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Country Life (1974)

Artist: Roxy Music
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Format: CD
Sku: 60391650
UPC: 724384745325
UPC 14: 00724384745325
Release Date: 3/14/2000
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Thrill Of It All, The ~ Roxy Music
2. Three And Nine ~ Roxy Music
3. All I Want Is You ~ Roxy Music
4. Out Of The Blue ~ Roxy Music
5. If It Takes All Night ~ Roxy Music
6. Bitter Sweet ~ Roxy Music
7. Triptych ~ Roxy Music
8. Casanova ~ Roxy Music
9. Really Good Time, A ~ Roxy Music
10. Prairie Rose ~ Roxy Music

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Roxy Music: Bryan Ferry (vocals, keyboards); Paul Thompson (guitar); Edwin Jobson (strings, keyboards, synthesizer); Andy Mackay (oboe, saxophone); John Gustafson (bass instrument); Phil Manzanera (drums).
Muze PNote From the idiosyncratic art rock of their self-titled debut to the seductive pop of albums like AVALON, Roxy Music covered a lot of ground, but COUNTRY LIFE, which falls somewhere in between, synthesizes all of their strengths. Singer Bryan Ferry's vision of sophisticated, "gentleman" rock emerges on this release, yet the strident, driving quality crucial to the band's early sound still looms large. The combination of textures is exhilarating, and the songwriting--which draws on elements of R&B, cabaret music, and glam rock--is among the band's best.
Muze PNote Standouts include "Bitter-Sweet," a clear homage to the bombast and fading glory of German cabaret music, and the work of Kurt Weill in particular, and "Casanova," a dense funk track carried along on a complex bass line and a wavering synthesizer. The album's last track, "Prairie Rose," leads off with a heavily echoed guitar solo, and features some of Andrew Mackay's most expressive saxophone playing. Everything from the famously controversial cover art (which depicts two very scantily clad models) to the varied, often spectacular music within, marks COUNTRY LIFE as unique. It is one of the finest moments in the band's impressive catalogue.

Producer: John Punter; Roxy Music

Engineer: John Punter

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations Miami Vice Vol 2
Muze Music Compilations Velvet Goldmine
Muze Music Compilations Atlantic Records: Time Capsule (Limited Edition)
Muze Music Compilations Miami Vice Vol 2
Muze Music Compilations Bowie Heard Them Here First

Associated Artists and Works

Ferry, Bryan

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 09/13/1999
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 1974
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : ROXYCD 4
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 : 00724384745325

Professional Reviews

Q (9/99, pp.122-3)
- 4 stars (out of 5)
- "...More adult it may seem, but there remains a darkness at its heart, not least the poisonous 'Casanova', which predicts the downfall of the playboy..."

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