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"I'm like a child in the
sand on the beach of the land of you."
Lean Woman Blues - Marc Bolan.
T.Rex - Electric Warrior
List of Reviewers
=== Review by Mark McL ===
Electric Warrior (draft Review)
As a matter of honour I have to post this during January but
intend expanding it when I can. Bashed out in 20 minutes
while Mary prepares our tea for tonight (Chicken in black
bean sauce with stir fried veg and a bottle of
General Comment 0: First term (semester) at college before I
split with my first girl-friend.(I was a late developer).
Still on a high from the summer.
General Comment 1: It sound like there was a fluffy towel
stuffed in the mixed desk. Why so muffled and indistinct a
General Comment 2: The poetry has been replaced by pop song
lyrics. Shorter, snappier, more repetitions.
General Comment 3: There are number of lyrics which show a
detached view of humanity from a regal or god-like, Olympian
stance [indicated by (*)]
Favorite line in each song indicated.
"I got a powder-keg leg and my wig's all pooped for
Good rocking start.
"Is it wrong to understand The fear that dwells inside a
For many this is a pivotal song. MB is the cosmic dancer.
Sorry but this song does not do much for me.
"I'll call you Jaguar If I may be so bold"
Boy how simple we were in those days. That final "I?m
gonna s-s-s-uck you" must have doubled the sales to
"Shallow are the actions Of the children of men"
5.Lean Woman Blues
"I'm like a child in the sand On the beach of the
land of you"
This one get me out of the chair and playing the air
1.Get It On
"You're built like a car You got a hubcap diamond
"Dragon head Machine of lead, Cadillac King Dancer in
One of my favourite tracks. "Flying saucer take me
"O Girl Electric witch you are, Limp in society's
ditch you are"
A sad song. "O God High in your fields above earth"
"Love the way you walk Love the way you walk"
Cracking song as he struts his stuff. "I love the way
your eye It doth shine like an Egyptian ruby" always
reminds me of the line from Bob Dylan about "she wear an
Egyptian ring that sparkles before she speaks".
5.Life's A Gas
"I could have burned Your fate in the sand"
Despite the upbeat title this is a very melancholy song. This
gets to me like very few others, that catch in the throat. A
relationship has broken up and he looks back with sadness not
anger, but strong.
"I'm a social person I'm the creature in
An odd last track. First time I heard this I was not at all
convinced. It seemed self indulgent, but I grew to like it,
there are some great phrases in there "I'm the cat
from the alley I'm the fleetfoot voodoo man"
=== Review by Syd ===
G'day all you Rockers and Boppers
Including Hot Love on Electric Warrior would probably have
been very successful commercially, but for me it would have
significantly reduced the impact and quality of the album,
I'm not too keen having singles on albums - I get sick of
hearing them. My preference would have been not to include
Get it On or Jeepster on the Album either. Releasing Jeepster
as a single was supposedly an after thought by the Fly label.
I doubt it, I reckon Jeepster was earmarked as a single when
Warrior was released and Marc's opposition to it being
released as a single was purely due to the fact that he had
left the Fly label.
For me, Raw Ramp SHOULD have been included on the album as
should Bolan's Blues (although Marc probably would never
have gotten away with releasing such an explicit song back in
1971), but also the title track Electric Warrior should also
have been included. The rumour is that the title track has
been lost - but I believe the Electric Boogie song at the end
of Raw Ramp is that title track.
=== Review by MarcO ===
This is the most difficult album to review, albeit the best.
Why? Read on.
Put yourself in Marcs position, Tyran. Rex. is dead and
buried. T Rex is born.
The Lyrics though, where did they come from? An author can
progress, book to book, poem to poem or whatever, but this
was too quick. One thing is to know when a song was recorded,
another is to know when it was written. In other words, when
did, why did this change come about. To my knowledge, Hot
Love was written about 1968-9 so what about these? Get It On,
and Rip Off sound very 70s, but the rest, even Jeepster, for
me are 69 or before. Do we know?
So was Hot Love another Visconti Masterstroke? pulled from
the Bolan mental storage bin. Are we led to believe Marc was
the failed Magician and Visconti the Alchemist savior?
Turning lead into gold.
Lets suppose Marc never became famous and Tyrann. Rex. never
changed their style, would most of us still have found Marc?
I think so. What about Bowie. Could it be possible that
Visconti could work with him and not bring ideas from that
experience to blend, form, shape, Marcs Music? and vice
We can all listen to an album and say we do or don't like
it, we can listen to albums and compare them with previous
efforts, thats easy, but you cannot compare an album with the
next offering 'cos thats progression. What you want to
hear and what the artist wants to play may be two different
We all wanted Marc to better Warrior, the same as Floyd fans
wanted them to better D.S.O.T.M. or Meatloaf to better Bat
out of Hell, or Oldfield to better T. Bells, or Bowie better
Ziggy. It never happens, does it?
I can Imagine you all saying, this is a typical MarcO post,
digressing again, but its not enough for me to just review, I
gotta get under the skin. Sometimes I wonder what was the
biggest, the man or his music, or Tony Visconti?
As for the album, a masterpiece, the strings make it for me.
I think if Marc Played acoustic backed by an orchestra on all
his albums, I'd be a happy little chappie.
If only Rip Off had been replaced by Hot love, still, you
cant fuck every woman you meet, can you?
I'll review the album next time around, MarcO.
=== Review by zoom ===
EW. Despite the huge acclaim and its commercial success, I
have never been crazy about it. I've never played guitar
along with it either. As a late comer to TRex, I don't
know the impact how affected you when it's released.
Personally, it's very curious to observe how the social
reaction might have overwhelmed to your perception. It's
an no-doubt CLASSIC ROCK album. Marc knew about it whereto
and TV was very much intended to it. They succeed the estate.
Me?, it sounded compact-ish. I wasn't able to describe it
any further at the time; like kids unable to note difference
of the perfumes. So, here I am: What is the CLASSIC ROCK?
(Please note that it's not classical music. May no one
here seems care about it, but.)
CLASSIC ROCK guarantees to you to bring same effect/emotion
time after time by the specific-mannered production. Safe
clean play. Rec. labels loouved and still do. Down-side is
nonetheless this animated feeling may bring back where you
were, does not evolve with you. Hence sounds static:
Compact-ish. Marc never tried putting himself in that
production position before and self-claimed omnipotent artist
sure wanted to make it. TV took full charge to realize his
wish. But subsequently the too specific-mannered production
must have pestered TV a bit. Thus he claims highly the decent
blend of produced and in-progress album TANX. In this regard,
ELECTRIC WARRIOR SESSION is superb to me. It was my #1 CD in
I enormously enjoyed reading Syd's and Rickster's
recent posts about facts behind ZIP GUN. But could we label
Marc was a poor producer by them? Yeah, take after take
blowing precious studio hours must have appeared to onlookers
wanted to say "go back home. play some. find what you
want." Notice that from EW SESSION and also from
UNCHAINEDs, all takes were complete versions unlike other
bambi artists struggled to find a right riff. TV mentioned at
TRex 20/50 NYC; "Marc was always on." Well put
indeed. But why at the studio? You must know this anecdote;
100 meters sprinter never run more than 30 meters in practice
because body remembers the pace, cannot break his best at
As a sprinter himself, Marc was five steps ahead than the
most rest. Let's look whence he was at. All hymned about
beauties of unfinished. Then pop music industries? Look at
Velvet went through (huh?, Doors? who cares those othercoast
surfheads). We had to wait it until the Punk bomb drop. Are
you still going to apply corporate measures to Marc? ('m
not declaring war to Syd zow. thankyouverymuch). Nowadays,
who Real Artists making animated production albums? They all
have lapsed-space in-progresss feeling intentionally.
EW was the one Marc made under tight production.
=== Review by Tom ===
My 2 cents worth from Oz it isn't worth much but here
goes another evaluation....on
Electric Warrior........please remember that personal
correspondence will NOT be entered into...if you have
complaints please write them on a piece of paper and swallow
Mambo Sun.....Adam Ant could not do it better......so much of
the ANT music style is stolen from the MAMBO
concept....I've remixed Mambo dozens of times and
extended it to a dance track...and it still holds a
fascination for me...specially the line about the
"leg" and the "wig"????
Cosmic Dancer......a tad too long with the repetitious words
at the start but Tony V put great thought into the drum
ending with the slow build of key changes in the
orchestrations.....I remixed it too, to cut the words and
extend the ending....I added a little ending not on the
"real" song to help end it with a more plaintive
cry....also there are 2 mixes of this on different
CD's.....the Electric Warrior version has a strum start
on guitar and the bass is loud, the Collection CD has no
strum starting and the bass has been dropped 6
decibels.....go check!!!!....and the raw "Sessions"
version is also out there....
Jeepster......mmmm!!.....hard to evaluate because it is a
solid rock performance on the Electric W. Sessions but
it's too tame on the real CD...the extended Tony V remix
is a better way to put it together as a track but there are
too many sections where the lyric is cut....waiting to hear
the 7" remix that Wolf is sending....sometime soon I
hope. I have also remixed this song many times....karaoke
mixed and "monitor" mixed and synthetic stereo
mixes etc...the karaoke mix is a hoot...sing like Marc in the
shower!!!! The BBC sessions version shows just how much Tony
ended up polishing this song....there is more about this song
at the end of the post.
Monolith..............a passable track, but it feels like it
was not mixed right....would like someone to have a go at a
Lean Woman Blues............there are different versions in
the can and it would nice if CUBE let out the alternate
takes....give us home DJ's a chance to play with it some
Get It On...........I like the Tony V 12" ......it's
my favourite 12" by any artist..........in reality, it
is only the Warrior Session version with the words deleted
from the second last verse........the overdubs are spot-on
and the strings are at a good balance and it retains the
integrity of the original..................Tillers when
everyone gets their remix tapes I have had a go at adding the
"gong" to the Warrior Sessions version and mixed it
to a faster speed and made it run in a different
key......enjoy! Marc wanted to keep the "gong" idea
for the instrumental breaks but it was not done at the time,
Tony V put it into the 1987 remixes.....but it's too
subtle to notice..."bang a gong" comes out as
"can you hear a gong"?
Planet Queen............(a guy who is interested in
Uranus).....<sorry bad jokes are my specialty>....this
track is pretty much disposable.......the rough cut of Baby
Strange from the Sessions CD would have been better...in this
particular running order.
Girl..............lacks production...should have had the
strings to the fore.....Tony V must have been outvoted that
The Motivator...........with a bit of bass/treble and echo
added I have been able to extend this myself to a dance
track...BELIEVE IT OR NOT......still a good strong song with
hooks everywhere.........Tim load up the Walkman ....it's
good to walk to????
Life's A Gastric Problem...........it should have been
the closer for the whole LP but isn't.......so memorable
and makes you want to go back and listen to the whole LP
again to build to this climax......I have never bothered to
fiddle with it or remix it........'cause it's OK the
way it is.
RIP_ORF....is just that.....aptly named. Like MarcO said
'hot love" or some other track would be
better....and to have it on the end makes me cringe at the
Technically I hope someone remasters it properly Electric
Warrior into maybe a "surround sound mix".......my
version of Jeepster [the home made mix] is fabulous.....I
mixed it to get all the instruments in 3 speakers and
Marc's voice in one.....someone should do it to the real
The Sessions CD has "Jewel" [the rough mix].....it
could have been on the running order for this LP quite
happily.............it seems better than the "BOLAN
=== Review by Stewart ===
When it was thought of doing a review of an album that we
hadn't listened to in some time, i sat back and thought
which one it would be.
After some thought i came to the conclusion that it was The
Electric Warrior album, yes hard for even me to believe but i
think it was because that i had listened to it so many times
in the past when my collection was much smaller that now i
had so many new recording's of Marc to enjoy, Electric
Warrior was put in the back ground, been able to play the
entire album from memory in my head.
Electric Warrior is as close to prefection as any album that
i have every heard, every note every breath every thought of
this album has been well crafted from beginning to end. The
word that comes to mind is Tight the only other album of
Marc's that comes close to this well thought out and
practiced recording is Dandy.
Even the Electric Warrior sessions cd has that tight feel
about it, it seem's that this part of Marc's
recording caree was well thought out before he put anything
I have read in many places that this was Tony's
influance, to get thing's down on tape that were perfect
and it showed on this album.
Now about the album, there is not one weak song on the whole
thing there all classic's every track worked out to
perfection, even the track's that try to be loose like
Lean Woman Blues are well thought out. Even Bolan been mad at
the world in Rip Off are tight. I can't think what i
don't like about this album the music is perfect, the
album cover is one of the best pieces of modern art. On and
on i could go about how great this album is, but then you all
What else can i say about the greatest rock n roll album of
all time, strong word's but it is how i feel about this
piece of Rock History.
Marc's Electric Warrior album is an All Time Classic,it
was his biggest album ever here in North America to date.Get
it On[Bang a Gong] still get's regular air play over here
on the radio. Sadly it's the only song you ever hear of
Marc's been played on the radio here,but that may soon
Interest in Marc's music is at an all time high over
here,you can go into any big record store and find EW,Slider
and Tanx,it wasn't that long ago that you couldn't
find anything by Marc. I think that people buy EW because of
Get it On and then find such a great album that it brings
them back for more. EW is such great album from the album
cover to it's super Hi Fi sound it is something that will
stand the test of time,as does any great work of art.
Tony's strings do wonders to the album,with Cosmic Dancer
been the ultimate i would love to hear them just recorded as
a piece of classical music. Bill's druming on Cosmic
Dancer is one of the best i have ever heard by any drummer.
Steve's bass line on The Motivator is just to good for
words as are the rest of the band.
Marc him self put's it all together with such nice guitar
work that modern day players are just starting find out and
learn from the Master that you can get such a good feel from
his style. Marc's vocal's way to cool for words as
are the songs them self. All in all EW is a perfect
package,you play it Loud and it comes across sweet and clean
with no ringing in the ear's afterwards.
One of the few alltime albums you can sit down and listen too
from start to finish without wanting to skip a song or two,
it's Pure magic from start to finish.
=== Review by Michel ===
When I did my Slider review, I started with this paragraph
>As I was always listening to Tyrannosaurus Rex's
albums and trying to get my friends to understand Marc
Bolan's poetry and musical fantasy, I was finally
realizing that it would be impossible to educated the
sleeping ignorants that couldn't recognize Marc's
genius. PROPHETS, UNICORN, BEARD OF STARS, T.REX... none
really worked. Then, finally, ELECTRIC WARRIOR was released
and they all said how great a rock album it was. And they all
bought it... I was so happy as they didn't seem to
realise it was the same Marc Bolan, but nevertheless, they
felt they already knew him. So, all in all, everything was
I was in Holland when this album was released and as I put
the headphones on, I was getting bopping electric shockwaves.
I knew right away that Marc had finally found the formula to
conquer the world.
Now that it is obvious this album will be praised (as it
should be and deserves to be) I will take the stand and dare
to explain what I DON'T LIKE about this album. It will be
more original as it is a 'love & hate'
relationship I have with ELECTRIC WARRIOR.
First of all, the cover stinks ! (I know, that's a little
too strong - I just wanted to get your attention...) I mean I
was seduced by Tyrannosaurus Rex' poetical imagery and
presentation. Although MY PEOPLE was too much an amateur
'psychedelic' cover, PROPHETS was perfectly in line
with the Tolkien tradition and UNICORN presented us with a
brotherly Marc - I felt I had known him all my life, all my
life I had been waiting for his music. BEARD OF STARS gave us
Marc the timeless poet in his eternal youth. T.REX (the brown
album) then introduced us to the same elf-poet ready to get
on stage to offer us a rocking version of his mystical
So when I saw the EW cover - I first thought it looked too
much like a heavy metal album. The poetry was gone, the light
had faded (I know, it's an easy one as the cover is black
Then - although I like all the songs and enjoy listening to
it immensely (please don't get me wrong) - I always
regret the freedom that was a real part ot Marc's music,
the uniqueness of the bass playing and percussions, the
clever use of strange instruments and the way the
arrangements were done as to give a style and sound unheard
before - even the electric guitar did fit in this magical
musical landscape. But this same freedom was now forever
trapped in a regular and banal predictable drum & bass
beat. Marc's music was slowly becoming normal rock 'n
roll. His style of singing and songwriting being the only
original features that, because it was now treated as common
rock 'n roll, slowly and finally drifted into the
anonymity of the vast ocean of rock albums released year
It may sound hard as a critique, but this is eventually what
happened almost immediately after TANX...
Well, that's all I can think of as being negative about
this album - it just was the beginning of the end. But as I
love all the songs, and that eventually 'all things must
pass' on this earth - I have no real reason to
=== Review by Sage ===
The Electric Warrior album moved Tyrannosaurus Rex and the
early incarnation of T Rex from it's Vocal / Guitar /
Percussion format into the realm of a fully realized band
with the addition of Steve Currie on bass guitar and Bill
Legend on drums. Furthermore, the sound was opened up even
more with the addition of Howard Kaylan and Mark Volman (also
known as Flo & Eddie from The Turtles/The Mothers Of
Invention fame) on backing vocals. On top of that*
orchestration, saxophones, and flugal horn all make
Bolan may have liked to rock now, but he never lost his flair
for creating amazing lyrical imagery. Many may resent that
Electric Warrior signaled the end of his elven minstrel days.
I do think, however, that Bolan was able to mix his old style
with the new stuff. He just opted for less of the old as time
went on. He made that decision due to be constricted to pump
out the hit singles one after the other. Besides...
everybody's musical style changes as they get older,
learn new things from other musicians, and experience what
other music is out there. As a musician, one needs to
constantly evolve and try new things. I think Bolan did just
that. I just wish that he were still around creating new
music regardless of the style.
- Mambo Sun * This is my favorite song from this album. I
agree with Simes. This tale of yearning, with its creeping
rhythm, just oozes raw sexuality! Bolan's references to
the moon and "stars in my beard" refer back to
earlier works. His love of comics comes across with his
reference to Dr. Strange (Marvel Comics' master of
mystical arts who was also referenced in
"Cymbaline" from Pink Floyd's 1969 release of
More). Kaylan and Volman are great on this one. I have
always loved the vocal styling of this duo* especially
their work on Electric Warrior and The Slider.
- Cosmic Dancer * Percussion and acoustic guitars. The
orchestration adds to the etherealness of this tune. The
cello part after "I danced myself into the tomb"
is very Beatlesque* actually the entire orchestration
reminds me of the production work done for the Beatles by
George Martin. The backwards guitar solo that breaks out of
the orchestration at the end of the song plays over the
high pitched background vocals of Kaylan and Volman once
again, with drum rolls that take the listener up into the
Cosmos. Kudos to Tony Visconti for this one!
- Jeepster * This was the second single released from
this album. Bolan was definitely here to rock! It's
another tale of lustful wanting that moves along at a
bopping pace crescendoing at the end at a feverish pace.
Bolan compares the pleasure of the girl of his dreams to a
car (a practice that he will repeat throughout his career).
The version on the Electric Warrior Sessions album is great
- Monolith * A steady drum rhythm plays under Marc's
vocals with Kaylan and Volman providing lilting almost
choir-like background vocals while the psychedelic wah-wah
guitar lines spiral in and out of each verse. The song, to
me, speaks of the unified powerful influential force of
time from which we all begin. Just when we think that we
have things in our grasp, it's too late. Time has
passed and we start all over again.
- Lean Woman Blues * Starting off with a bit of studio
chatter, Marc counts out the intro to this number. By all
standards, this is just like any other blues riff with a
story of being done wrong by a woman. But Marc's vocal
style and lyricism really gives it a sense of sexual
deviance unlike most standard blues songs.
- Get It On * This one was the first single from this
album. Debuting on the U.K. charts July 10, 1971, this song
shot to number one and remained in the charts for 13 weeks.
This song is complete with piano and saxophone parts
reminiscent of American 50's-style rock and roll. Once
again, Bolan speaks to the girl of his desires with some
great lyrics. He continues his fascination with cars and
women by referencing his girl as being "built like a
car". Great background vocals by Kaylan and Volman.
This was the first T Rex song that I ever heard. It's
not my favorite though, and I personally prefer the
Electric Warrior Sessions version.
- Planet Queen * Features some cool percussion by Micky
Finn. Acoustic guitar once again! Another one of my
favorites! Kaylan & Volman shine on this one!!!! I love
the way Bolan changes his vocal from his normal singing
voice to the his trademark strained voice on the second
repetition of the "Dragon head" verse. "Give
me your daughter!"
- Girl * More acoustic guitar playing from Bolan with
sparse electric guitar overdubs. There is a flugal horn
added to the mix also. This song comes the closest in feel
to his Tyrannosaurus Rex elven minstrel sound.
- Motivator * Perhaps my second favorite song from this
album. Once again Bolan sings his praise to a member of the
opposite sex. A very simple song that just grooves. Enough
- Life's A Gas * Slow acoustic guitar. It's tale
of love and what could have been. But it doesn't matter
'cause life is fine just as it is. The simple slide
solo break makes way for a fast flurry of guitar licks that
lead to the end the song. It would have made a very
perfunctory ending to this great album. This song kind of
reminds me of the feel that "Main Man" provided
to the end of The Slider. It should have been the last
song. Instead we get*
- Rip-Off * Bolan punks out long before it was popular.
The song would have been better suited*um I don't know.
This track just doesn't seem to jell with the rest of
the sound on this album. Don't get me wrong. This song
has some balls! I love the way the disjointed saxophone
ending flows into the held out keyboard synth. It's
cool, but it brings the album to an abrupt end. Maybe it
would have been better suited to open the second side
before the pop rock of "Get It On". Side note*
how 'bout that lyric* "Bleached on the beach I
want to tickle your peach." The ever sexual Bolan.
What a guy!
Here is my take on Electric Warrior. As some of you know,
this is the record that led me and Moma Alice to Marc. All
because we wanted to hear Get It On...our fates were sealed
the minute we heard this record. Doomed to a life loving Marc
and his music...not too bad, is it?
There you have it, my review. I hope you all enjoy it, I know
it's kinda long, but this is how I feel. My first
impressions as I listened to Electric Warrior. Take care,
hope to see you all later.
- Mambo Sun: Beneath the BeBop Moon...it almost sounds
like a love song. My hearts all pain for you...an
unrequited love, maybe? Or just a simple love song for
June, from her husband, Marc.
- Cosmic Dancer: In my opinion, this song is about
reincarnation. To talk about dancing out of the womb, and
then to dance into the tomb, and then dancing out of the
womb again. This is one of my favourite songs on this
album. And now that I hear this one part, it almost sounds
like a little backwards masking going on...does anyone know
what part I am talking about?
- Jeepster: THE song that got me hooked on Marc. I love
this song...The whole rhythm of the song is just fantastic.
I can't explain it any better than that, it just
touches me. Especially that one line..."I'm gonna
- Monolith: I never really liked this song until this
year, I guess. A very deep song, musically and lyrically.
It almost reminds me of a "dirge" type of
song...just for how slow moving the music is. Although, I
do love the guitar work on this one.
- Lean Woman Blues: The strip song!! Brings a smile to my
face every time. Again, a love song of sorts. A beggar in
the sand, got the sky in my hand...
- Bang A Gong (Get It On): The song that started it all
for me. The first time I heard Marc's version of this
song, I knew what real music was. My life was forever
changed with the addition of Marc into my world. This song
has been copied so many times, maybe not word for word, but
the music has. Just listen to Andy Taylor's song
"Take It Easy"...and then you will hear the
influence Marc had on him and many other musicians. Oh, to
take Marc...I will!!
- Planet Queen: Perchance to Dream...a song about
otherworldly events...flying saucer take me away. Reminds
me of Monolith, musically. Or is Marc talking about the
earth? Being the planet queen...
- Girl: Another favourite song of mine. This song shows
Marc's belief in a Higher being. Maybe not God, but a
higher power. Does this song talk about being close to
something so beautiful, that it's akin to being close
- The Motivator: I like this song, but not too much. I
don't really know why, but it's okay. It sounds
like, to me, that Marc is more concerned about material
possessions on this song.
- Life's a Gas: This song is a big one for me.
Life's a gas...I hope it's going to last. This sums
it all up for Marc, he did not want to die, he had so much
more to give to the music world. All that he would have
done to our lives, if he had lived. He would have chained
our hearts to a star...
- Rip-Off: The heaviest song on this album. Rockin'
in the nude, feeling such a dude...was he asserting his
masculinity? Or just the general state of affairs in the
world at the time? All I know is, that I love this song. He
almost sounds like Bob Dylan, with the phrasing of some of
the words. Which of course, would be a compliment to
love to you all,
Carrie Ann...two penny princess.
=== Review by Dan-D ===
Well here is my review of Electric Warrior!
This album to me is the icon for music of the early
seventies. This excellent production was the benchmark for
rock n roll for this period of time in my opinion.
Everytime I see the cover of this lp I think back to the
first time I saw it. It was 1971 and my family had been
relocated to Birmingham, Alabama for two years from our home
in Canada. My dad had to fly our family back to Canada at
this time to renew his work visa for the states and we were
staying with the family of an old friend of my dad's. My
dad's friend had a son who was a few years older than me
and he had an excellent record collection. I remember seeing
the Electric Warrior lp and excitedly played it because
previously I had heard the Ride A White Swan single on a
compilation lp and had loved it. Of course I had also heard
the Bang A Gong single that was on the radio but very little
imformation about this "new" group was available in
Alabama at the time.
Well suffice to say the lp blew me away from the start.
- Mambo Sun with its layered rythyms, choppy guitar,
haunting background vocals and sexy fun vocal stylings had
me hooked. The lyrics were full of funny imagery: wild
knees, Dr. Strange, wig's all pooped for you, but the
poetry of it knocked this young rock 'n roller off his
- Cosmic Dancer up next was a sweet melancholic breeze
with masterful string section that had me hypnotized after
my initial shock of joy from Mambo Sun.
- Then Jeepster, god, the adrenalin was pumping in my
body now and I had that rush I get when I know I have
stumbled across something exciting and new. "I'm
just a vampire for your love. I'm gonna suck yah"!
The grunting and howling at the end of this one let me know
I had a rebel shield to hold up against the prim and proper
adults of my structured world.
- Monolith another breath catcher with a snakey note
bending wah wah reverb guitar intertwined throughout.
- Lean Woman Blues, very loose and sexy sounding. Flip
- Get It On, the classic T.Rex single. There was a good
reason this song was so popular, it was simple, instantly
recognizable with Bolan's style and poetry. "You
got a hubcap Diamond star halo", in just a few words
Marc conjures up a dozen images in my mind. The way the
words sound being as important as the meaning. The words
just fit together in a way only Marc could have dreamed
- Planet Queen, every strum of the acoustic guitar in
time with the loose rythym section. Background vocals by
Howard and Mark with just the right touch of strangeness to
make the sound unique.
- Girl, just the way Marc emphazizes his "oww! yes
you are.." will never be duplicated by anyone. The
flugel horn is a very nice touch that adds to the
originality of this simple song.
- The Motivator, textbook Bolan guitar/sax combo with
interesting lyrics about clothes, crowns, cats and hats.
Only Bolan could combine all this in one song.
- Life's A Gas, a personal favourite; another
slightly melancholic song with a theme of optimism and joy
for life. "Life's A Gas. I hope it's gonna
last". Great melody.
- And lastly, Rip Off, Marc showing the full spectrum of
his emotional range here with a bit of released anger at
all those that have ever "ripped" us off. The way
it ends around adlibbed saxophones and fading feedback is
like Marc has left the recording room and somehow the
energy is still trying to play on after him. Kinda spooky
in a way but for me it just adds to the mystique of a great
=== Review by Karen ===
Well here it is, a little late,I blinked and October was
gone, my humble thoughts on this masterpiece.
Well I for one love this album, have done since first
hearing, it was my second T.Rex album(Slider being my first)
so over the years it's been played a lot and it still
sounds as fresh to me as it did on first hearing all those
Karen(Torchgirl of the marshes)
- Mambo Sun - My favourite track of the album,it just
screams out listen to me, a very sensual track,Marc
brimming with confidence and belief in his ability, nothing
wrong with that.I would love to have seen this track
released as a single, No 1 stamped all over it.
- Cosmic Dancer - A beautiful track,beautiful lyrics,I
love this song,it has a certain orchestrated sound to it,
you could imagine Marc dancing right out of the womb.
- Jeepster - Not much can be said about this song, which
hasn't already been said.I still get a shiver when I
hear the opening intro, classic Bolan pure Rock n Roll,
with some of the most amazing lyrics I have heard
"You've got the universe reclining in your
hair" love that line.
- Monolith - This always reminds me of one of those
50's style do wop songs which I think Marc quite liked,
an average song, not really my cup of tea.
- Lean Woman Blues - Marc doing the blues here, his
obvious liking of the blues shines through here, nice
guitar work, like most of bluesy sort of songs they leave
me feeling a little depressed (yeah I know that's the
- Get it on - Another classic Bolan, pure pop, nearly
every track on this album could've have made it as a
- Planet Queen - I like the lyrics a lot in this song,
some great one liners, nice to hear Micky's bongos
- Girl - A beautiful love song, which Marc does so
well,what wouldn't a woman give to have lyrics like
that wrote about her, nice acoustic guitar on this track
fits so well with the song, as you can guess I love this
- The motivator - This is my least favourite song off the
album, don't really know why I just never took to
it.Good lyrics though.
- Life's a gas - Another nice slow song, I really
love Marcs slower numbers,nice to hear more guitar coming
- Rip Off - Marc a little ahead of his time here.I can
always here the spirit of 77 shining through on this song,
any one of the punk bands could have carried this song
through.Love Marc sneering his way through this one, a
perfect finale to a great album, Marc really coming through
as the Electric Warrior.
=== Review by Chris ===
Once upon a time I went looking for a T.Rex LP. I had the
money you see. What I found was 'Electric Warrior'
that promised new vistas and the most unbelievable "blow
me into your dreams and taste me baby" cover in the
history of creation and beyond, - but no 'Ride a White
Swan' or 'Hot Love'. Behind it in the rack was
'Bolan Boogie' that had all I needed except
'Life's a Gas'. I didn't understand why two
albums shared tracks like this. So I bought 'Ride a White
Swan' because it was much cheaper. I was 14.
I never forgot that cover though. It blinded me one September
morning as I heard the news.
Two years later a friend proudly showed me her (Dads)
Electric Warrior LP, and how the line about 'dancing in
the park' was appropriate to us.
"All six of his songs done perfectly at least once"
I spat. Missed out again then. I was 20.
In 1987 I bought an LP called 'Greatest Hits' not
recognising the track list. When I got it home I discovered a
German pressing of EW resleeved and retitled but with EW
still on the label (not as good as the original Fly pressing
though, those guys really made quality vinyl). I now listen
to the Fly LP and the Warner Reprise CD, which is still the
best CD version.
That's the history, now for the runes on the tunes from a
land of magic and wonderment.
- Mambo Sun - a hypnotic trance is spider webbed around
you. Of course you're free to move and you are equally
free to stay there transfixed. This song feels like
it's always going on around us and always will be, we
just hear a different fragment each time.
Sometimes I sing this to my son the Boy mountain to get him
- Cosmic Dancer - It took me some time to get to know
this one. The song is classically introspective Bolan
filled out with colour TV strings. The guitar runs that are
played backwards and then played back off tape backwards
make for a gorgeous effect.
- Jeepster - Balls out Boley Boogie. Although it's
layered with production the basic sound is live in the
studio improvisation. I adored this track as a youngster
and it sounds even better on 45.
- Monolith - An awe inspiring beauty fills my soul every
time this comes on. A Bolan poem set to a simple melody
with the guitar wah-wahed in from the next dimension.
- Lean Woman Blues - I find the "take ten" ten
seconds before the music starts a bit glib, but hey. This
is blues alright and it owes nothing to no one but Bolan
"I'm a beggar on the beach of the land of
you". Ends up collapsed in a shagged out heap. How was
it for you?
- Get it On - For a long time my favourite T.Rex track -
ever. Until I realised it was pointless having favourites.
The fast moving images throw shadows of the world I've
inhabited ever since. A classic pop song of its era, and
clearly built to be nothing less, a touch of feed back for
the rock audience, BIG drums, a shade of the Stax-Volt
sound and an irresistible catchy hook. A whole universe in
what, five chords?
- Planet Queen - "The patient is coming round
doctor", "quick nurse mainline him hypnotic
trance number two and then get your kit off". I'm
never too sure about the pictures I see when this is
playing, it's a burned out house maybe a strange
visitor, bombsites abound. Faintly disturbing anyhow. That
repeated drum figure is a tarandiddle if I'm not
- Girl -I know who this song is about. Incredibly it was
written nearly eight years before the event and neither of
us had met Marc Bolan. However, it describes our
relationship and ourselves completely. And this was the
girl who had the copy of EW about which I was so scathing.
Possibly the most musically Jewish sounding of Bolan's
melancholic songs. Purpose made for nostalging to about
lost friends and lovers.
- Motivator - Entirely derivative and yet one of the
albums most compelling tracks. The cheeky love child of a
steamy nights passion between Hot Love and Get it On.
- Life's A Gas -The angst of frustrated teenage
infatuation distilled. The arrangement could not be more
right. One of his deathless tunes they'll play on sweet
- Rip Off - The more I hear this song the more I admire
it. At first it's a rather unprepossessing clatter, but
there is a lot going on here. In many ways it's an
exercise in the clever-clever. The important thing is that
it works and makes a fitting climax to a marvellous album.
Is there a portent in (and should we have a debate about)
the strings momentarily outlasting the guitar sustain /
feedback? No, I don't think so.
There are not the words to describe this album. Did I really
describe it as "All six of his songs done perfectly at
least once"? Yes, and I would stand by that today.
It's never referred to as a concept album but I think it
is. EW stands head and shoulders above the rest of
Boley's output because... I don't know why but
everything is just right on this one.
- Hot Love - I've never regarded this as in context
with 'Electric Warrior'. Not quite a favourite, the
la la la's go on a bit too long. But then again.
- Woodland Rock - Sounds like a throwaway taken up as a
production exercise by TV. Pleasantly ridiculous, even so I
like it. The studio jamble on the 45 version is
- King of the Mountain Cometh - An Aslan wonderland
played on a Fender guitar. Stare into my dreams but
don't let me dazzle you. A massive, almost
Spectoresque, soundscape envelops you, even from a clapped
out mono Dansette groove grinder. Still enchanting. Blends
perfectly into Get it On. Another Boy Mountain knock out
- There was a time - Charmingly naive
- Raw Ramp - You know what I want and I know what
- Electric Boogie - a virtual orgasm to the definitive
glam rock beat. The whole 'piece' should have been
the first track on EW running right into Mambo Sun. Putting
it there gives the album a oneness it doesn't otherwise
possess and sets the theme of mystic sex and love. In
particular it creates a naive contrast for Rip Off.
- Sailors of the Highway - Should have been on the B-side
of Jeepster. Not terribly memorable (I'm going from the
BBC version) but ok. Seems to be the basis of Rapids.
=== Review by Pierre ===
First of all : that killing cover sleeve : Marc's shadow
in gold on black. Cheeky : the gold means that the inner is
And in fact it is.
It'd been hard for me to love this album at first. I
started with Slider and Tanx and this one was less obvious.
With the age increasing EW became slowly one of my favorites
if not my favorite :
The album has a perfect homogeneity. marc was at his peak,
everything he wrote at that time was pure gold , even the 2
tracks b-sides. Thanks to EW we all gathered along with Marc
and met on the net. Thanks Marc.
Mel and Sverre's thoughts of "E.W."
- Mambo sun , unusual ryth, the perfect opener
- Cosmic Dancer : weird lyrics, the anthem of Marc since
his tragidc death
- Jeepster : Lord I love this one, the opening track of
every T.Rex gig I think.
- Monolith : Love Marc's voice : lost like a lion, In
the canyons of smoke..
- Lean woman Blues : The perfect Bolanic blues
- Get it On : a killer ! nearly 30 but ever so
- Planet queen : an other great tune
- Girl : Bolan's balad at his best
- The Motivator : syncopated rythm
- Life's a Gas : sure when someone is able to write
such a beautiful song
- Rip-Off : never liked this one. i'm getting in
since I joined Till
OOOOOOUUUUUUUU, AAAAAAAHHHHH, ELECTRIC WARRIOR
- Let's see; of or being charged with electricity
a person experienced with
conflict. Yes, this is where Marc is coming
at us with this album. He is The Electric Warrior. The
title says it all, and this album ROCKS (in a very
Sverre, are you sure we can review this together???
- <g> The Atlantic is between us! ;-)
- Still, are you sure that is far enough????
- No...... :-)
- The cover pic, looks as though Marc truely is
electrified. Do you have an opinion on this Sverre??
- Yes Mel, - I have. Let me start with saying this: A
dear Tiller said, - and I quote: "First of all the
cover stinks", - and he added, -- "The poetry was
gone". He knew while he wrote this, -- that if I took
a sip of coffee while I read these lines, I would get
coffee in my nose! He knows I love this cover! How could he
do this?? <g> It is a very "low profile"
cover. How is that possible when you see Marc in full
profile?? <g> I think the cover picture is a
perfect one! The picture tells it all. As
you say Mel, - Marc truly is electrified.
This cover image has always fascinated me! It is soooooooo
minimalistic and it tells (in a superb way) what you will
find inside. Electric rock, -- and a
glowing Marc Bolan! I love it! The whole
presentation is beautiful! The black gatefold sleeve, the
front picture, the large inner picture, the lyrics printed
on the back! Here's to Hipgnosis!
- Gee, I really wound you up didn't I?
- You did! <S>
- Hmm, - where to start.......? To me, "Electric
Warrior" is the record where Marc - the bopping elf,
and his friend climb up on the brick wall which separates
the land of the unicorns from the "Urban Jungle".
They sit on the wall, and they sense the pulse of the big
city, -- streets, cars, neon lights, lovers in the night, -
they hear the sound of blues, -- and rock and roll. And
they turn their heads and they look back at the landscape
where, - "if the moon is low at night, you see
unicorns in silhouette on hill-tops and elves play by the
river streams". On "E.W." - Marc visits
both these worlds, - a year later
he makes his ultimate "Urban Jungle" record, -
and the land of the unicorns, the elves and the wizards, is
out of sight........forever. And, - by turning into a 4
piece rock "ensemble", with additional musicians
and singers, -- the innocence is gone forever. Some of the
charming naivety in Marc's electric guitar playing on
"Beard" and on the "Brown Album", - is
gone. Marc has become the Electric Warrior!! That's how
I see it, Mel. And hear it! Sorry for rambling! I better
move on to the songs.............
- I really like the analogy of sitting on the wall, very
nicely said. Thank you.
- :-) Thank you, Mel.
- Mambo Sun: From the land of Beltane, where there could
only be a BeBop Moon, a Mambo Sun and Aligator Rain. I love
this song, the lyrics are wonderful. Marcs direction has
changed, he is in full comand. So much sensuality in the
- This was my fave "E.W." song in younger days,
- and it still is! Why? I wish I could answer! The beat is
mesmerising, -- it goes on and on, -- so steady! The bass
drum: One, two, ( - ), four, one, two ( - ), four! All the
time, - chasing the song forward, like the rhythm of life
itself. Upon the beat, - Marc's guitar with F and Dm
chords.....and F and G chords at the end of the verses.
(Less is more!) :-)
The sound of Marc's guitars (two, three guitars in the
mix) - is warm and beautiful, airy and delicious.
Marc's voice is deep and soft and seductive. Nice
backing vocals!! This song has no chorus, so, - the only
"breaks" are the guitar solos.
"Mambo Sun" is a "passion song" which
heats up my "crystal clear" and frosty northern
nights......... and myself! <g> This might explain
why I listen to "E.W." more in the winter season
than in the summer season. :-)
"My life's a shadowless horse if I can't get
across to you"
Only Marc could write something like this. :-)
- Thank goodness he did too.
- Cosmic Dancer: This song starts with an acoustic
guitar, Marc's voice, and a beautiful
"Beatlesque" cello! Then, -- "aggressive
drums" which change the song completely! Sometimes I
only hear the drums and the strings. The drumming is
fabulous! The rhythm patterns change all the time at the
end of the song. A rare backward guitar solo and beautiful
backing vocals are other pieces in this
I shiver down my spine when I hear that
"Oooh-oooh-oooh" 'interlude' upon the
Here's to Tony for the strings! :-) It's no secret,
- I have a weakness for his string arrangements. The
"less is more" attitude!
Wonderful lyrics! Mel, -- is this a song about
- That could be very true. The vocals are so lovely and
sincere. It is a song of mortality and immortality. I feel
a different rhythm in this song. It almost seems that Marc
was speaking of his own mortality. Listening to this song
now that he no longer walks on this earth as a mortal, it
is more meaningful, somehow.
- Jeepster: Hey we just did this song, but it is worth
doing again. I really, really like the way this song works
on my imagination. I like the live version of it too. I was
going to pick a fave verse but then I realized I would be
copying the entire song, oh well. This song always does it
for me. Always. The cresendo at the end, is pure sex.
- "You'll be mine" - by Howlin' Wolf
I completely agree with you, Mel, - the cresendo at the end
is pure sex!
So, Mel, - this song works on your imagination? Tell me
more, - please! <g>
- Now? See your private mail Dear Knight of the
- Alright! :-))
"Jeepster" is a bluesy, stomping "lust
song" with wonderful lyrics, fantastic guitar playing,
very audible bongoes, (Here's to you Mickey!), ---
great bass playing, nice strings, - and, - it's a
rhythmic masterpiece!! Marc's
voice is haunting and lustful! :-) It's hard for me to
pick a fave verse, - I love them all, - but this line was
easy to pick: "You've got the universe reclining
in you hair" - classic Marc!
- You already know what my fave line is, I don't want
to repeat myself, just the song.
- Monolith: I have always loved this song, - and I still
do! It stands like a monolith in my life! :-))
Another C Am F G chord song, - so classic, - so classic, -
and still so different. After four gentle hits on the
cymbal, - the beautiful backing vocals begin, then, -- the
gentle guitar! Marc's singing is
wonderful on this song, -- I have no other
word to use, Mel! The lyric is breathtaking, - the melody,
(with all it's "loud echoes" of the 50's
and the 60's) is fabulous. The guitar solo is
"Beard" revisited - (the sound and the wah
This is a song with a sad sounding lyric. Nevertheless, -
with Marc's voice, the classic chords and Tony's
arrangements, - it is a "monolith", - still
"It's no joke oh no........"
We are all chained to time, - to fate, - to love, - to our
actions, --- and to our visions. We
can't escape. And why should we?
That's how I understand the lyric....... What do you
- This song has so much meaning, a timeless reminder of
how we continue to treat the earth, and as it's
caretakers we are doing very poorly. Marc did have some
very down to earth thoughts and worries. I think he tried
to explain some of his conscience concerns for the world
and mankind with this song.
- Lean Woman Blues: Oh yes, once again, those lyrics
dripping with a delectable touch of sensuality. I love this
part the best I think, "I'm like a child in the
sand; on the beach, of the land of you". This song
leaves me with the feeling like someone just kissed the
back of my neck oooooo,mmmmmm.
- You play this song often, then!!? ;-)
- Probably more than I should <G>, for a grown
As a kid, I didn't like this song much, - it sounded
boring! It didn't move forward, it was like the song
was stuck in syrup! <G> And, - it had too few
chords!! Unbelievable what kind of thoughts you might find
in a kid's head! Thank God, -- I grew up, and I got
"wiser", - I love this song to bits now!
- I'm so glad you grew up dear.
- If I should have only ONE
blues song in my collection, - it would've been this
one!! "Lean Woman Blues" hits me hard, - I want
to grab my guitar and play along, facing the moon and my
unfullfilled dreams! <S>
- Maybe there are some issues you need to deal with in
the area of unfullfilled dreams?
- I believe so, yes. :-) Marc's singing is fabulous,
he stretches his voice, -- he sounds playful and desperate
at the same time!! The voice, the beat, the words, several
"tracks" of guitar, - what a musical
"jewel"! Another blue
hot song, perfect for a northern winter night. ;-)
Three fantastic verses, - containing a
desperate man's confessions.
- confessions or convictions?
- Hmmmm, - both, I would say!
- Get It On: A simple melody upon a steady rhythm. E and
A chords on the verse and G and A chords on the chorus. So
simple and so beautiful! I use to call this the
"Hemingway 'Iceberg' technique" set in a
musical frame! Less is more! :-) I might have said this
before, Mel!? <G> Marc's singing is sexy, -
haunting, - soooooo seductive. How can you listen to this
song, - Mel, - without spilling your coffee!?
- I try not to be sitting or drinking coffee when this
song is on. <G>.
- This is one of Marc's best songs, ever! The song is
a musical mystery! I believe the secret is, -- the
voice.....and the beat!
Barely audible backing vocals sway and swirl in and out.
Nice humming on the verses. Beautiful saxes create a
staccato pattern, together with the piano and Marc's
guitar riff. Du - du - dudu - du.....
A fantastic song! Pure sex!
Fave line: "You've got the blues in your shoes and
your stockings". Mel, - you already knew this??
- I thought it was "You're an untamed
youth..........." <G> This review is very fun to
do with you :-)) as I have said before, when I hear those
opening chords and my heart skips a beat. I always say
ooohh, there's Marc.
- Planet Queen: I like the Sci Fi references on this
song, of course I'm sure that this is one of those
songs that I played very loudly when I was young. Hey I
still do. How can you use someones head as a revolver
- You like the Sci Fi references?? I bet you do, you
Heinlein fan!!! :-)
Sadly, or luckily <G>, I can't answer your
question about the "head as a revolver"! Drums,
acoustic guitar, bongoes, great
backing vocals, - Marc's singing is so beautiful! And
playful at the end of the song.
I don't understand the lyric, though. I need your help,
The protagonist meets an alien beauty, - certain things
<g> are done the same way in the two worlds.
- My what an active imagination you have..........
Well it's all right
love is what you want
Flying saucer take me away
The protagonist is ready to leave, - to travel with her,
- the Planet Queen.
give me your daughter
In younger days I read this line wrong! I read it as
"give birth to a child, a girl, and let it be
How should it be read? Is this a request to the Planet
Queen? I understand nothing. Mel, you Sci Fi expert, -
- Ha, I did not ever mean to mislead you Dear Knight, I
am far from an expert on anything (well most anything).
Maybe the meaning changes as we do, or as we need it to??
maybe there is no deep hidden meaning, maybe it just sounds
- Girl: I have always loved this little acoustic
"hymn"! Marc's voice is wonderful, although
he sounds a bit sad. Add a warm sounding flugel horn, an
acoustic- and an electric guitar, - and the
"picture" is complete!
God, a girl, a boy and a protagonist, - what is this?
"Echoes" of Eden? :-)
Verse one: A "request" to God........and a hymn!!
Verse two: A girl, limp in society's ditch, visually
fine but mentally dying. Verse three: A boy, sunk, barely
floating, mentally weak, - a dreamer??? What do we have
here?? A girl and a boy, whose lives are hard roads, God
who seems to be absent, -- and a protagonists who prays for
What do you think, Mel? This is almost a psalm, isn't
- Excuse me, you want me to think?? This song has
different meanings, when I hear it. I'm not sure how to
explain it. I guess I can't, maybe sometime.
- The Motivator: This song does motivate me, it is very
nice to hear when you are a little down. Shine on....
- In younger days I thought this was a boring song, - a
bleak shade of "Get It On" - same kinda song,
(sort of), - but not up
Today, I really like it! It's not a
masterpiece, but it's a great song! A
very rhythmic, funny and optimistic "twinkle in the
eye" - song! Great guitar playing, Marc is charming
and playful, and his voice is great!!
"The Motivator" is a hymn to a womans exterior, -
only in second verse, we see a glimse of her soul, -
"your eye it doth shine like an Egyptian ruby".
Maybe I interpret this wrong, Mel??? Marc doesn't say
"eyes", - he says "eye", - so maybe he
talks about...........a jewel in a necklace. And what am I
talking about?? <g>
- Maybe it is a jewel in her naval <G>.
Echoes of the 50's and the 60's again, and why not?
-- great music in those days! :-)
- Life's a Gas: Another all time favourite!! :-) A
"melancholic" song with an optimistic statement!
A contradiction? Maybe. :-) I can easily imagine Marc's
smile when he sings: "Ah - life's a gas".
Marc's voice is great! Beautiful guitar playing, -
beautiful lyrics! I love this song to bits!!
"I hope it's gonna last" :-)
- This song has given me many mixed feelings through the
years, sad to hear Marc sing "Life's a gas I hope
it's gonna last" now. It is a truly wonderful
song. Unrequinted love as were, "I could have placed
your love in the stars" life does go on though....
- Rip Off: It was a while before I really warmed up to
this song. It is punk before punk. Like so many others I
did not feel that this song belonged on this album, I
wonder who decided it did. The lyrics again are
- I have never really warmed up
to "Rip Off"! As you say, Mel, it is punk before
punk, and punk ain't my thing! In younger days I often
skipped this song, - I went from "Life's a
Gas" to "Mambo Sun" again! :-) Ahem, - I
still do, sometimes! ;-) Often!!
You see, Mel, while hearing the first ten songs, I get in a
certain mood, <G> or moods
to be precisely! Happy, thoughtful, melancholic,
<censored word>, happy again. Marc creates
images in my head, - and "Rip Off" ruins it
The song is disturbing, - Marc is
too angry, - as you say Mel, it does not
belong on this album. Can you imagine "There was a
time - Raw Ramp - E.B." replacing it???? That
would've been something!! :-)) I try to say, Mel, I
(sort of) like "Rip Off", - but
not in this setting! The middle part is the
highlight of the song, - I think. "I'm the King of
The end of "Rip Off" is odd. From 2:40, - the
song begins to sound like a King Crimson piece! Yes, it
does, - yes, it does! ;-) "Here he starts up
again!", you might think <g> - nevertheless, --
McDonalds' alt sax and the synths go on for one minute.
Ian McDonald is a "progressive" musician, he
played in King Crimson and he got the final
"word" on "E.W." Unbelievable!! :-)
They switched off the lights, they left the studio, and Ian
sneaked back! <g>
- That's pretty funny....
- And true! ;-)
- Is it possible to have too much sexuality in lyrics and
a voice, I don't think so. This album is so charged, so
forceful and passionate. This album substantiated Marcs
place in the commercial music industry. A classic rock
- Amen to that, Mel, - and I have nothing to add! A line,
"E.W." begins with a glowing, rhythmic
masterpiece and ends with a pre-punk punk
song, - a very aggresive song, - with a "prog rock
Between my fave song "Mambo Sun"..... and
"Rip Off", - are nine other shining
"jewels" given us by the Electric Warrior while
he's on his way into the "Urban Jungle
setting" which vaguely begins with "E.W."
--- continues through "Slider" and
"Tanx", --- and ends with the apocalyptic
Mel, - thank you for another Bolan chat! It has been fun,
it has been a struggle <g>, and it has been a
very hot experience!
- Sverre, you're pretty cute. You always make me
smile and I look forward to doing another review with
Thank you, Mel.