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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 14, 2000)
  • Original Release Date: 1976
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Live, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Virgin
  • ASIN: B0000256VW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #82,232 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By John J. Simpson on December 19, 2003
Format: Audio CD
I love hearing all of the positive reviews of VIVA, especially from such a diverse age group.I was on board early on, just because of my age. VIVA,is a wonderful example of Roxys'mystique,beauty and power.What detracts from it is simply, its length. They could have sqeezed on one or two more songs. ( mother of pearl.) What I really want to do is remind everybody just how terrific a drummer Paul Thomson is. Very often, he is the power that propels the rocket that is Roxy.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Rochambeau Fan on July 30, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Having been born in the mid-seventies, it's safe to say that I never got the chance to see Roxy Music play at their zenith (I was conceived when they were touring in support of Siren.) In high school, my brother turned me on to them, and I've been hooked ever since. And while it was undoubtedly one of the highlights of my life to have seen them live 3 times (twice in 2001 and once just last weekend), I still could only imagine what it must have been like to have seen them in the mid-seventies.
VIVA is the next best thing to that, I guess. And what a charimsatic, intense and amazing live performance this is. The band sounds tight and enthusiastic, and Ferry's voice has never sounded more dynamic.
While there is not a bad track on the disc, the highlights for me are PYJAMARAMA (a thousand times better than the studio version), BOTH ENDS BURNING (absolutely perfect), and the outstanding OUT OF THE BLUE which features all the trademark aspcts of ROXY MUSIC: Ferry's soaring vocals, Manzanera's guitar virtuosity, and Mackays catchy oboe (not to mention an amazing violin solo by Eddie Jobson).
As good as all these are though, the raison d'etre has to be the out-of-this-world, long version of IF THERE IS SOMETHING. What starts off as a twangy, country-flavored little ditty turns into a dark and dirty jam session. After about five minutes of jamming, Ferry's takes charge again starting with the lines "shake your head girl with your pony tail....it takes me right back..when you were young." ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!!!!!!
VIVA is far and away the best live Roxy Music album. HEART STILL BEATING (taken from the 1982-83) Avalon Tour is worth it only for the live version of JEALOUS GUY and a few other later Roxy tracks (they sound tired and weak on the earlier stuff.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By PiratePrentice on November 12, 2002
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I was in a lame, sentimental mood, and wanted to hear "avalon", the song. Borrowed the CD, along with a copy of Roxy's "Country Life". Was bowled over by "Country Life" - this was real rock and roll, original and excellent. Not the upscale mellow rock of Avalon. I then found "Viva", and I am blown away. How did I ever miss this music? This is some of the most incredible live music I have ever heard. "Both Ends Burning" and "If there is something" are standouts, but this is an incredible compilation of live music. I've only been listening to it for a few days, and in my estimation it might be up there with Live at Leeds and get your ya ya's out.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Robin C. Smith on September 27, 2001
Format: Audio CD
I am so glad to find that there are at least 10 people who agree with me that this is one of best live rock albums ever. Roxy at their prime were a very unusual band, and this album demonstrates this but at the same time the dynamic performances often take your breath away. I always think the stand out musician here is Paul Thompson and his incredible, powerful, drumming exemplified by the first track, "Out of the Blue". "Chance Meeting" is also one of my favorites and so much better and more melancholic than on the studio album. "If there is Something" has a great guitar solo from Phil Manzanera. "In Every Dream Home a Heartache" is also superb and the tension before the break out at the end is palpable. The album finishes with a very exciting "Do the Strand" that kicks the studio album version into the trash. His "Eskimos and Geordies!" implies that this track at least was recorded in Newcastle upon Tyne.
This is a much overlooked album which Ferry maintains they put out for contractual obligation reasons which just reinforces the negative vibes everyone gets about this album. It is very different from the later, 80s, Roxy who produced smooth, "lounge-lizard-type" material, but it is a natural climax for the earlier, arty, more experimental early (and best) Roxy. I personally think it is one of the very best live albums: unusual but at the same time exciting.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By David Lindsay on November 7, 2005
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I bought this album when it came out in 1976. It was recorded at various concerts in the UK during the period 1973-75. Roxy was a hugely popular band in Britain, and they were regarded as one of the best live acts in the country. As a former Brit, I am often surprised how some British bands like Roxy never really made it in the U.S.

Viva! is in my opinion the best thing that they ever did, and it's still one of my favorite rock albums. Like Cream, the live versions of their songs are a lot more powerful than than the studio recordings. Albums like "For your Pleasure" sound "tinny" and under-powered by comparison. Manzanera, Jobson and Thompson were underated musicians. Roxy was a great live rock band, with lots of energy and a unique sound. This is a great album.
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