Progarchives, the progressive rock ultimate discography

MANIFESTO

Roxy Music

Crossover Prog


From Progarchives.com, the ultimate progressive rock music website

Roxy Music Manifesto album cover
2.76 | 103 ratings | 11 reviews | 7% 5 stars

Good, but non-essential


Write a review
Buy ROXY MUSIC Music
from Progarchives.com partners
Studio Album, released in 1979

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Manifesto (5:29)
2. Trash (2:14)
3. Angel Eyes (3:32)
4. Still Falls the Rain (4:13)
5. Stronger Though the Years (6:16)
6. Ain't That So (5:39)
7. My Little Girl (3:17)
8. Dance Away (3:48)
9. Cry Cry Cry (2:55)
10. Spin Me Round (5:15)

Total Time: 42:38


Lyrics

Search ROXY MUSIC Manifesto lyrics

Music tabs (tablatures)

Search ROXY MUSIC Manifesto tabs

Line-up / Musicians

- Bryan Ferry / vocals & keyboards
- Andy MacKay / oboe & saxophone
- Phil Manzanera / guitars
- Paul Thompson / drums
- Paul Carrack / keyboards
- Gary Tibbs / bass
- Alan Spenner / bass

Releases information

1979 LP Polydor 001 (1979) / CD Virgin 47458 (2000)

Thanks to ProgLucky for the addition
and to Evolver for the last updates
Edit this entry

ROXY MUSIC MP3, Free Download (music stream)


Open extended player in a new pop-up window | Random Playlist (50) | How to submit new MP3s

Buy ROXY MUSIC Manifesto Music


ManifestoManifesto
Remastered
Virgin 2000
Audio CD$2.78
$3.20 (used)
ManifestoManifesto
Import
Audio CD$25.89
$3.82 (used)
ManifestoManifesto
Import · Super Audio CD - DSD
Imports 2015
Audio CD$39.68
$29.40 (used)
Manchester ManifestoManchester Manifesto
Import
Audio Visual Fidelity 2011
Audio CD$11.57
$8.49 (used)
ROXY MUSIC Manifesto SD 38 114 LP Vinyl VG++ Cover VG+ROXY MUSIC Manifesto SD 38 114 LP Vinyl VG++ Cover VG+
byfrm_me
Vinyl$14.39 (used)
ManifestoManifesto
Import
Imports 2016
Vinyl$47.99
$199.00 (used)
ROXY MUSIC Manifesto 1979 Atco SD 38 114 LP Vinyl VG+ Cover VG+ROXY MUSIC Manifesto 1979 Atco SD 38 114 LP Vinyl VG+ Cover VG+
byfrm_me
Vinyl$13.19 (used)
Manifesto by Roxy Music (2007-12-15)Manifesto by Roxy Music (2007-12-15)
Virgin Japan
Audio CD$74.96
Manchester Manifesto by Roxy Music (2011-06-21)Manchester Manifesto by Roxy Music (2011-06-21)
Audio Visual Fidelity
Audio CD$86.13
Roxy Music ?- Manifesto Japan Pressing with Obi MPF 1226Roxy Music ?- Manifesto Japan Pressing with Obi MPF 1226
Polydor
Vinyl$57.99 (used)

Right Now on Ebay (logo)
ROXY MUSIC Manifesto 1979 UK vinyl LP EXCELLENT CONDITION Angel Eyes trash USD $11.43 Buy It Now 1h 19m
ROXY MUSIC - MANIFESTO Very rare 1979 near Mint Aussie LP Release! M- USD $18.64 Buy It Now 1h 21m
Manifesto Roxy Music Vinyl Record USD $27.90 Buy It Now 4h 39m
Roxy Music Manifesto + Inner A2 B2 UK LP Polydor POLH001 1979 EX+ USD $10.16 Buy It Now 5h 32m
Roxy Music's 1979 album Manifesto on EG Records 2310 651 USD $3.18 Buy It Now 7h 36m
ROXY MUSIC: Manifesto LP Sealed (UK, pic disc, die-cut cover) rare Rock USD $40.00 Buy It Now 12h 34m
ROXY MUSIC Japan PROMO 2001 card sleeve CD mini LP MORE LISTED Manifesto USD $44.99 Buy It Now 13h 17m
ROXY MUSIC LADYTRON cd 1979 LIVE manifesto TOUR angel eyes LOVE is the DRUG mop USD $39.99 Buy It Now 13h 20m
Manifesto [Remaster] by Roxy Music (CD, Nov-1999, Virgin) USD $1.04 [3 bids]
13h 46m
ROXY MUSIC MANIFESTO SD38114 LP Fs8064 USD $0.99 [0 bids]
13h 57m
Roxy Music Manifesto UK vinyl LP album record POLH001 POLYDOR 1979 USD $15.19 Buy It Now 18h 19m
Roxy Music 2 albums ?- Flesh + Blood & Manifesto (Vinyl, album, POLH 001 & 002) USD $12.65 Buy It Now 19h 41m
ROXY MUSIC-MANIFESTO (JPN) (JMLP) CD NEW USD $42.67 Buy It Now 21h 3m
Roxy Music - Manifesto (NEW CD) USD $10.16 Buy It Now 1 day
Roxy Music - Manchester Manifesto (Live Recording, 2011) USD $17.81 Buy It Now 1 day
ROXY MUSIC 'MANIFESTO' ORIGINAL POLYDOR / EG VINYL LP POLH001 - FREE POST USD $7.56 Buy It Now 1 day
ROXY MUSIC Manifesto LP VINYL 10 Track With Inner Info Stickered Sleeve Has So USD $8.00 Buy It Now 1 day
ROXY MUSIC Manifesto CLASSIC CD Album GALLERY QUALITY FRAMED+EXPRESS GLOBAL SHIP USD $50.78 Buy It Now 1 day
ROXY MUSIC - MANCHESTER MANIFESTO CDDVD **NEW** USD $17.81 Buy It Now 1 day
ROXY MUSIC MANIFESTO - LP - USA PRESS 1979 VG+/EX USD $19.05 Buy It Now 1 day
ROXY MUSIC MANIFESTO VJL160 LP Ft1176 USD $7.99 [0 bids]
1 day
Roxy Music - Manifesto 8 Track - EX Condition USD $10.00 Buy It Now 1 day
Roxy Music Manifesto on LP USD $7.99 Buy It Now 1 day
ROXY MUSIC MANIFESTO still SEALED PICTURE DISC, POLYDOR, 1979 USD $26.95 [0 bids]
1 day
Manifesto Roxy Music vinyl LP album record German 2344129 POLYDOR 1979 USD $16.14 Buy It Now 1 day
Roxy Music Manifesto Music Cassette Atco Label USD $3.80 Buy It Now 1 day
Roxy Music Manifesto Music Cassette Polydor Label (paper label) USD $3.80 Buy It Now 2 days
Roxy Music Manifesto Music Cassette EG Label USD $3.80 Buy It Now 2 days
ROXY MUSIC, MANIFESTO 1979 VINYL LP GREEK IMPORT 1ST PRESSING OOP Atco USD $19.95 Buy It Now 2 days
Roxy Music - Manifesto on Atco Records SD 38-114 Stereo, in SHRINK WRAP USD $24.99 Buy It Now 2 days
Roxy Music, Manifesto, Atco Records SD 38-114, 1979, Prog Rock/Synth Pop/Electro USD $19.00 Buy It Now 2 days
ROXY MUSIC-MANIFESTO-JAPAN MINI LP SHM-CD Ltd/Ed G00 USD $27.50 Buy It Now 2 days
ROXY MUSIC-MANIFESTO-JAPAN MINI LP SHM-CD G00 USD $27.50 Buy It Now 2 days
Manifesto - Roxy Music SHM-CD USD $37.97 Buy It Now 2 days
ROXY MUSIC Manifesto MPF1226 LP Ft4484 USD $0.99 [0 bids]
2 days
Roxy Music ?Manifesto SD 38-114 Vinyl LP Bryan Ferry USD $10.00 Buy It Now 2 days
ROXY MUSIC SYNTH POP PROG ROCK Manifesto ~ NM POLYDOR 1979 GERMANY IMPORT USD $29.99 Buy It Now 3 days
Roxy Music - Manifesto (1999 Remaster) CD NEW/SEALED SPEEDYPOST USD $6.83 Buy It Now 3 days
Manifesto Roxy Music Vinyl Record USD $15.19 Buy It Now 3 days
Roxy Music Manifesto Rare LP Picture Disc Manifesto NM Bryan Ferry USD $29.00 Buy It Now 3 days
ROXY MUSIC-OVER YOU /MANIFESTO-French Pressed Polydor 7" 1980-Excellent USD $1.89 Buy It Now 3 days
POLYDOR 800 031-2 ROXY MUSIC MANIFESTO WEST GERMANY FULL SILVER CD USD $7.52 Buy It Now 3 days
Roxy Music, Manifesto,1979, Atco Records, SD 38-114 USD $12.00 Buy It Now 3 days
ROXY MUSIC - Manifesto LP W/Inner Slv 1979 EG Music POLH 001 USD $3.80 [0 bids]
3 days
ROCK ROXY MUSIC MANIFESTO ATCO LP RECORD EXCELLENT ** USD $16.00 Buy It Now 3 days
ROXY MUSIC: Manifesto USA PROMO Vinyl LP Brian Ferry RARE USD $15.00 Buy It Now 3 days
ROXY MUSIC manifesto ( rock ) - SEALED - USD $23.74 Buy It Now 3 days
Roxy Music Manifesto LP Vinyl Record 1979 2344129 EX CON USD $9.09 Buy It Now 3 days
Manifesto [Remaster] by Roxy Music. USD $11.98 Buy It Now 3 days
Roxy Music LP Manifesto 1979 Bryan Ferry Mint- USD $9.99 Buy It Now 4 days
Roxy Music - Manifesto VINYL LP USD $8.88 Buy It Now 4 days
Roxy Music Manifesto UK Import VG+/NM COH Polydor POLH 001 1979 USD $22.04 Buy It Now 4 days
Roxy Music - Manifesto [Remastered] (1999) USD $8.19 Buy It Now 4 days
Roxy Music Manifesto Vinyl USD $4.45 [0 bids]
4 days
7" Vinyl Record, Roxy Music, Over you / Manifesto, posp93 """ USD $2.53 Buy It Now 4 days
ROXY MUSIC Manifesto LP VINYL 10 Track (2310651) Portuguese Polydor USD $6.34 Buy It Now 4 days
ROXY MUSIC Manifesto LP VINYL 10 Track But Has Wear On Edges And Spine USD $3.99 Buy It Now 4 days
Roxy Music - Manifesto (1999 Remaster) CD PLAYED ONCE USD $6.34 [0 bids]
4 days
Roxy Music - Manifesto [Audio CD] Import NEW USD $5.47 Buy It Now 4 days
ROXY MUSIC Manifesto ADVERT Original Newspaper Advert Laminated And Ideal For USD $3.99 Buy It Now 4 days
ROXY MUSIC Over You 7" VINYL B/W Manifesto (2001961) Pic Sleeve Dutch Polydor USD $6.34 Buy It Now 4 days
ROXY MUSIC manifesto LP Mint- SD 38-114 Atco USA 1979 w/Inner Sleeve USD $14.40 Buy It Now 4 days
Roxy Music - Vinyl LP - Manifesto USD $8.90 Buy It Now 4 days
ROXY MUSIC MANIFESTO POLH 001 VINYL LP EXCELLENT USD $12.70 Buy It Now 4 days
ROXY MUSIC - Manifesto - Excellent Condition LP Record USD $10.16 Buy It Now 5 days
Roxy Music - Manifesto (1991) USD $7.61 Buy It Now 5 days
ROXY MUSIC - MAINSTREAM ROCK- MANIFESTO USD $12.79 Buy It Now 5 days
ROXY MUSIC Over You / Manifesto 1980 P/S 7" NM USD $3.73 Buy It Now 5 days
VINYL LP - ROXY MUSIC - MANIFESTO - POLH 001 USD $11.43 Buy It Now 6 days
Manchester Manifesto - Roxy Music (CD Used Very Good) USD $18.72 Buy It Now 6 days
Roxy Music - Manifesto -Vinyl LP Picture Disc in Shrink! -áEGPD 001 USD $24.00 Buy It Now 6 days
Manifesto 0724384745820 by Roxy Music, CD, BRAND NEW FREE P&H USD $11.06 Buy It Now 6 days
ROXY MUSIC: Manifesto LP ATCO RECORDS SD38114 US 1979 NM USD $6.79 Buy It Now 6 days
ROXY MUSIC 5CD NEW Siren/Viva! Live/Manifesto/Flesh & Blood/Heart Still Beating USD $20.50 Buy It Now 6 days
ROXY MUSIC MANIFESTO NUDE PICTURE DISC BRYAN FERRY UK EG LABEL SEALED LP USD $53.99 Buy It Now 6 days
ROXY MUSIC - MANIFESTO LP 1979 ON POLYDOR RECORDS USD $3.18 Buy It Now 6 days
Roxy Music Manifesto 10 Track Vinyl LP USD $9.84 Buy It Now 6 days
ROXY MUSIC MANIFESTO polydor 79 A4B4 UK orig Lp EX USD $12.70 Buy It Now 7 days
ROXY MUSIC, OVER YOU / MANIFESTO. RARE BLACK LABEL SOLID CENTRE ISSUE SINGLE USD $1.26 [0 bids]
7 days
Roxy Music~Manifesto~1979 Atco Records KSD 38-114~Canadian IMPORT~FAST SHIPPING USD $20.65 Buy It Now 7 days
Roxy Music- Manifesto -Brazil Vinyl Lp 1983- EG 2310 651 USD $16.55 Buy It Now 7 days
2 LPs: ROXY MUSIC MANIFESTO ATCO + BRYAN FERRY BETE NOIRE - IN SHRINK USD $7.84 Buy It Now 8 days
Roxy Music - Manifesto - Polydor POLH-001 Ex+ Condition Vinyl LP USD $11.43 Buy It Now 8 days
Roxy Music - Manifesto - Picture Vinyl LP - 1979 EGPD 001 USD $8.26 Buy It Now 8 days
roxy music manifesto lp USD $3.75 Buy It Now 8 days
ROXY MUSIC - MANIFESTO (ORIGINAL WEST GERMANY AAD) USD $0.99 [0 bids]
8 days
Roxy Music Manifesto Vinyl 1979 USD $15.25 Buy It Now 8 days
ROXY MUSIC Manifesto JAPAN 1st Press 1986 CD 32VD-1053 BLACK TRIANGLE DISC RARE USD $32.00 Buy It Now 8 days
Roxy Music Manifesto Vinyl LP Polydor Label POLH001 USD $10.16 Buy It Now 8 days
ROXY MUSIC 'MANIFESTO' UK LP USD $10.16 Buy It Now 8 days
2015 ROXY MUSIC Manifesto HR CUT JAPAN MINI LP PLATINUM SHM CD USD $37.80 Buy It Now 8 days
Roxy Music - Manifesto LP Vinyl POLH001 Black Inner Sleeve USD $10.16 Buy It Now 8 days
2015 ROXY MUSIC Manifesto HR CUTTING JAPAN MINI LP SHM CD USD $32.00 Buy It Now 9 days
ROXY MUSIC manifesto + inner sleeve USD $11.43 Buy It Now 9 days
ROXY MUSIC Manifesto LP VPI Cleaned USD $8.99 Buy It Now 9 days
Roxy Music CD Manifesto [Remastered] (Exc!) USD $4.77 Buy It Now 9 days
Roxy Music - Manifesto - ATCO Records - SD 38114 1979 LP USD $6.99 Buy It Now 9 days
Roxy Music ?- Manifesto cd album USD $3.80 [0 bids]
9 days
Roxy Music Manifesto Vinyl LP. USD $7.63 [0 bids]
9 days
ROXY MUSIC ~ MANIFESTO VINYL RECORD LP USD $19.99 Buy It Now 9 days

More places to buy ROXY MUSIC music online Buy ROXY MUSIC & Prog Rock Digital Music online:

ROXY MUSIC Manifesto ratings distribution


2.76
(103 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(7%)
7%
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(17%)
17%
Good, but non-essential (40%)
40%
Collectors/fans only (33%)
33%
Poor. Only for completionists (3%)
3%

ROXY MUSIC Manifesto reviews


Showing all collaborators reviews and last reviews preview | Show all reviews/ratings

Collaborators/Experts Reviews

Review by soundsweird
PROG REVIEWER
3 stars The first album by the group that wasn't so much a group album. While there was a commotion among fans and critics, most agreed that it was still a pretty good album. I remember hearing several of the songs on the radio at the time, instead of just one hit single. I guess this could be viewed as the album linking "Siren" to "Avalon", stylistically. I only heard "Flesh + Blood" once many years ago, so I can't comment on the sound of that album, or how it fits in the grand scheme of Roxy's evolution. Anyway, I can still appreciate the title track, "Spin Me Round", "Stronger Through The Years", and "Ain't That So". There are other good tracks, but some fans find them too slick and poppy.
Review by daveconn
PROG REVIEWER
3 stars They're back! Real horrorshow this, as Roxy Music teleports into the disco culture with the head of Bryan Ferry and the body of their old band. Not the ungainly hybrid you might think, although the title track is unpotable to either palette. Better to take "Trash" for instance: maybe a little dryly arranged, but clearly the kin of such kinetic keepers as "Pyjamarama" and "Street Life." At the other end of the East Side, the dark ghosts of For Your Pleasure. linger on "Stronger Through The Years." But Manifesto's most compelling argument comes on the second side (called the West Side), which is a Ferry solo album in all but name. "Cry, Cry, Cry" could well have crawled from the sessions of Let's Stick Together, while "Dance Away" is Bryan's worldview not the band's. Yet, in merging the two halves of his wild muse, Bryan Ferry hits upon a kind of "new romantic" music that applies art rock's intelligence to matters of the heart. Right, that was always part of the Roxy vision, but Manifesto featured a sound that other bands could actually emulate. The suffering young Werthers of the world could aspire to a dreamy and downbeat ballad like "Spin Me Round" or (if they could play their instruments) a jazzed-up oldie like "Angel Eyes." Thus acts like Icehouse, Japan and Ultravox all tore a page or two from Manifesto, and the rest is musical history. Not too many bands could return from the shadows and seem shiny and new all over again, so I say HOORAY for Roxy. (Note that, to these ears, the album never sparkled on vinyl, so I'd spend the extra money and get it on CD.)
Review by ZowieZiggy
PROG REVIEWER
2 stars After a first break in their carreer, Roxy is back. The official band is reduced to four members now. Their last two studio efforts were great. So, what now ? It is said that there was a division in the album : East side (one) and West side (two). One for each continent : the old Europe (or old Roxy) and North America (supposedly the new Roxy).

Throughout the years, Roxy was accustomed to open their albums with a great number. The title track "Manifesto" will not fail the tradition. Gorgeous bass playing, fabulous crescendo mood. An hypnotic and long instrumental introduction (around three minutes) before Ferry recites his verses. The atmosphere of the song is pretty weird as well as the lyrics ("I am for the man who drives the hammer, To rock you 'til the grave"). Are we back in 1972 and their fantastic first album ? This song is definitely on par. IMO, it is one of their best ever.

On the contrary "Trash" (rather premonitory) is not a great track. Somewhat reminiscent to The Doors (this is not the reason why it is not a good track, don't get me wrong). Fortunately it is a very short one. It will be released as Roxy's come-back single but will only reach number forty (guess why).

"Angel Eyes" is a very pop oriented song but the band is superb in cohesion. The original album featured a rock version of this track. This is the one I prefer. It is really a great one. The single version will have a disco-ish mood which I am not really found of. It will be the third single out of "Manifesto". It will peak at the fourth spot in the UK.

"Still Falls the Rain" is a funky song of minor interest. Disco times man ! "Stronger Through the Years" has good vocals and a solid bass playing but a bit lenghty and too monotonuous. The last section is bizarre (like in the early days). In their Manifesto tour, it will be coupled with "Ladytron". We go on to next track "Ain't That So" : strange instrumental intro again. The beat is rather catchy and the mood is a mix of pop/disco/avant-guarde. More interesting after some spins.

Back to disco with "My Little Girl" (co-signed by Bryan and Phil). It was the B-side for "Angel Eyes" and was never played live. This is a nice "little" song. A pop / rock / disco ballad. Very good bass again. But this is not new for Roxy.

It is quite remarkable that Roxy never have had an "official" bass player. In an interview in 1976, both Manzarena and Jobson said that the disadvantages of having short-term bass player are more than outweighted by the advantages. It means, said Phil that "we can get the best bass player around whereas if we looked for someone to stay permanently we might not get someone as good". On this album, the bass will be hold by "Gary Tibbs (ex-Vibrators and ex- Adam & The Ants) !

"Dance Away" will be the best selling single from this album (number two in the UK charts). It is not really my fave one but it was in the mood of the time.

The last two numbers are rather dispensible.

This is of course not at a great Roxy album (only two great numbers), nor a must own. It combines the flavour of the early Roxy with the pop/disco sound of the late seventies.Were it not a Roxy album, it would have been a very good effort but since they are Roxy, I would say that it is just an average disco / pop album performed by a very influent band of the early mid seventies. Number seven in the UK charts. IMO it is their weaker effort so far. Two stars (five out of ten).

Review by Tom Ozric
PROG REVIEWER
3 stars During a lengthy break, Bryan Ferry had established a prolific solo career, and during 1979, the first Roxy Music album of new material, since 1975's 'Siren', had materialised in the form of this album, 'Manifesto'. The Roxy sound has now been inflicted with a good dose of 'New Wave' slickness, but also offered up some darker atmospheres and an even more polished musicianship, notably from future 'Adam And The Ants' Bass-player Gary Tibbs. His meandering Fretless work is intricate and tasteful. Other new-comers included Paul Carrack (Mike And The Mechanics) and Alan Spenner (?). Regular members still on board are Guitarist Phil Manzanera, Reedsman Andy Mackay and Drummer Paul Thompson, and of course Bryan F. Highlights include the title- song, which opens in true Roxy-of-old style - avante elements notwithstanding, those atonal/tri-tonal Horn squawks from Mackay are quite reminiscent of Van Der Graaf's David Jackson, surprisingly enough. After a few voiceless minutes, Ferry enters in grand fashion, with more 'bite' to his singing than usual. There's also some swirling Hammond Organ playing going on. 'Angel Eyes' is another surprise, kind of straight forward to begin with, but takes some off-kilter turns at times, with quite strange key changes, and Paul Thompson shows us he can do some interesting things on his kit. 'Stronger Through the Years', the longest track (6.13), is mysterious sounding, courtesy of the rather ethereal tone of the Piano (similar to Banks, or even Hammill) along with some busy and bouncy Bass-work, especially when the jammy bits are playing through. Strangely enough, these parts sound almost improvised. That's 3 excellent tunes out of 5 on Side 1 (East Side). So far so good. Side 2 (West Side) seems to offer up songs with an A.O.R. bent to them. 'Ain't That So' sports a nice groove, and I've always enjoyed the light- hearted 'My Little Girl', which is packed full of sweeter-than-sweet melodies, making it difficult not to smile when hearing this, even though we're now miles away from anything remotely Progressive. The successful Smash Hit 'Dance Away' won the band a whole new crowd (and possibly got them sports cars and condo's in St. Barts...). The rest of the songs are a little hum-drum - with 'Cry Cry, Cry' plummeting to the lowest of depths possible. 3 stars.
Review by UMUR
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
3 stars Manifesto is the sixth full-length studio album from pop/ rock act Roxy Music. Their last album Siren was released in 1975 so the band had not recorded anything in four years. Back then when bands released at least one album a year that must have seemed like an eternity to the fans. Manifesto hosted two hit singles in Dance Away and Angel Eyes but the first single from the album was actually Trash but that one failed to chart.

The music is sophisticated pop/ rock on most of the album and some great examples is the opening title track and my favorite here Stronger Through the Years. Two songs that a band like Japan has definitely listened to. There are a couple of more lighthearted silly songs too though in Cry, Cry, Cry and Dance Away. I can┤t say that the latter ones are favorites of mine.

The musicianship is excellent. Bryan Ferry┤s voice is always an aquired taste, but he is rather restrained on this album compared to the early albums. Something I noticed while listening to the album was the dominant bass. And what a bass that is. Gary Tibbs bass playing is of high class IMO. It┤s of some notice that the only surviving member from the last album Siren is Bryan Ferry.

The production is good and professional sounding.

Manifesto is an overall good album from Roxy Music and deserves a 3 star rating for that. There are a few weak moments on the album but most songs are good. Don┤t expect anything progressive on the album though. This is just clever pop/ rock IMO.

Review by Tarcisio Moura
PROG REVIEWER
2 stars 2,5 stars, really. Four years after Siren, their last classic line up album, Bryan Ferry decided to reform his old band, since his solo career was not bringing him the success he was hoping for. This time it was basically the core members (Ferry, guitarist Phil Manzanera, saxophonist Andy MacKay and drummer Paul Thompson). Eddie Jobson was not asked to join this time (and by then leading UK with John Wetton and Bill Bruford, it is unlikely he would say yes if so anyway). Obviously the bass player would be someone different again this time (Roxy never really had a permanent one). So Paul Carrack (Ace) joined in playing keyboards and Gary Tibbs (Vibrators, Adam And the Ants) was recruited for the bass duties.

The result was not exactly what fans were expecting. Ok, the opener, Manifesto, was a great one. Fantastic bass lines, gorgeous keys and that marvelous mad guitar we all know and love. But the second one Trash gives you a hint of what was to come: ordinary pop tune and fine playing, nothing more. I┬┤m still wondering why they chose such weak tune to be their first single. However it is easy to guess why it was not a hit! Angel Eyes is the track that made fans cringe: a pure pop/disco tune. You almost have to admire their nerve to release something so blatantly disco in a time disco was labeled as the worst possible sell out one could have come up with. Clearly Roxy was ahead of their time doing things New Romantics would soon were bound to produce with much greater success.

Manifesto had another fine track: Strong Through The Years. A six minute tune with a minimalist, hypnotic riff and a convincing performance by all musicians, especially Ferry. It could have been included on one of their classic albums. And I must say I like Dance Away very much: it has some clever lyrics, great melody and an interesting rhythm track (which would be later used again for Ferry┬┤s smash 80┬┤s hit Slave to Love). Unfortunately the remaining tracks are just forgettable stuff. Nice, ok, well played too, but not on par with anything Roxy had released before.

Oddly enough, the album was a commercial success, reaching number 7 in the UK and going as high as number 23 in the US. Dance Away was also a number two hit and the Angel Eyes remix a top five hit. They were finally reaching the mainstream (the follow up, the slicker and even more polished Flesh + Blood would be even bigger, reaching number 1 in England)

In the end I guess this album is much weaker than anything they had released so far. it has some pleasant stuff on it, but the experimental/progressive side was almost completely wiped out. What was left were mostly well performed pop songs.

Review by Evolver
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Crossover & JR/F/Canterbury Teams
2 stars TIn the second half of the seventies, Roxy Music took a break. Bryan Ferry released a couple of solo albums, where he continued his journey from quirky off-key front man to romantic crooner. Phil Manzanera released some nice albums with 801.

On this comeback album, Ferry seems to be driving the band more in his direction. While most of the basic Roxy Music feel from the past few albums is still there, the edginess is watered down. In fact, this is a mostly forgettable album, save for some nice bass lines (Gary Tibbs and Alan Spenner share this role, so I'm not certain who provided the better tracks), some fair Manzanera licks, and a few nice sax pieces from Andy Mackay.

Particularly, I like the bass and sax play in Stronger Through The Years. But the second side of this album is dismal. Mostly written by Ferry, side B opens with the fair . But it then deteriorates into pandering pop. The same stuff that caused me to sell Ferry's solo albums soon after I bought them

At least this group did provide an excellent live show.

Latest members reviews

2 stars Manifesto ? 1979 (1.6/5) (almost 1 star) 6 ? Best Song: Still Falls the Rain? Hee hee. This album, boy howdy does this album infuriate me in several differing manners. First off, whose bright idea was it to take a good Roy Music album and record over it with Marx's Communist Manifesto? That ... (read more)

Report this review (#443581) | Posted by Alitare | Friday, May 6, 2011 | Review Permanlink

4 stars There are some great songs on this album, very cool and fun. Especially, Still Falls the Rain, Ain't That So, and Spin Me Round. This is what I consider the "transitional" album between the early and the late Roxy Periods. Early being Country Life and its ilk and late being Flesh+Blood and A ... (read more)

Report this review (#66384) | Posted by | Monday, January 23, 2006 | Review Permanlink

4 stars I'm surprised to see Manifesto get high ratings (Great album, but not progressive at all) and this one not. I love this album; though poppy and trashy, it is an album that still fits in today. Commercial; yes, but great songs! For all the reasons Avalon gets highly rated, this one should be to ... (read more)

Report this review (#61788) | Posted by peter lensvelt | Monday, December 26, 2005 | Review Permanlink

2 stars Roxy Music goes Duran Duran! Manifesto contains some New Romantic songs and some slower, more atmospheric songs, but always with a dance beat around somewhere. There are some catchy melodies (Dance Away, Aint That So, Still Falls the Rain), but most of the songs sound alike and are a bit borin ... (read more)

Report this review (#34044) | Posted by harm s. | Sunday, May 22, 2005 | Review Permanlink

Post a review of ROXY MUSIC "Manifesto"

You must be a forum member to post a review, please register here if you are not.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Forum user
Forum password

Copyright Prog Archives, All rights reserved. | Legal Notice | Privacy Policy | Advertise | RSS + syndications

Other sites in the MAC network: JazzMusicArchives.com — jazz music reviews and archives | MetalMusicArchives.com — metal music reviews and archives