T. Rex - Slider (Remastered/+DVD)

Release Date: 26 November 2012
Artist: T. Rex
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Buoyed by two U.K. number one singles in "Telegram Sam" and "Metal Guru," The Slider became T. Rex's most popular record on both sides of the Atlantic, despite the fact that it produced no hits in the U.S. The Slider essentially replicates all the virtues of Electric Warrior, crammed with effortless hooks and trashy fun. All of Bolan's signatures are here -- mystical folk-tinged ballads, overt sexual come-ons crooned over sleazy, bopping boogies, loopy nonsense poetry, and a mastery of the three-minute pop song form. The main difference is that the trippy mix of Electric Warrior is replaced by a fuller, more immediate-sounding production. Bolan's guitar has a harder bite, the backing choruses are more up-front, and the arrangements are thicker-sounding, even introducing a string section on some cuts (both ballads and rockers). Even with the beefier production, T. Rex still doesn't sound nearly as heavy as many of the bands it influenced (and even a few of its glam contemporaries), but that's partly intentional -- Bolan's love of a good groove takes precedence over fast tempos or high-volume crunch. Lyrically, Bolan's flair for the sublimely ridiculous is fully intact, but he has way too much style for The Slider to sound truly stupid, especially given the playful, knowing wink in his delivery. It's nearly impossible not to get caught up in the irresistible rush of melodies and cheery good times. Even if it treads largely the same ground as Electric Warrior, The Slider is flawlessly executed, and every bit the classic that its predecessor is. ~ Steve Huey
Release Date: 26 November 2012
Artist: T. Rex

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
14. Cadilac
15. Thunderwing
16. Lady
17. Rock On (Demo)
18. The Slider (Acoustic/Version)
19. Buick Mackane (Demo)
20. Sugar Baby (Rabbit Fighter) (Demo)
21. Baby Strange (Incomplete Electric Solo Demo)
22. Slider Blues (Solo Demo)
23. Buick Mackane II (Slider Outtake/Alternate Take)
24. Baby Strange (US Radio Session/Version)
25. Ballrooms of Mars (US Radio Session/Version)
26. The Slider (Acoustic Demo/Version)
27. Marc Bolan Talks To Johnny Moran About ‘The Slider’ (Radio Interview, 26 August 1972)
28. Metal Guru
29. Mystic Lady
30. Rock On
31. The Slider
32. Baby Boomerang
33. Spaceball Ricochet
34. Buick Mackane
35. Telegram Sam
36. Rabbit Fighter
37. Baby Strange
38. Ballrooms of Mars
39. Chariot Choogle
40. Main Man
41. Tony Visconti Interviewed: At The Soho Hotel, 13th September 2012 - Visconti, Tony
42. Telegram Sam (Top Of The Pops, 19 January 1972)
43. Metal Guru (Top Of The Pops, 24 May 1972)
44. Metal Guru (Christmas Top Of The Pops, 21 December 1972)
45. Cadilac (Music In The Round, 8 December 1971)
46. Spaceball Ricochet (Music In The Round, 8 December 1971)
47. Telegram Sam (Music In The Round, 8 December 1971)
48. Marc Bolan interviewed by Russell Harty (Eleven Plus, 23 July 1972)
49. Advert for The Slider (Bonus Content)
50. Live at the Chateau D’Hérouville (Bonus Content)
51. Marc and Mickey Visit the EMI Pressing Plant (Bonus Content)
52. Buick Mackane (US Promo Film Bonus Content)

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