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Editors’ Notes

It would take a family tree the size of Abraham’s to map out Electric Warrior’s musical descendents. Everyone from London’s first wave of punk rockers, would-be gypsy-folk poets, glitter bedecked glamsters, brit-pop originators, and, more recently an entire brood of pouting New York guitar slingers, have stolen a touch of inspiration from this slapdash masterpiece. Not that Marc Bolan would have minded. After all Electric Warrior is nothing if not a glorious exercise in tongue and cheek riff jacking, sly pastiche, and occasionally, outright theft. But if Bolan didn’t invent the high octane, Chuck Berry aping riffs of “Bang a Gong” and “Mambo Sun”, he and producer Tony Visconti managed to infuse them with enough enthusiasm and finesse to make listeners feel as though they're hearing them for the first time. Ultimately, Electric Warrior is an album whose non-stop electric roar coveys a sense of youthful joy, from the starry eyed, folk struck creation myth of “Cosmic Dancer” to the wistful reveries of “Life’s a Gas.” It completed Bolan's transformation from hippie-mystic to glam-rocker, and changed the landscape of popular music in the process.

Customer Reviews

Awesome Album, takes a certain person to appreciate it.

I think this is an awesome album. Marc Bolan's voice is so mello and unique, and awesome. My favorites are: Mambo Sun, Jeepster, Lean Woman Blues, and Rip Off.

A glam-rock classic

It starts the party.

One of the Most Influential Rock Albums of All Time!

This album is one of the all time classics. Just wish iTunes (US) would/could have all of the T. Rex albums. The UK store has the complete T. Rex catalogue, but you can't purchase from there unless you live there!


Formed: 1967

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s

Initially a British folk-rock combo called Tyrannosaurus Rex, T. Rex was the primary force in glam rock, thanks to the creative direction of guitarist/vocalist Marc Bolan (born Marc Feld). Bolan created a deliberately trashy form of rock & roll that was proud of its own disposability. T. Rex's music borrowed the underlying sexuality of early rock & roll, adding dirty, simple grooves and fat distorted guitars, as well as an overarching folky/hippie spirituality that always came through the clearest...
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