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Roxy Music


Crossover Prog

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4 stars Viva Roxy Music!

During the 70s ROXY MUSIC was an excellent trend-setting band. Brian Eno left early but singer Brian Ferry developed to an charismatic front man and with his Glam Rock orientation he influenced New Wave. Ferry and the rest of the band are providing a unique music style with some Progressive Rock elements.

This album is the best live effort from the band with a representative collection of songs. The recordings are from different concerts between 1973 and 1975. So that's the reason for the fact they played with three different bass players. Rick Wills is also credited on the album but he didn't play at any of the shows.

The centerpiece of the album are the two sequenced long tracks - near to Art Rock - both recorded at Newcastle City Hall. If There Is Something starts in a simple country folk mood and then gets into the main melody after some minutes. The amazing oboe playing by Andrew Mackay is obvious. And also Phil Manzanera with an emotional guitar solo and the outstanding violin playing by Edwin Jobson are some highlights. A wonderful song indeed. In Every Dream Home a Heartache follows with a slowtempo psychedelic beginning. The second part is one of John Wetton's top appearances where his bass is rumbling through the rest of the song - excellent. Also from the Newcastle City Hall recordings is The Bogus Man, a crazy song, marked by a funky bass. Interesting are also the uncommon vocals by Brian Ferry and the complaining saxophon.

'Viva! Roxy Music' is a very good live document of their progrelated phase.

Rivertree | 4/5 |


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