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Best of Roxy Music
     

The Best of Roxy Music

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Glam before the glitter sparkled, new wave before the surf came up, and techno-cool long before chill-out lounges ever existed, Roxy Music rank as one the most influential bands in rock history. Beginning at the end -- although the British band have regrouped for a 2001 tour -- this 18-song retrospective disc begins with the title track of their impossibly lush swan

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Glam before the glitter sparkled, new wave before the surf came up, and techno-cool long before chill-out lounges ever existed, Roxy Music rank as one the most influential bands in rock history. Beginning at the end -- although the British band have regrouped for a 2001 tour -- this 18-song retrospective disc begins with the title track of their impossibly lush swan song, Avalon, a shimmering, textural production that remains a standard-bearer of moody synth-pop. Moving back in time, it becomes clear that Roxy Music have always dabbled in elegance and experimentalism. The atmospheric disco of "Dance Away," the sexy, sax-fueled fatalism of "Both Ends Burning," the cool quirky funk of "Love Is the Drug," and the early screechy sonic "treatments" on the energetic "Virginia Plain" are all held together by the marvelously muscular croon of suave singer Bryan Ferry and the brave avant-pop leanings of bandmates Phil Manzanera, Andy McKay, and, in the early years, Brian Eno. The Best of Roxy Music is a fine starter kit for anyone in search of a quick and catchy overview of this adventurous pop outfit (a more thorough vision can be found on the four-CD box The Thrill of It All).

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Released to herald a reunion of the band and superseding several out-of-print predecessors, The Best of Roxy Music is an excellent summary of the group's hits and album highlights between 1972 and 1982. There are really two editions of Roxy Music, the glam rock unit that achieved widespread U.K. success from 1972 to 1975, and the more polished one that was a broader international success from 1979 to 1982. The compilers have dealt with the dichotomy and the more lasting popularity of the later recordings by presenting the compilation in reverse chronological order, so that soft rock hits like "Over You" and "Dance Away," which scored in America, come before U.K.-only hits like "Street Life" and "Virginia Plain," which rock much harder. But all the major hits are here (only a couple of less-successful British singles chart entries are missing), augmented by memorable album tracks like "Do the Strand" and "Mother of Pearl." In print or not, this is the best single-disc collection of Roxy Music, since it is more complete than earlier compilations like the 1977 Greatest Hits and 1983 The Atlantic Years (1973-1980) LPs, and, unlike later best-ofs such as Street Life: 20 Great Hits (1986), The Ultimate Collection (1988), and More Than This: The Best of Bryan Ferry and Roxy Music (1995) (the latter two U.K. releases), it is not divided between Bryan Ferry solo tracks and Roxy Music ones.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/03/2001
Label:
Virgin Records Us
UPC:
0724381039526
catalogNumber:
10395
Rank:
10223

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Performance Credits

Roxy Music   Primary Artist
Eddie Jobson   Musician
Paul Carrack   Musician
Bryan Ferry   Musician
Phil Manzanera   Musician
Jimmy Maelen   Musician
Michael Dawe   Musician
Brian Eno   Musician
Yanick Etienne   Musician
John Gustafson   Musician
Neil Hubbard   Musician
Neil Jason   Musician
Rik Kenton   Musician
Andy Mackay   Musician
Andy Newmark   Musician
John Porter   Musician
Allan Schwartzberg   Musician
Graham Simpson   Musician
Dave Skinner   Musician
Alan Spenner   Musician
Richard Tee   Musician
Paul Thompson   Musician
Fonzi Thornton   Musician
Gary Tibbs   Musician

Technical Credits

Rhett Davies   Producer
Roxy Music   Producer
John Punter   Producer
Peter Sinfield   Producer
Chris Thomas   Producer
Doctor I.D. Smith   Liner Notes

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The Best of Roxy Music 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
All great stuff, but where is my personal favorite Roxy song "The Thrill of it All"? And "Prairie Rose" from the same LP - Country Life - would have made this a better collection.