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Avalon

3 Mar. 2003 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 14 Mar. 2000
  • Release Date: 3 Mar. 2003
  • Label: Virgin UK
  • Copyright: (C) 1999 Virgin Records LtdThis label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved.(C) 1999 Virgin Records Ltd
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  • Total Length: 37:25
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  • ASIN: B001IS79WA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 74 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,176 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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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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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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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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Roxy Music's 8th and final studio release is a high quality, valedictory effort containing 3 effortlessly smooth singles ( 'Avalon', 'More Than This' and 'Take A Chance With Me' ) and a number of beautifully crafted tracks including the catchy 'The Space Between', the very classy 'While My Heart Is Still Beating' and the crunchy 'The Main Thing' which features a clever introductory section. As ever, Bryan Ferry delivers some lovely vocals whilst Phil Manzanera (guitar) and Andy Mackay (saxophone) provide superb support from the wings. Although fans of early Roxy (myself included) will probably find some of this album a little too formulaic, it's hard to complain about Ferry's ability to write great original material. This is definitely worth picking up again for a competitive price.
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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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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 and repurchased.) The cover art evokes a misty Camelot ... the ten tracks (two of which are instrumentals), however, are smooth and sensual, yet contemporary. More Than This and Take a Chance With Me tease and hypnotize with their slow rhythms. Bryan Ferry's vocals are suave, gauzy, and nearly beg for the ear to bend closer to the player, then the sax, guitar, and synthesizers spin a smoky lounge ambience. It's a siren's croon. Only a matter of time before I purchase Bete Noire (again!) ... Seven Deadly Sins with David Gilmour (shh!) lending his guitar skills to the sway is the clincher.
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