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TOTAL RECALL

Roxy Music

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Slartibartfast
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4 stars The blurb on the box "Featuring rare live and television footage, never seen before on video, tracing the story of one of the most influential and inspiring rock bands." No, narration, the videos and pictures tell the story.

1. Re-Make/Re-Model, live at the Royal College of Art, London, June 1972, the music really doesn't do justice until you see just how weird they looked as a live band. 2. The Bob (Medley), an excerpt with live photos and concert posters, amazing all the bands they played with. 3. Ladytron is announced by a guy I recognize as the foreman who was knocking Arthur Dent's house in the Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy TV series, he announces Bryan as Bryan Ferris and totally mangles the song title "Try Out Girl", this one's from London was broadcast live on TV. No date is given. 4. If There Is Something, is used to introduce the first album (they show cover art and track listing). They also show a picture of the band and Salvador Dali is hanging out with them, who knew? 5. Virginia Plain, the band is looking a little less weird here. The first half is London August 1972, another live for TV performance. It is then spliced with live in Hamburg. 6. Would You Believe? is excerpted. The footage is from their 1972 British tour. They list all the cities they did. Looks like the band was really busy in 1972. They also list US tour cities and quite a few there, too. 7. For Your Pleasure, slight live excerpt, used to introduce the album of the same name. 8. In Every Dream Home A Heartache, doesn't appear to have a live audience. 9. Do The Strand, ditto for this one, another performance video. There's a brief excerpt from The Bogus Man that wasn't listed on the box, the text goes "July 1973, Enough Is Enough, Eno, Job, Jobson Joins Roxy" 10. Editions of You, live from the Rainbow London August 1973. Its interesting to see the audience shots. Some people are just sitting there still, probably thinking "what the heck am I doing here listening to this crap", but you can also see a lot of people really enjoying themselves.

The next few are from various members solo stuff: 11. These Foolish Things, Ferry excerpt of performance video. 12. The Paw Paw Negro Blowtorch, Eno excerpt of the recording session of Here Come The Warm Jets. 13. Wild Weekend, Mackay excerpt live in Stockholm. 14. A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall, Ferry excerpt of performance video.

15. Streetlife, introduces Stranded the video is live in Hamburg, Eddie is playing what looks to be a glass or acrylic violin. 16. A Song For Europe, live in London. 17. Smoke Gets In Your Eyes, excerpt from Ferry solo album number 2. 18. It Ain't Me Baby, live on Russell Harty show? 1974, London. 19. A Really Good Time, introduces Country Life, they show the original cover and all the variations they had to do to get it release in various countries because you can't have a sexy woman covering her naked breasts with just her hands. Hmm, perhaps someone else's hands would have been acceptable. Well, then there is the girl on the left fondling her privates sort of. Hey, my kinda album cover. 20. All I Want Is You is another live video, I think someone left off the information about the performance by accident. 21. Diamond Head, excerpt, Phil from his excellent solo album, live March 1975. 22. You Go To My Head, excerpt, video of Bryan sitting on a couch singing, with the obligatory sexy woman 23. Whirlwind, ,excerpt, introduces Siren. 24. Love Is The Drug, excerpt, live October 1975 on a show called Supersonic. Spliced with Tokyo live in a more up tempo performance. Then spliced back again for a short segment of the first one. 25. Both Ends Burning, another live on Supersonic. 26. Let's Stick Together, excerpt, performance video, Ferry solo, Jerri Hall dancing, say no more. 27. Baby's On Fire, excerpt, 801 live, with photos. 28. The Price of Love, video excerpt, Ferry solo, new sexy woman, well actually several if you count the backing singers. 29. In Your Mind, excerpt, Ferry solo, live in Tokyo. The Manifesto excerpt is used to introduce Manifesto, but wasn't listed on the box. 30. Trash, chicks from Abba, I think, introduce the band for this performance video. 31. Dance Away, the Eurythmics introduce this performance on Top of the Pops. 32. Angel Eyes, excerpt, performance video. 33. Ain't That So, excerpt, performance video. 34. Same Old Scene, introduces Flesh + Blood, studio performance video. 35. Oh Yeah, Elton John introduces them for this live performance, the show wasn't credited. 36. Jealous Guy, starts out video then spliced with live section, Frejus, France. 37. Avalon, regular video, introduces Avalon. 38. The Main Thing, another video, there are three sets of female butts legs dancing in the air behind Bryan while he sings, ok! The video is spliced with more from the Frejus concert. 39. Can't Let Go, live from Frejus. 40. Slave To Love, from Live Aid. 41. Do The Strand, also from Frejus, wraps up the set. There's a little box in the lower right corner where the video rewinds fast from the end of 40 to video number 1. The box goes full screen on 1 and starts over again to replay the first few seconds. I bet they could do something really cool with that on a DVD format. Maybe we'll get lucky and this video will get re-released in conjunction with their new album that is supposed to be in the works as I write this.

All in all, this is a great video for fans, or as and introduction to the band. I'd have to rate this video as essential, except it is a compilation and it's out of print. What we have here is an excellent history of the band for their ten-year reign 1972-1982.

By the way, you may notice a spot on the cover art after the "Roxy". That's on my copy that I scanned and not an actual part of the cover art.

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