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Roxy Music


Crossover Prog

3.54 | 11 ratings

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erik neuteboom
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5 stars This compilation includes 16 tracks from the first 3 albums "Roxy Music", "For your pleasure" and "Stranded" (on that LP Eddie Jobson replaced Brian Eno). In the early Seventies Roxy Music looked like ' glamrockers' and sold their records with seducing ladies on the front cover. But this was not a commercial trick to hide poor musicial ideas, in my opinion Roxy Music made in that era unique progressive rock (or call it art-rock). And they had hugh commercial success: the eponymous debut LP reached a #6 position in the UK charts and their singles "Virginia plain" and "Pyjamarama" became top 10 hits, their third album even peaked the album charts! On this compilation you can enjoy the dynamic, rock- based but inventive and often exciting sounding compositions: rock and roll in "Re-make/re- model" (great guitar-saxophone interplay and legendary short soli from all instruments), soft Mellotron waves in "Ladytron" and "If there's something" and Brian Eno's short and fat synthesizer sound at the end of the funny and catchy "Virginia plain". Let you carry away on 'classics' like "Do the strand" (great lyrics), "Editions of you", "In every dream home a heartach" (in fact a wonderful symphonic rock composition!) and "The bogus man". Roxy music their trademark in those days was the chemistry between the fiery electric guitar from Phil Manzanera, Andy MacKay's poweful saxophone, the tasteful keyboards from Eno and Jobson (and his spectacular electric violin sound) blended with the disctinctive, a bit sultry vocals from frontman Bryan Ferry. DESPITE THEIR COMMERCIAL SUCCESS THIS IS AN OVERLOOKED PROGROCK BAND, DISCOVER THEIR EARLY SEVENTIES SOUND ON THIS COMPILATION!!
erik neuteboom | 5/5 |


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