17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on 17 September 2009
How nice to see one of my all-time favourite albums receive only 5-star reviews here. And here's mine...
And after all, this is one of THE albums of the 1970s along with Ziggy Stardust. FYP sat beside Dark Side Of The Moon on many a prog rocker's record shelf.
And it really is of that ilk.
Though comparisons are subjective, this is one that really does need to be recognised up there among the classics of all time.
Not just that particular decade.
With the hindsight of their subsequent careers, it may be hard for some to visualise Ferry and Eno working together.
Yet, similar to the Velvet Underground's Cale and Reed with White Light/White Heat a few years before, they created an absolute masterpiece before going their separate ways. Art meets rock, or rock meets art?
I cannot add much to the other great (and pleasing) reviews regarding this album except to say that Strictly Confidential needs a mention. Ferry was such a magnificent songwriter.
I often wonder if Eno's presence stretched him to reach such heights? Maybe. I feel their following works were good, but never this great.
Finally, am I the only one baffled by the fact that this era's single Pjamarama was not slotted into For Your Pleasure the way Virginia Plain was sneaked into the first albums reissues? I can't think of a stronger opener for such a classic piece of art.
A shame most of the world remembers Roxy for Avalon or Love Is The Drug. When this, 'the difficult second album' was their finest hour.
By many a mile.
22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
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.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 5 April 2009
This was the second Roxy album and the last they ade with Brian Eno as a member of the band. The writing and the recording of this album is much confident and in many ways experimental than the first album.
Bryan Ferry gives some of his best ever vocal perfomances and they had settled inot being a real band with strong contributions from Phil Manzenara and Andy Mackay.
However this album also contains Roxy Music's masterpiece the track that was there zenith . To Every Dream Home a Heartache is a truly wonderful blend of great lyric and story , perfect volcal delivery and a musical arrangment that is both familiar and unsettling at the same time. I feel they never ever scaled these heights again as effectively after this one of the major conributors was no longer there and Roxy proceeded in another direcion.
When you consider the age of this album it still sounds shockingly fresh and different and there are elements of experimentation that man artists today even well established ones would nevver attempt. Still one of my favourite albums after all these years and something any student of music should at least give a listen to it .
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Roxy Music's 1973 album For Your Pleasure represents, for me, the peak of their recording career. The album perfectly mixes the more avant-garde, electronic (i.e. Eno-inspired) sound of their debut album with the more commercial (mainstream?) pop sound of the Stranded album (the successor to For Your Pleasure). To be honest, following Stranded, which was itself another great album, I began to lose interest in the band, and, except for one or two great songs e.g. Love Is The Drug, their subsequent transition into a soul/funk-inspired sound, followed by dire, bland MOR (songs such as Dance Away and More Than This) was too much to take (I blame it on the influence of Jerry Hall!).
For Your Pleasure is a brilliant mix of the band at their creative best. From the quirky pop sound of opener Do The Strand through to the brooding menace of the title track which closes the album there is very little padding on this album. Ferry's vocals have never been better (or more original) as he croons away on mid-tempo Beauty Queen and sings falsetto on the moody, crescendo-building Strictly Confidential. But the band really reach their peak on the up-tempo Editions Of You (featuring a tremendous keyboard break from Eno at the start and great sax riff from Andy Mackay, midway through) and on, arguably Roxy's greatest ever song, In Every Dream Home A Heartache. This latter songs reminds me (structurally, at least) of the Bowie classic Rock n'Roll Suicide in the way it builds to its devastating climax, featuring Phil Manzanera's magnificent guitar riff. Along with these two great songs, the other album standout for me is the beautiful Grey Lagoons, which features another magical vocal from Ferry, and top soloing from messrs. Mackay and Manzanera, as well as an impressive harmonica solo from Ferry. The only negative comment I would make on the album is that the jazz-influenced, albeit very original, song The Bogus Man, slightly outstays its welcome (despite Eno and Andy Mackay's attempts to maintain interest with their various instrumental blips and squeaks which pepper the song).
It was actually something of a shame that Roxy couldn't find a place on the album for the magnificent Pyjamarama, which was released as a single at the time of For Your Pleasure's release.
Overall, a brilliant creative achievement from one of the most inspired British bands of the 1970s, and one who provided major influences on many musical acts that followed.
29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
on 17 June 2002
This album has lost none of its charm, impact or class in the last 25 odd years. It is still morbid, sleazy, rocky, weird bad-dancing music of the highest order, and people my age (i.e., they're more comfortable in pubs than clubs, and own yellow M&S jumpers rather than red S&M bodysuits) should listen to this again and remember when they were alive, and "Do the Strand" might persuade them that they're not dead yet.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 1 November 2013
Out of the blue came Roxy's stunning and groundbreaking eponymous first album. Then this, to be followed by the equally magnificent Stranded. Even for the amazing stuff that was being released at the time (e.g. DSOTM, Ziggy, SEBTP), For Your Pleasure stood out as a bona fide masterpiece. Here was a type of rock never before attempted. The incredible interplay between Mackay's sax, Manzanera's guitar, and Eno's mad electronic processing. It shouldn't have worked; but it did, big time, because there were always the melodies. Ferry could pen a tune, no question. And it was all held together by the great Paul Thompson, the tasteful timekeeper - always the best but never better than with the deceptively simple rhythm on Grey Lagoons and the complex skill shown on Editions of You.
There's no avant garde, alternative, new wave music without Roxy. This is a phenomenal piece of work at a time of intense musical revolution when the sky was the limit. If you don't have this album in your rock collection, be thankful to be still alive to have the chance to hear it.
A massive 5 stars.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 1 March 2012
Want to listen to the glamorous side of the 70s without feeling silly? Try some Roxy Music! Bryan Ferry and Brian Eno manage to create simply ethereal compositions, with really amazing production to boot.
The songs themselves are hard to describe. It's the very sound of opulence, decadence and fame. Ferry's voice cuts through that sound with a campy, yet heart-felt vocal performance, and the instrumental parts swirl together to form brilliant songs like "Do The Strand", "Editions of You" or "Grey Lagoons".
It's hard not to love this album. It's frighteningly honest, despite the apparent fake-ness of the whole thing. Heck, even the lady on the cover is a man, but that doesn't mean she can't be genuine.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
In the midst of reading the Eno biography "On Some Faraway Beach" -about page 120 if you are pedantic - i came to the section where the narrative deals with Roxy Music,s 1973 album For Your Pleasure. Described as a "gruelling and disquieting experience|" by Charles Shaar Murray on its release ( that was a compliment) Roxy,s second album is easily the best of their career melding Bryan Ferry,s art rock styling's with Brian Eno,s sonic sculptures and dissonant tweaks.
The Roxy line up at that time had the classic elements of Ferry , Andrew Mackay and Phil Manzanera along with the soon to depart Eno , bassist John Porter-who would soon depart also, Roxy going through bassist ,s like Spinal Tap through drummers and Paul Thompson on drums. The band were able to revel in the extra studio time they could spend on this album, certainly compared to the rush in which they recorded their first, .and were aided greatly by producer Chris Thomas who knew his way round a studio.
Opening track on the album "Do The Strand" is an urgent vociferous song in the vein of "Virginia Plain" but was curiously never released as a single in the UK, even though it saw the light of day in Europe and the U.S. ( It was eventually released as a single in 1978 to promote their best of album) The song features Mackay,s trademark squealing sax and rapid fire piano notes. The other more up-tempo track-"Editions of You" showcases attention grabbing interludes by Mackay, Eno and Manzanera.
It,s actually on the more sedate tracks that the true soniferous delights of this album emerge to tittilate the ears."In Every Dream Home A Heartache" - Ferry,s creepy ode to a blow up doll- fades out , then back in again with peculiar phasing effects on all the instruments, like the songs beamed back in from another dimension. "Bogus Man" is acknowledged by Eno as having similarities to material by Can and it does furrow a Kraut -rock like groove although in a more sibilant manner. "Grey Lagoons" and the title track are sinister ballads , so much so that they have you looking over your shoulder for something that exists only in the imagination the music has given you.
Eno left soon after the making of this album and Roxy Music were never the same band after his departure ( some will feel they improved while others like myself will deduce otherwise) Eno went on to even greater things but while he was in Roxy Music , even though the urbane Ferry wrote the material his contribution was vital to their sleazy galmour. Never better illustrated than on "For Your Pleasure".
21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on 28 October 2007
Every once in a while an album comes along so wonderfully unique and bizarre, that it becomes an instant classic - this is one of them.
I came across this amazing record more than a decade after its original release, partly due to my age and also the fact that at the time Roxy Music had deteriorated into a mainstream band putting out slick sounding but largely irrelevant music.
When first listening to "For Your Pleasure" I was blown away and until this very day it hasn't lost any of its original fascination for me - it's rich and psychedelic. I often wondered, what might have become of them, had Brian Eno not left the band.
Anyway, if you're going to buy only one Roxy Music album, you should seriously consider this one.
22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
on 16 January 2000
I bought this when it was released and I was at secondary school. Beauty Queen still gives me goose bumps and I cannot resist singing along to Editions of You & Grey Lagoons, as much as my children beseach me not to. You can keep Oh Yeah & Dance Away, give me 70's Roxy every time.