It is very difficult, the best part of forty years since they made their recording debut, to thoroughly appreciate what a dazzling and innovative band the early Roxy Music were. 'For Your Pleasure' came out within a year of the release of their self-titled debut, and represented the first full-length recording that the band made with producer Chris Thomas, who became the bands producer of choice up until their first 'split' in '76. 'For Your Pleasure' was divided into two sections - the old first side featured shorter, more succinct songs, whilst the old side two comprised two lengthy excursions - 'The Bogus Man' and the title track, separated by 'Grey Lagoons', which wasn't much of a song, but did allow the individual band members to shine with some extended soloing. Whereas the debut featured magnificent songs, occasionally marred by a somewhat undefined production, 'For Your Pleasure' sharpens everything up, and Bryan Ferry responds with bravura vocal performances and some striking, utterly original songs. 'In Every Dream Home A Heartache', the alternately nightmarish and darkly funny tale of a loveless futuristic existence of remote luxury is a standout, however, songs such as 'Do The Strand' and 'Editions of You' rock in a stylish and witty way. After their reformation album, 'Manifesto' (1979), Ferry's lyrical fixations seemed to retreat into an elegantly tailored romantic melancholy, a good way to grow old gracefully, admittedly, but never as thrilling as the early Roxy. This is a magnificent album that has not dated one iota, and should be snapped up immediately.