The Slider

~ Release group by T. Rex


Release Format Tracks Date Country Label Catalog# Barcode
The Slider 12" Vinyl 13 EMI (EMI Records, since 1972), T·REX (Marc Bolan’s record label, distributed worldwide (except the US and some European countries) by EMI.) 1E 062-93596, BLN 5001 [none]
The Slider 12" Vinyl 13 Ariola 86 294 IT [none]
The Slider 12" Vinyl 13 Reprise Records MS 2095
The Slider CD 20 Marc on Wax MARC D 503 [none]
The Slider CD 20 SMS Records MD32 5017 4988019300013
The Slider CD 13 TELDEC (imprint featuring just the "TELDEC" wordmark) 2292-43949-2, 2292-43949-2 ZR, 8.26711 022924394928
The Slider CD 13 Teichiku Records 35DN-150 [none]
The Slider CD 13 Marc on Wax MARCD 503 5013428540022
The Slider CD 13 Relativity Records 88561-8253-2 8856182532
The Slider CD 16 Edsel Records EDCD390 740155139025
The Slider CD 16 Repertoire Records REP 4891 4009910489123
The Slider 2×CD 16 + 15 Edsel Records MEDCD 715 740155171520
The Slider (deluxe edition) 2×CD 16 + 15 Rhino (reissue label) R2 73218 081227321826
The Slider CD 13 Imperial Records (Japanese - Teichiku sub-label) TECI 26527 4988004109249
The Slider CD 13 Fat Possum Records FP1232-2 767981123226
The Slider (40th Anniversary Box Set) 2×CD 13 + 14 Edsel Records BLN500140
The Slider CD 13


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There's never been a cooler pop group than T. Rex, and that's almost certainly a provable fact.

After ex-mod Mark Feld had changed his name to Marc Bolan, drifting through shock-rockers John's Children and into his own hippy acoustic duo Tyrannosaurus Rex (whose albums had titles longer than some band's careers, and featured narratives by John Peel), he suddenly got the urge to become a pop star again.

On early singles like Hot Love and Ride a White Swan, he began to mix early rock'n'roll with Tolkienesque imagery. And by the time of T. Rex's 1971 set Electric Warrior, Bolan was able to write singles like Get It On and Jeepster, which were as rock as anything anyone had ever made.

By now he'd also invented glam rock (aka glitter rock) and had inspired his old friend and rival David Bowie to also ditch the flares and become an alien rock god (Bowie's Lady Stardust is about Bolan), while becoming pop royalty.

Ringo Starr filmed him, Elton John jammed with him - all he needed now was a chart-topping, brilliant follow-up to Electric Warrior.

With The Slider, he achieved that easily. It contains two No.1 singles, the great Telegram Sam and Metal Guru, as well as the fantastic Ballrooms of Mars and the marvelously dreamy title track. Everything else is what Bolan might well have called a groovy little rocker.

Producer Tony Visconti (who seemed to flit from Bolan to Bowie and back throughout the decade) created a sound that mixed strings and guitars in catchy fast hooks while ex-Turtles Flo and Eddie provided extraordinary backing vocals.

It's a perfect album, rock and pop combined concisely and excitingly. Even the cover - Bolan in a top hat - gave Slash something to look like several years later.

This box set, remastered by Visconti, features the original album, demos and B sides (Bolan prefigured punk rock in his genius with a flipside), and comes with a DVD stuffed with TV appearances, promo footage and interviews. There's also a poster, a badge and, er, a rosette. It's all brilliant - and best of all, you only need disc 1.