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Avalon [Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered]

Roxy Music Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
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Roxy Music are an English art rock group formed in November 1970 by Bryan Ferry, who became the group's lead vocalist and chief songwriter, and bassist Graham Simpson. The other members are Phil Manzanera (guitar), Andy Mackay (saxophone and oboe) and Paul Thompson (drums and percussion). Former members include Brian Eno (synthesizer and "treatments"), and Eddie Jobson ... Read more in Amazon's Roxy Music Store

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  • Audio CD (1 Nov 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B0000256VK
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,483 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. More Than This (1999 Digital Remaster) 4:300.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. The Space Between (1999 Digital Remaster) 4:300.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Avalon (1999 Digital Remaster) 4:160.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. India (1999 Digital Remaster) 1:440.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. While My Heart Is Still Beating (1999 Digital Remaster) 3:260.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. The Main Thing (1999 Digital Remaster) 3:530.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Take A Chance With Me (1999 Digital Remaster) 4:420.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. To Turn You On (1999 Digital Remaster) 4:160.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. True To Life (1999 Digital Remaster) 4:250.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Tara (1999 Digital Remaster) 1:430.99  Buy MP3 

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51 of 51 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Audio CD
Superlatives have become such a way of life that it's easy to disregard anyone who resorts to using them. That would be a mistake here; this new SACD edition of "Avalon" is an incredible release that deserves nothing but the highest praise. It's so good in fact that it should single-handedly convince anyone who's been debating whether or not to invest in SACD to get off the fence and run to the store.
Because the original producer and engineer were able to utilize the original multi-track recordings, this release sounds incredibly fresh. The clarity of separation for instruments just HAS to be heard; it's so good it puts many other releases of more recent titles to shame. The 5.1 mix neatly utilizes every speaker in a natural style rather than resorting to gimmicky discrete channel effects. It's a completely natural mix and obscures the fact that the original recording is more than 20 years old!
This is a hybrid disc that will play in regular CDs (except for the bonus track "Always Unknowing", which is available only in the m/c version). But this surround mix is so amazing that you'd really be cheating yourself if you listened only to the stereo CD version! And to think that this is available (so far) only in Europe!
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Roxy Music never sounded SO GOOD. 27 Mar 2004
Format:Audio CD
This is an absolute must buy even if you have the CD.
The multichanel mix is amazing. It is like the music is given an other dimention. I listen quit a lot to multichanel music and must admit that very few come even close to the quality of this one. Every time you listen to it, it just blows you away.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a little piece of heaven! 26 July 2008
By Mr. Nathan Armstrong VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
As if the album wasn't stunning enough on the power of the songs, bryan ferrys voice and great production..this sacd takes the album to another dimension!

i am a huge sacd fan and have bought nearly a hundred of them...however a lot leave a lot to be desired!

this has to be in my top 5...for the way it has been carefully remastered so the sound fills every corner of the room! they could be playing in the room!

there is not a bad song on the album to start with, but old favourites like "more than this" and "take a chance on me" sound stunning and the classic title track was crying out for sacd and it sounds amazing!

i would review each track but the review would be the same for each!

the bonus track "always unknowing" is a slow heavenly sounding track that could have made the original album

if you like bryan ferry and roxy music or just a fan of sacd's this is a must (as is propaganda "secret wish")
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 37 minutes 21 seconds of perfection. 13 April 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Every nuance is cared for in this superbly produced (but not over-produced) album. Frankly, words could not spell out the score, but I'll give it a go. It is wonderfully lush, romantic, incisive. It is also a remarkably cohesive album. Although there is variation between tracks, particularly rhythmically, the overall musical feel and the lyrical feel are both quite lucid and they are perfectly matched.
The album begins with 'More Than This' which lays down the very high standard of the album, with no instrument dominating but marvellous little sequences coming in at just the right time, most notably from the guitar and the keyboards. The vocals are also used cleverly, as more than a voice - as an instrument in itself with peaks in the middle of lines creating a sweeping effect in the verses, like the tide washing in and out, to which the lyrics refer. The second verse is a gentle gaining of understanding from the first and the track moves onward to its serene departure. You could say I kinda like it.
Next is 'The Space Between', lyrically a suggestion of moving beyond friendship and characterised by some marvellous percussion. The highlight of the title track is the stunning background vocal with pitch perfect high notes. Next (on the original sequence at least) follows a short instrumental which maintains the flow with refined touches in both foreground and background, then comes the heartfelt 'While My Heart Is Still Beating' (the lyric including "My heart has flown away now, will it never stop bleeding?").
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Late lament 9 Dec 2010
Format:Audio CD
Many Roxy fans from the Eno era probably look down on the later albums as they are mainstream offerings, but within that context they are among the classiest, most distinct pop albums of any age. 'Avalon' is proof that they adapted effortlessly to the changing recording values of the 1980s, a rarity among bands plying their trade in the early 1970s. In any case, they were revered by most of the latest pop generation of that age, such as Duran Duran.

'Avalon' has the richest collection of hit singles of any of their albums. 'Take A Chance With Me', with its folky descending scales wrapped in cutting edge cool, is gorgeous, yet languishes in the shade of the giddy 'More Than This' and the showstopping title track. The whole album is recorded beautifully, boosting even the less memorable material. 'The Space Between' and 'The Main Thing' are great dance tracks, while the usual cut glass guitar and swooning bass converse throughout. A fitting end to a great catalogue.
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5.0 out of 5 stars this takes me back. lovely sophorific and memorable.
this takes me back. lovely sophorific and memorable.
Published 14 days ago by June
5.0 out of 5 stars ClassicRoxy
Classic Roxy album- brings back some fantastic memories for my wife and I - what a great voice Brian Ferry has- a must for Roxy fans- Ally
Published 2 months ago by alastair stewart
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant sound made even better.
Remastering seems to work some times. Making the sound quality of one my favorites almost perfect and revealing that quite a few CDs from the 80's unfortunately are with a poorer... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Peter S
5.0 out of 5 stars Another blast from the past
Same as Flesh and Blood have this on vinyl and now can listen to it almost anywhere Avalon is a great album
Published 6 months ago by Margaret Debnam
5.0 out of 5 stars How for the many people should be credited for the production of this...
Loose yourself in the beauty of this music. 10 out of 10. Listen to India, I don't know if the track has anything to do with the sub-continent, but it sure is a show stopper.
Published 12 months ago by k wetton
4.0 out of 5 stars Pop perfection
The last Roxy Music album and an album that sits easily among the slickest, best produced albums I've ever heard. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Torben Madsen
5.0 out of 5 stars Music Lover
This is still one of Roxy Music's best albums I had on Vinyl and was worth buying as a Cd to download to my Brennan.
Published 13 months ago by lovely Linda
5.0 out of 5 stars Roxy Music - Avalon
I bought this because it was missing from my collection and it is all that I knew it to be.
Published 16 months ago by Ned Ludgate
4.0 out of 5 stars Impressive
I had earlier Roxy albums For your Pleasure and Country Life which are great and a more recent Roxy compilation. Read more
Published 16 months ago by kitbee
5.0 out of 5 stars Third time I've purchased this title to restore to the stack
Avalon is that Roxy Music staple I just can't seem to discard. (Have the same track record with Appetite for Destruction and Joshua Tree, two other CDs that regularly get tossed... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Blanche Horst
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