Electric Warrior Album is by T.Rex, the English rock group. The album was released on the 24th of September 1971 by Fly records in the United Kingdom, an independent label established a year earlier by David Platz.
In the United States, the release was handled by Reprise Records, a label founded by Frank Sinatra in 1960 and now part of the Warner Music Group.
Produced by the legendary Tony Visconti, Electric Warrior is credited as being the first album of the glam rock genre and a pioneer in the evolution of glam rock.
The album is the band’s second studio release, sixth overall if previous work as Tyrannosaurus Rex is taken into consideration. Electric Warrior was a move away from the folk-oriented output T.Rex had previously released; they were now moving into a more pop-friendly version of electro-rock, new territory that later became known as glam rock.
The lead single, ” Get It On ” was released on the 2nd of July 1971. In the United States, the title was altered to ” Bang A Gong ( Get It On ) ” due to a song by the American jazz rock band, Chase, who had already released a single called ” Get It On ” earlier in 1971.
The track features Saxophones played by King Crimson’s Ian McDonald. The electric piano and Hammond organ present were performed by Rick Wakeman and Blue Weaver, both former members of English rock band the Strawbs.
The two musicians are thought to have played different parts, with Rick Wakeman playing the piano glissandos ( a continuous slide upwards or downwards between two notes ), the work earned Rik £9, about the equivalent of £123.00 in today’s money.
Backing vocals were provided by Mark Volman and Howard Kaylan, both former members of the American rock band, The Turtles.
” Get It On ” was a commercial success for T.Rex. In the United Kingdom, the song spent four weeks at number One, eight weeks in the Top Ten and fourteen weeks on the UK Singles Chart.
In the United States, the single made number ten on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1972, spending fifteen weeks on the chart there.
” Get It On ” also topped the chart in Ireland. In Germany, it reached number three, fourteen in Australia, twelve in Canada, fifteen in the Netherlands, six in Norway and three in Switzerland. Taking into consideration UK sales of 250,000 and US sales, the single collectively sold around 1 million copies between 1971 and 1972.
The Electric Warrior album became a successful release for T.Rex. In the United Kingdom, it entered the chart on the 9th of October 1971. There it topped the UK Albums Chart, spending eight weeks at Number One. At the time it spent forty-four weeks on the chart. In 2012 it was re-released and made number fifty-five.
In the United States, the album peaked at number thirty-two on the Billboard 200, spending thirty-four weeks on the chart.
T.Rex were an English rock band formed in the 1960s by Marc Bolan. The group began life as Tyrannosaurus Rex in 1967 and released four folk-rock albums before shortening the name to T.Rex.
During the early 1970s, their most successful time, the members were Marc Bolan, Mickey Finn, Bill Legend and Steve Currie.
Although the band’s debut album, My People Were Fair and Had Sky in Their Hair… But Now They’re Content to Wear Stars on Their Brows, was released in 1968 and reached number fifteen on the Albums Chart in the UK, it was another two years before they started getting noticed.
Under the name T.Rex, they released their self-titled debut album on the 18th of December 1970.
The album reached number seven in the United Kingdom and spent twenty-five weeks on the chart there.
The single and first hit, ” Ride a White Swan “, is considered by many to have kickstarted glam rock and the mania that it would bring. They took the record to number two in the UK and spent twenty weeks on the singles chart.
Since the release of the self-titled album and first hit single, Marc Bolan and T.Rex have endured and remain as popular today as they did in the early to late 70s.
To date, the T.Rex Album releases are ( as Tyrannosaurus Rex ) four studio albums. They also released six singles.
As the shortened T.Rex their album releases are nine studio albums, three posthumous, seven live albums, thirty-four Compilations, six box sets and two Extended Plays. They also released twenty-two singles.
Lead singer and only songwriter, Marc Bolan ( known as the godfather of glam ), was born Mark Feld on the 30th of September 1947.
He was killed instantly on the 16th of September 1977 after the mini he was a passenger in hit a tree in southwest London. The driver, Gloria Jones survived.
Electric Warrior Track Listing:
1. Mambo Sun
2. Cosmic Dancer
5. Lean Woman Blues
6. Get It On
7. Planet Queen
9. The Motivator
10. Life’s a Gas
11. Rip Off