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The Slider

T. Rex

1972

The Slider

Album Summary

The Slider is a 1972 album by Marc Bolan's band T. Rex, the seventh since their debut as Tyrannosaurus Rex in 1968, and the third under the name T. Rex. It was released on 21 July by record labels EMI and Reprise. Two singles, "Telegram Sam" and "Metal Guru", were released to promote the album. The Slider received acclaim from critics, and reached number 4 in the UK charts and number 17 in the US.

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3.28

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5829

Genres

  • Rock
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Sat Apr 10 2021
5

4.7 - Have loved Cosmic Warrior since I first heard it and love this one maybe even more. Wonderful glam rock, which I love, without the more do-woppy elements of CW that I don't prefer. On initial listen, I'm hearing no weak moments. Just an upbeat, fun and stylish record from beginning to end. Lush orchestrations, shimmery guitar, solid fills and solos, sexy sneering attitude.

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Thu May 27 2021
5

Heard this more times than the national anthem. This album feels like a close friend. Every track is energetic, catchy, and GREAT.

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Sun Sep 19 2021
5

This is such a fun album, a favorite from one of my favorite bands. The Slider probably is the quintessential expression of Marc Bolan's vision as an artist. This is his moment musically, and he would never quite capture it again. The sound of the album is distinctive, full of great, glammy, hooky songs. It’s good old fashioned sexpot rock and roll embellished with the loveliest string arrangements and some killer guitars. T. Rex has a true pop sensibility while also being unabashedly strange, building on Bolan's origins in psychedelic music. The band moves effortlessly from ethereal to full on rocker mode. They've got songs that pull at your heartstrings and songs you want to crank the volume on and just rock out to. You can hear all the little tendrils that grew out of this music and ended up seeding everything that came after it for many years, from heavy metal to post punk and indie. As a front man, Bolan is confident, puckish and sexy, but he’s also unafraid to show his vulnerability. His vocal delivery is all at once quirky, heartfelt and expressive. The lyrics run the gambit from fanciful to achingly sad and are best enjoyed if you don't over analyze them. Fave Songs: Main Man, Telegram Sam, Ballrooms of Mars, Rabbit Fighter, Buick McCane

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Tue Nov 30 2021
5

Totally unfamiliar with this band. Album extremely listenable. I’m really impressed with this. Like the Kansas City reference in Baby Boomerang.

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Tue Jan 18 2022
5

T Rex is consistently good throughout Bolan's all too brief career. This is easily my second favorite T Rex album, just a smidgen behind "Electric Warrior." Every song is so enjoyable and they all mesh well together. He makes rock and roll sound so fun and inviting. Doesn't take itself too seriously but at the same time feels very genuine and heartfelt. Lighthearted perhaps, but by no means "lightweight." The songs still manage to resonate emotionally without getting too down or sorry for themselves; something people tend to equate with "serious" music. "The Slider," by contrast, is a nimble celebration of life and is a joy to listen to in that regard. I think it's an absolutely valid take, which is often overlooked artistically for some reason. I guess most people, or perhaps critics, would rather stew in their own heartache and misery? Not me, give me T Rex any day.

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Fri Mar 19 2021
4

Always here about t-rex in reference to Bowie. I can see why. Feels very fresh from track one. Real classics jump right out at you, and this one does. I have yet to know a song, but they all feel familiar. It's very obvious how this influenced decades of pop and rock.

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Fri Jul 16 2021
2

Mysticism and pop can be a perfectly fine combination. Sometimes a perfect one. But it can quickly turn turgid if the artist gets dumb about transcendence being antithetical to pop. Suddenly, they think tempo, vibrancy, structure and precision are the enemy. Weird, huh? I mean, two years previous to The Slider, Moondance proved for a whole album that there's little more spiritually elevating than perfect songform. Not that Bolan doesn't get it right some of the time here. Metal Guru and Telegram Sam for example. Some more than fleeting moments elsewhere. But then he reveals himself as the easily distracted type, quick to get his head turned by all the 60s psychedelia signified by that silly hat. If he was alive today, he'd be a shortsighted England fan, riding the wave of the Euros success one second, crying for change (probably in the shape of Jude Belligham or Jack Grealish) the next. Haranguing Southgate, the pop maestro, for exercising too much control, for trying to be too perfect, for not *letting loose*. Taking risks. Running free. All of which must leave Southgate, folder brimming with meticulously orchestrated scores tucked under his arm, utterly perplexed.

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Fri Jan 22 2021
5

great album, added like half of the songs to my playlist

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Fri May 07 2021
5

Amazing glam rock, the title track is a mellow beautiful song. Start to finish, amazing songs

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Fri May 07 2021
5

Beautiful rock album, sending it back almost 50 years yeeshhh

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Thu Oct 14 2021
5

Great! Liked it

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Tue Nov 16 2021
5

The Glitter Pixie at his best here. His transformation from Mod to Glitter King (Via Hippydom) was almost complete here. Lovely album stand outs of course are "Metal Guru" & "Telegram Sam" Definitely worth a listen if you have never heard of Marc Feld!

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Mon Dec 13 2021
5

I love me some 70s Glam Rock

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Sat Jan 30 2021
3

sommige nummers waren echt bangers buick mccane was echt nice maar algemene album niet mijn ding

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Mon May 16 2022
3

The counter-movement of intellectual rock, which in turn were the antithesis of progressive rock of those years. It has a slight trash factor (6/10). FT: Rock On

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Tue Jun 21 2022
3

Individually I like a lot of this. As an album it drags and meanders too much for me.

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Thu Jun 24 2021
5

Hits the spot

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Sun Mar 07 2021
5

sem t rex nao teria bowie nao teria nada

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Mon Apr 19 2021
5

Buen álbum

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Tue Apr 13 2021
5

Love this album

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Mon Jul 05 2021
5

Five stars

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Tue Nov 16 2021
5

Love me some Marc Bolan

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Tue Jan 18 2022
5

Yeah, great jams all the way through.

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Tue Jan 18 2022
5

In my mind The Slider was always a little bit weaker than Electric Warrior, but after listening to both albums I think they are equally good. Perhaps you need to know the Tyrannosaurus Rex albums or the first T.Rex album (which is also great) in order to realize this: but they are both *universally* good (not just within their own genre).

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Mon Feb 14 2022
5

This album oozes style. Sounds WAY ahead of its time; parts of this sound just like a lot of 21st century indie rock. Other parts felt very glam of course. I was charmed

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Tue Feb 22 2022
5

I only knew T.Rex by name, never listened to it before. With that being said, I felt completely in love this album! Every track is great! Doing some research I found that T.Rex was a seminal band that had influence on a lot of other musicians. I think this album had a lot of influence on Bowie. Ballrooms Of Mars, for example, reminded me A LOT of the Ziggy Stardust era. Favorite tracks: * Buick Mackane * Metal Guru * Ballrooms Of Mars

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Tue Mar 08 2022
5

Yep, that's a good one

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Fri Apr 29 2022
5

Very cool!

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Sun May 08 2022
5

Since all I've listened to before was Cosmic Dancer, I can call The Slider my first T.Rex experience. Well, the album is extremely easy to dive into. The songs are catchy, but not primitive. Actually, it feels like something I've been listening to for years. Great album!

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Mon May 23 2022
5

For a while there, I thought that T-Rex kept recycling three songs, which is appealing but repetitive. Then they started breaking out on the second side. Chariot Choogle is a much fun as the title suggests. Great album.

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Thu May 26 2022
5

Very enjoyable rock n roll

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Wed Aug 17 2022
5

Solid rock album start to end.

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Tue Aug 23 2022
5

Classic

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Sat Sep 03 2022
5

A band that doesn’t get enough credit for influencing so many great bands. Mark Boland had it ALL!

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Tue Sep 06 2022
5

Brilliance

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Tue Sep 06 2022
5

El antecedente de bowie 💚

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Tue Sep 13 2022
5

Very good I liked how this sounds

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Wed Oct 12 2022
5

A great album from a great band, T. Rex is glammy and loud as hell, but it isn't afraid to be experimental and take a lot of risks occasionally. This album, with its mix of folk, glam rock, early heavy metal and space music, is a great proof of the band's creativity.

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Mon Nov 14 2022
5

Own this on vinyl and never get tired of it. The variety, honesty and creativity of the songs, and general grooviness make it timeless for me. Buick Mackane is a straight-up banger

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Fri Dec 02 2022
5

т рех ето секс

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Sat Jan 07 2023
5

There isn’t a noticeable difference in approach between this record and Electric Warrior. In some respects, the tongue-in-cheek innuendo and downright silliness are amped up a bit (with track titles like “Baby Boomerang” and “Chariot Choogle” it’s clear Mark Bolan doesn’t take himself too seriously). Only someone as charismatic and unique as Bolan could pull off those eccentricities without falling into parody. He achieves the delicate art of making glam rock a legitimate vehicle for chart success without compromising the music. That’s because these songs are simply so outstanding that they cannot be ignored. Behind the playful facade, there’s a top quality songwriter. Tony Visconti’s production is fleshed out a lot more on this record and it makes nearly every one of these tracks a winner. Although it spawned two chart hits in “Metal Guru” and “Telegram Sam”, album cuts like “Buick McKane” could easily have landed him on Top of the Pops. That’s how good this record is. Highly influential from an utterly singular character in the history of pop music.

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Wed Jan 11 2023
5

Loved it. Ty Segal made a career ripping this album off

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Wed Jan 11 2023
5

Absolutely killer. Never had listened to T. Rex before but this is now going into regular rotation. Heavy riffs, great melodies and sing-along choruses. Def seeing the T. Rex inspiration in a lot of modern day artists like Ty Segall and Smith Westerns.

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Thu Jan 12 2023
5

Marc Bolan could have rivalled David Bowie in creativity and spark. He did at this stage and this album proves it. Shame he didn't keep up the momentum and his life was tragically cut short before any chance of a second act. Solid album filled with glam stompers and cosmic jams

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Sat Jan 28 2023
5

Love it! I don’t know why it reminds me to Chris Bell’s I am The Cosmos

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Mon May 17 2021
4

S tier glam record

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Thu Dec 31 2020
4

Que grande álbum! Rock bem tocado, empolgante, com peso na medida... sensacional!

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Fri Jan 15 2021
4

Slow in the middle.

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Thu Jan 14 2021
4

Favorites: The Slider, Buick Mackane Notes: Feel-good music, made me appreciate the old type or style of Rock.

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Thu Feb 11 2021
4

very good. Fuzzy grunge rock vibe.

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Wed Jan 20 2021
4

That was an album I have never heard before. The first part of the album was really catchy, but it fell off after that.

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Sun May 30 2021
4

I think I like T.Rex after their second listen from albums on this list/generator. Good glam rock, upbeat and fun.

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Tue Feb 16 2021
4

Relisten later!

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Tue Mar 09 2021
4

Brilliant. Some great tracks like Buick mackane, telegram Sam, ballroom on mars mixed with nice catchy guitar songs

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Thu Jun 03 2021
4

Bowie in a good way

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Fri Jan 22 2021
4

Good shiz

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Tue Feb 02 2021
4

pretty good. Should listen to more T.Rex!

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Mon Jan 18 2021
4

Really solid album start to finish.

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Tue Apr 20 2021
4

Totally surprising. I thought it was going to be dumb Bang A Gong, but it was actually a pretty cool Bowie variant. Enjoyed.

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Thu Mar 11 2021
4

I'm not a fan of Glam rock, although the album had a couple of songs I liked, but kudos for what they did to advance the genre

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Thu Mar 11 2021
4

Psychedelic rock meets American pie

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Tue Feb 16 2021
4

Fin 70-tallsrock. Artig gjenhør med Buick Mackane som har hatt heavy rotation på GNR Spaghetti incident-skiva. Surprise: Telegram Sam - digg låt!

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Fri Jan 15 2021
4

muy buen disco!

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Fri Jan 29 2021
4

Con este disco he recordado mis 15 años. Rock del bueno.

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Fri Mar 26 2021
4

Rock. No está mal. Me suenan.

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Thu Feb 25 2021
4

Big and up front 70s rock and roll sound. Feels like a fun album, definitely in the boat rock glam feel of things. Spaceball Ricochet is very David Bowie like. Yea this is peak boat rock

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Thu Apr 01 2021
4

Coming right on the heels of Electric Warrior, this sounds like it could be part of the same album, though overall, the supporting songs aren't as strong. It would have been nice to be a UK resident in 72, when Telegram Slam & Metal Guru both hit #1 on the pop charts! I will never tire of listening to the title track.

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Wed Mar 24 2021
4

Oozes cool and talent

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Thu Feb 04 2021
4

- its fun - its David Bowie

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Wed Apr 07 2021
4

I DRUNK MYSELF BLIND TO THE SOUND OF OLD T REX (and who's next?) love it love it icons for a reason! metal guru, baby strange

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Mon Mar 29 2021
4

pretty good!!!

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Mon Jul 19 2021
4

Sounds very similar to electric warrior which I really like also

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Tue May 11 2021
4

Gotta love that early 70s Prod.

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Fri Jun 18 2021
4

Pleasantly surprised! Not a perfect album, definitely some weird tracks. But there are some bangers! Rock On, Buick something. Good stuff.

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Mon Jun 21 2021
4

-Relatively calm rock

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Fri Jun 18 2021
4

I enjoyed this way more than I expected. Double-track vocaling, reverb drums, acoustic-fuzz guitar combos, all must have been a novelty at the time. Great songwriting. Great stuff.

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Thu Jul 29 2021
4

I dug it!

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Mon Aug 09 2021
4

4, super good rock n roll.

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Mon Aug 09 2021
4

Oh this is good! Solid rock without having to try too hard. Fun listen. Not really any misses and songs don't drag on. The whole album together gets a but similar but not enough to drag it down.

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Sun Aug 15 2021
4

Un grande disco di glam rock

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Wed Aug 25 2021
4

classic glam rock

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Tue Aug 31 2021
4

4/5

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Tue Aug 31 2021
4

Cooles Album!

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Wed Sep 08 2021
4

T. Rex is a band that I absolutely love, and yet always get the impression that I probably don't appreciate them as much as I should. This album lacked any of the "hits" I was already familiar with, but every single track was a joy.

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Sat Sep 11 2021
4

Awesome album by T. Rex. I could add this to my regular listening queue. Glamorous.

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Tue Sep 14 2021
4

7/10. Pretty enjoyable

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Tue Sep 14 2021
4

I was frantically cooking Indian food while listening to this so it didn’t get my best attention, but I thought it was fun if slightly cheesy. 7/10

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Thu Sep 16 2021
4

I really liked it. Not what I was expecting.

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Thu Sep 23 2021
4

Андерграундный прото-панк, хард-рок 70-тых. Многие вдохновлялись. Крч классика

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Fri Oct 08 2021
4

Enjoyable, good glam fun.

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Thu Oct 14 2021
4

Pretty flawless glam. Marc Bolan understood the assignment. Fave track - "Metal Guru" is one of the standouts. Also "Ballrooms of Mars"

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Mon Oct 18 2021
4

I really like this… it’s perfect glam rock pop. Marc certainly knew his way around a good melody!

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Wed Oct 27 2021
4

That's more like it. T Rex at the height of their powers are like a force of nature. And this is about as it gets. It's got two huge hit singles, "Metal Guru" and "Telegram Sam", which means this was released at about the time I first discovered the band. I don't listen to enough T Rex. I'll put that right today.

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Fri Nov 12 2021
4

I really liked this album, definitely reminds me of Bob Dylan but leaning a little more into the rock side of things rather than the folk side. I'm also hearing some early 60s rock influence like The Beatles and The Who. All around I really enjoy T. Rex's sound. 7/10

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Mon Nov 22 2021
4

Great vibe throughout and some classic tunes.

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Sat Nov 27 2021
4

3.5 - T. Rex has some good songs on this album, but as a whole it doesn’t hit that hard.

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Tue Nov 30 2021
4

3.7 - solid album that I really enjoyed. Nice guitar riffs and vocals from a n artist that screamed fun. Baby Boomerang and Spaceball Ricochet were two stand out tracks.

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Tue Nov 30 2021
4

I enjoyed this album. Had never heard any of it before. Can really hear the David Bowie/Mott the Hoople style experimentation of the early 70s rock. You can see why this music was cited as an influence for such a wide array of bands and musical styles. Favorite songs for me were Rock on and Baby Boomerang.

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Sat Dec 04 2021
4

I've always enjoyed T. Rex, but have never delved too deeply beyond the hits. I had no idea they released so many albums, looking at their discography on Wikipedia I'm shocked. I just assumed they were one of those 2 or 3 albums released followed by tragedy of Marc Bolan's death. I really need to delve deeper into their catalog now. 4 stars.

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Mon Dec 06 2021
4

This album feels like it was way before its time.

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