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This review is from: Roxy Music (Audio CD)
Roxy Music is an album that never ages. It is still one of the best albums ever created, and one of the very few that combine experiment with emotion.
Peter Sinfield's production has been criticized compared to the glistening "For your Pleasure", but to me, it just could not sound any other way. The proggy elements such as the use of mellotron and his poem on the inner sleeve actually work really well.
Until the dawn of sampling and postmodern quotation, this album stood alone in it's use of musical collage, only it was all played manually. Eno's synth work and processing of other instruments was revolutionary - check out "Sea Breezes", but not enough has been said about Andy Mackay's contribution. It's his arrangements that really make all these elements hang together. Touches like the Gershwinesque bit near the end of "Ladytron" really lift the songs up . He did a lot more than just add honking 50's sax and space oboe.
Brian Ferry's vocals are a lot less mannered than they became later, with a desperate, ragged edge that he never let show again, unfortunately.
Phil Manzanera's guitar is aptly futuristic while tackling a variety of styles.
Never a guitarist's guitarist, his playing sounds better than ever today. Remember, all this was done in the age of the rock virtuoso, which none of them _ except Paul Thompson - were.
It's above all, imaginative music.
Everyone should have this album in their collection.