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on 7 October 2013
Bought this for my husband who is a very big fan, he loves it and yes I would recommend this item.
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on 15 August 2015
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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.
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICEon 5 January 2010
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.
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on 31 October 2015
Roxy Music's second studio album is, for the most part, a highly enjoyable experience with Bryan Ferry in inspired form both lyrically and musically. 'Do The Strand' and 'Editions of You' are great uptempo Roxy anthems whilst 'Beauty Queen', 'Strictly Confidential' and 'In Every Dream Home A Heartache' simply ooze class and sophistication. 'Grey Lagoons' showcases the band's virtuosity and is a much needed tonic after the clunky weirdness of 'The Bogus Man' - an interesting idea but surely too long at over 9 minutes. The title track rounds things off very nicely; this is a fascinating LP and definitely worth investing in along with Roxy's other early output from 1972-1975.
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on 29 July 2009
This is the best Roxy Music Album, innovative and fresh, before the middle ground sell out and the pop tripe, early promise too soon extinguished by the flood of money that followed, these tracks tell you somthing about the time and about the art school roots of this stylish band. Shame about the hits that came next but this album is great.
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What clobbers you most about re-listening to Roxy Music in this flash all-encompassing lump is the sheer 'quality' of what's on offer. They were good - I mean they were bloody good. I'd suspect that most music lovers have forgotten just how innovative, off-the-wall and downright sassy they were (and this is before we talk about a peerless run of top notch chart-singles that only got better as they progressed).

In amidst all 10 album-displays of glam, mascara and feather boas lurks CD2 - 1973's "For Your Pleasure" - rather grandly announced on the inner glossy gatefold of the original LP as 'the second Roxy Music Album'. Their June 1972 debut "Roxy Music" had stunning tracks like "If There Is Something" (used to such amazing effect in the Daniel Craig movie "Flashbacks Of A Fool") – but the follow-up raised that high bar even more. It's the kind of album that impresses all the way through - a Side-to-Side experience. But what's the best way to own it?

In 2016 there's many ways to get "For Your Pleasure" – the tasty stand-alone HDCD release from September 1999 on Virgin ROXYCD2 (use Barcode 724384744922 to locate that issue) with a John Anthony Remaster is a great buy (and cheap too). But I'd argue that this is a band worth a splash of your dodgy cash so splurge on the 2012 Remaster within ROXY MUSIC "The Complete Studio Recordings" 10CD Box Set on Virgin 5099944021726 (use Barcode 5099944021726 to locate it). Here are the details (42:25 minutes):

Side 1:
1. Do The Strand
2. Beauty Queen
3. Strictly Confidential
4. Editions Of You
5. In Every Dream Home A Heartache

Side 2:
6. The Bogus Man
7. Grey Lagoons
8. For Your Pleasure
Tracks 1 to 8 are the "For Your Pleasure – The Second Roxy Music Album" - released March 1973 in the UK on Island ILPS 9232 and in the USA on Warner Brothers BS 2696. Produced by Chris Thomas and Roxy Music - it peaked at No. 4 on the UK LP charts.

A little about presentation first... The 6” x 6” Box is hard and glossy as are each of the gorgeous gatefold sleeves contained within. Apart from basic credits on the rear - there's little else by way of info. Each of the over-sized repro gatefold sleeves within has a different coloured inner sleeve (with no info on either side) and each disc is a picture CD reflecting he album's front cover artwork. The "Singles, B-Sides And Alternate Mixes" 2CD set after the 8 albums is housed in a gold-coloured hard card gatefold sleeve (with gold inners) with the basic track lists on the inner gatefold and nothing else. No booklet.

To be clear about this - the box set says nothing anywhere about mastering or remastering - but it seems to be presumed that these are different from the 2000 HDCD remasters. They're supposedly 'flat transfers' and new 2012 versions. Whatever you look at it - they 'sound' amazing - clean, full of presence and possessed of beautiful warmth that feels close to the original analogue Island Records laminated gatefold sleeve marvels we all so loved so much back in the day. Roxy Music were notoriously 'audiophile' in their Productions from the get go so the sound quality on these CDs is pretty much reference.

"Do The Strand" is so Roxy Music - mad sounds that somehow seem like a coherent Rock song with Ferry's warbling vocals sailing above all and sundry. But true RM greatness turns up with the wonderful "Beauty Queen" where Ferry sings "...said you'll go far...maybe someday be a star..." You get this plinking keyboard sound from both Ferry and Brian Eno while John Porter's Bass anchors the song - but just as you think you know where its at - the tune goes fast and nuts halfway through only to return to the slow crawl (lyrics from it title this review). "Strictly Confidential" slinks in with a lone Obie from Andy Mackay and again builds with Phil Manzanera's guitar going bananas in some places. There can't be too many Roxy fans that don't chew up the bopper "Editions Of You" and I always wondered why Island Records 'UK' didn't try it as a 7" single (Warners USA put it on the B-side of "Do The Strand" in July 1973 on Warner Brothers 7119). Don't you just love that guitar and keyboard racket they make as the song rattles to its final note slide. Side 1 ends on the wickedly good and terminally cool "In Every Dream Home A Heartache" where Ferry comments on 'Smart Town Apartments' and 'Open Plan Living' - things he'd embrace himself quite soon.

Side 2 opens with the relentless beat of "The Bogus Man" - nine minutes of pumping proto rhythm – sinister and slightly icky. As Ferry’s treated double-vocals warble on about someone “...at your heels...clutching at your coat...” and the guitars flick and jerk - you're reminded of Talking Heads four years before their American sound took the US New Wave scene by storm. After the lengthy drone of the boogie man - "Grey Lagoons" immediately feels more lightweight - both Mackay and Ferry letting rip on Saxophone and Piano (I 'think' that's Eno's synth sounds treated to sound like a strangulated Harmonica). Island would use the album closer and title track "For Your Pleasure" as the B-side to the non-album "Both Ends Burning" single (Island WIP 6262) in December 1975. Again it's one of those Roxy moments you can't quite categorize as Ferry's 'ta ra' vocals skit in and out of the mix - floating above all those musical soundscapes...

Packed with hits and sleepers that deserve your dollar - "The Complete Studio Albums" 10CD Box Set sports gorgeous sound and albums that are better than you remember them. And as I read that Roxy's Make-up for the inner gatefold was done by Antony Price and their Hair was done by 'Smile' - I raise a smile myself - them was the days baby. Nobody made a sound like Roxy Music in 1973. Sure the Box Set is a pricey way to acquire "For Your Pleasure" and the cube has its flaws too (no booklet) - but like Brian Ferry's wardrobe - it still looks the part and is always going to pull the girls...

Do The Strand and Do The Glam Baby! And I wonder what happened to Amanda's tiger on the front cover - probably in rehab for big cats sipping an iced Marguerita. I like to think so...
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on 28 February 2015
ordered this for afriend who is very happy with it
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on 18 January 2015
Arrived super quick. Perfect present for Xmas.
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on 11 January 2015
Thanks !!!
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