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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


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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)

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2.73
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Review by soundsweird
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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.

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Posted Friday, March 25, 2005

Review by daveconn
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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.)

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Posted Sunday, November 20, 2005

Review by ZowieZiggy
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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).

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Posted Sunday, February 11, 2007

Review by Tom Ozric
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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.

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Posted Saturday, August 23, 2008

Review by UMUR
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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.

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Review by Tarcisio Moura
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2 stars 2,5 stars. 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 basicly the core members (Ferry, guitarrist 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 return anyway). Obviously the bass player would be someone different again this time (Roxy never really had a permanet 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: simple 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 blantaly 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 minimalistic, hypnotic riff and a convincing perfomance 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). Unfortunatly the remaining tracks are just forgetable 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 perfomed pop songs.

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Review by Evolver
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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.

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