RS 6466 Electric Warrior
Produced by Tony Visconti
Released on September 1971
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E lectric Warrior marks the beginning of Marc’s electric phase, and by extension the beginning of his best music. Included here are such sublime slices of music as “Jeepster,” “Bang A Gong (Get It On)” and “Life’s A Gas.” Despite its share of filler, the new sound that Bolan and producer Tony Visconti strike upon here (augmented by backing vocalists Howard Kaylan and Mark Volman) renders Electric Warrior an essential listening experience. Simply put, “Jeepster” took us to places that music hadn’t gone before, celebrational in its shallow outlook and yet heavenly. The album also includes one of Bolan’s noisiest and experimental tracks, the closing “Rip Off,” that turns the T. Rex formula on its head and shakes out any loose change. Here the band comes off sounding like Roxy Music, a fascinating glimpse at what might have been. The rest of the record is essentially filler, though among glam rock afficianados even these selections can’t be discounted. “Mambo Sun,” “Cosmic Dancer” (which retraces Bowie’s “Space Oddity” without ill effect) and “Planet Queen” are cases of style over substance, but Bolan fans have obviously wrestled with that demon already. Electric Warrior isn’t the consistent product of The Slider, but it hits the same highs and, more important, hit them first. It’s questionable whether Electric Warrior had any impact beyond what “Jeepster” and “Bang A Gong (Get It On)” achieved as singles, but Bolan’s muse has always been better served by the succinct singles format than albums. At least Bolan strikes different poses on Warrior, trying his hand at blues and experimental rock in addition to his folksy glam. The Slider may be smoother, but Electric Warrior is pretty hard to resist; together, they represent the peak of the T. Rex dynasty.

RS 6466 inner gatefold RS 6466 back cover
RS 6466 inner gatefold RS 6466 back cover


  1. MAMBO SUN    3:38
  2. COSMIC DANCER    4:26
  3. JEEPSTER    4:10
  4. MONOLITH    3:45
  5. LEAN WOMAN BLUES    3:01
  6. BANG A GONG (GET IT ON)    4:24
  7. PLANET QUEEN    3:11
  8. GIRL    2:29
  9. THE MOTIVATOR    3:57
  10. LIFE'S A GAS    2:23
  11. RIP OFF    3:38

    Castle CD reissue bonus tracks...
  12. HOT LOVE

    All selections written and composed by Marc Bolan


MARC BOLAN -- vocals, guitars
MICKEY FINN -- percussion, vocals
BURT COLLINS -- flugel horn
HOWARD KAYLAN -- backing vocals
WILL LEGEND -- drums
IAN McDONALD -- saxophones
MARK VOLMAN -- backing vocals
Roy T. Baker -- engineer
Malcolm Cecil -- engineer
Rik Pekkonen -- engineer
Martin Rushent -- engineer
Spud Murphy -- photography
George Underwood -- inside sleeve
Hipgnosis -- cover layout
June Child -- conception

return to T. REX discography

UK September 1971 Fly/EMI LP HIFLY/ZCFLY6  
US November 1971 Reprise LP RS 6466 gatefold cover
US 1988 Reprise LP/CD/CS RS 6466 gatefold cover
UK April 1990 Castle CD CLA 180 w. bonus tracks
US   Rhino LP/CD 76111 180g vinyl, digital remaster w.
7 bonus tracks, booklet
UK 2001 A&M CD 493 113 digital remaster w. 8 bonus tracks



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