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4 stars For your pleasure, there's the definitive Roxy Music collection. One of the most beautiful packages in the market, "The Thrill of it All" has almost everything a box set should have: all the great hits, the most significative album tracks and a full disc of rarities, non-LP singles, B-sides, remixes. But it's not perfect: it lacks an historical essay and live material (and their fantastic cover of Neil Young's "Like a Hurricane" is MIA). These are the only faults of this box-set, but, since Roxy Music was a great band in concert, the latter is the major fault. All the territory between "Roxy Music" and "Avalon" is covered extensively: "Roxy Music" (6 tracks out of 10; seven if you count "Virginia Plain", which was not at the initial UK pressings of the first album); "For Your Pleasure" (7 of 8 tracks); "Stranded" (6 of 8 tracks); "Country Life" (7 of 10 tracks); "Siren" (6 of 9 tracks); "Manifesto" (6 of 10 tracks - on disc 3, we have original versions of "Angel Eyes" and "Dance Away", which were replaced on CD versions of the original LPs by remixed versions - both also available at disc 4); "Flesh + Blood" (5 of 10 tracks; no surprise, this was Roxy's weakest album); "Avalon" (7 of 10 tracks). There are notes concerning almost all tracks, with some useful information about session men, trivia and descriptions of composition processes. The booklet has a treasure of band photos, magazine covers and outtakes from original albums covers. There's also a good LP discography (although a singles discography would be welcome, this was forgotten), covering all original releases and some relevant compilations. This box set deserves 4 stars because it has only four discs; with a fifth disc of live material "The Thrill of it All" would be a 5-star release. PS: John Wetton fans, be warned: there's nothing here recorded during his brief stint with the band (I think he only played live with Roxy Music; any corrections?).
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4 stars This CD collection contains approxiamately two thirds of Roxy's studio output, plus many single b-sides and various re-mixes, which makes it a fairly thorough look at this incredible band. The only songs I noticed lacking from inclusion were The Bob (Medley) and Bitters End from their first album, Out of the Blue from Country Life and the two great covers from Flesh and Blood; Eight Miles High and Midnight Hour. Also there are no cuts from their live album Viva.

Since I already own all of their studio albums I was mostly interested in disc four which includes instrumentals they often put on the b-sides of their singles and dance oriented re-mixes of some of their hits. The second cut on this disc, The Numberer, is an interesting 60s style exotic instumental that has surf and hot-rod influences. The Pride and the Pain is a brooding gothic instrumental that sounds like a movie soundtrack. There are also a couple of experimental tracks that feature Bryan Ferry on synthesizer. Both of these cuts sound a bit similar to some of ex-band member Brian Eno's solo work.

A lot of the dance re-mixes included here are not improvements over the originals except for track thirteen, Bob Clearmountain's re-mix of Angel Eyes. Bob opens up a lot of space in the mix so that individual parts stand out, such as Manzenera's crisp guitar rhythms.

Another nice inclusion on this collection is the original mix of Trash, which when released on Manifesto was a great throwback to the band's ealier punkish days. Unfortunately the mix usually included on CD re- issues is a much more commercialized version.

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