Electric Warrior [Super Deluxe Edition]
A&M/ Universal Music Group 
(2 CD / 1 DVD Set)
Fire Note Says: A classic you should have in your collection!
T. Rex's Electric Warrior  is one of those records that is always talked about but I guarantee most hipster kids out there have never sat down with the album that essentially launched the UK glam rock movement, influenced countless mainstream artists and its essence can be heard in hundreds of indie, hard rock, punk and new wave albums from the 70's to present. Of course with such a big reputation it is only fitting that the record once again be treated to the Deluxe Edition treatment found here on the new 2 CD / 1 DVD set as you will hear T. Rex sounding as fresh today as they did 40 years ago.
The Super Deluxe Version offers the listener a fully remastered version of Electric Warrior from original producer Tony Visconti that is presented with four bonus tracks which all soar out of your speakers. The second disc though is what long time fans will want to hear as it features an alternative version of Electric Warrior comprised from previously unreleased demos and out-takes plus 9 other unreleased songs highlighted by a cover of Carl Perkins’ rockabilly classic “Honey Don’t”. There is also an acoustic home demo of "Get It On" that gives you a true inside look at the making of a classic plus "The Electric Warrior" poem which kicks it all off that Marc Bolan recited for a US radio promo spot.
Lastly, the included DVD is what really makes the Super Deluxe Edition as it features rare and unreleased TV performances and promos by the group. This is great footage that gives you a sense of what the 70's were like as the band rocks out a version of "Get It On" on the British television show Top of the Pops, December 20th, 1971 which also features Elton John cranking on the ivories. The video footage also lets you see why Marc Bolan was such a star as his stage presence was huge!
I know that people get tired of buying the same album over and over but I think if one collection lived up to the Super Deluxe treatment, Electric Warrior is well done as I don't think you will feel cheated. The collection is housed in a lavish box which is foil blocked that contains the two CDs, DVD, and a 32 page hardback book featuring a brand new essay from Bolan biographer Mark Paytress (including new interviews with those who were close to Marc). The box also includes reproductions of rare photos and memorabilia.
Clearly new listeners to Electric Warrior just need to get a hold of the album to be impressed but the extras definitely help you get the entire picture. Tony Visconit's remastered version of the album is also being released on vinyl for the very first time as a double LP which should sound great. Regardless of what version you grab just make sure you have one!
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-Reviewed by Christopher Anthony