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4.0 out of 5 stars A very good representation of the AVALON tour, August 31, 1998
This review is from: Heart Still Beating (Audio CD)
HEART STILL BEATING isn't Roxy in prime form--for that you'd have to refer to VIVA!(1976), but it is a good representation of their later work and it covers one song not represented anywhere else(Neil Young's "Like a Hurricane").

Clearly this tour was a compromise between their solo work(Ferry's "Can't let go" and Manzanera's "Impossible Guitar") and group compositions. Ferry is in fine form and the band's playing is impeccable. Manzanera rips off some fiery solos. Still, it feels as if some of the passion has gone out of the band's playing. Some of the older material is played as if by route("Out of the blue", "Love is the drug"--an exception to this is the frantic "Editions of you"), while the newer material clearly elicits the most interest. Perhaps they were just bored playing the hits.

Nevertheless, this is a fine disc with many treasures. Although it is curious that the record company(and Rhett Davies the producer of both the original HIGH ROAD album and this album) chose to open the album with "India"--which is a recording of from the AVALON album and not live.

Bryan Ferry has stated his dissatisfaction with this album and it was released(supposedly)over his objections after his E.G. contract was up. One can only imagine that Bryan would have liked a more fiery performance represented on disc(there are plenty of bootlegs out there from the FLESH & BLOOD and MANIFESTO tours that are such).
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Initial post: Jan 11, 2012 9:10:22 PM PST
G. Ratcheson says:
Are the 4 tracks this shares with High Road definitely the same recordings? There was some disagreement on that subject recently on a music board & as i sold my High Road many years ago when this came out, i would like to know for sure!

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 11, 2012 10:49:39 PM PST
Wayne Klein says:
There was some speculation at one time that this might be the same recordings but they aren't.

This is a different show from the same tour and if you try and synch up the vinyl to the CD it's very clear that they are different versions of the show songs.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 11, 2012 10:54:35 PM PST
G. Ratcheson says:
Thank you, though I am now kicking myself for selling my Japanese LP of High Road!

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 12, 2012 8:58:27 AM PST
Wayne Klein says:
You and me both
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