The Slider Album is by T.Rex, who was an English rock/folk group.
Their third studio album was released on the 21st of July 1972 under the record labels EMI and Reprise, the latter of the two in the United States.
All thirteen songs featured were written by Lead singer and chief songwriter Marc Bolan. Production for the album was by Tony Visconti, the American producer, singer and musician.
He first worked with Marc Bolan when he produced their 1968 album My People Were Fair and Had Sky in Their Hair… But Now They’re Content to Wear Stars on Their Brows when they went under the name Tyrannosaurus Rex.
He went on to produce a further nine studio albums for the group. Tony Visconti has also worked with David Bowie from 1969 until Blackstar, the star’s last album in 2016. He has produced for a broad spectrum of recording artists including the Strawbs, Mary Hopkin, Ralph McTell, Iggy Pop, The Stranglers, Kaiser Chiefs, Manic Street Preachers and Elaine Paige.
The majority of the Slider album was recorded at the Château d’Hérouville in the village of Hérouville, near Paris, France.
Early work on the tracks was finished over five days at the Strawberry Studios, Greater Manchester, England. Further work on production was done at the Rosenberg Studios, Copenhagen, Denmark.
The Slider album sold over 100,000 copies in four days on the back of the two singles released, ” Telegram Sam ” and ” Metal Guru “.
Lyrically the songs on the album make little sense, however, that didn’t stop fueling the rise of T.Rexstasy in the United Kingdom and to a much lesser extent America.
Upon release, the album received favourable reviews. Stephen Davis writing in a review for Rolling Stone magazine published on the 12th of October 1972 that ” T.Rex/Marc Bolan have cranked out…something so new as to be downright outrageous and scary and yet something so familiar, a hybrid of the Chuck Berry rock & raunch grafted to the most monolithic, surreal of Beatle orchestrations. ”
In a retrospective review for AllMusic, Steve Huey said it was ” nearly impossible not to get caught up in the irresistible rush of melodies, ” calling it ” flawlessly executed. ”
The lead single, ” Telegram Sam “, was released on the 21st of January 1972 under the record labels T.Rex Wax Co. in the United Kingdom and Reprise in the United States.
The first single issued under his newly formed label, it was written by Marc Bolan wrote the song about Tony Secunda, his manager.
The song also mentions other figures like Bobby, Golden Nose Slim, Jungle Faced Jake and Purple Pie Pete, with Mark Bolan writing about himself with ” I ain’t no square/with my corkscrew hair “.
” Telegram Sam ” became a successful release for T.Rex. In the United States, the single made number sixty-seven on the 13th of May 1972 and spent five weeks on the Billboard Hot 100.
In the United Kingdom, the song entered the UK Singles chart on the 29th of January 1972 at Number One, a position it held for two weeks.
It spent five weeks in the Top Ten and fourteen weeks in the Top 100. The song was dislodged from the top by Chicory Tip’s ” Son of My Father “.
The song had chart success in Ireland where it topped the chart. In Germany and Switzerland the single reached number four, with six in Sweden, twenty-six in the Netherlands, eighteen in Belgium ( Wallonia ), twenty-seven in France, seventeen in Italy and thirty-five in New Zealand.
The Slider album became another commercially successful release for T.Rex. In the United States, the album peaked at number seventeen on the 11th of November 1972 and spent twenty-four weeks on the Billboard 200.
In the United Kingdom, it entered the UK Albums Chart on the 5th of August 1972 and reached number four. It spent seven weeks in the Top Ten and eighteen weeks in the Top 100.
The Slider album also charted in Germany where it peaked at seven and eight in Norway.
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.
The Slider Album Track Listing:
1. Metal Guru
2. Mystic Lady
3. Rock On
4. The Slider
5. Baby Boomerang
6. Spaceball Ricochet
7. Buick Mackane
8. Telegram Sam
9. Rabbit Fighter
10. Baby Strange
11. Ballrooms of Mars
12. Chariot Choogle
13. Main Man