Header

ROXY MUSIC

Crossover Prog • United Kingdom


From Progarchives.com, the ultimate progressive rock music website

Roxy Music picture
Roxy Music biography
A band Oscar Wilde would certainly have approved of: retro-chic extravaganza, a cross between sophistication and street-wise 20th century dandyism. Their music was scarcely anything more than well-dressed 70's pop, oozing with hollowed-out sensuality and presented via original artwork, stage shows and wild costumes that crystallized the hippest style of the day. Scratch beneath the glamour, however, and you find some very talented artists, some of whom went on to pursue highly successful (if not necessarily prog) solo careers. They were led by composer, singer and visual artist Bryan Ferry. Brian Eno (synths), Phil Manzanera (lead guitar), Andrew Mackay (sax and oboe), Graham Simpson (bass) and Paul Thompson (drums) completed the original line-up. Between 1972-82, they released 8 studio albums, 3 live cds and numerous compilation disks as well as a couple of box sets.

Of particular interest to prog fans are the eponymous "Roxy Music" and "For Your Pleasure", a sort of rock music potpourri with Ferry's 50's tinged vocals over distinctive 60's rhythms and 70's electronics. With the departure of Brian Eno, "Stranded" and "Country Life" became less experimental but still remained fairly adventurous. With "Siren", however, the band started abandoning their intoxicating blend of art rock and glam pop to concentrate on Ferry's suave, crooner persona. "Manifesto" and "Flesh and Blood", hardly deemed art-rock albums anymore, are mostly a series of concise pop songs with layers of stylish disco rhythms. With its romantic washes of synthesizers and Ferry's elegant, seductive croon, the band's last album, "Avalon", is a richly textured cd and a most graceful way to end the band's career. Among the live albums, consider "Viva Roxy Roxy Music" (76), a powerful document of the band at their peak featuring a cross-section of their best work, and "Heart Still Beating" (90) which features some of the best guitar solos from Phil Manzanera as a ROXY member.

For a colourful segment of the 70's glam rock phenomenon, the first four albums are a must for any art rock fan.

: : : Lise (HIBOU), CANADA : : :

: : : DISCOGRAPHY TO COMPLETE : : :
- Roxy Music (1972)
- For Your Pleasure (1973)
- Stranded (1973)
- Country Life (1974)
- Siren (1975)
- Viva! Roxy Music (live, 1976)
- Greatest Hits (anthology, 1977)
- Manifesto (1979)
- Flesh + Blood (1980)
- The First Seven Albums (box, 1981)
- Avalon (1982)
- The High R...
read more

Roxy Music official website

ROXY MUSIC MP3, Free Download (music stream)


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

ROXY MUSIC forum topics / tours, shows & news


ROXY MUSIC forum topics Create a topic now
ROXY MUSIC tours, shows & news Post an entries now

ROXY MUSIC Videos (YouTube and more)


Showing only random 3 | Show all ROXY MUSIC videos (2) | Search and add more videos to ROXY MUSIC

Buy ROXY MUSIC Music


The Best of Roxy MusicThe Best of Roxy Music
Virgin 2001
Audio CD$3.29
$2.20 (used)
AvalonAvalon
Remastered
Virgin 2000
Audio CD$3.93
$1.35 (used)
Country LifeCountry Life
Remastered
Virgin 2000
Audio CD$3.99
$2.74 (used)
For Your PleasureFor Your Pleasure
Remastered
Virgin 2000
Audio CD$4.23
$2.61 (used)
Roxy MusicRoxy Music
Remastered
Virgin 2000
Audio CD$4.73
$1.63 (used)
The Complete Studio RecordingsThe Complete Studio Recordings
Box set · Remastered
Virgin 2013
Audio CD$62.54
$68.23 (used)
StrandedStranded
Remastered
Virgin 2000
Audio CD$4.23
$1.98 (used)
AvalonAvalon
Import · Super Audio CD - DSD
Imports 2015
Audio CD$38.41
$67.01 (used)
SirenSiren
Remastered
Virgin 2000
Audio CD$4.10
$2.88 (used)
Right Now on Ebay (logo)
VIVA! ROXY MUSIC-ISLAND ILPS.9400 1976 - TOP EX+ COPY USD $9.16 Buy It Now 31m 18s
OVERLOAD - 1982 UK 22-track compilation LP: Blondie, Depeche Mode, Roxy Music.. USD $6.10 Buy It Now 32m 17s
ROXY MUSIC "TAKE A CHANCE WITH ME" 45 RPM USD $4.49 Buy It Now 32m 39s
ROXY MUSIC - FOR YOUR PLEASURE UK 1ST PRESS ISLAND PINK RIM - TRULY EXCELLENT USD $15.28 [1 bids]
34m 34s
Roxy Music -Viva! - gatefold - free UK postage USD $17.74 Buy It Now 36m 20s
BRYAN FERRY(ROXY MUSIC)THESE FOOLISH THINGS-ATLANTIC SD 7304 NO BARCODE VG/VG LP USD $9.98 Buy It Now 1h 2m
ROXY MUSIC THE HIGH ROAD LP MADE IN USA USD $9.99 Buy It Now 1h 15m
ROXY MUSIC Avalon Hong Kong / Singapore / Malaysia Issue 10 Track LP EGHP50 USD $19.80 [0 bids]
1h 24m
Roxy Music 2-CD Set - Why Do You Think I`m A Funky Chick? Live Dates. USD $11.47 [2 bids]
1h 36m
ROCK LP - ROXY MUSIC (1975) ATCO 36-127 STEREO PROMO VG++ USD $16.99 Buy It Now 1h 50m
Avalon [Limited] by Roxy Music (CD, Oct-1999, Virgin) SEALED USD $14.99 Buy It Now 1h 50m
ROXY MUSIC VINYL siren LP 1975 Vg+Nm Love Is The Drug SHIPS US FREE USD $22.99 Buy It Now 1h 53m
ROXY MUSIC. MANIFESTO. 1979. VINYL RECORD. USD $3.06 [0 bids]
1h 55m
Street Life: 20 Great Hits by Roxy Music (CD, Jul-1989, Reprise) Bryan Ferry USD $1.00 [0 bids]
1h 59m
Bryan Ferry and Roxy Music, Street life 20, Great Hits, Vinyl LP.EGTV1- A1/B1 USD $3.04 [0 bids]
2h 4m
ROXY MUSIC**COLLECTION**CD USD $5.95 Buy It Now 2h 9m
BRYAN FERRY ROXY MUSIC IN YOUR MIND EXYU CASSETTE TAPE USD $19.99 Buy It Now 2h 16m
BRYAN FERRY ROXY MUSIC STREET LIFE EXYU CASSETTE TAPE USD $19.99 Buy It Now 2h 16m
Rock 45 ROXY MUSIC Love Is the Drug on Atco USD $12.00 Buy It Now 2h 19m
ROXY MUSIC GREATEST HITS FERRY EXYU CASSETTE TAPE USD $19.99 Buy It Now 2h 19m
ROXY MUSIC SIREN LP 1975 UK ISLAND RECORDS USD $23.00 Buy It Now 2h 23m
ROXY MUSIC Take A Chance With Me / The Main Thing 12" EG ROXYX5 (1982) UK NM USD $6.47 Buy It Now 2h 30m
Husky Rescue ?- City Lights (Go Home Productions Mix) : PRINCE / ROXY Music Mash USD $3.04 Buy It Now 2h 38m
ROXY MUSIC "THE ATLANTIC YEARS" 1983 12" VINYL ALBUM USD $1.51 [0 bids]
2h 42m
ROXY MUSIC-ORIGINAL 2 PAGE POSTER-8.9.1979-BRYAN FERRY USD $39.68 Buy It Now 2h 43m
ROXY MUSIC Siren Ex+ Island 1975 UK LP USD $15.26 Buy It Now 2h 48m
BRYAN FERRY & ROXY MUSIC Street Life Ex Polydor 1980s UK 2LP USD $10.69 Buy It Now 2h 48m
Brian ENO (Roxy Music) new musick 1977 2-sided UK ARTICLE / clipping USD $12.16 Buy It Now 2h 55m
Roxy music-Flesh + blood-1980 LP USD $7.63 Buy It Now 2h 59m
Roxy Music Bryan Ferry Price of Love vintage 1970s CRYSTAL BADGE USD $4.57 Buy It Now 3h
Manifesto (Mini Lp Sleeve) - Roxy Music (2007, CD New) USD $24.15 Buy It Now 3h 22m
Heart Still Beating - Roxy Music (2013, CD New) USD $26.00 Buy It Now 3h 24m
Vintage 70s Roxy Music Siren Album Record Vinyl LP USD $20.00 Buy It Now 3h 26m
BRYAN FERRY It's All Over Now Dylan CD single bonus track import EU roxy music USD $9.95 Buy It Now 3h 27m
Manifesto - Roxy Music (2013, CD New) USD $26.15 Buy It Now 3h 28m
BRYAN FERRY (OF ROXY MUSIC) - LET'S STICK TOGETHER (1976) ORIG USA EG/REPRISE CD USD $4.80 Buy It Now 3h 29m
NIGHT MOVES compilation LP tzuke BLONDIE buggles MADNESS darts ROXY MUSIC darts USD $2.29 Buy It Now 3h 38m
PHIL MANZANERA Southern Cross 1991 CD Agenda Records 4707 (Roxy Music, 801) USD $15.00 Buy It Now 3h 56m
Roxy Music - Manifesto (CD New) USD $9.64 Buy It Now 4h 4m
ROXY MUSIC BRYAN FERRY world tour 2001 tour programme 36 pages USD $7.63 Buy It Now 4h 7m
BRYAN FERRY 45 UK POLYDOR THIS IS TOMOOROW ROXY MUSIC USD $7.99 Buy It Now 4h 12m
ROXY MUSIC - COMPLETE STUDIO ALBUMS NEW VINYL USD $248.74 Buy It Now 4h 12m
Siren - Roxy Music (2000, CD New) USD $8.83 Buy It Now 4h 22m
GRACE JONES - Love is the drug - ROXY MUSIC - ULTRA RARE 45 GUATEMALA PRESS 1980 USD $59.99 Buy It Now 4h 22m
Stranded - Roxy Music (2013, CD New) USD $26.30 Buy It Now 4h 25m
Stranded (Mini Lp Sleeve) - Roxy Music (2007, CD New) USD $25.49 Buy It Now 4h 27m
Roxy Music - Flesh and Blood- UK Original Rock LP 1980 USD $5.35 Buy It Now 4h 39m
Roxy Music - Manifesto- UK Original Rock LP 1979 USD $4.59 Buy It Now 4h 43m
ROXY MUSIC Manifesto LP USD $10.00 Buy It Now 4h 58m
Roxy Music / Bryan Ferry - Street Life - 20 Great Hits 2x12" USD $4.59 Buy It Now 4h 59m
BRYAN FERRY ROXY MUSIC STREET MUSIC 2LPS 20 GREAT HITS NEAR MINT VINYL USD $1.53 [0 bids]
5h 2m
ROXY MUSIC COUNTRY LIFE orig 1974 LP SD36106 NM nude cover bryan ferry uncensord USD $32.00 Buy It Now 5h 3m
BRYAN FERRY ROXY MUSIC street life 20 greatest hits 2 X LP 2LP SET Editions EG USD $19.99 Buy It Now 5h 4m
Roxy Music Love is the Drug Long / Short 45 rpm Atco Records Vg+ USD $12.00 Buy It Now 5h 9m
The Thrill of It All: 1972-1976 Roxy Music CD USD $11.16 Buy It Now 5h 16m
6 Lp LOT roxy music atlantic years manifesto siren high road greatest hits viva! USD $99.00 Buy It Now 5h 29m
ROXY MUSIC AVALON 1982 EG RECORDS INC LYRIC INNER A3/B3 EXCELLENT CONDITION USD $2.29 [0 bids]
5h 30m
roxy music siren fifth album '75 rare orig bryan ferry glam rock brian eno WOW! USD $23.00 Buy It Now 5h 36m
BRYAN FERRY+ROXY MUSIC Japan 1996 Mint-CD 20 GREATEST USD $18.99 Buy It Now 5h 40m
my life in the bush of ghosts lp brian eno david byrne talking heads roxy music! USD $33.00 Buy It Now 6h 3m
Country Life [Limited] [Remaster] by Roxy Music (CD, Sep-1999, Virgin) USD $3.34 [7 bids]
6h 4m
Street Life: 20 Great Hits - Roxy Music (CD 1989) USD $3.99 Buy It Now 8h 27m
Roxy Music - Complete Studio Albums [Vinyl New] USD $188.45 Buy It Now 9h
BRYAN FERRY *ROXY MUSIC* PERSONALLY HAND SIGNED A3 MOUNTED PHOTO DISPLAY - COA USD $91.06 Buy It Now 9h 22m
BRYAN FERRY, ROXY MUSIC MINT STRIP OF 10 STAMPS 2 USD $4.20 Buy It Now 9h 44m
ROXY MUSIC Avalon Original 1982 Australasia Vinyl Album EG Records 2311 154 ex USD $11.90 Buy It Now 10h
BRYAN FERRY, ROXY MUSIC MINT STRIP OF 10 STAMPS 5 USD $4.20 Buy It Now 10h
ROXY MUSIC FLESH + BLOOD (1980) WEST GERMANY CD 800 019-2 RED DISC USD $40.49 Buy It Now 10h 25m
Taxi by Bryan Ferry + ROXY MUSIC 20 GREATEST HITS - 2 CD LOT USD $5.00 Buy It Now 10h 31m
ROXY MUSIC-Holland-1980-Over You-45-P/S-FREE POST USD $6.30 Buy It Now 10h 33m
BRYAN FERRY, ROXY MUSIC MINT STRIP OF 10 STAMPS 3 USD $4.20 Buy It Now 10h 44m
Roxy Music Country Life 1974 VG++ LP Censored Cover Glam Art Rock Bryan Ferry USD $54.90 Buy It Now 10h 55m
Bryan Ferry Roxy Music Street Life 20 Greatest Hits 1986 Import CD VG+ Polystar USD $24.80 Buy It Now 11h 7m
BRYAN FERRY SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED 16x12 PHOTO MOUNT DISPLAY ROXY MUSIC INC COA USD $76.45 Buy It Now 11h 26m
Roxy Music - Siren [CD New] USD $8.18 Buy It Now 11h 35m
Roxy Music - Stranded (Mini Lp Sleeve) [CD New] USD $46.78 Buy It Now 11h 38m
Roxy Music Siren Bryan Ferry Original Pressing SD 36-127 LP Record 1975 ATCO USD $19.08 Buy It Now 11h 46m
ROXY MUSIC 'THE ATLANTIC YEARS 1973-1980' UK LP USD $12.22 Buy It Now 12h 5m
ROXY MUSIC - all i want is you 7" single 1974 USD $3.04 Buy It Now 12h 16m
ROXY MUSIC --12 OF THEIR GREATEST EVER HITS MAIL ON SUNDAY PROMO MUSIC CD USD $1.51 Buy It Now 12h 19m
Roxy Music - Greatest Hits Condition (LP/Sleeve): NM/NM USD $16.07 Buy It Now 12h 43m
Roxy Music - Jealous Guy John Lennon Japan 45 USD $5.00 Buy It Now 12h 49m
Roxy Music - Viva ! Roxy Music Live Bryan Ferry USD $5.00 Buy It Now 12h 49m
*(RF1) Roxy Music Jealous Guy A Tribute 1981 original 45 7" EX/EX+ USD $11.47 Buy It Now 12h 50m
Roxy Music - Manifesto [CD New] USD $8.87 Buy It Now 12h 55m
ROXY MUSIC VIVA ROXY MUSIC ULTRA RARE CASSETTE TAPE! BRYAN FERRY USD $8.41 Buy It Now 13h 6m
BRYAN FERRY, ROXY MUSIC MINT STRIP OF 10 STAMPS 1 USD $4.20 Buy It Now 13h 22m
BRYAN FERRY, ROXY MUSIC MINT STRIP OF 10 STAMPS 4 USD $4.20 Buy It Now 14h 22m
ROXY MUSIC AVALON JAPAN USD $39.99 Buy It Now 14h 32m
VINYL 7" SINGLE - MORE THAN THIS - ROXY MUSIC - ROXY 3 USD $10.69 Buy It Now 14h 51m
BRYAN FERRY (Roxy Music) 2002 Tour Japanese Flyer / mini Poster 10 x 7" USD $15.22 Buy It Now 15h 29m
ROXY MUSIC STRANDED ORIGINAL 12" 1973 ISLAND GATEFOLD LP WITH INNER FREE UK POST USD $38.23 Buy It Now 15h 54m
Roxy Music 'Heart Still Beating' Live CD album, 1990 on EG Records USD $10.69 Buy It Now 16h 34m
Roxy Music The Atlantic Years 1973/1980 Music Cassette EG Label USD $6.10 Buy It Now 16h 40m
Roxy Music Avalon Music Cassette EG Label USD $6.88 Buy It Now 16h 42m
ROXY MUSIC - Viva! Roxy Music - Excellent Condition LP Record Polydor 2302 073 USD $13.75 Buy It Now 16h 44m
ROXY MUSIC_Manifesto_used cassette_ships from AUS!_TU3 USD $8.41 Buy It Now 17h 31m
ROXY MUSIC Stranded LP EX UK 1st Press A-1/B-1 1973 Pink Rim Island Gatefold Sle USD $30.59 Buy It Now 17h 41m
ROXY MUSIC " MORE THAN THIS " 7" SINGLE 1982 VG+/VG+ USD $3.81 Buy It Now 17h 57m
BRYAN FERRY ROXY MUSIC_20 Great Hits pt 1_used RARE cassette_ships from AUS!_S5 USD $22.42 Buy It Now 18h 17m


More places to buy ROXY MUSIC music online Buy ROXY MUSIC & Prog Rock Digital Music online:
  • AmazonMP3: Search for ROXY MUSIC DRM-Free MP3 Downloads @ AmazonMP3 (USA Only) | AmazonMP3 (UK Only)

ROXY MUSIC shows & tickets


ROXY MUSIC has no upcoming shows, according to LAST.FM syndicated events and shows feed

ROXY MUSIC discography


Ordered by release date | Showing ratings (top albums) | Help Progarchives.com to complete the discography and add albums

ROXY MUSIC top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.02 | 213 ratings
Roxy Music
1972
4.04 | 220 ratings
For Your Pleasure
1973
3.54 | 134 ratings
Stranded
1973
3.61 | 145 ratings
Country Life
1974
3.64 | 124 ratings
Siren
1975
2.74 | 93 ratings
Manifesto
1979
2.80 | 94 ratings
Flesh + Blood
1980
3.62 | 149 ratings
Avalon
1982

ROXY MUSIC Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.78 | 57 ratings
Viva! Roxy Music
1976
2.93 | 21 ratings
Heart Still Beating
1990
2.37 | 7 ratings
Concerto
2001
4.25 | 24 ratings
Live
2003

ROXY MUSIC Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

3.25 | 9 ratings
The High Road
1983
4.00 | 2 ratings
Total Recall
1989
4.86 | 3 ratings
Musikladen / BeatClub: Live 74-75
2001
4.29 | 16 ratings
Live At The Apollo
2002
3.52 | 6 ratings
The Thrill of It All - A Visual History 1972-1982
2007

ROXY MUSIC Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.34 | 18 ratings
Street Life: 20 Great Hits
1986
3.47 | 13 ratings
The Early Years
1989
4.08 | 12 ratings
The Thrill of it All*
1995
3.02 | 9 ratings
More Than This, The Best Of Bryan Ferry + Roxy Music
1995
3.73 | 11 ratings
The Best Of Roxy Music
2001

ROXY MUSIC Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

ROXY MUSIC Reviews


Showing last 10 reviews only
 Viva! Roxy Music by ROXY MUSIC album cover Live, 1976
3.78 | 57 ratings

BUY
Viva! Roxy Music
Roxy Music Crossover Prog

Review by Guillermo
Prog Reviewer

2 stars In 1980 I went to a record shop and I saw this live album there. I also saw other ROXY MUSIC albums there, and they had in common the presence in the covers of very glamorous female fashion models and backing singers. But in the back cover of this live album there were listed in the credits two famous names from other Prog Rock bands: John Wetton and Eddie Jobson. At that time I was listening to the band U.K. and both Wetton and Jobson were members of that band, so I became a bit interested in listening to or in buying this live album one day...a thing I that never did. Why? Some bands like ROXY MUSIC are represented very much in their style of music by only looking to the covers of their albums. I never have been a fan of Glam Rock and for me this style of music was more a fad from the seventies, another attempt to do different things musically, but more influenced by sophisticated or excentric looks, very based in the make ups, posings and fashions of those days. For me, Bryan Ferry based his musical career in these sophisticated looks, fashions, poses and lifestyles. And I confirmed all these "suspicions" when finally years later I listened to this band in the radio with songs like "Avalon" and others and I finally watched to them playing on TV, with or without Brian Eno. So, more by their looks and fashions I never have liked artists like Roxy Music, Brian Eno, David Bowie, Duran Duran, Adrian Belew, and other similar artists. It is curious, but sometimes one really can "judge a book by its cover", and if one does not identify (at least in some way) with some lifestyles, one does not like the music of some artists. In the case of Bryan Ferry and Roxy Music I don`t identify myself with their music and looks because they are "artificial" in many ways. After all, Glam Rock was, in my opinion, a very "artificial" fad in music and looks. Not very authentic for my taste. Sorry. Too much posing, in my opinion.

Well. I finally listened to this album recently. The songs are not bad. All the musicians are very good. And I think that Ferry as a singer is not a bad singer, but i think that he really does not have a very "great" voice. But he sings with a lot of "theatrical" inlfuences. In fact, I think that most of his merits in the music business were and still are to create a very characteristic and personal style of singing and for composing songs (he is the main composer of the songs in this band). He really is very original in all these things. Maybe all these things made him have success in his musical career. But he is the main "star" in this band. Unfortunatley, despite being very good musicians, Thompson, Manzanera and Mackay never have had the same success on their own without being involved in some way with Ferry or with Roxy Music (a similar thing that happened with the musicians in the band called VAN DER GRAAF GENERATOR with respect to their singer PETER HAMMILL). So, ROXY MUSIC is mainly Ferry and his music and artistic vision augmented by the contributions of very good musicians which really as a whole define the sound of this band.

I don`t know what Wetton and Jobson were doing in this band, really. Both are very good musicians to be in this band acting as Ferry`s backing musicians. Maybe they needed temporal jobs and they agreed to play with this band. Both sound very well in this band but their talents sound a bit "diluted", acting more like session musicians, but anyway doing very good jobs. Together some years later they founded U.K., a more Progressive Rock band than ROXY MUSIC. I really could not find very much Progressive Rock elements in this album apart from some very good improvisations by Jobson on his electric violin and keyboards. For the most part, the music in this album in my opínion is Pop Rock and Glam Rock. I don`t consider this band as Prog Rock in style.

For collectors and fans only.

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
 Live by ROXY MUSIC album cover Live, 2003
4.25 | 24 ratings

BUY
Live
Roxy Music Crossover Prog

Review by sinslice

5 stars One of the fundamental aspects of the live shows is to choose properly the list of songs, including the order. Actually, I believe that with skill Ferry and suitable companions made that selection. Throughout the concert, the group will generate a special atmosphere with its classic and others not so much.

The band sounds homogeneous and pure, with good chemistry. It has not lost any of its recognized energy. Ferry's voice and charisma still intact, obviously with more maturity. The sound quality is more than noticeable.

When announcing a meeting of this kind of group for a tour, we bow eyebrows. Looking at the result, I do not have anything but praise. One of the legendary bands that fortunately gave us music of the late previous decade, adding to its already extensive and excellent discography, the best legacy live on stage There is no song or section on or missing. And I find no compelling reason to not qualify this offer as great.

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
 Avalon by ROXY MUSIC album cover Studio Album, 1982
3.62 | 149 ratings

BUY
Avalon
Roxy Music Crossover Prog

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

3 stars After reuniting for the rather limp Manifesto and Flesh + Blood, Roxy Music regrouped and reimagined themselves for this glorious swansong. The secret to the band getting their groove back was that they realised that the New Romantic crowd were a) looking back to the classic era of Roxy Music for inspiration and b) coming up with some damn fine ideas themselves.

In a way, Avalon is a sort of surrender - Bryan Ferry and his Knights of the Roxy Table passing on the sword to a new generation by embracing that generation's aesthetic and the smooth sophisti-pop tones whilst still creating a space for Ferry's emotive lyrics, Manzanera's guitar work (which is more complex and intricate on this album than you might imagine at a first listen, and Andy Mackay's soulful sax.

It's delicious enough on first listen, but both in the context of Roxy's own discography and the sophisti-synthpop sounds of the time, it feels rather overpolished and tamed - Roxy Music dancing to someone else's beat rather than blazing their own trail as they had from their debut up to Siren. It's not an embarrassing send-off, but it isn't a last-minute triumph either.

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
 Siren by ROXY MUSIC album cover Studio Album, 1975
3.64 | 124 ratings

BUY
Siren
Roxy Music Crossover Prog

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

4 stars The last album of Roxy Music's first incarnation (before a temporary split, a few mediocre comeback albums, and the swansong of Avalon) feels like it's a concept album in disguise; Bryan Ferry begins the album declaring that "Love is the Drug" for him, but by the end he's realised that it was "Just Another High". Although the band's art rock stylings begin to fray at the edges at some points, at other stages they're as strong as ever - Love Is the Drug is a great, muscular album over which manages to hide some fascinating twists and textures within an illusion of apparent simplicity, in particular - and if they'd never reunited at this point this would have been as good a last gasp as any.

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
 Country Life by ROXY MUSIC album cover Studio Album, 1974
3.61 | 145 ratings

BUY
Country Life
Roxy Music Crossover Prog

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

5 stars If Roxy Music had proved that they could produce an interesting progressive-glam amalgam without Brian Eno on Stranded, they perfected it on Country Life. Bryan Ferry goes full crooner more often than on any previous Roxy Music album, but thanks to Eddie Jobson's more prominent contributions the band's art rock credentials never take a dent. And with the combination of tight compositions and genuine emotional resonance taking the place of the cool detachment of preceding albums, the band were clearly going places. Plus despite all, the band can still get weird; check out Prairie Rose, the album closer, for a perfect mix of new Roxy cool and old Roxy neurosis.

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
 Country Life by ROXY MUSIC album cover Studio Album, 1974
3.61 | 145 ratings

BUY
Country Life
Roxy Music Crossover Prog

Review by Fenrispuppy

5 stars When I was a teenager, Roxy Music was all the rage. Most of my "art rock" friends were into them and they were on E.G. Records out of England...the same label as King Crimson...so they had to be great, right? Unfortunately for me, I started with their later stuff first . "Avalon" (1982) had a great reputation and it was apparent from the cover that "Flesh + Blood"(1980) should have boasted some interesting cover songs in the form of the Byrd's "Eight Miles High" and Wilson Pickett's "In the Midnight Hour".

What this listener found while exploring these albums, along with "Manifesto" (1979), was pleasant soft rock with a flamboyant, dramatic lead singer and a disco beat. Ughhh! Not to be dissuaded, this listener eventually dug further back into RM's catalogue and hit the jackpot with "Country Life". The album was filled with quirky, eclectic art-pop that could actually be called progressive.

Sure, songs like "Out of the Blue" began to point the way toward their smoother, more romantic and somewhat disco later stuff (I won't even mention "Love is the Drug"...oops, just did!) but the song manages to remain progressive and interesting, unlike that other song that I won't...and didn't mention. Perhaps Eddie Jobson on violin was a difference maker.

Highlights on "Country Life" for this listener also include: "The Thrill of it All", "Bitter Sweet", "Triptych" and "Prairie Rose" which are all progressive yet very different than what other prog bands were doing. Interestingly, while most of the songs here are quite good, only one exceeds more than six minutes.

As a postscript, my disdain for late-era Roxy Music has subsided quite a bit through the years. "Avalon" and "Manifesto" occasionally get play on my iPad, though I still can't get through "Flesh + Blood" in one sitting. Maybe someday, you never know.

Bottom line: "Country Life" deserves a grade of A- or 4.5 stars.

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
 Country Life by ROXY MUSIC album cover Studio Album, 1974
3.61 | 145 ratings

BUY
Country Life
Roxy Music Crossover Prog

Review by Gatot
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars I knew the band from the famous Bryan Ferry not from their music but from his consistent appearance in local music magazine, Aktuil, which was popular in the 70s in the small town where I lived, Madiun, East Java at that time. I did not have any cassette collection on this band because some friends told me that this band was weird and the music was not good. I could understand that especially by that time only Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, Uriah Heep and the like who were quite popular. And then I started to know Yes, Genesis and the like. I once listened to the cassette of Roxy Music and I was not impressed at all as the music was quite having a sort of rock'n'roll type to my ears.

This Country Life I only listened to it not a long time ago and I can understand now why I did not like Roxy Music kind of music as the style is quite different from the rest. But having been explored to many kinds of genres I can now understand how the music of RM is performed like this. This Country Life album resembles the combined music of pop, rock'n'roll with some progressive elements in it with the opening track The Thrill of It All (6:24). I can enjoy this type of music actually. One chief reason I could not like it at that time was the kind of vocal style that did not seem like a rockin' one compared to Ian Gillan and Robert Plat or David Byron. Nope, I did not expect something like them ...in fact Paul Rodgers never or seldom sung in high register notes but he was rockin' with his Bad Company. But Roxy Music is different, really.

The composition of this album is good as it demonstrates the different style of playing music compared to other heavy metal bands. Right here the musicians worked their talents on the basis of rock'n'roll music combined with the heavier part of rock - or in a way the music is somewhat similar with the kind of David Bowie even though not really alike. Keep on proggin' ..!

Peace on earth and mercy mild - GW

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
 Live by ROXY MUSIC album cover Live, 2003
4.25 | 24 ratings

BUY
Live
Roxy Music Crossover Prog

Review by admireArt
Collaborator PSIKE Team

5 stars Oh yes! 5 perfectly earned stars to the pioneers of it all. The always- way ahead of their contemporaries and average audiences band: the great Roxy Music redifined and perfected Live at last!

Any follower of this band knows Roxy live albums suck! Why? at last we know. Opposite to their always painstaking studio labor; when live they rarely rehearsed (Manzanera himself speaking). Why? who cares I have never been a great fan of live albums.

So what is so fascinating about this work? Well Roxy is on top shape taking very seriously these gigs to be their last. So we have to go back to Roxy 1: Hell broke loose like never before in the underworld rock scene.

These guys were out of the radar (shamelessly they still are). It was not Rock nor Pop (Strand?), with spices of the worlds to come (Hi! Mr. Bowie, you kind sound like...?). They were Roxy Music as such; they made no compromises. (that will explain their lack of commercial success). Why? Because they saw themselves as artists more in a "another planet kind of way" but artists at last. So in "Roxy Planet" everything goes according to their own laws of existence. As I have reviewed; this band set the style of a 100 bands with each "For Your Pleasure" track. Sadly ten years before its time.

So planet Earth was just realizing there was this kind of Art-Rock and that it will sell (if properly marketed) like fresh bread.

Meanwhile these guys were just creating one of the most underrated and genuine bands of them all; and still got their way of not selling out; until they understood the "values" of this planet, and when so; they already had evolved into a perfectly 3 tight-piece unit that moved freely and mostly to Bryan Ferrys´s own quest for perfection and visions.

So this is not a "romantic" review for long-past heroes.This is the band that made the impossible possible and this is actual proof that they are still setting their own laws and rules with extreme accuracy and musical perfection.

Great trip through their musical history and historic because of the circumstances.

*****5 well deserved PA stars!

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
 Roxy Music by ROXY MUSIC album cover Studio Album, 1972
4.02 | 213 ratings

BUY
Roxy Music
Roxy Music Crossover Prog

Review by admireArt
Collaborator PSIKE Team

5 stars Way ahead of its time, personal and un-repeatable, Roxy Music's first release from the very beginning was out of tune, with their contemporaries, let them be musicians or the soon to be invented "Roxy" followers.

The main virtue of this first effort stands in its up-front, daring and defying proposal of a personal musical language that, honestly, had to do more with the "Art" world, than the "Rock" world. So, somehow it ended up in this Prog planet's Crossover "district".

This album holds all the the Avant Garde, RiO "principles", as far as the "creation without compromises with the established and dominant commercial markets" goes. They held no compromises with anyone, but themselves.

I won't fool you, this is not music for everyone, it is not the kind of record that could be compared to nothing then and now. Born "crossover", Roxy Music sounds exactly like Roxy Music, and the overlooked "legend" began the same way. So expect no musical comparisons, there could be referentials, oddly they are not found in their PA's sub-genre.

Opposite to that, they influenced half of them there and everywhere.

A ****5 star PA masterpiece from any musical angle and conceptual point of view.

ORIGINAL and UNIQUE to the bone,

and the "Roxy Music Legend", begins.............

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
 Stranded by ROXY MUSIC album cover Studio Album, 1973
3.54 | 134 ratings

BUY
Stranded
Roxy Music Crossover Prog

Review by admireArt
Collaborator PSIKE Team

3 stars Roxy, "exiles" Brian Eno, unplug themselves and start their second re-incarnation, musically speaking of course.

STRANDED, the 3th. Roxy Music album, as always with this ensemble, offers "tons" of unexpected surprises. Bryan Ferry "frees" himself of unrequested commitments, to focus on his own conception of what Roxy's music, really was for him. A vehicle for an astounding and exceptional composer and songwriter, as himself, to develop, no matter where or how, as long as it had to do with "musical perfection" , his 'personal" quest.

The essential founders, P Manzanera, A Mackay and B. Ferry, are as always still there. Phil Manzanera's guitar playing enhances the electrified part of the project, alongside new guest Eddie Jobson's debut appearance (electric violin and keys) with this crowd. Mackay's "wind' touch, as usual, appears majestically and briefly, until it explodes entirely in the spectacular and dramatic "Song for Europe", a Roxy jewel among many. There is also the Roxy frenzy as the previous two efforts,and a renewed angle in Ferry's piano playing approach and composition.

What works, what not:.... Creativity as such, is not this band's problem, neither extraordinary and heartfelt performances. Intelligent irreverent lyrics are there (as always), first class arrangements to first class songwriting still a must with the "roxy" style.

On the other side Bryan Ferry's return to his youth's admired legends as he himself has admitted, like Bob Dylan and others, brings along two of the most long winded and boring Roxy's songs in the rather small studio discography (8 albums), "Psalm", (progressive country music?) and the last song "Sunset", a Dylan like reflection, that runs too long.

So...considering this review is intended for all kind of listeners

. ***3.5 PA stars (if not for those 2 songs an easy 4!)

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
Thanks to ProgLucky for the artist addition. and to NotAProghead for the last updates

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

Other sites in the MAC network: JazzMusicArchives.com — the ultimate jazz music virtual community | MetalMusicArchives.com — the ultimate metal music virtual community


Server processing time: 1.50 seconds