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Electric Warrior: Super Deluxe Edition [Import]

T. Rex Audio CD
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T. Rex's best album, Electric Warrior, distills the best elements of Marc Bolan's earlier acoustic period with a dynamic rock rhythm section--drummer Bill Legend and bassist Steve Currie--and lush arrangements by producer Tony Visconti. Featuring the classics "Bang a Gong (Get It On)," "Jeepster," and "Mambo Sun," Warrior ranges from the space-blues of "Lean Woman Blues" to the punk-jazz of "Rip Off," with a sound fleshed out by chamber strings and the falsetto harmonies of ex-Turtles and Mothers of Invention Howard Kaylan and Mark Volman. (Zappa sideman Ian McDonald plays sax as well.) Touches such as the arcing cellos of "Cosmic Dancer" and the sexy rhythms of "Planet Queen" perfectly bring to life Bolan's imaginative world of "diamond star halos" and "shadowless horses." A must for any serious collector of British rock classics. --James Rotondi

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Limited Super Deluxe Edition housed in a lavish box set which is foil blocked and de-bossed. Contains two CDs, plus a DVD of rare and unreleased TV performances and promo videos, a 32-page hardback book plus reproductions of rare photos and memorabilia: a poster including a timeline, three photographs, a coaster and a vintage press release. Digitally remastered and expanded 40th anniversary edition of the Glam Rock act's breakthrough album featuring original album producer Tony Visconti's remastered version. UMC.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It Really Is Just Three Chords June 3 2004
By krimboy
Format:Audio CD
Time has been kind to Marc Bolan. No rocket scientist, Marc always just assumed his boppy elfin schtick set to the simplest of boogie beats would be accepted by one and all as the works of a genius. Initially adored mainly by 12 year old girls in England, his music has grown in stature over the years as tastes changed leaving him high and dry as the sole purveyer of a perculiar (in all senses of the word) style of rock that has over time proved remarkably difficult to reproduce. Electric Warrior is to Bolan what Ziggy Stardust was to Bowie (his friend at the time). Electric Warrior cuts loose from Bolans previous hippie ramblings, best realised on "Beard of Stars", and powered by superb production, and the judicious use of real musicians, the album boogies its three chord wonders into an entirely new domain that retains its unique charms to this day. Not deep, not complex, not even all that sensible, Electric Warrior nevertheless works and provides a telling reminder that 'pop' music is a rush that dosn't have to make sense it just has to make you feel good. Very good.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolute Sonic Bliss March 19 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Most of "Electric Warrior" is slow, driven, hypnotic, subdued, and absolutely cool. At its conclusion, the galvanizing "Rip-Off," the album finally and literally explodes in a lightning-blast of aural fury. Anyone who expects the extravagance and excess that is usually associated with the term "glam rock" will be either disappointed or pleasantly surprised. Personally, I was in a state of bliss from "Mambo Sun" to "Rip-Off." "Electric Warrior" will never lose its freshness. It will never get old. It will never become boring. This is an ecstatic musical work. I have found musical heaven, and its name is "T. Rex."
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hands down classic Jan. 27 2004
Format:Audio CD
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars As close to 1971 as you'll get! March 5 2003
Format:Audio CD
Finally! T.Rex: 'Electric Warrior' has always been considered (along with Ziggy Stardust) one of the most influential albums of the early seventies. The passing years have indeed been kind to the material as it's just as powerful today as it was back in 1971. Amazingly Bolan's simple acoustic and electric arrangements are often imitated but hardly credited. Tony Visconti & George Marino's remaster on the Universal/A&M import was a great effort made flawed by dropouts and an edited fade on 'Mambo Sun'. The graphics associated were less than spectacular. Later reissues saw the dropouts fixed but the edited fade remained. Rhino's remaster is simply UNBELIVEABLE! Rhino obviously has read the postings on Amazon[.com] and really gave due consideration to the packaging. The detail of the cover is faithful to the original vinyl and the poster is a welcome extra. The fusing of both the U.K. & American album covers is the real genius of the packaging. The CD is stuffed with great B-Sides and an interview that really sends chills up the spine when Bolan makes the realization that there is no time and he must work fast and hard to get all of his ideas out into the world. The sound is crisp and clean and though I tend to lean more towards the Universal/A&M remaster the Rhino version is faithful to Tony Visconti's mix. My only gripe is with the CD booklet notes. This is where Tony Visconti is of absolute importance. He was there in the control booth. He wrote and taught Bolan several of the guitar solos that grace 'Electric Warrior'. He arranged the string sections for the album. The notes also fail to mention that Bolan's wife, June Child, was responsible for the cover design. Notes aside Rhino has once again given its fans the unexpected with this deluxe package of one of the all-time classic rock albums. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars It was an easy purchase
It was easy to find this product here. I have been looking at retail outlets and there is limited selection of older music products.
Published 6 months ago by Dan Ricard
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the few remasters that are worth it
It's hard to imagine how this (insert best-adjective-ever here) album could get any better -then it's remastered, and it does. Read more
Published on Sept. 13 2012 by FourthFormat
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Package but again a lot most fans already had
Received my copy today from .UK. Beautiful box with a really good hard covered book containing essays and articles on the band (well Bolan and company). Read more
Published on May 1 2012 by Stephen Bieth
5.0 out of 5 stars Looking for a classic glam rock masterpiece? Look no further
Electric Warrior (1971.)
T. Rex, AKA Mark Bolan, never became wildly popular here in the United States, in that he only scored only one major hit here. Read more
Published on June 15 2004 by Rocker_Man
5.0 out of 5 stars Looking for a classic glam rock masterpiece? Look no further
Electric Warrior (1971.)
T. Rex, AKA Mark Bolan, never became wildly popular here in the United States, in that he only scored only one major hit here. Read more
Published on June 2 2004 by Rocker_Man
4.0 out of 5 stars Good record
First of all, the title of the album, the cover of the album, and song titles totally contradict what is contained on this album. Read more
Published on April 22 2004 by Jack Knife
5.0 out of 5 stars marc bolan showed all how to be glamriffic
when i first heard bang a gong on the radio i must have been seven years old. i remember trying to keep my feet still,it was impossible. Read more
Published on Jan. 9 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Electric magic
After Bolan decided to 'plug in' (ironic considering everyone has been frantically 'un-plugging' since), he produced this masterpiece which still sounds fresh and imaginative... Read more
Published on Dec 13 2003 by The Dark Lord
5.0 out of 5 stars Bang a Gong
If you're looking for the best albums from each genre this is definitely the glam-rock representant(in the same footing with Bowie's "Ziggy Stardust")and one of the best... Read more
Published on Dec 9 2003 by Tezcatlipoca
5.0 out of 5 stars T-Rex Rediscovered!
I just received Electric Warrior and what can I say? I was blown away! I knew who Marc Bolan and T. Read more
Published on Nov. 6 2003 by Lisa Scholz
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