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Avalon (1982)

Artist: Roxy Music
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Format: CD
Sku: 60391659
UPC: 724384746025
UPC 14: 00724384746025
Release Date: 3/14/2000
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. More Than This ~ Roxy Music
2. Space Between, The ~ Roxy Music
3. Avalon ~ Roxy Music
4. India ~ Roxy Music
5. While My Heart Is Still Beating ~ Roxy Music
6. Main Thing, The ~ Roxy Music
7. Take A Chance With Me ~ Roxy Music
8. To Turn You On ~ Roxy Music
9. True To Life ~ Roxy Music
10. Tara ~ Roxy Music

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Personnel: Bryan Ferry (vocals, guitar synthesizer, keyboards); Phil Manzanera, Neil Hubbard (guitar); Kermit Moore (cello); Andy Mackay (saxophone); Paul Carrack (piano); Neil Jason, Alan Spenner (bass); Rick Marotta, Andy Newmark (drums); Jimmy Maelen (percussion); Fonzi Thornton, Yanick Etienne (background vocals).
Muze PNote Recorded at Compass Point, Nassau, Bahamas and The Power Station, New York, New York.
Muze PNote Digitally remastered by Robert C. Ludwig (Masterdisc).
Muze PNote This is a limited edition "Album Replica" CD of AVALON specially packaged to simulate the original LP design.
Muze PNote Personnel: Bryan Ferry (vocals, keyboards, synthesizer); Phil Manzanera, Neil Hubbard (guitar); Kermit Moore (cello); Andy Mackay (oboe, saxophone); Paul Carrack (piano); Alan Spenner, Neil Jason (bass); Andy Newmark, Rick Marotta (drums); Jimmy Maelen (percussion); Fonzi Thornton, Yanick Etienne (background vocals).
Muze PNote From 1975's SIREN through the rest of Roxy Music's albums and his concurrent solo work, Bryan Ferry was leading up to AVALON. The last Roxy Music studio album (it was followed by numerous collections, both live and otherwise), it is the perfect culmination of Ferry's constant striving for the ultimate sophistication. On AVALON, the styles that the band had explored in the past--funk, jazz, and rock--come together to create a texture of remarkable subtlety. The title track is Ferry's finest moment. His suave voice turns the romance all the way up, while the band plays in a smooth, light jazz-funk groove and guitar notes shimmer like the sun on water.
Muze PNote "While My Heart is Still Beating" features Andy Mackay's saxophone drifting in around Phil Manzanera's languid guitar lines. "True to Life," a ballad shot through with reverberation, is the kind of song aching to be played late at night with the lights off. From the almost jaw-dropping elegance of the opening track, "More Than This," to the closing "Tara," a sparse, evocative instrumental, AVALON is Roxy Music's masterpiece.

Producer: Rhett Davies; Roxy Music

Engineer: Bob Clearmountain; Rhett Davies

Musical Guests
Muze Guest Artist Paul Carrack

Artist Overview

Like Bowie, Roxy Music delivered art-rock with a heavy dose of irony, a scarce commodity in the mid-'70s. Bryan Ferry's lounge-lizard persona meshed with Brian Eno's pioneering electronics and Phil Manzanera's highly textured guitar work to create a decadent but humorous sound that influenced many '80s new wave bands on both sides of the Atlantic, from the Cars to Duran Duran.

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations Velvet Goldmine
Muze Music Compilations Atlantic Records: Time Capsule (Limited Edition)
Muze Music Compilations Bowie Heard Them Here First

Associated Artists and Works

Ferry, Bryan

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 11/01/1999
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 1982
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : ROXYCD 9
Music Label Name Label : Virgin
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00724384746025

Professional Reviews

Rolling Stone (11/89)
- Ranked # 31 in Rolling Stone's "100 Best Albums Of The Eighties" survey.

Q (12/99, p.158)
- 4 stars out of 5 - "...A demi-monde of exhausted, ruined glamour is conjured by the title track....AVALON is their weary goodbye and as a farewell letter from a national treasure, it's a bittersweet treat."

Uncut (9/03, p.126)
- 4 stars out of 5 - "...The sounds on this, the biggest-selling album of their career, are as avant-garde as anything they'd ever done, just more subtle..."

Mojo (Publisher)
(1/00, p.108)
- "...a coherent piece of work with a high strike rate....sparkling pop..."

Mojo (Publisher)
(9/03, p.123)
- 4 stars out of 5 - "...AVALON, in its indistinct beauty, said everything Ferry needed to say about sophisticated pop for grown-ups..."

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