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Avalon
     

Avalon

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by Roxy Music
 

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By 1982, it must have been clear to Brian Ferry, Phil Manzanera, and Andy McKay -- the remaining charter members of Roxy Music -- that their time was up, for there are clues throughout this recording that they would soon disband and move on to solo projects. Avalon concludes a second run for Roxy that was as commercially successful as their first run (1972 to

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By 1982, it must have been clear to Brian Ferry, Phil Manzanera, and Andy McKay -- the remaining charter members of Roxy Music -- that their time was up, for there are clues throughout this recording that they would soon disband and move on to solo projects. Avalon concludes a second run for Roxy that was as commercially successful as their first run (1972 to 1976) was artistically fruitful. With Manifesto, in 1979, Roxy had scored legions of fans without sacrificing any of their trademark innovation. Avalon, which features the hit "More Than This" (remade into a hit again in 1997 by a post-Natalie Merchant 10,000 Maniacs), was a profoundly influential work. Its light, shimmering tone was imitated frequently throughout the '80s, most notably by Human League and Duran Duran, but the lyrical quality has rarely been matched. Ferry sings from an after-hours perspective where the focus is no longer the moment at hand, but tomorrow -- a fitting conclusion for a forward-looking band.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Flesh + Blood suggested that Roxy Music were at the end of the line, but they regrouped and recorded the lovely Avalon, one of their finest albums. Certainly, the lush, elegant soundscapes of Avalon are far removed from the edgy avant-pop of their early records, yet it represents another landmark in their career. With its stylish, romantic washes of synthesizers and Bryan Ferry's elegant, seductive croon, Avalon simultaneously functioned as sophisticated make-out music for yuppies and as the maturation of synth pop. Ferry was never this romantic or seductive, either with Roxy or as a solo artist, and Avalon shimmers with elegance in both its music and its lyrics. "More Than This," "Take a Chance with Me," "While My Heart Is Still Beating," and the title track are immaculately crafted and subtle songs, where the shifting synthesizers and murmured vocals gradually reveal the melodies. It's a rich, textured album and a graceful way to end the band's career.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/25/1990
Label:
Warner Bros / Wea
UPC:
0075992368629
catalogNumber:
23686

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Roxy Music   Primary Artist
Paul Carrack   Piano,Keyboards
Bryan Ferry   Synthesizer,Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals,Synthesizer Guitar
Phil Manzanera   Guitar
Jimmy Maelen   Percussion
Yanick Etienne   Vocals,Background Vocals
Neil Hubbard   Guitar
Neil Jason   Bass
Andy Mackay   Oboe,Saxophone
Rick Marotta   Drums
Kermit Moore   Cello
Andy Newmark   Drums
Alan Spenner   Bass
Fonzi Thornton   Vocals,Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Bryan Ferry   Artwork,Cover Design,Cover Art
Bob Clearmountain   Engineer
Rhett Davies   Producer,Engineer
Roxy Music   Producer
Peter Saville   Artwork,Cover Design,Cover Art
Anthony Price   Cover Art
Neil Kirk   Artwork,Cover Design,Cover Art
Antony Price   Artwork,Cover Design,Cover Art

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Avalon 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Brian Ferry produced a classic album of stunning quality and subtly rarely equaled in today's current pop music scene. The epitome of style and musical perfection.
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bigears More than 1 year ago
same
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ladies...Gentlemen This is the album for candles...good food & wine...and the person next to you to be the one thing you hold dear in your life. all else passes. Listen and relax..listen and share listen and love. The core of love is Avalon Thank you Mr Ferry etc etc.. You set my precedent for emotion and for perfection. I'm not a musician, but if I were...I'm sure that this would mean the same
Guest More than 1 year ago
I knew very little of Roxy Music when Avalon was released in 1982. A British friend introduced me to their music. Upon hearing Avalon for the first time it instantly became one of my favorites. To this day I never tire of listening to this album. It is timeless music. One can only hope Roxy Music reunites if for only one more album. Avalon should be a must in anybody's music collection. Another must is seeing Bryan Ferry in concert. He is a tremendous vocalist.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This music is distilled until it floats. Every note played and every lyric sung are flawless and timeless. Agree with the above recommendation...a must see in concert as well. A desert island classic!
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