reason. Again, the word that comes to mind over and over is COOL. On my first few listens I thought it was overly repetitive, but on subsequent listens I started to catch the different nuances between songs. Most importantly, I enjoyed the entire album more on every listen. Sounds like a 5 to me.

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Sun Feb 27 2022
5

Stone cold banger

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Mon Feb 28 2022
5

Great! I didn't expect anything different either; T.Rex is one of the greats when it comes to classic rock.

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Fri Mar 04 2022
5

Electric Warrior has to be considered the quintessential Glam Rock album that was hugely influential to many musicians, especially David Bowie. The band's sound evolved from folk-rock to a more electric rock sound. Get It On (Bang A Gong) is one of those songs you seem to hear everywhere, but the rest of the album is solid with just as many memorable songs on it. Definitely essential to any fan of 70's rock, a classic!

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Fri Mar 04 2022
5

Cool sound. First song is a cool groove. Bang a gong.

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Wed Mar 23 2022
5

A true classic

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Thu Mar 31 2022
5

Walks such a fine line between folk stomp and rock

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Fri Apr 08 2022
5

An all-time favourite of mine. A dreamy folkadelic cross between the Beatles and Bowie (Ringo loved them, Bowie's producer Tony Visconti produced it, so it all checks out!)

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Sat Apr 16 2022
5

You can totally tell how this is the beginning of something special. It's interesting to think that this was made in 1971. The arrangements are interesting and mix really well with the vocals. Dreamy and real at the same time.

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Wed Apr 20 2022
5

I love this album!! One of my favorites. Bluesy, sexy, fun.

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Sun Apr 24 2022
5

Best t-rex All the time

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Wed May 04 2022
5

Wonderful album, a classic

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Wed May 04 2022
5

Absolutely loooove this album! The sound of Marc Bolan's voice is so happy to me! Cosmic Dancer is an old favourite and an absolutely beautiful song, I would be absolutely made up if I'd written something that incredible. Get it on is an absolute BOP and this entire album is wonderfully feel-good.

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Thu May 12 2022
5

Pues muy chulo.

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Thu May 12 2022
5

Glam rock. Un megahit. Vinilo.

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Tue May 24 2022
5

This is the T. Rex you're looking for. The number of classic albums released in both 1971 (and 1972) is simply staggering. I somehow ran 5 miles while listening to this (in the interest of full disclosure, it was the expanded version, I needed the extra padding those bonus songs provided to get to 5 miles). T. Rex should have soared into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame on this album alone.

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Fri Jun 17 2022
5

"Bang a Gong" has been a favorite song of mine for around 40 years. I still love it and have never really been bored by it. I'm sure I've heard a couple of other tunes from them in that time but I sure can't think of any names. None of the other tracks on this album ring any bells. So it looks like this will be largely a new listening experience. I've discovered yet another album worthy of the one hit off it that I'm intimately familiar with. There's a good bit of "Bang a Gong" style music that I really loved ("Mambo Sun", "Jeepster", "The Motivator" to name a few), but the surprise was the presence of a softer side of T-Rex. "Cosmic Dancer" is a string-filled, beautiful song that I fell instantly in love with. "Monolith" marches along accompanied by a lovely choir, while "Life's a Gas" is really touching. Great album!

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Mon Jun 27 2022
5

Is this album objectively a perfect record? No, I will admit that. But I don't care, this album came to me nearly a decade ago, right when I was really getting into music and the art of listening to entire albums, and it has stayed with me the whole time. I'm still impressed by certain songs like "Monolith" and "Life's A Gas" and the real emotions I feel listening to them. Not perfect, but to me, it's a damn classic.

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Wed Jul 13 2022
5

Beat Mambo Sun. Jeepster para Moom. Vocal Monolith. Get It On tem uma boa levada. Hot Love - A Side tem uma levada ótima também. The King of The Mountain tem um turiru tal tal legal.

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Fri Jul 15 2022
5

A quintessential hammock-lounging album. Even though it kicked off the Glam Rock scene, it still has a sound unlike anything else and questions what road Glam could have went down if everyone mellowed out instead of hamming it up.

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Wed Jul 20 2022
5

Vraiment adoré, je vais écouter à nouveau.

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Sun Jul 24 2022
5

First and foremost, it's got a damn good sound. The album is just a joy to the ears, a pleasure to listen to. 'Get it On' is obviously great, but the whole album feels amazingly packaged. Great guitarwork, great vocals, great production to make everything feel cohesive even when the vibes may be completely different, like when you move from 'Lean Woman Blues' to 'Get it On.' Leaves you wanting more, which is both a good and bad thing. I feel like an album should be a complete experience, with a climax and a resolution, like a story, but there's something to be said about an album that makes you want to listen to it again immediately. And that's the feeling 'Electric Warrior' left me with.

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Tue Jul 26 2022
5

Le daría 1000 estrellas.

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Thu Aug 04 2022
5

A fabulous album. Already on my favourite list but always worth a prompt to listen again.

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Sat Aug 13 2022
5

This album was an early glam rock statement piece. It features crunchy grooves and was a lot of fun to listen to. Marc Bolan has a very unique sound which makes T Rex instantly recognizable in their post folk glam form. This album influenced everyone Bowie, to the Cure and that reason alone gets it a 5 of 5. But simply put, it’s just a phenomenal album

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Wed Aug 17 2022
5

My favorite glam rock album ever, and that's not an understatement considering how much I love Roxy Music and Bowie. In a lot of ways reminds me of what The Clash would do with London Calling. Bolan takes all these different styles, from blues ("Lean Woman Blues"), rockabilly ("Jeepster"), doo-wop ("Monolith"), jazz, baroque pop ("Cosmic Dancer"), gospel ("Bang a Gong"), and folk ("Girl") among others, and twists them to create this unique cool rock style that is kept interesting and exciting in each track. I adore his songwriting style: heart-spoken lyrics sung with confidence and in short segments to this mysterious girl. The highlight is definitely Bolan as the vocalist (even his grunts are awesome) and guitarist (really draws your attention), but there's something unique to love about every track, from the back vocals to the variety of instruments (they use congos, bongos, strings, and even a flugelhorn in "Girl"). The flow is perfect, starting off with really strong tracks, putting their massive hit in the middle, and closing off with the shocking out-of-nowhere proto-punk "Rip Off" featuring Ian McDonald on sax, reminding me of a Kurt Cobain stunt on In Utero. Even the bonus tracks are incredible and worth the listen. (I just wish they didn't put "Planet Queen" again.) It's also super influential for its time. Coming out before even Hunky Dory, this was a style of rock that was like nothing else of the era. This "back-to-basics" approach would influence other glam rock and proto-punk acts that would serve as the inspiration for the whole punk and alt-rock movements. I've once called T Rex the indie rock band from the 70s, and I'll say it again here, cause they really could have released this 25 years later and fit in with the crowd. This is a record I put on often to increase my mood.

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Fri Aug 19 2022
5

9.1

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Mon Sep 19 2022
5

All the pomp and pageantry of the glam movement would have been consigned to relative anonymity and/or historical curiosity had Marc Bolan’s songwriting not been so damn good. And it is. An absolute masterpiece which moved rock music forward about twenty years in one fell swoop. Camp and flamboyant without feeling dated, this record attains the timeless status of all classic albums in a genre whose silliness often resists such classification. One of the easiest 5 star ratings I’ll give out.

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Tue Sep 27 2022
5

Raw and soulful. An absolutely perfect little time capsule of psychadelia-infused blues rock from 1971. Love it.

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Tue Oct 18 2022
5

Love the production, love the guitar, love the vocals. It’s just a great sounding record.

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Tue Oct 18 2022
5

Marc Bolan was way ahead of his time and sadly departed way too young. You can hear the imprint of this band and this album in particular on so many bands and genres, I think it still sounds fresh today and songs like Mambo Sun could be released today. Great stuff.

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Sat Oct 29 2022
5

An incredible album from start to finish with heart, soul and gripping guitar work

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Sat Oct 29 2022
5

Exceptional album, no skips

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Sun Nov 13 2022
5

This record sounded like my nan scraping sawdust out of her fanny with a rusty spoon. In a good way.

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Thu Nov 17 2022
5

This was fun and unexpected. A nice combo of rock, blues and funk - reminded me of the bar crawl we did on Beale Street in Memphis back in the day. Bang a Gong plus so much more - good times!

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Tue Nov 29 2022
5

Oddly enough, I was quite into 'My People Were Fair...' before hearing any T. Rex material aside from 'Get It On' (which I didn't know was T. Rex at the time). Once I learned that Tyrannosaurus Rex became T. Rex, I checked out what I could (before I had a streaming subscription) on Youtube. I was really unimpressed and left it behind. I gave this album another try 10 or so years later, and while I warmed up a bit to it, I didn't get through the whole album. Fast forward to now, and I really love this project because I'm forced to get all the way through albums, for better or for worse. And what do you know...I loved this. I just hopped aboard the groove train for 40 minutes and jumped right back in for more. Such a great mix of rock n roll, blues, soul, with spashes of strings and horns perfectly placed. The low end, which the guitar is often part of, is a precise, chugging, tight foundation straight through the rockers. The ballads have the feel of soundscapes that you get lost in, with Bolan's weird, warbling vibrato floating on top. I love how a lot of this a throwback to early rock n roll, with these songs adding elements that take the sound in a different direction. 'Monolith' is a good example of this with the effected guitar lick over the old style backing ooo-ooo's. An album I've overlooked in the past, I will be coming back to this one.

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Wed Nov 30 2022
5

Glam rock at its best. Mambo Sun starts things with a greasy groovy riff. It's the best song on the album but there is really little drop off and there is not a dud on the album, unless I was being hyper picky and hen I could say I might skip Lean Woman Blues, easily done since it closes side 1. A 5 star album that belongs in every collection.

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Thu Dec 01 2022
5

Personal opinion: *The Slider* is T. Rex's best LP. *Another* personal opinion: *Electric Warrior* also deserves to be included in a list of essential listens, and not only because it's this band's most famous album. The varied moods and textures explored on this one mark a milestone in Bolan's trajectory. Plus, it's got "Get It On", the proverbial cream of the cake that makes this record *another* masterpiece. Number of albums left to review: 722 Number of albums from the list I find relevant enough to be mandatory listens: 136 (including this one) Albums from the list I *might* include in mine later on: 67 Albums from the list I will certainly *not* include in mine (many others are more important): 76

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Sun Dec 25 2022
5

incredible rock album really special stuff 10/10

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Mon Jan 02 2023
5

I really enjoyed the vibe of the music

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Sun Jan 22 2023
5

Fun and sexy and funky. There's a reason Bowie was in love with Bolan.

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Thu Jan 26 2023
5

Start to finish, this is awesome. Great variety on this one to keep things interesting. It’s pop, it’s psychedelic, it’s rock, it’s bluesy, it’s fucking great. Marc Bolan is a top tier front man, there’s nothing here I don’t love. It’s an easy 5 from me.

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Thu Jun 03 2021
4

Pop personified…. This is just rockin rollin melodies!

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Wed Oct 07 2020
4

Something i guess what Black Keys tries to execute and lot of indie folk-rock/bedroom bands as well. But this guy’s sound seems too personal when it comes to cadence. I love it, its heavyy and heaven-sent. The glam isn’t being shined but its all spilled in pretty dark matter. album is fuckin splendid

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