ARTIST: Roxy Music
YEAR RELEASED: 1973
CHART ACTION: #186 US, #1 UK
SINGLES: Street Life (#9 UK)
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Mother of Pearl, A Song for Europe
LINEUP: Bryan Ferry, Andy Mackay, Phil Manzanera, Eddie Jobson, Paul Thompson, John Gustafson
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Rebounding quickly after Brian Eno left, Roxy Music moved toward a more streamlined, glamorous sound.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: While Brian Eno’s synthesizer swoops and swirls added unpredictability to Roxy Music, the core of the band was always the cool, calculated, European sound. New keyboardist, the just 18-year old Eddie Jobson, adds more of a classical feel to his piano and organ, and also adds violin to certain songs, giving the group even more of an elegant flair.
Bryan Ferry’s vocal croon with his vibrato were very unique in rock music at this time. This adds another layer to the cool, sound. Phil Manzanera’s guitar and Paul Thompson’s drums anchor things in rock, though. Manzanera’s solo in “Serenade” reminds you that this is a rock band.
The Euro-centric sound and style would mean Roxy Music wouldn’t become mainstream over here in the 70’s, but they were very influential for many musicians in this era, even punk rockers.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: The cover was the UK Playmate of the Year Marilyn Cole.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No
GRADE: A-: They took the Eno years and built on them, becoming more song and pop oriented while maintaining their uniqueness.