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‘The Slider’ Turns 40

November 27, 2012

Now remastered for the first time by Tony Visconti, this classic album – released in July 1972 on the back of three chart-topping T.Rex LPs – provides a perfect snapshotof the era the press dubbed ‘T. Rextasy’ and is proof of Bolan’s extraordinary and enduring appeal across the generations.

The Slider contained two UK Number 1 hit singles, Telegram Sam and Metal Guru – the latter famously regarded by Morrissey as “pop perfection”. It was the first to bear the T.Rex Wax Co imprint, a seal of approval from EMI Records, who felt Bolan sufficiently important to warrant having his own record label.   On the accompanying DVD, Tony Visconti recalls the making of the album in an exclusive new 105-minute interview with Bolan biographer Mark Paytress.

The DVD also features TV footage including performances of Telegram Sam and Metal Guru from Top Of The Pops, ITV performance footage of Cadilac, Spaceball Ricochet and Telegram Sam, plus Marc’s interview with Russell Harty from 1972. Rounding off the DVD is footage of Marc Bolan and Mickey Finn visiting EMI’s pressing plant, a TV advert for The Slider and a US promotional film of Buick Mackane.

Tony Visconti has also written a special essay for the 48-page hardback coffee-table book included in the box, which also features a 6,000-word essay by Paytress, rare photos and reproductions of archive material. Also included in the set, which comes in a sturdy 12” x 12” box, is a 180g vinyl pressing of the original album, its two spin-off singles and a repro of the hugely collectable promo-only Chariot Choogle 45, all in facsimile T. Rex Wax Co paper sleeves.   Rounding off the package is a 40-page book of the sheet music for every song on the album, an A2 poster, sticker, plastic carrier bag, sew-on patch and facsimiles of an original Bolan fan club letter, membership card, rosette and concert ticket.


2 x CDs / 1 x DVD / 1 x 180gram vinyl LP / 3 x 7” singles

48 page casebound book

Liner notes by:   • Tony Visconti   • Mark Paytress   • Marc Bolan

105 minute filmed interview with Tony Visconti

Top Of The Pops and other TV appearances

40 page book of sheet music


Plus reproductions of memorabilia and ephemera


‘Electric Warrior’ Gets 40th Deluxe Packaging

February 14, 2012

Coming for world wide release on May 1, 2012, Polydor will release the reissued 40th Anniversary edition of the iconic T.Rex album Electric Warrior as a 2-CD/1-DVD deluxe box set. Legendary producer Tony Visconti has done the remastering of the LP. The special Disc #2 will include Demos & Out-Takes with 20 of the tracks previously unreleased. The third disc will be a special 40th Anniversary DVD that spotlights ten rare performances as well as promotional videos.

Elton John is seen with the band for “Get It On” from a 1971 Top of the Pops episode. Other performancesncluded are from the aforementoned Top of the Pops TV program and Germany’s Beat Club. Also included will be out-takes from the Empire Pool Wembley, which are out takes from the Born To Boogie film.

The set comes packaged in a lavish box containing a 32-page hardcover book containing new liner notes by Mark Paytress, along with a multitude of photos, memorabilia, a coaster, a poster and a press release replica.

T. Rex, Electric Warrior: Deluxe Edition
Fly Records HIFLY 6, 1971 – reissued Universal/Polydor, 2012

CD 1: Original Album plus Single A & B Sides
Mambo Sun
Cosmic Dancer
Lean Woman Blues
Get It On
Planet Queen
The Motivator
Life’s A Gas
Rip Off
There Was A Time / Raw Ramp (from Bug single BUG 10, 1971)
Hot Love (from Bug single BUG 6, 1971)
King Of The Mountain Cometh (from Bug single BUG 6, 1971)
Woodland Rock (from Bug single BUG 6, 1971)

CD 2: Demos and Outtakes
Electric Warrior Poem – Rare US Radio promo
Mambo Sun – Instrumental 
Cosmic Dancer – single-vocal version
Jeepster – single-vocal version
Monolith – no backing vocals version
Lean Woman Blues – single-guitar track – Work in Progress
Get It On – Full Length version
Planet Queen – acoustic version
Girl – New York demo
The Motivator – Work in Progress
Life’s A Gas – Studio out-take
Rip Off – Instrumental
Raw Ramp – London demo version
Electric Boogie – London demo version 
Honey Don’t – Studio out-take / Work in Progress 
Planet Queen – Acoustic solo / London demo version 
Girl – Acoustic solo / London demo version 
Jeepster – Electric home demo version 
Get It On – Acoustic home demo version 
Untitled instrumental – studio out-take 
Electric Warrior Poem and radio advert. US Radio promo

Hot Love from Top of the Pops, 24th March 1971. First time on DVD
Get It On from Top of the Pops, 20th December 1971 featuring Elton John
Jeepster from Beat Club, Germany. Previously Unseen Blue Screen Version
Life’s A Gas from Beat Club, Germany. Previously Unseen Blue Screen Version
Girl, Live at the Empire Pool Wembley, 18th March 1972
Cosmic Dancer, Live at the Empire Pool Wembley, 18th March 1972
Get It On, Official Promo
Jeepster, Official Promo
Jeepster from Beat Club, Germany. Broadcast version
Life’s A Gas from Beat Club, Germany. Broadcast version


‘Gettin’ It On’ For Four Decades

January 6, 2012

40 years ago this month, T.Rex’sBangagong (Get It On)’, one of my all-time favorite songs (gee, ya think?) hit the USA Billboard Top Ten charts. While it ‘only’ reached as high as #8 in the USA charts, it was a huge million-selling plus mega-hit in Britain. The song, which clocks in at 4:25 has now become an iconic song of the 70’s and of British rock ‘n roll. 

 ‘Bangagong (Get It On)’, which appeared on T.Rex’s Electric Warrior album, was released as single on the Fly label in the IK and Reprise in the USA. Written by Marc Bolan, of course, the track was produced by Tony Visconti and engineered by Roy Thomas Baker.

 Besides Bolan the T.Rex band who recorded this included Mickey Finn, percussionist; Bill Legend, drums and Steve Currie, Bass. Background vocals were by the Turtles’/Flo & Eddie’s Howard Kaylan and Mark Volman. Playing saxophone the track is Ian McDonald, who co-founded King Crimson and Foreigner with Rick Wakeman on piano and Burt Collins on flugelhorn. percussionist percussionist percussionist
Over the years the song has been used in films, television, commercials and a number of bands and performers have recorded their own versions.

 In 1971, British band Top of the Poppers covered “Get It On” on their Top of the Pops, Volume 18 album. When Blondie’s 1978 classic Parallel Lines was reissued a live recording of the song was included as a bonus song. In 1979 Witch Queen released a disco version while soon after Joe Perry recorded for his Joe Perry Project album Once A Rocker, Always A Rocker. In the past dozen years or so it’s also been recorded by The Boomtang Boys, Los Bunkers, Ministry, Cinema Bizarre, Porno Graffiti and in 2010 Carlos Santana recorded for his Guitar Heaven: The Greatest Guitar Classics of All Time with Bush’s Gavin Rossdale on lead vocals.

Fly Records – UK 45 RPM Record Sleeve

The song was featured in many films, including The Stoned Age (1994), Blue Juice (1995), Billy Elliot (2000), The Trip (2002), Meet the Fockers (2004), Flying Boys (2004), Jarhead (2005), The Bank Job (2008) and Barney’s Version (2010) and G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (2010).

Get it on, indeed!

‘Get It On’ UK Chart History

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