The 1971 album release of “Electric Warrior,” however, was not the band’s most popular US album release. That honor falls to the 1972 follow-up, “The Slider” which charted at #17. “Electric Warrior,” hit single and all, only peaked at #32. It’s been a while since I listened to this LP, but I had done “Bang a Gong” in several bands in the 80s after the Power Station covered the song. My interpretation was more like the Marc Bolan’s original.
I only have three of the band’s LPs – “Electric Warrior,” “A Beard of Stars,” and “T. Rex.” The unique depiction of Bolan playing his Les Paul in front of a Marshall stack with an extruded glow was designed by Hipgnosis. The art group designed nearly 200 covers and is probably best known for their work on nearly all of the Pink Floyd albums.
By the way, the saxophone on this track was provided by Ian McDonald formerly of King Crimson, McDonald and Giles, and Foreigner.