T. Rex

The Slider

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The title track to the brilliant T. Rex album from 1972, "The Slider" succeeded note for note at capturing a more fragile side to Marc Bolan's persona while losing none of his patented sense of steamy, purring sexuality. Similarly, the music balanced out tenderness and bite, making the song one of the fans' most favored over the years, though it never appeared as a single. Tony Visconti's skill at production was rarely clearer than here, his deft, abbreviated orchestrations filling out the main track just enough while the warm blend of voice and music sounded just lush and right enough. Starting with a great intro courtesy of Bill Legend's drums, the whole band hits a slow, slinky groove from the start and never lets up, and even though Bolan may sing lines like "I could never see that the cosmic sea was like a bumblebee," somehow it all works. When the chorus hits, Bolan sings, then sighs, "When I'm sad, I slide!," with Flo and Eddie's wordless backing vocals and a layer of flange to boot, the final touch. Bolan's riff here was one of his best, adding a touch of snarl and feedback for effect -- all that was needed.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
The Slider 1972 Fat Possum / Universal Music 3:22
Rabbit Fighter: The Alternate Slider 1994 Edsel 3:25
Metal Guru [Box Set] 1997 Edsel 3:21
Very Best of T. Rex, Vol. 2 1999 MCI / Music Club International Records / Music Club Records 3:22
Metal Guru: Best of T. Rex 2001 Shock 3:22
Total T. Rex: 1971-1972 2004 Easy Action Records 4:07