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Their summer 2001 reunion tour let fans see them live for the first time in 25 years-now, this new single-disc anthology collects the key tracks by one of modern rock's most influential bands! Includes Avalon; Jealous Guy; Over You; Same Old Scene; Angel Eyes; Dance Away; Both Ends Burning; Love Is the Drug; Street Life; Do the Strand; Virginia Plain; Re-Make/Re-Model , and six more!

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Roxy Music appeared to have beamed in from another planet when they appeared in the early '70s. Impossibly alien and exotic, they bucked trends by being kitschy, avant-garde, and unashamedly pop. Bryan Ferry was the sensual frontman, Brian Eno threw his deconstructionist spanner into the works, and they played songs that sounded like demented, sexy logarithms. After Eno left in 1973, frustrated that Ferry was marginalizing his input, Roxy became a different beast entirely, developing a suave, sophisticated pop-soul sound and abandoning the art-rock niche to enlist a wider audience. This lush compilation, released to accompany their reunion tour (minus Eno), captures both sides of Roxy and, true to the subversive spirit that informed their early years, does so in reverse order. This anti-chronology means they open with the languid, supper-club croon of 1980s hits "Avalon" and "More Than This," plus the beauteous cover of John Lennon's "Jealous Guy," then peel back the years through midperiod gems such as "Dance Away" and "Love Is the Drug," before closing with the hyperventilating, superbly twisted bubblegum of "Pyjamarama" and "Virginia Plain." The sequencing may be bonkers, but this is an essential souvenir of a band in a million. --Ian Gittins

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  1. Avalon (1999 Digital Remaster) 4:16$1.29  Buy MP3 
  2. More Than This (1999 Digital Remaster) 4:18$1.29  Buy MP3 
  3. Jealous Guy 4:57$1.29  Buy MP3 
  4. Over You (1999 Digital Remaster) 3:27$1.29  Buy MP3 
  5. Same Old Scene (1999 - Remaster) 3:58$1.29  Buy MP3 
  6. Oh Yeah! (1999 Digital Remaster) 4:52$1.29  Buy MP3 
  7. Angel Eyes (1999 Digital Remaster) 2:51$1.29  Buy MP3 
  8. Dance Away (1999 Digital Remaster) 3:46$1.29  Buy MP3 
  9. Both Ends Burning (1999 Digital Remaster) 5:15$1.29  Buy MP3 
10. Love Is the Drug (1999 - Remaster) 4:08$1.29  Buy MP3 
11. Out Of The Blue (1999 Digital Remaster) 4:44$1.29  Buy MP3 
12. All I Want Is You (1999 Digital Remaster) 2:53$1.29  Buy MP3 
13. Mother Of Pearl (1999 Digital Remaster) 6:34$1.29  Buy MP3 
14. Street Life (1999 Digital Remaster) 3:29$1.29  Buy MP3 
15. Do The Strand (1999 Digital Remaster) 4:02$1.29  Buy MP3 
16. Pyjamarama (1999 Digital Remaster) 2:52$1.29  Buy MP3 
17. Virginia Plain (1999 - Remaster) 2:57$1.29  Buy MP3 
18. Re-Make/Re-Model (1999 Digital Remaster) 4:52$1.29  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 3, 2001)
  • Original Release Date: 2001
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Virgin
  • ASIN: B00005CDUE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,842 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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66 of 66 people found the following review helpful By A. C. Johnson on August 24, 2004
Format: Audio CD
This CD is obviously not meant for the Roxy Music fan, but rather is meant as an hors d'oeuvre platter for those wanting to sample their music.

In that regard this album is perfect. It is jam packed with music. Every one of their albums is represented on this CD providing a listener a reasonable way to find out 'which' version of Roxy Music they find themselves drawn to.

After owning this for about a month, I had a good sense of which songs I liked and went and bought the album that those songs came from - Siren - and now a few months later am happily listening to their first album Roxy Music.

This band is extremely difficult to approach. It is one of the greatest aquired tastes in pop music (especially their earlier stuff) and I highly recommend this album for anybody interested in them, but overwhelmed by how to approach getting into them.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By WalterDigsTunes on March 17, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Categorizing the magic of Roxy Music is rather difficult. They fall into some ambivalent left-of-centre area that can range from frantic glam, smooth love songs, disco grooves and experimental fervor. Having undergone such a constant and ultimately dramatic evolution, constructing a compilation that presents the ever-changing face of the band is a hard task. Various collections have tried and failed. Some of them have included material from singer Bryan Ferry's solo career. This compilation, however, sticks purely to Roxy Music and looks at the material the band released from 1972 to 1982. However, it tackles the issue of evolution in an interesting way: the tracks are presented in reverse chronological order. This logic, although somewhat puzzling at first, serves to be key in ensuring this compilation's success.

The music:

1. Avalon- From 82's "Avalon." An incredibly smooth track, slick production, mellow and with female backing vocals. This is how the band sounded at the end of their run.

2. More Than This- Also from "Avalon," but with a poppier sensibilty. Flawless production, masterfully crafted and catchy as you might hope.

3. Jealous Guy- Cover of a Lennon track. Subdued even compared to the the surrounding songs.

4. Over You- Poppy and clean, not at all obscene. A clear example of latter-day Roxy.

5. Same Old Scene- Things get slightly moodier on this track :)

6. Oh Yeah- Bland pop, and a weak spot. But then it leads us too...

7. Angel Eyes- Almost a throw-away disco song, if not for its infectious pulse, slightly sci-fi effects and memorably sugar-coated lyrics.

8. Dance Away- The softer counterpart to Angel Eyes.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Wayne Klein HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 26, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Complain all you like but this is a pretty good overview of the band. Yes, there are glaring omissions and some of the choices are kind of goofy. All things considered this is a pretty fine single disc compilation. I actually like the sequencing--it makes it interesting telescoping their career in a very interesting fashion. I caught the show in Northern California (it was actually at the Chronicle Pavillion) and was impressed. The passion that was sadly lacking during the Avalon tour was back. Clearly these guys were having a blast and it showed. As a long time fan I appreciated hearing the pre-Avalon stuff again. Out of the Blue still sounds as fresh as it did in '74. You could easily argue that any best of should be divided into two discs (by the time of the last three studio albums the band had not only streamlined their sound but given up any appearence of being a band)but this fine disc captures all the highlights. I do have to disagree with what one reviewer stated. While some of their later albums were a bit spotty (particularly Flesh & Blood)their 2nd, 3rd and 4th albums are uniformly strong albums. Around the time of Siren the quality control began to slip (and it was clear that the album-tour-album thing was both growing old and wearing). Manifesto despite a some weak tracks still had enough teeth to make it interesting. If this single disc compilation intrigues you I'd suggest For Your Pleasure, Stranded and Country Life as additions to your collection. All three have more than their fair share of highlights that are not represented here. After the disappointing final tour for The High Road (essentially an extension of the Avalon tour from the previous year), it's great to see Ferry, Manzanera, MacKay and (yeah!)Thompson enjoying themselves again.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Susan Harbaugh on August 11, 2001
Format: Audio CD
This is a wonderful album, and has been released to celebrate Roxy Musics current world tour;the first time they've been togethr for 13 years. This is a Roxy Music tour and album, NOT a Bryan Ferry tour and album, and as a consequence, it is only right and proper than Ferry's solo stuff should not be included. I am British and have been a fan since my teens, particularly of Ferry. I was SO impressed that at the concert in San Fransisco they did not do any of his solo stuff; and, he either left the stage, or quietly moved to the back so that the other members of the band took the spotlight. He is, and AlWAYS has been the consummate gentleman. This album is full of all the songs that made us love them. I am only sorry that Brian Eno got his feather boa in a knot and left them when he did. The songs after him were equally as good, if not better in some cases, but he could have brought a little something extra. This is yet another compilation album, but it is significant because of it's timing. Congratulations to Virgin for releasing this album in celebration of this fabulous reunion!
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