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FOR YOUR PLEASURE

Roxy Music

 

Crossover Prog

4.08 | 305 ratings

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Sean Trane
Special Collaborator
Prog Folk
3 stars 3,5 stars really!!!

After a quirky and strange (but very commercial) debut, the Newcastle-based Roxy was expected to follow-up on the success of their first album. The least we can say is that they achieved that goal with flying colours as For Your Pleasure shot up to number 4 in the charts WITHOUT any singles (there would be in 78 a Do The Strand/Editions Of You single and the non-album single Pyjarama up on the charts) and this shows how talented and inventive these guys were. Having given the boot to bassist Simpson, he was replaced by Kenton, who did not last long, and then by Porter a session man who is just content on being apt for the job.

From familiar Do The Strand (hardly their best on this album, but the most-known anyway) to the bizarre Dream Home, to the lenghty (9 min+), repetitive masterpieces such as The Bogus Man (with its offbeat rhythm and weird sax lines but also a superb Mellotron) and the almost 7 min title track (with Eno really showing us what he can do with loops, we have an incredible KB dominated (even if guitarist Manzarena is also shining - check out the superb Strictly Confidential and its screaming guitar solo or the fuzzy tones from Editions Of You - but against Ferry on piano and Brian Eno on synths) pop-rock that the progheads instantly loves or hate, so typical of Roxy Music. Believe me or not, I am from the second category, but on the first three album, I must recognize that there are some superb tracks on those.

The unfortunate fact is that the remastered version of the album does not contain the non-album single of Pyjarama/Pride And Pain, which came out at the time and would've made this much more invaluable.

Of course after this album, RM will suffer an incredible loss in the leaving of Eno (actually Ferry booted him out as there could not be a second focal point live according to him), although the man was never really involved in the songwriting, he was THE sound of Roxy, even if they would be able to sustain/keep that sound, something was lost. Clearly IMHO, Roxy would never be the same (actually, they will go gradually but steadily downhill under the drive of Ferry to become a sort of crooner with his good looks) and this album is easily their tops.

Sean Trane | 3/5 |

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