The Slider


sliderThe Slider album is the seventh studio album by Marc and  T. Rex, released on July 21, 1972. Produced by Tony Visconti, it was the band’s second record released with their new glam rock style opposed to the band’s previous folk oriented music.

Singles of “Telegram Sam” and “Metal Guru” were released to promote the album. The Slider peaked at number four on United Kingdom charts and number seventeen on the Billboard Top LPs & Tapes chart. The album received very high praise from critics, with an Allmusic review describing the album as “flawlessly executed, and every bit the classic that its predecessor is.”


On the recommendation of Elton John, The Slider was recorded outside of Paris at Château d’Hérouville to avoid British taxing laws. Production started on March 1972 and the basic recordings were completed in Strawberry Studios in five days. One of the songs recorded at Chateau was “Metal Guru”. Bolan described the song 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”.

Further recording was done at the end of March in Rosenberg Studios in Copenhagen, Denmark. The backing vocals by Flo & Eddie were recorded in Elektra Studios in Los Angeles in April.


Two singles were released to promote The Slider. The first was “Telegram Sam” which was released January 1972 and charted in the United Kingdom for 12 weeks and peaked at number one. “Telegram Sam” also charted in the United States and peaked at 67 on the Pop Singles chart. The second single was “Metal Guru” which was released in May 1972 and charted in the United Kingdom for 14 weeks and peaked at number one. It didn’t chart in the United States.

The Slider was one of T. Rex’s best-selling releases. The Slider entered the United Kingdom charts on August 5, 1972 where it charted for 18 weeks, peaking at number four. In the United States, where the album was promoted upon release with a television commercial featuring the band miming to “Chariot Choogle,” it peaked at number 17 on the Billboard Top LPs & Tapes chart.

The Slider was remastered for CD by Edsel Records in 1994 as part of their extensive T.Rex reissue campaign and a number of bonus tracks were added. A companion release, entitled Rabbit Fighter (The Alternate Slider), was released in 1995 which contained alternative versions and radio sessions of the main album and bonus tracks. A combined CD digipak of these releases was issued in 2002. Also in 2002, further recordings from the Slider sessions were released by Thunderwing Productions Limited (TPL), the owners of several original ¼”, 1″ and 2″ Master Tape recordings of Marc Bolan & T.Rex. These tracks were released as The Slider Recordings. In 2010, The Slider was remastered and reissued by Fat Possum Records. The remastering was done by Chicago Mastering.

Track listing

All songs written and composed by Marc Bolan.

Side one
No. Title Length
1. “Metal Guru” 2:25
2. “Mystic Lady” 3:09
3. “Rock On” 3:26
4. “The Slider” 3:22
5. “Baby Boomerang” 2:17
6. “Spaceball Ricochet” 3:37
7. “Buick Mackane” 3:31
Side two
No. Title Length
1. “Telegram Sam” 3:42
2. “Rabbit Fighter” 3:55
3. “Baby Strange” 3:03
4. “Ballrooms of Mars” 4:09
5. “Chariot Choogle” 2:45
6. “Main                                      Man” 4:14


Title Label Cat# Country Year
The Slider (LP, Album) Reprise Records MS 2095 Canada 1972
The Slider (Cass, Album) Reprise Records M5 2095 US 1972
The Slider (LP) EMI BLN 5001 Brazil 1972
The Slider (LP) EMI, EMI BLN 5001, 1E 062-93596 UK 1972
The Slider (LP) EMI EMS-40052 Japan 1972
The Slider (LP) Ariola Eurodisc S.A. 86.294-I Spain 1972
The Slider (LP) Reprise Records MS 2095 US 1972
The Slider (LP, Album) Axis (3) AX-1036 Australia 1972
The Slider (LP, Album) EMI, EMI (Australia) Limited BLN 5001 Australia 1972
The Slider (LP, Album) Ariola 86 294 IT Germany 1972
The Slider (LP, Album) CBS REX 65206 France 1972
The Slider (LP, Album, RE) Reprise Records MS 2095 US 1975
The Slider (LP, Album, RE) Marc On Wax Ltd. MARCL 503 UK 1983
The Slider (CD, Album, RM, RE) TELDEC, TELDEC 2292-43949-2, 8.26711 Germany 1987
The Slider (LP, Album, RE) TELDEC, PDI, S.A. 6.26711 BL, 30.1471 Spain 1988
The Slider (CD, Album, RE) Marc On Wax Ltd. MARCD 503 UK 1989
The Slider (CD, Album, RE) Relativity 88561-8253-2 US 1992
The Slider (CD, Album, RE, RM) Edsel Records EDCD390 Europe 1994
The Slider (LP, Album, RE) Edsel Records ED 390 UK 1994
The Slider / Rabbit Fighter The Alternate Slider (CD, Album, RE, RM + CD, Comp, RE) Edsel Records REXLUX 1010 Europe 1995
The Slider (CD, Album, RE) Teichiku Records TECX-18820 Japan 1996
The Slider (CD, Album, RE, RM + CD, Comp, RE, RM) Edsel Records MEDCD 715 Europe 2002
The Slider (LP, RE) Get Back GET633 Italy 2003
The Slider (LP, RE, Pic) Get Back GET633 P Italy 2003
The Slider (CD, Album, RE) Code 90 NINETY 12 UK 2006
The Slider (CD, Album) Imperial Records (Japan) TECI-25432 Japan 2007
The Slider (CD, Album, RE) Fat Possum Records FP1232-2 US 2010
The Slider (LP, RE, 180) Fat Possum Records FP 1232-1 US 2010
The Slider (LP, RE, Vin) Get Back, Lo-Cost GET90633 Italy



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