Friday, 1 June 2018

Roxy Music - Avalon (1982)


Released May 1982

Recorded in Nassau, Bahamas and New York City


1. More Than This
2. The Space Between
3. Avalon
4. India
5. While M Heart Is Still Beating
6. The Main Thing
7. Take A Chance With Me
8. To Turn You On
9. True To Life
10. Tara

This, Roxy Music's valedictory 1982 album, is, to be honest, probably as much a Bryan Ferry solo album with Roxy members guesting on it. It is a masterpiece of easy listening, immaculately recorded, laid-back lounge bar rock. The sound quality is truly excellent, setting standards at the time.

There are two great, well-known singles in "More Than This" and the sumptuous "Avalon" with its siren-like backing vocal from Yannick Etienne. There are a run of tracks which are so "Bryan Ferry" - "The Space Between", "To Turn You On", "Take A Chance With Me", "While My Heart Is Still Beating" and "The Main Thing" - you know, that insistent, shuffling groove, expert backing and Ferry's easily delivered soothing vocal. Much of this material is extremely similar to that which would be found on Ferry's 1985 big-selling album "Boys And Girls".

This is nothing like "For Your Pleasure" or Roxy's ground-breaking debut album and they definitely lost quite a few fans along the way, but they also gained thousands more. My wife, for example, wouldn't know "The Bogus Man" from "Bitters End", but she knows this album back to front. She considers herself a Roxy Music fan. She has seen them live. Maybe she is. This is definitely a good album.


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