Country Life CD (2000)

Artist: Roxy Music

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Label Emd/virgin
SKU 60391650
UPC 724384745325
UPC 14 00724384745325
Format CD
Release Date 3/14/2000
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Author Roxy Music
Compilation Appearance Miami Vice Vol 2
Compilation Appearance Velvet Goldmine
Compilation Appearance Revolutions In Sound:warner Bros. Rec
Compilation Appearance Atlantic Records: Time Capsule (Limited Edition)
Compilation Appearance Miami Vice Vol 2
Compilation Appearance Bowie Heard Them Here First
Associated Artist/Work Ferry, Bryan
Technical Info
Engineer John Punter
Producer John Punter; Roxy Music
CatalogID ROXYCD 4
Lable Name Virgin
Released 09/13/1999
Original Release 1974
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 41m : 42s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00724384745325
Album Notes and Credits
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).
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.
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.
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..."
Disc 1
1 Thrill Of It All, The
2 Three And Nine
3 All I Want Is You
4 Out Of The Blue
5 If It Takes All Night
6 Bitter Sweet
7 Triptych
8 Casanova
9 Really Good Time, A
10 Prairie Rose

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