Electric Warrior

~ Release group by T. Rex


Release Format Tracks Date Country Label Catalog# Barcode
Electric Warrior 12" Vinyl 11 Reprise Records RS 6466
Electric Warrior 12" Vinyl 11 Fly (British independent label) HIFLY 6
Electric Warrior CD 11 SMS Records MD32-5016 [none]
Electric Warrior CD 13 Sierra Records (80s UK) CDTR 2
Electric Warrior CD 11 Reprise Records 6466-2 075992745925
Electric Warrior CD 11 Castle Classics CLACD 180 5013428781807
Electric Warrior (Disky) CD 12 Cube Records CUCD 14 TR 8711539570231
Electric Warrior CD 11 A&M Records, Inc. 541 007-2 731454100724
Electric Warrior (digitally remastered) CD 19 A&M Records 493 113-2 606949311322
Electric Warrior CD 18 Rhino (reissue label) R2 76111 081227611125
Electric Warrior Hybrid SACD (CD layer) 11 A&M Records 493 707-2 606949370725
Electric Warrior DVD-Audio 22 Reprise Records RS 76111 081227611194
Electric Warrior 12" Vinyl 11 A&M Records UIJY-9008 4988005472359
Electric Warrior (limited edition) SHM-SACD 11 A&M Records UIGY 9502 4988005653635
Electric Warrior CD 11 Reprise Records R2 6466 081227974183
Electric Warrior CD 15 A&M Records 533 780-1 600753378014
Electric Warrior (40th anniversary edition) 2×CD 15 + 16 Universal Music Group International (manages UMG's offices in most countries outside of North America) 5337800
Electric Warrior (40th anniversary deluxe edition) 2×CD 15 + 21 A&M Records 533 780-0 600753378007
Electric Warrior (40th anniversary super deluxe edition) 2×CD + DVD-Video 15 + 21 + 10 A&M Records 533 780-3 600753378038
Electric Warrior 12" Vinyl 11 Reprise Records R1 6466 081227932992
Electric Warrior CD 11 Warner Bros. Records (“WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across) 075992745925
Electric Warrior (Teldec Schallplatten GmbH) CD 11 Cube Records 8.26267 ZR 4001408262676
Electric Warrior (marketed by edel company) CD 11 Cube Records CUB 9809-2 4009880980927


included in: The Albums Collection
part of: Rolling Stone: 500 Greatest Albums of All Time: 2012 edition (number: 160)
Allmusic: http://www.allmusic.com/album/mw0000196673 [info]
Discogs: https://www.discogs.com/master/72458 [info]
Wikidata: Q940412 [info]
other databases: https://rateyourmusic.com/release/album/t__rex/electric_warrior/ [info]
reviews: http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/5wmq [info]
http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/85x2 [info]

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Given they were teen Mod rivals, pals and frustrated wannabes in the 1960s before both quickly bypassed mere stardom for glam rock superstar deity status, the comparisons between Marc Bolan and David Bowie is endlessly fascinating. But there the comparisons end. While Bowie endlessly transmuted with each record, Bolan chased repetitive and diminishing returns until his fatal car crash in 1977. While Bowie killed off Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars 18 months after launching him, Bolan's 1974 album Zinc Alloy and the Hidden Riders of Tomorrow was a bizarre gesture of solidarity, or simply a lame parody. Yet Bolan's crowning glory is still a beauty - a slice of solid gold easy action, as a later T. Rex single put it.

This needs repeating as Bolan's reputation is one of pop frivolity, more Gary Glitter than Ziggy or Aladdin. But for four years, from Tyrannosaurus Rex's Unicorn and A Beard of Stars albums through the abbreviated name's self-titled debut and Electric Warrior (1972's The Slider was too patchy to continue the run), Bolan shone, with his corkscrew hair, pioneering dabs of glitter and Larry-the-Lamb-like warble.

Brilliantly arranged by (Bowie's former producer/bandmate) Tony Visconti, the album blends 50s retro distilled from Chuck Berry with modern camp thrust, infused with what Bowie's tribute Lady Stardust called, "an animal grace". Even before Bowie, Bolan had unlocked Pandora's Box for all the young dudes and dudettes bored by their brothers and sisters' Beatles and Stones records, and the opening Mambo Sun nails that sea change. Over a sinewy, clipped guitar riff and echoed drum beat, Bolan breathlessly announces "Beneath the be-bop moon/I wanna croon with you," throws in his first "owwww!" and takes a bluesy brief guitar solo full of animal grace.

Cosmic Dancer (later covered by Morrissey) follows, an ecstatic dream ballad with darkly contrasting cellos that single-handedly confirms Bolan's brilliance. Then again, the song's couplet - "What's it like to be a loon? I liken it to a balloon" - confirmed his any-rhyme-will-do laziness that predicted his creative collapse. But in the face of Get It On and Jeepster - both outrageously hook-lined and joyous smash hit singles - and the delicate croon of Life's a Gas, the jittery finale Rip Off and the less-acknowledged beauties Girl and Planet Queen, Bolan's slithery swagger is irresistible.

In the box set version, this re-mastered, annotated 40th anniversary edition has all the unreleased demos, out-takes and DVD footage you could crave, but the original 11 tracks are all anyone truly needs. As Bowie's Starman put it: "Let all the children boogie." Ziggy knew that Marc had got there first.