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Studio Album, released in 1973

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Do the Strand (4:03)
2. Beauty Queen (4:41)
3. Strictly Confidential (3:48)
4. Editions of You (3:51)
5. In Every Dream Home a Heartache (5:29)
6. The Bogus Man (9:20)
7. Grey Lagoons (4:13)
8. For Your Pleasure (6:51)

Total Time: 42:16

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Line-up / Musicians

- Bryan Ferry / vocals, keyboards
- Phil Manzanera / guitar
- Brian Eno / synthesizer, tapes
- Andy Mackay / oboe, saxophone
- Paul Thompson / drums

Guest:
- John Porter / Bass

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LP Island Records ILPS 9232 (UK) (1973)
LP Warner Brothers BS 2696 (US) (1973)
CD Reprise 9 26040-2 (US) (1984)
CD Toshiba EMI Ltd, Virgin TOCP-65823 (Japan) (2001)

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4.03
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Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(37%)
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Review by Chris S
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
3 stars This was Roxy Music making a bold statement with FYP. It is a mixed bag of an album that received wide acclaim from various sectors of the music industry. Most notably Brian Ferry's eccentric bursts together with Brian Eno's contributions. Overall a pretty average album in my opinion. I can understand why RM have been included on this site because Art Rock does fit the bill. In that case so should Brian Ferry's and Brian Eno's solo albums. Where do you end? Even Phil Manzanera should have a section for his solo's. Does he? I have not checked yet. Standout tracks are ' Do The strand' the title track closer and ' Beauty Queen'. If you are a Roxy Music fan you will have this in your collection already.

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Posted Tuesday, April 05, 2005

Review by daveconn
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5 stars Roxy Music took a darker turn on their second album; if their debut painted the image of a lounge singer lost in Limbo, For You Pleasure. crosses the river into Hell. That's the afterlife in the classical interpretation: unfulfilled desires, isolated souls crushed by the weight of emptiness between them, and sinners relegated to an eternity of cruel irony. At least that's the impression that songs like "In Every Dream Home A Heartache," "The Bogus Man" and "For Your Pleasure" give. It's true that a good half of the album is simply an improvement on the revolutionary romance of their first album, but it's not enough to shake the nightmarish pull created by the weightier epics. When compilation time comes round, labels are apt to cut the sweetest slices from this black mass ("Do The Strand," "Editions of You") and let listeners discover the dark secret of For Your Pleasure. at their leisure. Not that there weren't some uncomfortable moments on Stranded as well, but the band obviously had second thoughts about making music this chilling and artistic after Brian Eno left; you just won't find another nine-minute song in their later catalog. What you will find are frenetic, delightfully demented pop songs like "Editions of You" and sophisticated country/rock love songs such as "Grey Lagoons." Serving two masters (love and art) makes for an uneasy musical alliance on For Your Pleasure., but it's a riveting tug of war to watch. The carefully measured contributions of Andy Mackay and Phil Manzanera in particular are stunning to behold. From the moment that Ferry intones "There's a new sensation." to the space odyssey that ends the album, this is some of the greatest music that Roxy has committed to vinyl.

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Posted Sunday, November 20, 2005

Review by Sean Trane
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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.

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Posted Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Review by ZowieZiggy
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4 stars "THERE'S A NEW SENSATION, A FABULOUS CREATION, A DANCEABLE SOLUTION, TO TEENAGE REVOLUTION"

With those lyrics as opening the album, one will ask : Can Roxy produce another fabulous album a year after their first one ? Could it be as creative and original ? Let's see ...

"Do the Strand" opens the fire quite brilliantly. Their hit single (in the US, continental Europe and Japan, since it was not released as such in the UK) a la "Virginia Plain" is a great rock song : very good piano and sax, vigourous drumming. The Strand is whatever turns you on : tango, fandango, the Sphinx, Mona Lisa. Even Lolita and Guernica did the Strand. Extraordinary song.

"Beauty Queen" allows Ferry to use his crooner type of vocals to make this track a memorable one. Although it starts like a nice and gentle melody, it gets harder and quite rocky further on.

"Strictly Confidential" is rather weird track. Strange atmosphere (but we'll get more of this type on the album). The intro and the background music could have been a Crimson song. In turns into a magnificent cacophony hard to describe and one feels like a kind of bewitchment growing on. Exceptionally bizarre but I like it. It's probably Roxy's darkest track.

With "Editions Of You", we get another great Roxy moment : quite rhytmy song with again a great work from Mackay on sax and Manzarena on guitar. It's the second highlight of this album. A Roxy anthem. It is so wild a song that it has been considered as the first punk song ever written (believe or not). The duo Eno / Mackay is absolutely fabulous.

"In Every Dream Home A Heartache" has again a rather horrific and sinister atmosphere (Peter Hammill could have written this one). It starts with Ferry reciting his text as a psalm, the second part of the song being more "human" (Are We Not Men?).

Then we get "The Bogus Man" : a quite elaborate track with some true prog and complex moments. The ambiance of the track is very special : repetitive, bizarre, decadent and hypnotic. It sounds surrealistic (maybe due to the synth work from Eno). It is way toooooooo long (over 9 minutes) and a bit boring at the end.

"Grey Lagoons" is another wonderful song in which Ferry can express his lyricism once again. The tempo gets crazier after a while and, again, Mackay has a dominent role here. It is rocking like crazy (Roxy?). Bass play is very good during the "solo" of weird sounds in the middle section (just before Phil's one. The solo I mean, not the weird sounds).

The title track closes the album and it is of the same vein than "The Bogus Man" : repetitive, a bit too long and dull.

This is probably the less accessible Roxy album. Not recommended to start with. It will reach number four in the UK charts.

So, to give an answer to the initial questions, I have to say yes and no. Yes because there are fabulous songs in here but some others are rather complex / experimental. The combination is rather hard to digest at first. But the more you listen to it, the more you like it. So, be patient, it is not a matter of love at first sight here. You need to reach the maturity of an old couple to love it. I am mature enough to do so now. Four stars.

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Review by Easy Livin
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3 stars Ferry 'cross the misery

Roxy Music returned less than a year after their debut album with "For your pleasure". The cover picture of a seductive lady told us that the band continued to hold their artistic side to be as important as the music. From a musical perspective, things turned slightly more mainstream after the eclectic diversity of "Roxy music", with Ferry's vocals increasingly becoming the dominant focal point.

We open with "Do the strand", a song with hit single written all over it. Bizarrely though, it was not released as such in the UK, preference being given to the non-album song "Pyjamarama". It has though become one of the band's best known and best love songs. "Editions of you" is similar in sound and potential, the strong beat and blistering sax solo pointing again towards the pop market.

"Beauty queen" and "Strictly confidential" are more in keeping with the style of the first album, but even here there is little room for instrumental development, Ferry keeping the ship tight.

"In every home a heartache" is the least penetrable of the tracks on side one, Ferry simply delivering each lyric in the same monotone with only sparse backing. The lyrics are depressive, describing urban loneliness with such lines as

Inflatable doll Lover ungrateful I blew up your body But you blew my mind

The song benefits from some dynamic guitar work by Phil Manzanera towards the end. The track has a double ending, popular at the time, the second phase being just that, phased!

Side two is made up of just three songs, the longest of which at over 9 minutes, opens the side. "The bogus man" has an incessant rock-ability type beat. It is though the most adventurous of the tracks on the album, with some excellent mellotron backing improvised sax and decidedly non Ferry like vocals. The lyrics are disturbing both in content and delivery, conveying a you can run but you can't get away menace. The track drifts dangerously close to Krautrock as the insatiable rhythm pumps on and on. Great stuff though.

"Grey lagoons" reverts to a more orthodox rock style with straightforward lead guitar and aggressive sax. It is a decent piece of pop rock, but little more. The title track, which closes the set, is another sparse, rather dark song, which sees Brian Eno applying his colours to a Roxy music song, prior to impending departure.

"For your pleasure" is an album of great contrasts. On the one hand, we have three of the most upbeat and rock orientated songs the band have recorded. On the other we have some overtly depressive and disturbing dirges. From a prog perspective, the album sits on the periphery of the genre perhaps best defined as a sort of pop prog.

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Review by Raff
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4 stars The missing link between two apparently incompatible styles such as prog and glam rock, "For Your Pleasure" is an album of light and shade, just like its supremely decadent cover. RM have always been famous for their stylish, glamorous cover art, depicting beautiful women in various states of undress, but never once descending into bad taste. However, FYP is distinctly different, and a stark contrast from the naive Fifties sweetheart gracing the cover of their debut: on a dark city background, a sleek, black panther is held on a leash by an equally sleek, leather-clad, panther-like woman with exotic features. The model in question, called Amanda Lear, became a celebrity in Italy in the late Seventies, when she was rumoured to have had had a sex change, due to her deep, very sexy voice. How much more decadent can you get?

Back to music-related matters, Roxy Music's second album offers a nice balance of lighter-hearted, poppier songs in the vein of their debut, and more complex, less immediately digestible tracks, stamped all over by Brian Eno's commanding presence. The keyboard wizard left the band immediately afterwards, and the band's music took a definite turn towards a sophisticated brand of pop-rock that made good use of Bryan Ferry's crooner-on-acid vocal style. Love it or hate it, Ferry's voice - though quite different from what you would expect from a prog singer - was very influential in the Eighties, as it should be quite clear to anyone who has ever listened to Japan's David Sylvian. However, on FYP Newcastle-born Bryan sounds definitely less seductive and more disturbing than on the band's later records . He sounds cocky on quirky, upbeat album opener, "Do the Strand"; vaguely hysterical on the frantic Editions of You (featuring a stunning sax solo at the end); and his typical smooth-operator self on the slow-burning "Beauty Queen" and "Grey Lagoons". His finest hour, though, is his performance on one of the album's highlights, the ultimately weird "In Every Dream Home a Heartache". The song, a stark, sinister depiction of urban loneliness and frustration, builds up slowly and relentlessly, and shows a different side to Ferry's suave, charming persona, as well as his full potential as a singer.

While the hypnotic, sax-drenched "The Bogus Man" does go on a tad too long to these ears, the hauntingly minimalistic, Eno-dominated title-track is definitely another of the album's gems. With its dark, brooding atmosphere, it is undoubtedly one of the most progressive compositions in RM's whole output. All the band's members shine throughout the record, reminding the listener that, behind their slightly silly, glammed-up image (which, incidentally, doesn't look that different from what Peter Gabriel was doing in the same period), they are all first-rate musicians. Though Phil Manzanera is one of the great, unsung guitar heroes of the rock world, and Andy Mackay is far too often neglected when sax players are mentioned, their contribution to to the band's overall sound is as important as Eno's left-field keyboard landscapes.

No less progressive than anything the 'real' prog bands were doing at the time, "For Your Pleasure" is a superb album from a band whose real musical worth is far too often forgotten. An excellent addition indeed.

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Posted Saturday, January 19, 2008

Review by UMUR
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3 stars For Your Pleasure is the second full-length studio album by UK pop/ rock act Roxy Music. For Your Pleasure didn´t host any singles which was also the case with the debut album. It still made it to No. 4 on the UK charts.

The music is eclectic in the sense that it draws influences from many genres but the overall sound is still rather commercial and memorable sophisticated pop/ rock ( there are some exceptions like the experimental/ avant garde rock endings to The Bogus Man and the title track). Compared to the debut album many of the songs on For Your Pleasure has a dark mood. Songs like Strictly Confidential, In Every Dream Home a Heartache, The Bogus Man and For Your Pleasure are quite sombre. The two uptempo tracks Do the Strand and Editions of You reminds me a bit more of the positive atmosphere on the debut.

The musicianship is excellent. Tight playing and like on the debut Brian Eno ( synths, keyboards) shines. For Your Pleasure would be his last album with the band though. What a shame. He creates some great sounds on the album. A very atmospheric approach.

The production is excellent. I enjoyed the production on the debut but this one is far ahead when you compare those two.

I enjoyed certain parts of the very eclectic sound on the debut album from the band but For Your Pleasure is a much more cohesive effort and much more enjoyable IMO. I like the much darker atmosphere on the album and will give it 3 BIG stars. This one is almost a 4 though.

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Posted Sunday, February 01, 2009

Review by Mellotron Storm
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4 stars After the euphoria of the debut I dove right into ROXY MUSIC's second album "For Your Pleasure". This record seems to have more focus and is a little more streamlined when compared to the debut, maybe a little more polished, not as raw. It seems like the majority of people like this one more though. I still feel the debut has this unbridled energy and excitement about it that I like much more. I liked what tszirmay told me the other day about the debut. "No one dressed, sang or played like that 3 years after Woodstock". Brilliant.

"Do The Strand" is led by vocals, piano, sax and drums. It gets pretty intense before 2 minutes.Then it settles until here we go again ! "Beauty Queen" is more relaxing with the focus on Ferry's vocals. "Strictly Confidential" features piano, aboe, light drums and those passionate vocals. Guitar comes in around 2 1/2 minutes as the suspense builds for a minute then releases. "Editions Of You" is an uptempo track with keyboards, bass, drums and vocals leading the way. Sax after a minute. The second half of this album is where I start to become really impressed.

"In Every Dream House A Heartache" sounds so serious with reserved vocals until you realize he's singing about a blow-up doll. Haha. Although I do like very much this quote from Joe at "Ground & Sky". "It might be enough to simply call "In Every Dream Home A Heartache" one of the greatest black comedy rock songs of all time, but I think that would be a bit of a cop out. The song has more to it than that, with Ferry conveying picket fences image of idyllic living as a cover for profound emotional isolation and empty gratification".That's exactly what the lyrics are about. I must say the lyrics throughout this whole album are top notch. "The Bogus Man" is almost 9 1/2 minutes of pure Prog. It has this steady beat throughout as different sounds come and go. A simplified description of perhaps the best track on here. Great tune ! "Grey Lagoons" is where Manzanera comes to the fore until the sax replaces his guitar. Lots of piano here too.The guitar is back before 3 minutes. "For Your Pleasure" ends the album in style. Vocals, drums and piano lead early but then it settles and becomes a little experimental. I like it !

I'm just not turned onto this one like I was the debut but that may change as I continue to listen.

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Posted Monday, June 29, 2009

Review by Bonnek
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4 stars For Your Pleasure is another really good studio album from Roxy Music. There's little music from the early 70's that combined such an arty/experimental attitude with so much poppy catchyness. No wonder they got such a far reaching respect during the 80's.

The album is a bit uneven unfortunately. While it has some of my Roxy favourites with Bogus Man, In Every Dreamhome and For Your Pleasures, some of the tracks are rather bland. Beauty Queen is too much of a croon song for me, and also the rockabilly of Grey Lagoons is rather tiresome. Everything else is just excellent.

Roxy Music isn't a band I listen to regularly but they're sure one of the best popular groups from the 70's. 3.5 stars for the 33 minutes of magic.

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Posted Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Review by Rune2000
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4 stars I'm probably not alone when I say that it was Brian Eno's genius that made the early Roxy Music albums great. I personally never liked the later more mainstream releases because, while listening to them, I always get the feeling that Ferry's voice is very underused and far from the promising potential that can be heard on the first two Roxy Music albums.

Having said that I might as well proclaim my love for For Your Pleasure! The album is a definite step forward from the debut release, which wasn't shabby at all, but here Eno takes his experiments to a brand new level while managing to challenge Ferry to go to even greater level of creativity.

The Bogus Man is a great example of just that and that's also why I consider it to be my favorite Roxy Music composition. Overall I always considered this album to be a very dark release in comparison to the rest of the band's discography although while listening to some of the individual tracks that doesn't seem to be the case. Maybe it has to do with the album cover? On second thought In Every Dream Home A Heartache is menacing enough to make this album dark!

After Brian Eno's departure the band still managed to do some creative work on their own but it never came to the intensity that is experienced here. Just like the debut album For Your Pleasure is a must have for fans of art rock and an excellent addition to any rock music collection.

***** star songs: Do The Strand (4:04) The Bogus Man (9:20)

**** star songs: Beauty Queen (4:41) Strictly Confidential (3:48) Editions Of You (3:51) In Every Dream Home A Heartache (5:29) Grey Lagoons (4:13) For Your Pleasure (6:51)

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Posted Monday, January 18, 2010

Review by Tarcisio Moura
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4 stars After the revolutionary debut album Roxy Music faced the hardship of putting out a follow up that could prove they were no fluke. Believe it or not, it came less than an year after that LP. And For Your Pleasure showed they were truly special, even if the sound here is less accessible than their first. From the striking cover to the last notes of the title track, this is a quite dark and experimental work. But it is also their most interesting and progressive to date.

Bryan Ferry´s style of singing has matured a lot and he already using his famous crooning delivery that was so imitated on the following decade. The overall production is better and the songwriting more focused. Some of Roxy´s best known classics are here like very arty and ironic Do The Strand and the disturbing tale of urban loneliness In Every Dream Home A Heartache. Eno´s influence is all over the album and it is certainly his finest hour within his brief stay in the band (he left soon after this album was out).

Sometimes the experiments went a bit too far, or too long, like on the otherwise very interesting. 9 minute minimalistic tune The Bogus Man (interesting dissonant sax lines) and the title track. On songs like Editions Of You the balance is much better achieved and pre-dates punk rock (just hear Eno´s absolute crazed synth solo!). The remaining stuff (Beauty Queen, Strickly Confidential and Grey Lagoons) are leaning more towards the traditional side, but only the latter is what you can call a ´straight´ rock song (and even then with a sort of twisted country feel and synthesized harmonica solo).

As a whole I found For Your Pleasure to be a powerful and bold album, almost as good as their first, but in different ways. It is only a shame that Eno wasn´t around longer, it certainly would have been quite interesting to see what the band would do next with him on board. But I guess two genius in one group was just too much to last. Still they delivered two masterpieces. Not bad for a totally unknown act less than two years before and which had only played a handful of gigs before they recorded their debut!

Rating: 4,5 stars.

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Review by tszirmay
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5 stars From a very great distance, a minuscule dot of light appears within the sepia-black universe, slowly, very deliberately expanding in size and scope, until the brightness becomes overpowering. Having succumbed to the Roxy style and musical genius as espoused on their debut album, at a time when in 1972 "no one dressed, sang or played like that 3 years after Woodstock", I was eagerly awaiting for the sophomore release with fearful disappointment (a very common 70s-80s failure rate in quality as greedy record companies pushed the hunger for cash). In tremblingly moist hands, I ripped, then raped the slimy transparent dust-cover plastic off the deliciously sultry cover art, opening up to the image of a glamorous, blue-laden decadence, complete with innuendoes of dislocated values, hints of fad-driven bisexuality (Hey Amanda Lear!) and a rebellious disdain for artistic conformity. My review must take into account that I have listened to this album to death, knowing the material inside out and having autopsied its body parts too! The material inside has been well documented as a descent into darker terrains , yet many do not realize that on tracks like the "Bogus Man", the band pursued the new electronic-prog of Tangerine Dream and infused it with Weather Report-like groove hypnosis ("Boogie Woogie Waltz") and created a new genre that would arise much later (dance electronica) . Ferry and company even foresaw the punk phenomenon, as "Editions of You" is the first punk song, five years before that genre landed soggily on the fad-fed scene! This is where one realizes that they are pioneers that would be oft adulated and even copied by many latter day bands. "Do the Strand" kicks off this masterpiece of music in an immaculate frenzy, blasting copious amounts of musical genius and stellar playing by all concerned, giving the Ferry crooner the platform to wail away with unabashed passion. Taking the various dances ("do the fandango!") and molding them into a pop-prog jewel requires incredible creative insight, playing with words that fit perfectly and rapturously. No band has ever mastered the intro and finale like Roxy Music (even in latter albums), this one halts on a majestic nod! Boom! The velvet curtain closes ! "Beauty Queen" is my all-time favorite Roxy tune, where Ferry's exalted lyrics (a magnificently underrated wordsmith, he is) burrow very deep into my romantic soul. Here is a sample of what I mean:

"Valerie please believe It never could work out The time to make plans Has passed, faded away Oooh the way you look Makes my starry eyes shiver Then I look away Too much for one day One thing we share Is an ideal of beauty Treasure so rare That even devils might care Your swimming-pool eyes In sea breezes they flutter The coconut tears Heavy-lidded they shed Swaying palms at your feet You're the pride of your street While you worship the sun Summer lover of fun Gold number with neighbours Who said that you'll go far Maybe someday be a star A fast mover like you And your dreams will all come true All of my hope, and my inspiration I drew from you Our life's pattern's drawn in sand But the winds could not erase The memory of your face Deep in the night Plying very strange cargo Our soul-ships pass by Solo trips to the stars - in the sky Gliding so far That the eye cannot follow Where do they go We'll never know"

I don't know about you but this is exceptional imagery when combined with Ferry's masterful delivery, proving what many knew already, a star was born! To think Bryan auditioned for King Crimson as Greg Lake's replacement just before Lizard! So did allegedly Elton John, by the way! Strange because Epitath remains my selected funeral hymn. I digress! "Strictly Confidential" is an oft overlooked gem that has a highly personal slant that eschews the usual pop-rock pap. A despairing Ferry falsetto glistens within a dirge-like osmosis of odd sounds and moods , "over the hills and down the valley", diving deep into the melancholic abyss, Mackay's oboe sobbing and Manzanera's axe dripping angrily, suave backing vocals salting the imagination. Magical moment indeed, halting on a dime! The blitzy-ritzy classic "Editions of You" remains a punky rock song for the record books, where "boys will be boys, will be boyoyoyz" cannot sound corny , a sexy sax blast gets the pot boiling , an Eno zipper on synth and another Manzanera guitar sortie that is pure shimmer and glaze! Needless to say the incredible Paul Thompson drums like a maniac one step away from percussive heaven. Another unexpected ending for the ages. What more can be said about "In Every Dream Home a Heartache", a synthesized innuendo- laden poem about modern decadence and the pursuit of material bliss ("Penthouse perfection",) where the genial lyrics hypnotize and beguile , some of the finest oddball words ever penned within a rock context (you can see Ferry smile as he sings "I dress you up daily") , the "Enossified" Manzanera leads are another innovation that RM engendered, years before the guitar-synth concretely unified the two instruments and the MIDI technology that came even later, proving the pioneering spirit growling behind the insanity! As I stated earlier, "The Bogus Man" represents an experimental milestone monument in rock history, another bewildering hypnosis of electronic scramblings from Brian, where bizarre noodlings and dissonant slashes of sound are well ensconced within another startling vocal performance from Bryan. A true testament to the visionary abilities of the band, creating music that stands the test of time (check out the growing "tchik-ahs" in the background) and spearheading future styles and trends. This is as proggy as RM will ever get, so lap it up, pretty poster girls and feathery boys! "Grey Lagoons" is not often mentioned (or played live) but is one of my favourite hidden gems, a reminder that the crooner Ferry learnt something from listening to his Elvis records. "Silver starfish" collide with Manzanera's at first rollicking guitar and that magical Mackay rasp, a sax solo that will stretch the boundaries until Ferry joins in with a whopping harmonica solo that would make Bob Dylan blush, finalized by another sizzling axe thunderbolt that proves Manzanera's 6 string prowess, once and for all. The title track is a return to the dreamy, Eno mist-infused, Thompson drum-infested, Ferry electric piano-led lament that again highlights the imperial lyrics and a dizzying vocal performance (the broken-voiced "You watch me walk away"). The band still uses this track to exit the players from the live stage, leaving only Mr. Thompson rifling away on his kit, within synthesized swirls of seagulled screams and squawks. I know full well that I am totally partial in my review of this personal icon but, not owning this jewel and the debut shames your collection into eternal nothingness. If you don't believe me, ask Raff!

I dedicate this review to Nicole Perret, my very first love with whom I reconnected with via the Internet after 38 years of silence , yesterday. Miracles do happen!

5 chauffeured limousines.

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Posted Saturday, March 20, 2010

Review by tarkus1980
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4 stars Darker, goofier, richer and better than the debut, that's what this is. Well, better must be qualified; few things on here reach the level of the first half of Roxy Music, but except for some of the excess of "The Bogus Man" (an atmospheric, fairly hypnotic jam that would probably be best at six minutes but is stretching things a bit at nine) and a few other bits here and there, this doesn't have any of the lows of that album either. Plus, it actually kinda works as a moodpiece, which can hardly be said about the first album.

Besides, this is the album that has my absolute favorite Roxy Music song in the world, "Editions of You," the one that first really grabbed me. Granted, this is partially because of my fond memories of hearing this the first time, listening to it in a car with Rich Bunnell, Mike DeFabio and Mike Pap Rocki during a dark driving rainstorm and watching Mike D put on the greatest "air-knob-twiddling" performance ever during Eno's synth noisefest in the middle. But even beyond that, this thing rocks like nobody's business; along with Eno's own "King's Lead Hat," this is the greatest example I can imagine of futuristic sci-fi 50's piano boogie, with wailing knob-twiddling and guitar and sax madness over a relentlessly pounding beat prefaced with an awesome electric piano line. And Ferry? "And as I was drifting past the Lorelei, I heard the slinky sirens wail, *WHOOO*" "Learn from your mistakes is my only advice, and stay cool is still the main rule. Don't play yourself for a fool; too much cheesecake too soon; old money's better than new; no mention in the latest Tribune; and don't let this happen to you." MAN.

I'm also thoroughly in love with the opening "Do the Strand," which features an awesome creepy nagging piano line and Ferry growling out some lyrics about the new dance, the "strrrrrrrraaaand." This song is also notable for, except for "EofU," being the only start-to- finish uptempo song in a sea of dark atmospheric numbers. "Beauty Queen" is a nice eerie number that would actually bore me were it not for Ferry's terrific delivery and the echoey processed-guitar sound that pop up in the background from time to time, "Strictly Confidential" is more dark atmosphere saved by Ferry, "Grey Lagoons" is dancey but not that enjoyable, and the closing title track is just strange. It's this fascinatingly bizarre mix of Ferry vocals coming and going and weird chanting voices far in the back and weird synth noises and piano notes bouncing around and holy cow is it interesting.

That leaves us with "In Every Dream Home a Heartache." It's amazing to me, really, that Ferry and Eno are able to make this thing sound so dreary and stately and dark, and make it seem at first that I'm about to take in something very deep, what with the serious "atmosphere," and then *keep* this atmosphere going even as Ferry keeps rambling and you start to realize with horror just where he's going with this. Man, any band that can make a song about *this* (and if you don't know what it is, I'm going to make you look it up) so majestic right up to the moment where the music stops and Ferry goes "...but you blew my mind" is alright by me. And dig the "majestic" guitar soloing in the coda!

Man, this album is great. It might seem like I brushed over a good chunk of the album a little too casually, and thus perhaps don't care for it, but that's not really true; it's just that I kinda see those songs as "tablesetters" for the main reasons to buy this. And believe me, you should buy this if you have any interest in Roxy and/or Eno (who would leave right after this album).

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Posted Sunday, May 23, 2010

Review by Warthur
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5 stars The second and final Roxy Music album to feature Brian Eno is just as groundbreaking as the first. What prog lover could fail to be interested in an album which combines Krautrock with glam rock, as this one does on The Bogus Man? Who could fail to tap their feet to electrifying songs like Do the Strand or Editions of You? Who doesn't get shivers crawling up and down their spine when listening to In Every Dream Home a Heartache? The album is an exceptionally creative and innovative product from a band which was, quite simply, too good to be true - as witnessed by the fact that Brian Eno left after the record was released.

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Review by Sinusoid
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4 stars Who'd have thunk that you could cross-pollenate prog, pop, and overall pompousness into one cohesive unit? Roxy Music is this type of band and the one that could pull off this effort quite effectively. Leader Brian Ferry must have had visions of art-pop success dancing in his head, and you could argue that it's the prevailing style here; it's Manzanera, Thompson and MacKay that balance the art out with loud rocking when needed.

When the group puts you in a swaying, soft mood like that on ''Strictly Confidential'' and ''Grey Lagoons'', it works quite effectively. But the band also proves they can rebound into dancier territories which explain long-lasting catchiness of ''Do the Strand'' and ''Editions of You''. This concoction of pompous artsy-fartsy, pop sensibilities, hard-rocking backbone rhythms and the occasional outside indulgences (Krautrock on ''The Bogus Man''; Eno really makes his stamp here) sounds fresh and enjoyable even today. The mystique at the end of each side is haunting and mesmerizing with the title track evoking the feel if ''Crime of the Century'' just faded out into obscurity.

If ''Beauty Queen'' was left on the cutting room floor, I think FOR YOUR PLEASURE is a bona fide masterpiece.

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Review by Evolver
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3 stars Roxy Music's second album tones down the abrasiveness that permeated their debut, and tightened up their sound a bit, making this a bridge between that first album, and the smoother glam band that they became.

Songs like Do The Strand and Editions Of You have that proto-punk feel that Eno ran with on his first album, Here Come The Warm Jets. There are some other good moments, such as the inelegant humor of In Every Dream Home A Heartache and the eerieness of The Bogus Man.

But what limits the album is that at this point in his career, Bryan Ferry was an awful singer. He alternates between singing off key and over emoting in a style like a failed cabaret singer. But despite his voice, the rest of the band makes this an intriguing piece of art rock.

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5 stars "Experimental Art/Rock", is the perfect "tagging"; for first time guests. A 1972-1973, Experimental Art Rock project... Roxy Music was "designed" as an experimental "Art-Rock" band (yes; that was the tag back then); conformed by musicians who dressed as visitors from Venus and made "strange" up-b ... (read more)

Report this review (#895489) | Posted by admireArt | Saturday, January 19, 2013 | Review Permanlink

4 stars For Your Pleasure ? 1973 (3.5/5) 12 ? Best Song: Beauty Queen/Strictly Confidential To me, the followup to the band's debut always felt a little more simplified than when compared to its predecessor. I mean, sure you have the glitzly and whacking sax-pop of 'Do the Strand', with Ferry imper ... (read more)

Report this review (#443576) | Posted by Alitare | Friday, May 06, 2011 | Review Permanlink

4 stars Along with their debut, this is my favorite release by Roxy Music. At this time, Roxy Music had yet to be taken over and turned into a more Bryan Ferry "romantic" group. They had Eno, and they had weirdness, weird time changes, cool vocal, far-out lyrics, in fact, they had everything to make a ... (read more)

Report this review (#280717) | Posted by mohaveman | Thursday, May 06, 2010 | Review Permanlink

4 stars Released in 1973, "For Your Pleasure" was the last album to contain Eno in the line up due to musical differences with him and Bryan Ferry, and jealousy over stage performances. Compaired to the first album "Roxy Music" this album seems dark, with more experimental tendencies. And I hear that ... (read more)

Report this review (#124421) | Posted by Jake E. | Saturday, June 02, 2007 | Review Permanlink

5 stars As I said elsewhere, this is a WEIRD album. Goes with a 'smoke' if you know what I mean. Very dark/brooding sound, something to contemplate and be drawn into. Stange, eerie sounds provided by Brian Eno on keyboards/synthesisers, and those sentiments echoed immaculately by the voice of Bryan Ferry ... (read more)

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5 stars Certainly the apex of Roxy Music's experimental phase. In fact, it serves as a great example of British art rock as a whole. Released in 1973, promoted by the single 'Pyjamarama' (not included here) and the band's last album with Eno, it expands on the ethereal soundscapes explored in the band ... (read more)

Report this review (#41672) | Posted by Rob The Good | Friday, August 05, 2005 | Review Permanlink

5 stars My favourite album by this band. This is definately their most atmospheric and for this particular band, that's interesting. The first 5 songs are great. "Do The Strand" is a great dark rocker, and so is "Editions Of You", while "Beauty Queen" is nothing but a love song, which is one of the best ... (read more)

Report this review (#34017) | Posted by | Saturday, May 28, 2005 | Review Permanlink

5 stars For Your Pleasure is the second Roxy Music album and it is the last to feature Brian Eno. During the recording of this album there was growing conflict between Brian Ferry and Eno as to musical direction. Eno's influence is especially strong on the compelling "The Bogus Man" and "In Every Dre ... (read more)

Report this review (#34010) | Posted by madgo2 | Saturday, January 22, 2005 | Review Permanlink

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