On this day in music history: July 21, 1972 – “The Slider”, the seventh album by T. Rex is released. Produced by Tony Visconti, it is recorded at Rosenberg Studios in Copenhagen, Denmark, Château d’Hérouville, Paris, France, and Elektra Studios in Los Angeles, CA from March – April 1972. Issued as the follow up to bands glam rock classic “Electric Warrior”, Marc Bolan and the band begin recording at the Château d’Hérouville outside of Paris on the recommendation of his friend Elton John, while on tax exile from the UK. The basic tracks are completed in only five days, before moving on to other studios in Denmark and the US to complete the overdubs and mixing. The album spins off the hit singles “Metal Guru” and Telegram Sam". The albums iconic cover photo is taken by producer Tony Visconti (though on the original album cover they are erroneously credited to Ringo Starr who at the time is directing a concert film featuring Bolan and T. Rex titled “Born To Boogie”). It is remastered and reissued on CD in 1997, with three additional bonus tracks added. Out of print on vinyl for decades, it is reissued as a 180 gram LP by Fat Possum Records in 2010. Tom commemorate the albums fortieth anniversary, “The Slider” is reissued as a two CD + DVD and LP deluxe edition in 2012. The first disc includes the original thirteen track album, with disc two containing fourteen bonus tracks, including the three extra tracks from the previous reissue, demos, live tracks and a radio interview with Marc Bolan recorded around the time of the albums original release. The DVD features television and concert footage, a rare TV spot and behind the scenes film footage shot during the recording sessions. The set also comes with a forty-eight page hardbound book, a poster, sew-on patch, and other memorabilia, copy of the vinyl LP, and three 7" singles for “Metal Guru”, “Telegram Sam” and “Chariot Choogle”. “The Slider” peaks at number four on the UK album chart, and number seventeen on the Billboard Top 200.
On this day in music history: July 2, 1971 – “Get It On” by T.Rex is released. Written by Marc Bolan, it is the ninth UK and fourth US single release for the glam rock band from London, UK fronted by musician Marc Bolan. One of the pivotal figures and icons of the glam rock movement of the 70’s, like his friend and some time rival David Bowie, Marc Bolan finds himself going through numerous musical transformations before achieving stardom. Born Mark Feld in Stoke Newington in the North East London borough of Hackney in 1947, Marc becomes infatuated by the first wave of rock & roll while still a school boy. By the 60’s, he moves toward making his dreams of becoming a rock star come true. However, there are numerous set backs and stumbling blocks along the way. Changing his name to Marc Bolan, he forms the band Tyrannosaurus Rex in 1967, at first creating a hybrid of psychedelic folk rock, before evolving into their trademark glam rock sound. In 1970, after shortening their name to T.Rex, Bolan finally makes his major breakthrough with the single “Ride A White Swan” which hits #1 on the UK singles chart in January of 1971. While writing songs for T.Rex’s second album, Bolan takes inspiration from another one of his early rock & roll heroes, Chuck Berry. The initial idea for what becomes “Get It On”, comes when Bolan initially intends to record of cover of Berry’s song “Little Queenie”. Eventually, he changes his mind and writes a new song with that same feel, finishing off “Get It On” quickly. Paying further tribute to Berry, Bolan quotes the lyric “meanwhile, I’m still thinking” (from “Little Queenie”) at the end of “Get It On”. The track is recorded at Wally Heider Studios in Hollywood, CA and Trident Studios in London with producer Tony Visconti (David Bowie), and features T.Rex members Steve Currie (bass) and Bill Legend (drums) and Mickey Finn (congas). Also on the song are Blue Weaver (Bee Gees) (piano), King Crimson saxophonist Ian McDonald and former Turtles members Howard Kaylan and Mark Volman (aka “Flo & Eddie”) on backing vocals. The single is an immediate smash in the UK and rockets to the top on July 24, 1971, spending four weeks at the top. In the US, the record does not have such a fast trajectory. Re-titled “Bang A Gong (Get It On)”, it languishes for five long months before finally charting. Entering the Hot 100 at #87 on January 1, 1972, it peaks at #10 on March 4, 1972. Along with the album “Electric Warrior”, “Get It On” turns Marc Bolan into a glam rock icon, and becomes one of the definitive songs of the movement. The song has a long life after its run on the charts. In 1985, The Power Station cover “Get It On”, with their version peaking at #9 on the Hot 100 in August of 1985, one position higher than T.Rex’s original.
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