T.REX – ” The Slider ” Released 21st July 1972

Posted: July 21, 2017 in ALBUMS, MUSIC
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The Slider is the seventh studio album by the glam rock band T.Rex , released on 21st July 1972 by record label EMI . Two singles,Telegram Sam” and “Metal Guru, were released to promote the album.  Bolan described the song “Metal Guru” as a “festival of life song”, and that he related “Metal Guru” to “all gods around… someone special, a godhead. I thought how god would be, he’d be all alone without a telephone” were released to promote the album. The album notes credit Ringo Starr with the front and back cover photographs. The photographs were taken the same day that Starr was filming the T. Rex documentary “Born To Boogie” on John Lennon’s estate, Tittenhurst Park .  The two singles “Telegram Sam” which was released January 1972 and charted in the UK for twelve weeks and peaked at number 1.  The second single was “Metal Guru” which was released in May 1972 and charted in the United Kingdom for fourteen weeks and peaking at number 1 too.

In 1969, Marc Bolan published a folio of poetry titled The Warlock of Love. By that point, the man born Mark Feld had already been the guitarist of mod-rock band John’s Children (for all of four months) before turning his attention to folk-rock duo Tyrannosaurus Rex. Together with bongo player Steve Peregrin Took, the group released albums with titles like My People Were Fair and Had Sky in Their Hair… But Now They’re Content to Wear Stars on Their BrowsandUnicorn. Bolan mostly sat cross-legged style on stage, strumming an acoustic guitar, singing with such heavy affect that his future producer Tony Visconti was certain he was French, not English. None of these endeavors turned him into a star. But the last line of that folio portended what was to come: “And now where once stood solid water/Stood the reptile king, Tyrannosaurus Rex, reborn and bopping.”

The very next year, Tyrannosaurus Rex was reborn. Bolan stood up, plugged in a Les Gibson, replaced Took with Mickey Finn, and began to enunciate each syllable with lip-smacking aplomb on the band’s first single as T. Rex. Propelled by handclaps and a strutting gamecock of a guitar lick, “Ride a White Swan” climbed up the UK charts to No. 2. T. Rex was bopping. So much so that The Warlock of Love sold over 40,000 copies, making Bolan a best-selling poet.

When T. Rex’s second single “Hot Love” shot straight to #1, Bolan dabbed some glitter on his cheekbones before a “Top of the Pops” performance. As Simon Reynolds recalled in Shock and Awe: Glam Rock and Its Legacy, that performance was “the spark that ignited the glam explosion,” confessing himself to “being shaken by the sight and sound of Marc Bolan…that electric frizz of hair, the glitter-speckled cheeks…Marc seemed like a warlord from outer space.” With 1971’s Electric Warrior, T. Rex topped the charts and was poised to break in the U.S., where “Bang a Gong (Get It On)” reached the top 10. For a glorious, nearly two-year reign, England was caught up in what the music mags would call “T. Rextasy.”

On New Year’s Day in 1972: Marc Bolan signed a deal with EMI Records to release albums in the UK on his own ‘T. Rex Wax Co.‘ label; the first album to be issued under the arrangement came in July, with ‘The Slider’ (reissued in Nov. 2012 as a 40th anniversary deluxe box set edition

I love The Slider but I will be the first to admit that “Buick MacKane” was not the most exciting track for me on that album. However, this live performance of “Buick MacKane” from Musikladen is just so good .  I’ve never seen Marc Bolan rock so hard! I’m thinking it’s because there’s no glossy Tony Visconti production to get in the way of that gorgeous loud Orange Cab speaker – now that’s what a Gold Top Les Paul should sound like! He almost reminds me a little of the sound of Black Sabbaths Tony Iommi . The band featuring Bill Legend, Mickey Finn, and Steve Currie are solid – this is peak Marc and T. Rex, right here!

“Buick MacKane” Live on Musikladen February 14th, 1973 , Musikladen was a German music TV series that aired from 1972 to 1984. There are tons of excellent clips from the show on YouTube.

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