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Great sound, sumptuous but disappointing packaging,
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This review is from: Roxy Music: The Complete Studio Recordings 1972-1982 (Audio CD)
What you get is 10 CDs in a smart black slipcase at a good value price. Eight of the CDs are the original Roxy Music studio albums, while the last two are a double CD of singles, B-sides and alternative mixes. You will have heard many but not all of these if you have the box set The Thrill of it All, but for most people this is now the box to have.
Roxy Music was that stylish, inventive band from the seventies and eighties which combined the distinctive crooning of Bryan Ferry, the quirky electronics of Brian Eno (in the first two albums that is), and the musical excellence of guitarist Phil Manzanera, saxophonist Andy Mackay and drummer Paul Thompson. With a few variations of course.
The notable thing for me is the progression of the band and how well it survived Eno's departure. Stranded, the third album and the first without Eno, is perhaps the best and still has traces of experimentalism. By the time you get to the sumptuous melodies of Avalon this is a band that is less interesting but so rich and polished that I still love it.
Now the boxed set ... there are good things and bad things. First and foremost, the sound is good, probably the best on CD in most cases (I have not had time to hear all of them right through yet). The sound has not been dynamically compressed for extra loudness and is clean and detailed. When first announced, this set was to have high resolution DVDs included, these were dropped but seemingly the commitment to a high quality transfer from the tapes was maintained.
The packaging is both good and bad. On the plus side, the CDs are in glossy gatefolds with coloured inner sleeves, a touch of luxury that bring out the glamour of Roxy Music.
On the minus side, this set is really sparse in terms of information. The plain coloured inner sleeves are a waste when you consider that some of the albums had printed inner sleeves which could have been included here. No lyrics, no booklet with photos or biography, no information on the recordings or new mastering.
Still, most of that stuff is just a click or two away on the internet so I will not complain too much. Most of all I appreciate the care taken with the sound, making this a worthwhile purchase for Roxy fans.
PS it is not quite true that there are no new pictures. The inner gatefold of albums that were originally in single sleeves has an alternate shot from the cover sessions. This applies to Country Life (a new photo of the two ladies), Siren, Manifesto (I think I have seen this picture before, on the picture disc vinyl release), Flesh and Blood and Avalon.
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Initial post: 7 Aug 2012 18:49:51 BDT
Wayne Klein says:
What's the difference between the album India and The Thrill of It All version? I didn't hear anything signficantly different it's just that the other version was the b-side to the single as I recall.
In reply to an earlier post on 7 Aug 2012 20:51:51 BDT
Mr. T. Anderson says:
I've just played them both and they seem the same to me, although as you say the one on the Thrill of it all is billed as the B side version, so I've removed that comment. Thanks.
Posted on 17 Aug 2012 12:30:46 BDT
music speaks for itself, that's the whole point, to convey something that ordinary speech cannot. Many artists - and I'm fairly certain Ferry is very much of this mind - absolutely detest liner notes. Miles Davis, Bob Dylan, etc hated Columbia for adding notes to their record sleeves. Why do we need notes? Ever seen liner notes on a King Crimson release? Of course not.
In reply to an earlier post on 19 Sep 2012 09:03:26 BDT
Peter Young says:
"Ever seen liner notes on a King Crimson release?"
copious ones, usually by RF or other band members. And very good they are too. The Roxy Music release is a poor packaging exercise. Ferry has never been 'anti-' liner notes, just anti spending money. I suspect Phil Manzanera is the real guardian of the musical legacy and he would have wanted a more fan-friendly package but would have been outvoted.
In reply to an earlier post on 22 Jun 2015 12:16:45 BDT
Chris H says:
Olympia had an essay by Richard Williams.
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