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12
Jun

Roxy Music – Flesh + Blood (1980) – Lp

Roxy Music were an English rock band formed in 1971 by Bryan Ferry, who became the band’s lead vocalist and chief songwriter, Graham Simpson. Alongside Ferry, the other longtime members were Phil Manzanera, Andy Mackay  and Paul Thompson and other former members include Brian Eno Eddie Jobson and John Gustafson. Although the band took a break from group activities in 1976 and again in 1983.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Artist:  Roxy Music
Title:  Flesh + Blood
Year:  1980
Format:  LP
Label:  E.G. Records
Catalog#  2302099

Flesh and Blood (stylized as Flesh + Blood) is the seventh studio album by the English rock band Roxy Music. Released in late May 1980.

An even slicker record than Manifesto, Flesh + Blood precariously balances between alluringly seductive, sophisticated soul-pop and cloying, radio-ready disco-pop. At its best, the album is effortlessly suave and charming — “Over You” is one of their greatest singles, and “Oh Yeah” is nearly as persuasive — but much of the record is devoted to ill-formed, stylish lounge-pop. In particular, the reliance on reworked covers of “In the Midnight Hour” and “Eight Miles High” is distressing, not only because it signals a lack of imagination, but also because it suggests that Flesh + Blood is simply a lesser solo effort from Bryan Ferry. And even the handful of undeniably strong moments can’t erase the feeling that Roxy Music were beginning to run out of ideas.

 

Side one
1.  In the Midnight Hour   (3:09)
2.  Oh Yeah   (4:51)
3.  Same Old Scene   (3:57)
4.  Flesh and Blood   (3:08)
5.  My Only Love   (5:16)

Side two
1.  Over You   (3:27)
2.  Eight Miles High   (4:55)
3.  Rain, Rain, Rain   (3:20)
4.  No Strange Delight   (4:44)
5.  Running Wild   (5:03)

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16
Mar

Roxy Music – The High Road (1983) – Lp

Roxy Music were an English rock band formed in 1971 by Bryan Ferry, who became the band’s lead vocalist and chief songwriter, and bassist Graham Simpson. Alongside Ferry, the other longtime members were Phil Manzanera (guitar), Andy Mackay (saxophone and oboe) and Paul Thompson (drums and percussion), and other former members include Brian Eno (synthesizer and “treatments”), Eddie Jobson (synthesiser and violin), and John Gustafson (bass). Although the band took a break from group activities in 1976 and again in 1983.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Artist:  Roxy Music
Title:  The High Road
Year:  1983
Format:  LP
Label:  Polydor Records
Catalog# 2335269

The High Road is a live EP by the English rock band Roxy Music. Recorded at the Apollo in Glasgow, Scotland on 30 August 1982 during the band’s Avalon tour, it features four tracks. Two of the songs are covers, including Roxy Music’s no.1 hit version of John Lennon‘s “Jealous Guy” and Neil Young‘s “Like A Hurricane“. A Bryan Ferry solo effort was also included, originally released on his 1978 album The Bride Stripped Bare. The EP reached number 26 on the UK Album Charts.

 

Side one
1.  Can’t Let Go  (5:29)
2.  My Only Love  (7:23)

Side two
1.  Like A Hurricane  (7:36)
2.  Jealous Guy  (6:10)

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20
Jun

Roxy Music – Avalon (1982) – Lp

Roxy Music were an English rock group formed in 1971 by Bryan Ferry, who became the group’s lead vocalist and chief songwriter, and bassist Graham Simpson. Alongside Ferry, the other longtime members were Phil Manzanera, Andy Mackay and Paul Thompson. Other former members include Brian Eno, Eddie Jobson and John Gustafson.

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Artist:  Roxy Music
Title:  Avalon
Year:  1982
Format:  LP
Label:  E.G. Records
Catalog#  2311154

Avalon is the eighth and final studio album by the English rock band Roxy Music. Released in May 1982. It was recorded in 1981–82 at Compass Point Studios in Nassau, Bahamas, and is generally regarded as the culmination of the smoother, more adult-oriented sound of the band’s later work.
It was the band’s most successful studio album, reaching No. 1 in the UK (for 3 weeks) and staying on the album charts for over a year.
Although it only climbed as high as No. 53, Avalon is notable for being the band’s only million-selling record in the United States.

Bryan Ferry started working on the material for Avalon while staying at Crumlin Lodge on the west coast of Ireland. Ferry was there with his girlfriend, Lucy Helmore, who would become his wife in 1983.

The album cover artwork featured the same lake that can be seen from the lodge. Phil Manzanera has said about the making of the record “By the time you get to Avalon, 90 per cent of it was being written in the studio.

That album was a product of completely changing our working methods,” adding “for the last three albums, quite frankly, there were a lot more drugs around as well, which was good and bad. It created a lot of paranoia and a lot of spaced-out stuff.”

Bryan Ferry said “I’ve often thought I should do an album where the songs are all bound together in the style of West Side Story, but it’s always seemed like too much bother to work that way. So instead, I have these 10 poems, or short stories, that could, with a bit more work, be fashioned into a novel.

Avalon is part of the King Arthur legend and is a very romantic thing, when King Arthur dies, the Queens ferry him off to Avalon, which is sort of an enchanted island. It’s the ultimate romantic fantasy place.”

Phil Manzenara has said of the title track, “Avalon”, “When we were recording the third or fourth album in London we’d often be working in the same studio as Bob Marley, who’d be downstairs doing all of those famous albums. It just had to rub off somewhere.” Rhett Davies recounted the story of how the song got made: “With the ‘Avalon’ song we had to recut the entire song right at the end of the album.
We were actually mixing the album, and the version of the song that we’d done just wasn’t working out, so as we were mixing we recut the entire song with a completely different groove.

We finished it off the last weekend we were mixing. We put some percussion on and some drums on, and then on the Sunday, in the quiet studio time they used to let local bands come in to do demos, Bryan and I popped out for a coffee, and we heard a girl singing in the studio next door. It was a Haitian band that had come in to do some demos, and Bryan and I just looked at each other and went ‘What a fantastic voice!’ That turned out to be Yanick Etienne, who sang all the high stuff on ‘Avalon’. She didn’t speak a word of English. Her boyfriend, who was the band’s manager, came in and translated. And then the next day we mixed it.
“More Than This,” “Take a Chance with Me,” “While My Heart Is Still Beating,” and the title track are immaculately crafted and subtle songs, where the shifting synthesizers and murmured vocals gradually reveal the melodies. It’s a rich, textured album and a graceful way to end the band’s career.

 

Side one
1.  More Than This  (4:31)
2.  The Space Between  (4:28)
3.  Avalon (4:15)
4.  India  (1:45)
5.  While My Heart Is Still Beating  (3:25)

Side two
1.  The Main Thing  (3:47)
2.  Take A Chance With Me (4:43)
3.  To Turn You On (4:10)
4.  True To Life  (4:20)
5.  Tara  (1:32)

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