This is one of the best rock and roll albums ever. Period. From the irresistable opening beat of "Mambo Sun" (very pioneering and ahead of its time) to the last frenzied saxophone squeals of "Rip-Off", this album screams "masterpiece". Something special happened during the making of this work, a mix of raw, inspired backing tracks and slick but idiosyncratic prouduction touches (namely, Visconti's expert string production and Flo And Eddie's giddily androgynous backing vocals), to make it pure magic from start to finish. Bolan focused his Tolkein-esque world into a postmodern blend of 50s rock and 60s cosmic vision that created the 70s and influenced everyone in England at the time. The tracks are irresistably catchy, so much so that even after thousands of listens the album remains fresh; the tag of "70s Beatles" was given to many artists during the decade but here it seems the most apt. The true spirit of rock'n'roll lies in this work: the intuitiveness, the energy, the *spirit* are all here, wrapped in the fireball of persona that was Marc Bolan.
Of all of his albums, "Electric Warrior" is also the one reissued the most, and this is the best remaster job, slightly better than the import remaster in sound and packaging. There is no excuse not to hear this album, or buy it over again for improved sound; "Mambo Sun", "Cosmic Dancer", "Get It On", "Girl", "Jeepster", "Planet Queen" etc. are all as rip-roaring, rocking and achingly beautiful as they've always been, and capture such a timeless moment in time that there is really nothing to compare it to.