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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

Votes

4865

Genres

  • Rock
  • Psychedelic Rock
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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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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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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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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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“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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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2

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

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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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Ok, aber echte Dinosaurier waren schon cooler

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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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5

S teir glam rock masterpiece

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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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5

Very very enjoyable

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5

Fuckin' rocked.

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5

Glam rock masterpiece

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5

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

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5

Incredible

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5

mto bom

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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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5

Classic Trex

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5

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

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5

One of my favorite albums. A classic!

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5

Life's a Gas, Yeah!

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5

Un disco seminal!!! Me encanta

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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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5

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

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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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5

'Fuck yeah' kind of rock music.

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5

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

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5

Dope album. Would definitely listen again.

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5

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

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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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5

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

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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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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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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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5

Bolan's best album

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5

Loved it!

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5

Loved it! Haven’t heard for decades..

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5

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

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5

Super cool. Guitar riffs were awesome. Very catchy songs

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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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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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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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5

love love love Cosmic Dancer

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5

Great album! Love it!

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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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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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5

Stone cold banger

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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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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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5

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

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5

A true classic

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5

Walks such a fine line between folk stomp and rock

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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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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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5

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

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5

Best t-rex All the time

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5

Wonderful album, a classic

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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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5

Pues muy chulo.

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5

Glam rock. Un megahit. Vinilo.

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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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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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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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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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5

Vraiment adoré, je vais écouter à nouveau.

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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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5

Le daría 1000 estrellas.

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5

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

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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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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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5

9.1

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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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5

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

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4

Pop personified…. This is just rockin rollin melodies!

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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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4

Nice

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4

Pretty good overall. Last song had some questionable lyrics which makes me wonder if the rest did too and I wasnt paying attention

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4

Fedt album. Kunne måske godt vokse på en med lidt flere gennemlytninger. Rocket stil

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4

T. Rex rules.

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4

Funky I liked the Robinson squash song

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4

Fun, Funky garage rock. I'm glad this was the first album. Off to a great start.

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This album is very nice. I reminds me of my great uncle Ken just vibing to this one that on the dance floor at my wedding. T Rex is ultimate glam-pop-pre-punk-pre-grunge radness

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4

Bursting with energy, potential, and charm. It seems like something I should looove, but it's missing something, so I merely like it a whole lot. Nice mix of riffy rock and introspective ballads, balancing a tension that's at one laidback and yet maintains an urgent glammy ethos.

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4

Released three weeks after I was, this album is feeling its age as much as I am these days. It sounds dated, it is very seventies with no mistaking. I've always been a fan, my older sister's fault. An entire album of this might be going too far though, I could have done with a couple of tracks less. Still, a good listen.

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4

good style, bang a gong is fantastic but rest aren't as catchy

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4

Also very fun, very 70s. Good vibes and catchy lines.

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4

Really interesting vibe, hard to even classify the genre, but all the songs are quite good.

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4

will def listen again, Liked the vocals, funky guitars and the psychedelic vibe some songs were like soft rock genre

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4

Came out the year I was born. Again, minimal filler, every song hitting distinctly. As a rock fan it took me a ridiculously long time to get into T. Rex

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4

the sound mixing is very good, it's pleasant and catchy music. Perfect for a roadtrip. Great Pop-Rock! I really like the arrangements - Each Instrument and the singing get their parts while the groove is playing on in. The use of stereo audio is not the beatles level of having only certain instruments per ear but its more balanced.

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4

Mambo Sun is the same tune as Like You in the jungle book. A funky folk rock vibe, I dig it. I forgot about the song get it on! I didn’t know it was by them.

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Having only known "Get It On" this was a great listen to get more into T.Rex. Good poppy rock, with some catchy tunes. Highlights: -Cosmic Dancer -Get it On -Life's a Gas -Hot Love

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4

Clear connection to the blues and a fun pop around.

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4

I’ve never really given T.Rex a run, but should’ve Cos that’s some good shit right there

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4

Real groovy, like it a lot.

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well, that was some t. rex for sure. i have the opposite of a soft spot in my heard for Get It On, because i hated the Power Station cover, and it was all over V66 back in the day, and i could not escape it. but man, they were something, huh?

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4

Lovely jubbly. A proper piece of 'origins of rock'

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4

🦖🦖🦖🦖 4 Dinosaurs out 5

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4

Great album. It's a fun vibe all the way through. I've revisited it many times over the years

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4

Marvellous! Very nostalgic for me. The days when we bought and really listened to whole albums. I think Marc Bolan's music might have evolved interestingly had he not died so young.

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4

☆☆☆☆

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4

I listened to this on my Bose headphones (MC says they blow) on the way to the coffeshop yesterday and was reminded that when I first heard the full album as a teenager, I was amazed by the production. I'm not sure what it was: the falsetto backup vocals, the strings, the sax, the full-time conga player maybe? It's a great headphone tester. The psychedelic, fairytale lyrics wouldn't cut it today, but the music sounds as fresh as it did 50 years ago, and many of the songs are classics.

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4

I was already familiar with the hits on this, and enjoyed most of the other songs on the album.

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4

Toe tappers

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4

Easy listening

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4

Great rock n roll. Remembered the hits “Jeepster” and “Bang a Gong” from my college days where they were in regular rotation on the campus radio Classic Rock Show. I own the album from back then, but don’t recall ever playing it. Really like “Lean Woman Blues” very much in the Brit blues style of that era (eg John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers). Rest of it super solid.

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4

Released three weeks after I was, this album is feeling its age as much as I am these days. It sounds dated, it is very seventies with no mistaking. I've always been a fan, my older sister's fault. An entire album of this might be going too far though, I could have done with a couple of tracks less. Still, a good listen.

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4

Some fairly generic glam rock tracks, but also some really lovely sweeping orchestral pieces. Original track listing is just the right length, will definitely listen again

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4

What a good gateway from blues rock into alt. rock. A very solid album all the way through. Simple and still sophisticated

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4

Really thought I submitted this review but apparently I didn't? Either way, would listen again. Pleasantly surprised at how much I dug this album.

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4

Интересный стиль, некоторые треки больше раздражают.

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4

Really good album. Some songs reminded me a bit of Science Fiction Double Feature in Rocky Horror. Overall, really enjoyed it.

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Dette likte jeg! Føltes ut som jeg hadde hørt mange av sangene før selv om jeg tror jeg ikke har det, litt sånn deja vu. Liker særlig godt stemmen til vokalisten, go gitar-spillinga (er det en gitarsoloen på cosmic dancer spilt inn baklengs??). I motsetning til en av de andre albumene vi har hatt syntes jeg de tregere låtene her var vel så gode som de raskere, med Monolith og Cosmic Dancer som to av høydepunktene.

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4

This Glam Rock album was extremely fun to listen to. Supposedly this album influenced a decades worth of Glam Rock and Rock & Roll music in Britain after it was released, so it's an important piece of music history.

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4

I really liked a lot of this album. Some of the songs were familiar, and a lot of other ones were fun first listens. I enjoyed listening to Electric Warrior.

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4

A lovely, energetic slice of glam rock.

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4

Really enjoyed this album. "Get It On" has always been a fun song, but the whole album is a pretty easy listen.

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4

so good

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4

I kind of get "The Beatles" mixed with a little David Bowie vibe from this band. Very reminiscent of early British rock. Had a couple of bangers, I didn't realize T. Rex wrote "Bang a Gong".

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overall thoughts: got some BANGERS on here. on the last track I was like alright last one lesgooo but daaamn Rip Off might be my fave one. def a couple tracks I can come back to, i like the dude's raspy-growl thing he got when he sings. very classic rock. not a bad track on here but I did think some of the lyrics on like 2 songs were kinda ehhh. overall, some great rock. also bongos. 4/5. fave tracks: Jeepster, bang a gong, life's a gas, rip off 🔥

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4

Lots of filler songs, but get it on is a great song. I liked the style of music generally but many of the songs ended up sounding the same

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4

Really great classic rock album and the beginning of glam. ‘Get It On’ and ‘Cosmic Dancer’ are classics.

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4

Classic

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4

Mean as stuff brutha

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4

Surprisingly excellent, especially Cosmic Dancer, oml

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4

This is a great album. I discovered within the last few years and everytime I put it on I feel both nostalgic and fresh as the music is really timeless. One of my favorite "discoveries" 4.5 stars

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4

Kinda has a funkier Rolling Stones vibe. Pretty solid

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4

Great one, I had never heard it though I was familiar with T Rex work, I like it, it sounds influential AF.

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4

A classic.

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4

T. Rex definitely paved the way for UK glam rock and I am forever grateful for it. What a pleasant listening experience!

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4

Marc Bolan was a master of cool guitar tones and chugging rhythms and this album is a shining example of all that. A wild songwriter and a killer glam showman, and a band that plays fast and loose. Just a feel good record overall.

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4

Get It On! Enjoyed it.

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4

Makes me wonder how big T Rex could have been if not for Marc Bolan’s untimely death

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4

Some well known jams, generally good music. Didn't like the vocals as much, felt like they were mixed too low, and didn't stand out much.

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4

Excellent.

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4

Oh Boy Marc and Tony Visconti at their creative heights. Just love this move from Psychedelia to Glam you can hear Bolan moving as you play this he was a fame Junkie and was much loved for sure. Musically the transition from The 60's peace love and understanding to the Anarchic Punk of 75+ can be traced through the Glam of Bolan Bowie et-al. (And of course onward to the New Romantics who where Glam + Thatcherite values!) The poetry of Cosmic Dancer and the pure pop of Get It On and Jeepster make this a worthwhile listen alone. Love the horns on Girl remind of Billy Braggs arrangement of horns on some of his tracks.

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4

Soft 4 stars. What’s really holding this back is the length. If they cut about 3 songs it would be better. Just too repetitive. But overall a good listen

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4

Very T Rexy. Surprised by the amount of classic blues in there. Brilliantly produced and decent span of styles.

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4

it may sound dated, but this is the album that influenced 80s and 90s rock and is still influential today.

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4.5 + Simply the sexiest glam rock there is. So many bops on this record that have held up - my three year old and I can agree on that point. And "Cosmic Dancer" is just such a strange and haunting track that always seems to stop me in my tracks.

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4

The origin of glam rock - it's a gas! Fave track - I mean, it's gotta be "Get it On" really. "Cosmic Dancer" is great too...

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4

This must have been so influrntial

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4

Was OK music, just didn't fit my current mood. Maybe on a later listen I might enjoy it more

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4

Get it on top nummer. Toffe rock

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4

Piacevole. Ritmi simpatici e molto orecchiabili. Mi è piaciuta molto cosmic dancer.

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4

Really fun, vibey rock and roll

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This is a fun pop record. I did not realize T. Rex had been around since1971 let alone the 1960s! Mambo Sun is a very subtle intro to the album. But a fun vibe is created with it and the album does take a mellow tone in its early tracks. Bang a Gong is still great. I see why people like these guys. There's a real Bowie sound too. I like it all.

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4

Oi what the hell. This is actually pretty good. T. Rex is a band I've always known of, but never actually listened to. Sure, there were familiar tunes here, and I'm sure I'd recognize some of their other songs, but I never could've placed them, probably. This album has groove. It's got thump. I like it.

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J'ai coché quasiment la moitié de l'album... Alors peut être parce qu'elles se ressemblent toutes mais bon c'est de la bonne came : Mambo Sun Cosmic Dancer (tres bien) Jeepster Monolith Lean Woman Blues Get it on (chef d'oeuvre) Planet queen The motivator Hot Love ( génial) Dommage que ce soit pas l'album de 20th. century boy sinon ça prenait 5 étoiles

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Yes, we can boogie.

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4

Very impressive. You can hear glam rock finding a voice track by track. Cosmic Dancer is so hypnotizing, I had to listen a couple more times after the album was done.

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4

Classic Rock, a bit more mellow. Definitely reminds me of the 1970's. I've been digging classic rock lately, so this album works well for me. Much better than Butthole Surfers.

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Blues rock. Muy bueno.

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Cool music. Sounds like early Beatles mixed with Bowie. Good cruising music

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Yes!

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4

mola

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Pretty good

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Hier bedienten sich also Foxygen und Devandra Banhart wohl auch ausgiebig. Stroke of British Rock‘n‘Roll Genius 4.1

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1971. Get It On. Cosmic Dancer, Jeepster

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Good stuff, surprised with such sounds from the 70s!

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Melodic, simple-but-sexy guitar rock. Not sure what the X Factor is, but Bolan had it.

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4.5

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Great classic album, no bad tracks. Gave it 4 instead of 5 because some of the songs sound fairly similar.

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4

Weird in a delightful way. Rewards multiple listens. I love the sound of this band. Best track: Cosmic Dancer

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I was familiar with T. Rex in name only prior to this. Well, and I knew the song Bang a Gong (Get It On), but I wouldn't have been able to put a name/artist to the song before. I loved this album! Glam rock perfection. I've already revisited songs, and I'm sure I'll listen to more from them. Marc Bolan WAS T.Rex, and was so influential on many of the artists I grew up listening to (the Smith's being a major one). I listened to the Expanded and Remastered version on Spotify, but did skip about halfway through the interview track. The Wiki page was interesting- almost all the band members died from reasons other than natural causes - Bolan in a car accident (girlfriend driving, she survived) right before he turned 30. Another member died of asphyxiation from a cocktail cherry, another in a car accident. Lots of times, that one song you know from a band is the only good one. But if you're like me and only know Bang a Gong, T. Rex has a lot more to offer. They're worth the listen.

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It's just a classic, isn't it? Glamorous, rocking and strangely, very English.

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So much of this list is about pioneering a genre. If you don't know the history and are only going on sound, sometimes you just won't get it. That being said, I enjoyed the sound from the get go. Mambo Sun was super cool, and I immediately noticed how it took some of the 60's pop rock I know (Strawberry Alarm Clock, Donovan, etc.) and brought it into a new harder rock light. Now knowing this is the first true glam rock album, I can also see why so many of the sounds seem to be echoed in later releases. Mambo Sun feels like it has been reimagined in modern rock by bands like the Black Keys (the Brothers album). Cosmic Dancer and Planet Queen sound like they would be inspiration to Bowie - both in the sound (pseudo acoustic with complicated electric and multi-instrumental layers) and in the spacey fictional lyrics. Ditto for Monolith, except it has less of the acoustic sound. Jeepster and Get it On (really the whole album) sounds like it fueled bands & songs like Sweet & Ballroom Blitz. Given that I only knew Get it On coming in (a stone cold classic; loved it since I first heard it around 8 years old), this was a great new listening experience.

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It's weird that this is the album that came up. The big sone from it, "Get It On" has a number of people on it who I enjoy. One of whom passed away the other day, Ian McDonald. That song in and of itself, is almost enough to buy the album. It is perfectly positioned, unlike "Bridge Over Troubled Water", which is right at the beginning of the album. This is right in the middle, so you have to listen to a good deal of the album, which is pretty good glam rock. He really gives a lot of sex appeal to those songs. They smolder a LOT. But it's "Get It On" that really sells it, without it, the album just doesn't go as far for me. It's funny how that one song does that, isn't it? Definitely something I will be going back to.

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4

Damn good glam rock with a couple of amazing songs sprinkled throughout

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4

This had enough good tracks to drag it up a star but very hit and miss.

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Classic rock

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4

Was pretty good

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4

Good album not great

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Muy bueno

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It's odd how T Rex almost sound like a parody at times of the very genre that they embody. Still, it's all glorious fun.

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Mér finnst það fáránleg tilhugsun að Bolan og Bowie hafi einhvern tímann verið taldir jafningjar, eða Bolan betri (gisp!), en þetta er mjög flott plata. Sum lögin eru hreint út sagt ótrúlega góð, en vissulega filler inn á milli.

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I've had this CD in my collection for a while now. It's not a favorite of mine, but it's a classic album everybody should hear at least once. Solid, consistent album overall. This is top-tier glam rock!

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Yeah, great band, great sound!

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Now synonymous with the birth of glam-rock, "Electric Warrior" was derided by fans of the band at the time of release. Bolan had sold out! He'd gone pop! There was no substance to this! And he was DANCING! People could (and can) say whatever they like, but the bottom line is that this has always been an immediate, hooky album: I can't imagine listening without bopping along. Sometimes, a sell-out can still be fun and it might even be ludicrously influential on generations of musicians. Lyrically, Bolan has not lost his whimsical edge from "A Beard of Stars" and beyond: there are allusions to the universe in someone's hair, planets and stars, shadowless horses, alligator rain... it's all still there. It's the sheen of slick, electric guitar parts, conventional chord progressions and poppy hooks which marks the biggest departure from Bolan's earlier work, but it all pays off in a wonderful package of glam rock. "Bang a Gong (Get it On)" is of course the big hitter here, and it's wonderful, a glam piece-de-resistance. Fifty years on, it's still one of the sexiest songs around (certainly that Rick Wakeman ever added his keys to). "Jeepster" and "Mambo Sun" are also highlights. My only fault with this album- and blocking it from the full five stars- is its slightly repetitive nature, as though there were four or so tracks that fit the band's glam mould and they were essentially rehashed. "The Motivator" is a wholesale remake of "Bang a Gong", and "Planet Queen" is very close to "Mambo Sun". I adore both "Girl" and "Life's a Gas", but there's no denying they're very similar in arrangement and tone. More material like "Rip Off"- the most idiosyncratic track here with its shouted verses and rising sung-through bridge- would have helped elevate the album even further. Final personal note that will always leave a special place in my heart for "Electric Warrior": when I left home for the last time, my dad drove me to my first flat with this album playing. "Cosmic Dancer" playing as we went through the mountains at sunset will be forever etched in my memory.

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4

More bluesy and versatile than I was expecting

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j'ai cru que c'était les mêmes dinosaures que ceux qu'on avait déjà écouté et j'étais donc très rebutée à l'idée d'écouter cet album alors qu'en fait non c'était bien 👍

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4

very good album, unique vibe, interesting instruments and awesome vocals, deserved 4

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4

Fun and cool. I did like the other T-rex album better I think, but there are some tracks on here I will return to

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4

Muito bom.

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4

Many songs sound similar, but definitely a classic

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I really liked this album! there's the one super famous song, but the lesser known ones were really good too.

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I liked it, an album that feels like The Beatles meet Bowie which is a pretty good mix. Features the classic Bang a Gong but other tracks like Mambo Sun, Monolith and then Cosmic Dancer that just linger in my noggin.

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4

On previous list.

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4

Really enjoyable album, quintessential T.Rex sound but tracks don't get boring. Plenty of hits too.

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4

The first ever glam rock record definitely deserves a nod of acknowledgment. Strangely enough, I’ve heard so many of these songs already and didn’t know it. Love that.

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4

Really great. Especially liked King of the Mountain Cometh, Woodland Rock, Get It On and Cosmic Dancer, very solid 4

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