MORE DARK THAN SHARK - FEATURE
"Craft is what enables you to be successful
when you're not inspired." - Brian Eno
ROXY MUSIC'S COMPLETE STUDIO RECORDINGS
Released in August 2012, The Complete Studio Recordings includes each of the eight Roxy Music studio albums released in the ten year period from 1972 through to 1982 plus two discs of bonus tracks previously unavailable on CD.
Each album has been transferred from the original analogue master tapes (not the 1999 remasters), ensuring the audio is truer to its original LP sound.
CD1: Roxy Music - The debut album from Roxy Music was released on June 16, 1972, peaking at Number 10 during a sixteen week run on the UK album charts. Cover photo by Karl Stoecker featuring model Kari-Ann Muller.
CD2: For Your Pleasure - Roxy music released their second album on March 30, 1973. The last album before Brian Eno left the band, it charted at Number 4 in the UK. Cover photo by Karl Stoecker featuring singer and model Amanda Lear. Pyjamarama was recorded during the For Your Pleasure sessions and was released as a single ahead of the LP but was not included on the album. Do The Stand was released as a single in the USA, Japan and most European territories but not in the UK.
CD3: Stranded - Roxy's third album was released on November 23, 1973 and climbed to the top spot on the UK album charts in the second week of a seventeen week run. The cover features Marilyn Cole, Playboy's 1973 Playmate Of The Year. The album included the hit single, Street Life b/w Hula Kula, which reached Number 9 in the UK. This album introduced Eno's replacement, multi-instrumentalist Eddie Jobson, who took over the keyboard and synthesizer role and also added a new dimension with his violin arrangements and soloing.
CD4: Country Life - Released on November 22, 1974, reaching Number 3 in the UK chart. The title was inspired by the British rural lifestyle magazine, Country Life. Cover shot in Portugal by Karl Stoecker featuring models Constanze Karoli and Eveline Grunwald. The album included the hit single, All I Want Is You b/w Your Application's Failed, which reached Number 12 in the UK singles chart. The Thrill Of It All was edited for issue as a single in the USA.
CD5: Siren - Released on October 31, 1975, the album charted at Number 4 in the UK. The cover features model Jerry Hall. Love Is The Drug b/w Sultanesque was the first single, charting at Number 2 in the UK. For the first time, Roxy Music released a second single from an album. Both Ends Burning b/w For Your Pleasure (Live) reached Number 26 in the UK.
CD6: Manifesto - Released on March 16, 1979, the album reached Number 7 in the UK charts. The cover featured a variety of mannequins including one created in the image of Roxy's first cover girl Kari-Ann Muller. True to the original pressing of Manifesto, this CD has a rock version of Angel Eyes with an additional fourth verse and a ballad version of Dance Away. The singles from the album included Trash (UK Number 40), Dance Away (UK Number 2) and Angel Eyes (UK Number 4).
CD7: Flesh + Blood - Released on May 23, 1980. Charted at Number 1 in the UK (for one week in June and then for another three weeks in August; it spent a total of sixty weeks in the UK album chart). Singles released: Over You (UK Number 5), Oh Yeah (UK Number 5) and Same Old Scene (UK Number 12). In The Midnight Hour was also released as a single in the USA and Portugal.
CD8: Avalon - Released on May 28, 1982. The most commercially successful Roxy Music album reached Number 1 in the UK and stayed in the charts for over a year.
CD9: Virginia Plain / The Numberer / Pyjamarama (Island Mix) / Pyjamarama (Polydor Mix) / The Pride and the Pain / Do the Strand (USA 7" Mix) / Hula Kula / Your Application's Failed / The Thrill Of It All (Edit) / The Thrill Of It All (USA 7" Mix) / Love Is The Drug (USA 7" Mix) / Sultanesque / Both Ends Burning (7" Mix) / For Your Pleasure (Live) / Trash 2 / Dance Away (Single Version) / Dance Away (Canadian Extended 12" Mix) / Angel Eyes (Single Version) / Angel Eyes (12" Single Version)
CD10: Oh Yeah! (7" Version) / Manifesto (Remake) / South Downs / Lover / Jealous Guy / To Turn You On (1981 B-Side Version) / More Than This (7" Version) / Avalon (7" Single Version) / Always Unknowing / Take A Chance With Me (7" Single Version) / Take a Chance With Me (USA 7" Mix) / The Main Thing (12" Single Version) / The Main Thing (Remix)
Selected Reviews: ROXY MUSIC: THE COMPLETE STUDIO RECORDINGS 1972-1982 by Stephen Troussé, Uncut AUGUST 2012 • ROXY MUSIC: THE COMPLETE STUDIO RECORDINGS 1972-1982 by Paul Lester, Prog AUGUST 2012 • ROXY MUSIC: THE COMPLETE STUDIO RECORDINGS 1972-1982 by Alexis Petridis, The Guardian AUGUST 2012 • ROXY MUSIC: THE COMPLETE STUDIO RECORDINGS 1972-1982 by Mark Blake, Mojo SEPTEMBER 2012
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