Roxy Music – The Thrill Of It All 4CD Disc Set (2 CD Bonus) (1995) [FLAC]
Audio CD (20 Nov 1995) | Number of Discs: 4 | FLAC(tracks) | Artwork | 2.4 GB
Genre: Rock | Format: Box set, Original recording remastered | Label: Virgin
There have been few rock & roll debuts more striking than Roxy Music’s first single “Virginia Plain”. It arrived right out of leftfield in 1972, at a time when music was bogged down in the mire of insipid chart pop, turgid progressive rock and mindless denim boogie. Roxy Music offered up a hint of glamour and mystery, a unique sense of style, and a sound quite unlike anything heard in the 16 years since Elvis checked into Heartbreak Hotel. A series of dazzling singles followed–”Pyjamarama”, “Street Life”, “All I Want Is You”–but none quite matched that arresting initial impact.
The Thrill Of It All is an elegant four CD box-set that draws from Roxy Music’s eight original albums, as well as collating rare B-sides and non-album tracks onto the fourth disc. If there is a criticism, it is that despite the elaborate packaging–Roxy Music always had a good visual eye–there is a paucity of otherwise unavailable material. A box set is, of course, a testament to an artist’s stature, but it is still most likely to be bought by die-hard fans. For that audience, demos, alternate takes, live cuts and unreleased studio material are a welcome bonus–even a booklet with Bryan Ferry’s inscrutable lyrics transcribed would be a nice reward for such loyalty.
In terms of musical quality though, there is nothing at all wrong with The Thrill Of It All. The early Roxy Music were a fascinating result of the collision between Bryan Ferry’s finely honed pop sensibilities and Brian Eno’s avant-garde imagination. Drummer Paul Thompson meanwhile kept all the weirdness centred, Phil Manzanera lent distinctive guitar flourishes and Andy Mackay’s oboe added another dimension.
The first two Roxy Music albums took 1970s rock & roll into whole new territories–Ferry had one of the most distinctive British singing voices ever, which lent a cool detachment to much of the material. Crucially though, he also had a killer ear for classic pop material–and, years later, songs such as “Do The Strand” and “Editions Of You” bounce off the disc, fresh as ever. Ferry could also croon like a heart-broken boulevardier on “2HB”, “For Your Pleasure” and “A Song For Europe”.
The Thrill Of It All takes the Roxy story up to 1982′s Avalon. Since then, they have been hedging their bets about a reunion. The evidence of this set suggests that there would be a great deal to celebrate were it ever to happen. –Patrick Humphries
Roxy Music – The Thrill Of It All
4CD Disc Set
This Collection condenenses Roxy Music’s eight studio albums and material
previously unavailable on CD into a boxed set of four discs.
There have been three main periods in Roxy’s carreer and they roughly coincide with discs 1,2and3.
Disc 4 contains mainly singles and B-sides.
Time/space restriction means that certain tracks from each album have had to be omitted.