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Avalon

Roxy Music

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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.

© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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1
More Than This (Remastered/1999)
00:04:30

Andy Newmark, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Fonzi Thornton, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Jimmy Maelen, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - BOB CLEARMOUNTAIN, Mixer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rhett Davies, Producer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Bryan Ferry, Keyboards, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Ian Little, Production Coordinator, StudioPersonnel - Neil Hubbard, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Phil Manzanera, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Roxy Music, Producer, Performer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Andy Mackay, Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Barry Bongiovi, Production Coordinator, StudioPersonnel - Peter Revill, Production Coordinator, StudioPersonnel - Benjamin Arbiter, Production Coordinator, StudioPersonnel - Alan Spenner, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal)

(C) 1999 Virgin Records LtdThis label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved.(C) 1999 Virgin Records Ltd ℗ 1999 Virgin Records Limited

2
The Space Between (Remaster 1999)
00:04:30

Neil Jason, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Andy Newmark, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Fonzi Thornton, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Jimmy Maelen, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - BOB CLEARMOUNTAIN, Mixer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rhett Davies, Producer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Bryan Ferry, Keyboards, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Ian Little, Production Coordinator, StudioPersonnel - Neil Hubbard, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Phil Manzanera, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Roxy Music, Producer, Performer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Andy Mackay, Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Barry Bongiovi, Production Coordinator, StudioPersonnel - Peter Revill, Production Coordinator, StudioPersonnel - Benjamin Arbiter, Production Coordinator, StudioPersonnel

(C) 1999 Virgin Records LtdThis label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved.(C) 1999 Virgin Records Ltd ℗ 1999 Virgin Records Limited

3
Avalon (Remastered 1999)
00:04:16

Bryan Ferry, ComposerLyricist - Roxy Music, MainArtist

(C) 1999 Virgin Records LtdThis label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved.(C) 1999 Virgin Records Ltd ℗ 1982 Virgin Records Limited

4
India (Remaster 1999)
00:01:44

Andy Newmark, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - BOB CLEARMOUNTAIN, Mixer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rhett Davies, Producer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Bryan Ferry, Composer, Guitar, Keyboards, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer - Ian Little, Production Coordinator, StudioPersonnel - Neil Hubbard, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Phil Manzanera, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Roxy Music, Producer, Performer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Andy Mackay, Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Barry Bongiovi, Production Coordinator, StudioPersonnel - Peter Revill, Production Coordinator, StudioPersonnel - Benjamin Arbiter, Production Coordinator, StudioPersonnel - Alan Spenner, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal)

(C) 1999 Virgin Records LtdThis label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved.(C) 1999 Virgin Records Ltd ℗ 1999 Virgin Records Limited

5
While My Heart Is Still Beating (Remaster 1999)
00:03:26

Neil Jason, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Andy Newmark, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Jimmy Maelen, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - BOB CLEARMOUNTAIN, Mixer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rhett Davies, Producer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Bryan Ferry, Keyboards, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Ian Little, Production Coordinator, StudioPersonnel - Neil Hubbard, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Phil Manzanera, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Roxy Music, Producer, Performer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Andy Mackay, Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Barry Bongiovi, Production Coordinator, StudioPersonnel - Peter Revill, Production Coordinator, StudioPersonnel - Benjamin Arbiter, Production Coordinator, StudioPersonnel

(C) 1999 Virgin Records LtdThis label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved.(C) 1999 Virgin Records Ltd ℗ 1999 Virgin Records Limited

6
The Main Thing (Remaster 1999)
00:03:54

Neil Jason, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Andy Newmark, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Fonzi Thornton, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Jimmy Maelen, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - BOB CLEARMOUNTAIN, Mixer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rhett Davies, Producer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Bryan Ferry, Keyboards, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Ian Little, Production Coordinator, StudioPersonnel - Neil Hubbard, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Phil Manzanera, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Roxy Music, Producer, Performer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Andy Mackay, Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Barry Bongiovi, Production Coordinator, StudioPersonnel - Peter Revill, Production Coordinator, StudioPersonnel - Benjamin Arbiter, Production Coordinator, StudioPersonnel

(C) 1999 Virgin Records LtdThis label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved.(C) 1999 Virgin Records Ltd ℗ 1999 Virgin Records Limited

7
Take A Chance With Me (Remastered 1999)
00:04:42

Neil Jason, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Andy Newmark, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Fonzi Thornton, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Jimmy Maelen, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - BOB CLEARMOUNTAIN, Mixer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rhett Davies, Producer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Bryan Ferry, Keyboards, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Ian Little, Production Coordinator, StudioPersonnel - Neil Hubbard, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Phil Manzanera, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Roxy Music, Producer, Performer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Andy Mackay, Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Barry Bongiovi, Production Coordinator, StudioPersonnel - Peter Revill, Production Coordinator, StudioPersonnel - Benjamin Arbiter, Production Coordinator, StudioPersonnel

(C) 1999 Virgin Records LtdThis label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved.(C) 1999 Virgin Records Ltd ℗ 1999 Virgin Records Limited

8
To Turn You On (Remastered 1999)
00:04:16

Rick Marotta, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - BOB CLEARMOUNTAIN, Mixer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kermit Moore, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Rhett Davies, Producer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Bryan Ferry, Keyboards, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Ian Little, Production Coordinator, StudioPersonnel - Paul Carrack, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Neil Hubbard, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Roxy Music, Producer, Performer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Barry Bongiovi, Production Coordinator, StudioPersonnel - Peter Revill, Production Coordinator, StudioPersonnel - Benjamin Arbiter, Production Coordinator, StudioPersonnel - Alan Spenner, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal)

(C) 1999 Virgin Records LtdThis label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved.(C) 1999 Virgin Records Ltd ℗ 1999 Virgin Records Limited

9
True To Life (Remaster 1999)
00:04:25

Andy Newmark, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Fonzi Thornton, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Jimmy Maelen, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - BOB CLEARMOUNTAIN, Mixer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rhett Davies, Producer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Bryan Ferry, Keyboards, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Ian Little, Production Coordinator, StudioPersonnel - Neil Hubbard, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Phil Manzanera, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Roxy Music, Producer, Performer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Andy Mackay, Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Barry Bongiovi, Production Coordinator, StudioPersonnel - Peter Revill, Production Coordinator, StudioPersonnel - Benjamin Arbiter, Production Coordinator, StudioPersonnel - Alan Spenner, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal)

(C) 1999 Virgin Records LtdThis label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved.(C) 1999 Virgin Records Ltd ℗ 1999 Virgin Records Limited

10
Tara (Remaster 1999)
00:01:43

Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - BOB CLEARMOUNTAIN, Mixer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rhett Davies, Producer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Bryan Ferry, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Ian Little, Production Coordinator, StudioPersonnel - Roxy Music, Producer, MainArtist - Andy Mackay, Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Barry Bongiovi, Production Coordinator, StudioPersonnel - Peter Revill, Production Coordinator, StudioPersonnel - Benjamin Arbiter, Production Coordinator, StudioPersonnel - Alan Spenner, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal)

(C) 1999 Virgin Records LtdThis label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved.(C) 1999 Virgin Records Ltd ℗ 1999 Virgin Records Limited

Album review

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.

© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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