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Roxy Music – Roxy Music s/t

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In 1994, Roxy Music was ranked number 57 in Colin Larkin’s All Time Top 1000 Albums. He described it as “totally original and a breath of bizarre air”, stating: “[the album] put Brian Ferry and Eno at the forefront of the art-rock movement.”[12] In 2003, Rolling Stone picked the album as number 62 in its list of the best debut albums of all time, stating “In England in the early Seventies, there was nerdy art-rock and sexy glam-rock and rarely did the twain meet. Until this record, that is.”

The opening track, “Re-Make/Re-Model”, has been labelled a postmodernist pastiche, featuring solos by each member of the band echoing various touchstones of Western music, including The Beatles’ “Day Tripper”, Duane Eddy’s version of “Peter Gunn”, and Wagner’s “Ride of the Valkyries”; the esoteric “CPL 593H” was supposedly the license number of a car spotted by Bryan Ferry that was driven by a beautiful woman. Brian Eno produced some self-styled “lunacy” when Ferry asked him for a sound “like the moon” for the track “Ladytron”. “If There Is Something” was covered by David Bowie’s Tin Machine, and was later featured quite extensively, almost as a central figure, in the British film Flashbacks of a Fool.

 

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The 1972 debut album by the glam/art rock band hit #10 in the UK charts. The band’s glamorous style was showcased in the lyrics and the 1950’s style album cover.

“Falling halfway between musical primitivism and art rock ambition, Roxy Music’s eponymous debut remains a startling rendition of rock’s boundaries. Simultaneously embracing kitschy glamour and avant-pop, Roxy Music shimmers with seductive style and pulsates with disturbing synthetic textures. Although no musician demonstrates much technical skill at this point, they are driven by boundless imagination – Brian Eno’s synthesized ‘treatments’ exploit electronic instruments as electronics, instead of trying to shoehorn them into conventional acoustic patterns.” – All Music Guide

Features:
• 180 Gram Vinyl
• Audiophile Quality
• Limited Edition
• All original packaging
• Faithful reproductions
• Gatefold jacket
• White Sleeve
• Original Version
• Poster of Album Art

AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine

Falling halfway between musical primitivism and art rock ambition, Roxy Music’s eponymous debut remains a startling redefinition of rock’s boundaries. Simultaneously embracing kitschy glamour and avant-pop, Roxy Music shimmers with seductive style and pulsates with disturbing synthetic textures. Although no musician demonstrates much technical skill at this point, they are driven by boundless imagination — Brian Eno’s synthesized “treatments” exploit electronic instruments as electronics, instead of trying to shoehorn them into conventional acoustic patterns. Similarly, Bryan Ferry finds that his vampiric croon is at its most effective when it twists conventional melodies, Phil Manzanera’s guitar is terse and unpredictable, while Andy Mackay’s saxophone subverts rock & roll clichés by alternating R&B honking with atonal flourishes. But what makes Roxy Music such a confident, astonishing debut is how these primitive avant-garde tendencies are married to full-fledged songs, whether it’s the free-form, structure-bending “Remake/Remodel” or the sleek glam of “Virginia Plain,” the debut single added to later editions of the album. That was the trick that elevated Roxy Music from an art school project to the most adventurous rock band of the early ’70s.

 

1. Re-Make/Re-Model
2. Ladytron
3. If There Is Something
4. Virginia Plain
5. 2 H.B.
1. The Bob (Medley)
2. Chance Meeting
3. Would You Believe
4. Sea Breezes
5. Bitters End

 

Additional information

Weight 0.480 kg
Dimensions 32.0 × 32.0 × 2.0 cm