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2012 ten CD set. The Complete Studio Recordings includes each of the eight Roxy Music studio albums released in the ten year period of 1972-1982, on CD plus two discs of bonus tracks containing tracks previously unavailable on CD. Each album has been taken back to its original form. Audio 2012 flat transfers from the original analogue master tapes (not the 1999 remasters), ensuring the audio sounds truer to its original LP sound. Includes the albums Roxy Music, For Your Pleasure, Stranded, Country Life, Siren, Manifesto, Flesh And Blood and : Avalon plus two bonus CDs containing non-album tracks, single edits and more. EMI

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Re - Make/Re
  2. Ladytron (2012
  3. If There Is Something (2012
  4. 2HB (2012
  5. The Bob (Medley) (2012
  6. Chance Meeting (2012
  7. Would You Believe? (2012
  8. Sea Breezes (2012
  9. Bitters End (2012

Disc: 2

  1. Do the Strand (2012
  2. Beauty Queen (2012
  3. Strictly Confidential (2012
  4. Editions of You (2012
  5. In Every Dream Home a Heartache (2012
  6. The Bogus Man (2012
  7. Grey Lagoons (2012
  8. For Your Pleasure (2012

Disc: 3

  1. Street Life (2012
  2. Just Like You (2012
  3. Amazona (2012
  4. Psalm (2012
  5. Serenade (2012
  6. A Song for Europe (2012
  7. Mother of Pearl (2012
  8. Sunset (2012

Disc: 4

  1. The Thrill of It All (2012
  2. Three and Nine (2012
  3. All I Want Is You (2012
  4. Out of the Blue (2012
  5. If It Takes All Night (2012
  6. Bitter Sweet (2012
  7. Triptych (2012
  8. Casanova (2012
  9. A Really Good Time (2012
  10. Prairie Rose (2012

Disc: 5

  1. Love Is the Drug (2012
  2. End of the Line (2012
  3. Sentimental Fool (2012
  4. Whirlwind (2012
  5. She Sells (2012
  6. Could It Happen to Me? (2012
  7. Both Ends Burning (2012
  8. Nightingale (2012
  9. Just Another High (2012

Disc: 6

  1. Manifesto (2012
  2. Trash (2012
  3. Angel Eyes (Rock Version) (2012
  4. Still Falls the Rain (2012
  5. Stronger Through the Years (2012
  6. Ain't That So (2012
  7. My Little Girl (2012
  8. Dance Away (Ballad Version) (2012
  9. Cry, Cry, Cry (2012
  10. Spin Me Round (2012

Disc: 7

  1. In the Midnight Hour (2012
  2. Oh Yeah! (2012
  3. Same Old Scene (2012
  4. Flesh and Blood (2012
  5. My Only Love (2012
  6. Over You (2012
  7. Eight Miles High (2012
  8. Rain, Rain, Rain (2012
  9. No Strange Delight (2012
  10. Running Wild (2012

Disc: 8

  1. More Than This (2012
  2. The Space Between (2012
  3. Avalon (2012
  4. India (2012
  5. While My Heart Is Still Beating (2012
  6. The Main Thing (2012
  7. Take a Chance With Me (2012
  8. To Turn You On (2012
  9. True to Life (2012
  10. Tara (2012

Disc: 9

  1. Virginia Plain (2012
  2. The Numberer (2012
  3. Pyjamarama (Island Mix) (2012
  4. Pyjamarama (Polydor Mix) (2012
  5. The Pride and the Pain (2012
  6. Do the Strand (USA 7" Mix) (2012
  7. Hula Kula (2012
  8. Your Application's Failed (2012
  9. The Thrill of It All (Edit) (2012
  10. The Thrill of It All (USA 7" Mix) (2012
  11. Love Is the Drug (USA 7" Mix) (2012
  12. Sultanesque (2012
  13. Both Ends Burning (7" Mix) (2012
  14. For Your Pleasure (Live) (2012
  15. Trash 2 (2012
  16. Dance Away (Single Version) (2012
  17. Dance Away (Canadian Extended 12" Mix) (2012
  18. Angel Eyes (Single Version) (2012
  19. Angel Eyes (12" Single Version) (2012

Disc: 10

  1. Oh Yeah! (7" Version) (2012
  2. Manifesto (Remake) (2012
  3. South Downs (2012
  4. Lover (2012
  5. Jealous Guy (2012
  6. To Turn You On (1981 B - Side Version) (2012
  7. More Than This (7" Version) (2012
  8. Avalon (7" Single Version) (2012
  9. Always Unknowing (2012
  10. Take a Chance With Me (7" Single Version) (2012
  11. Take a Chance With Me (USA 7" Mix) (2012
  12. The Main Thing (12" Single Version) (2012
  13. The Main Thing (Remix) (2012

Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 5, 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 10
  • Format: Box set, Original recording remastered
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Virgin
  • ASIN: B0075LTOR2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,857 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Wayne Klein HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 28, 2012
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Although they never achieved the fame in the U.S. that they did in the U.K., Roxy Music remained an influential band with their art-rock/glam-rock approach. The band's first five studio albums are seminal while their last three studio albums range from decent to exceptional. This handsome boxed set collects the band's eight studio albums in handsome, thick, glossy gatefold mini-LP sleeves along with two CDs of the band's various b-sides, singles and various remixes. Although this set is missing previously unreleased tracks or outtakes, there are a number of releases on the last two CD set that make their debut in digital form for the first time.

Although fans may argue over the merit of various releases (was the band better with or without Eno? Did Eddie Jobson's musical sophistication as a keyboard and violin player expand the band's musical sound), these are all worthwhile picking up for fans in this new remastering which goes back to the original analog sources. Reportedly these are "flat" transfers that represent the sound of the mastertapes more accurately than any other release and while I can't attest to how these compare to the master tapes, these are probably the BEST representation of how the band sounded.

These releases sound exceptionally good--they are not brick walled, not peak limited, compressed nor has there been any attempt to fatten up the bass sound or the introduction of any strange EQ choices. The albums are presented as intended (and, in the case of "Manifesto" features the original album line up--the original CD release included the single version of "Angel Eyes" and a different take of "Dance Away" that were substituted for the original tracks) IMHO these best the UK original E.G.
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Not much to add except I believe the term used for this set would be unmastered instead of remastered, as they took out whatever was added, leaving you with what it should have sounded like "Back in the day". If asked, I would say this is the closest you can get to the "BEST" listening experience (i.e. - 33rpm on a direct-drive turntable).

If you have all of these, and various combinations of such, I'd probably just keep my money and listen to what I have.
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Great box! Beautifully packaged. I won't review the music. You wouldn't be reading these reviews if you didn't like Roxy Music to begin with. However, I will say that I don't understand those who bemoan Brian Eno's exit after the second album. To my mind, if that hadn't happened, Roxy Music wouldn't have been the great band on the trajectory it transited. And we probably wouldn't have gotten Another Green World or Warm Jets from Eno, or any of the rest of his legacy such as it is. What's to complain about?

What I want to speak to is the sound quality of these disks. Virgin really did a great thing here. Roxy Music always had a dense, complex sound, and the detail and expanded sound stage rendered here with the 'flat' remastering is stellar. I'm hearing detail I never could find in previous releases. It raises my appreciation of the music even higher, like 'really' fully hearing it for the first time. I can't imagine this being done again, better, unless it is reissued as SACD (doubtful).

Unlike some reviewers, I don't find any high end brittleness or thinness to the sound - but then I'm listening on a very high end rig. Some folks seem to like the thick, overdriven, clipped sound that's been pretty common in the industry for the last ten years. Maybe the industry is catering to the mobile device and MP3 market. I suppose that's good sound for earbuds? These disks sound great to me on electrostatic speakers. If the 'loudness' or volume isn't there (and the levels here are several Db less than the Ludwig remasters), the dynamic range and detail is superior. That's a trade off that's inevitable, one sacrifices detail and dynamics when the recording levels are goosed.
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This is a really pleasing box set. I bought it after waiting literally decades to refurbish my Roxy Music collection, consisting primarily of the original issue British Island LPs, the first E.G. CDs and the E.G. Reprise US issues, the latter essentially a slightly louder version of the original E.G. CDs. I skipped the Bob Ludwig remasters altogether, perhaps unfairly, but primarily because I find most remasters of CDs made in the past two decades overly loud and lacking in dynamic range. Thankfully, the trend towards loudness at the expense of dynamics seems to reversing now. That's certainly what I hear in the versions contained in this box set. As far as any CD can, these sound remarkably close to my original LPs. They lack that intangible analog presence but only marginally, and, of course, are free of the pops and scratches accumulated over four decades. They are definitely superior to my old CDs, fuller bass and drums, better defined midrange, less glaring mid-treble.

As for packaging, the CDs are enclosed in replica LP gatefold covers, even those that were never issued as gatefolds. The print quality does not match the LPs, but it's good enough, and they are sturdily manufactured. The extras are fun, although multiple mixes and versions of the same song are probably only going to get one or two plays. It is good to have the b sides. I was pleased (although it's not really an issue given you can easily program whatever songs you want to hear on a CD player or computer) to see the "Roxy Music" CD reverted to the original British LP song listing, omitting "Virginia Plain", the inclusion of which on later versions of the LP and CD I never liked as it disrupted the flow of the record. That song has been bumped to the 'extras' CD.

I don't miss extra liner notes or a booklet at all. Very happy with this reissue.
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