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T. RexElectric Warrior

Label:Fly Records (3) – HIFLY 6
Format:
Vinyl, LP, Album
Country:UK
Released:
Genre:Rock
Style:Glam, Classic Rock

Tracklist

A1Mambo Sun3:38
A2Cosmic Dancer4:27
A3Jeepster4:10
A4Monolith3:35
A5Lean Woman Blues3:00
B1Get It On4:25
B2Planet Queen3:11
B3Girl2:30
B4The Motivator3:59
B5Life's A Gas2:22
B6Rip Off3:39
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First edition released with a picture portraits liner and lyrics printed on rear sleeve.
Initial copies distributed with a free foldout poster, with or without an advertising sticker on front sleeve.

The otherwise identical version with an additional Campbell Connelly publishing credit on the A-side label is Electric Warrior.

On sleeve: 'All songs written and composed for Essex Music (International) Ltd.'

Recorded At Wally Heider L.A., Media Sound N.Y., Trident And Advision Studios London
Runouts are stamped, except for 'PORKY' / 'PECKO-DUCK', which are etched.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, label): HIFLY 6A
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, runout, variant 1): HIFLY 6 A-2U Porky
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, runout, variant 1): HIFLY 6 B-2U Pecko Duck
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, runout, variant 2): FLY 6 A-2U PORKY
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, runout, variant 2): FLY 6 B-2U PECKO-DUCK
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, runout, variant 3): FLY 6 A-2U PORKY AL 1
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, runout, variant 3): FLY 6 B-2U PR PECKO-DUCK 1

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
Electric Warrior (LP, Album, Gatefold)Reprise RecordsRS 6466US1971
Electric Warrior (LP, Album)Columbia, Columbia4E 062-92875, 6 E 062-92875Scandinavia1971
Electric Warrior (LP, Album, Gatefold)Ariola85 731 ITGermany1971
Electric Warrior (LP, Album)Fly Records (3), CBSCBS 64687France1971
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Electric Warrior (LP, Album, Gatefold)Polydor2326 001New Zealand1971
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Nomos_Alpha
My copy another matrix variant?:
Matrix / Runout (Side A, runout, variant 1): HIFLY 6 A-2U Porky

Matrix / Runout (Side B, runout, variant ?) FLY6B //3 12 2
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Madlittleminx92
I'm a bit confused as mine credits Lupus Music. It also has the Variant 1 A-Side but the etching on B side is not one that I can find it's FLY 6B (W? OR A SYMBOL, NOT SURE) 3 1 2 2
can anyone help?
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kjmorrissey
I'm a little confused by my copy (purchased from new when I was a 13 year old glam rock nut!). Red sticker and the poster but Jeepster A3 * exception credited to Lupus Music. Matrix run out as here, variant 2 with the capitalised PORKY, PECKO-DUCK. Another variant?
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Edited 8 months ago
At the outset of the 1970s, a relatively unknown singer-songwriter hailing from London abruptly converted from acoustic neo-romanticism to tricked-up heavy rock, achieving the stardom he had long desired in the process. No, that is not a description David Bowie’s rise to prominence, but you would be forgiven for making that assumption. From the late ‘60s artistic groundswell to the sudden re-emergence and reinvention of rock & roll, nobody straddled the fine line between such flagrant decadence, sleaze and theatricality quite like Marc Bolan, the lead singer of Tyrannosaurus Rex, later very aptly abbreviated to T. Rex at the precise moment they streamlined their sound. Once this new anti-revolutionary style emerged from the underground, the innate androgyny and artifice exhibited so unashamedly by men only carried weight and gained acceptance when bedizened by those of hippie extraction, namely Marc Bolan, who used his own growing fascination with the glitzy female aesthetic as a means of expressing his unique brand of esotericism to the uninitiated masses. Unlike his contemporaries, Bolan was crafting sizzling material not entirely defined by the era, and by drawing on the reserves of otherworldly poetry, electric instruments and bubblegum pop melodies, he fashioned the rudimentary elements of what become known as glam rock into something conversely sexy and outlandish yet entirely resonant, particularly with teenage girls enamoured with his swagger and idiosyncratic appeal.

Preceding the release of the new material by several months, the standalone single “Hot Love” marked the first time, with the exception of “Ride a White Swan”, T. Rex dispensed with the acoustic instruments and fairytales in favour of cosmic fantasies and four-to-the-floor rock. “Hot Love” would reach number one on the UK Singles Chart, remaining there for six weeks. Bolan’s ground-breaking appearance on Top Of The Pops adorned in satin and glitter precipitated the gender ambiguity and superficiality of glam rock. Contrary his early loopy performances with outré percussionist Steve Took, Bolan’s florid prose and wordplay were now being delivered with arrogance and conviction, albeit with a much-needed degree of showmanship backed by a trio of musicians. Indeed, T. Rex’s popularity was borne out of Bolan’s flashiness and mystical leanings, which was in turn overcome by his innovative sense and raw talent. “Hot Love” may have kick-started the movement, but glam rock would not have come into its own without “Electric Warrior”, which, alongside Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust era, further established keynotes of the genre and set the template for acts such as New York Dolls, The Sweet and Mott the Hoople. Featuring airy production courtesy of Tony Visconti, the album supplemented the esotericism of T. Rex’s incipient phase with a healthy dose of self-indulgence, sexuality and spark. Visconti’s role was to engulf the non-sequiturs and existentialism in a dense, gratifying and subduing wall of vocal warbles, soothing strings, reverberating riffs and a propulsive, stomping back-beat. Astonishingly, he succeeded in helming a warm, sensuous, groove-laden joyride.

The rollicking “Jeepster” and deliciously gritty “Get It On” remain notable fixtures of the teenybopper glory days, but when experienced in the context of the album from which they were taken, they are elevated to a far higher plane. “Mambo Sun,” “Monolith,” “Planet Queen,” “Cosmic Dancer,” “Life’s A Gas,” “Rip Off” are all invigorating and infectious art statements as significant and dynamic as the youth-targeting “Hot Love” and “Ride a White Swan”, anchoring newfound sexual and extra-terrestrial impulses to sultry swings and flourishes of melancholy and surrealism. Despite being utterly sublime, had “Hot Love” been included in the running order of “Electric Warrior”, it would have diminished its flow and cohesion. It is the adept sequencing of the album that creates a distinctive mood, with even negligibly lesser songs fortified simply by their ensuing after the precedent composition.

A timeless cross-section of rhythmic musicality responsible for various components of the glam rock framework, “Electric Warrior” possesses the irresistible true rock sound that Bolan originally intended to reconstruct. This cool, bewitching amaranthine pop classic registers as increasingly stark and absurd every time you hear it, but in the very best way. If you’ve never experienced T. Rex’s output beyond the well-known singles, I exhort you to locate the earliest issue of “Electric Warrior” and prepare to be spellbound.

Rating: 5/5
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pthomas92
Does anyone get a lot of sibilance with the vocals on their copy? Trying to understand whether it's my copy, the pressing in general or my setup (Rega Planar 6 with Goldring 1042)
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Sdmag123
would love to find a good, pristine copy of this
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musicnut72
Anybody have a RE copy without STEREO on the labels and a Winchester logo in the trailoffs? Mine has that but I can't find a description of one on Discogs.
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Mindfullofmusic
My fave album since years. I listen to music from Nick Drake to Black Sabbath, but if I was allowed only one LP (crazy ideah I know) it would be this one.
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burruciaga77
really excellent disc, a turbid and experimental voice, a track of the disc is in the blow film
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SirPeter
The UK listings for this LP is messy, thus so are the sales listings.
The first issue has the red sticker on the front, with the Poster and artistic Inner within, and this pressing needs to be the first issue stated and depicted.