Live: Roxy Music Enhanced
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Culled from performances all around the world, Live captures the band having a blast with their past. Ferry, Manzanera, Mackay and Thompson are supplemented by Lucky Wilkins (more than ably filling in for former keyboardist/violinist Eddie Jobson), guitar wiz Chris Spedding, Colin Good on keyboards, Zak Katz on bass and Julia Thornton on backing vocals/keyboards.
Now, you may wonder, "why should I pick this up when I have the DVD Live at the Apollo?". Good question. Live at the Apollo consists of roughly the same songs (although the CD has very romantic reading of More Than This and a powerful, clever reading of their classic If There Is Something not available on the DVD), the performances are different. There aren't huge differences (Roxy's music was always very carefully arranged)but many of the solos by Manzanera, Spedding and Mackay differ significantly enough to make this a must have for a Roxy fan. Additionally, while I'm not usually a fan of compilation live CDs (they lack the organic energy of a single performance), the tracks selected clearly were among the best from thetour. I'm just sad that the band didn't select anything from their Northern California appearence.
This isn't a perfect series of performances or CD. Ferry's lost much of his upper register (not a surprise given the passage of time, number of recordings and tours he's done over the years). Still, range isn't everything. What Ferry has lost in range, he's more than made up for it his improved reading of the songs.Read more ›
Each one of the songs is taken from a dozen or so different shows along the tour. This adds to the energy and excitement of the performance. In fact, all in all, the band sounds more intense and refreshed (particularly Ferry) here than they do on the live DVD of the concert in London which came out last fall. Another treat not found on the DVD are two ROXY MUSIC classics heard here: "If There is Something" and "More Than This."
It's hard to believe that some of these songs date back over thirty years ago! They still sound as groundbreaking and wild as ever. In fact, some of the later, more mellow ROXY MUSIC songs ("Oh Yeah" and "Dance Away," in particular) benefit from some updating and sound even better than they did twenty-some-odd years ago.
On these discs, they sound much better than they did on "Heart Still Beating," a live disc taken from their AVALON tour of 1982. It's safe to say that Ferry, along with original members Andy Mackay, Phil Manzanera and Paul Thompson have acheived what most rock veterans only dream of- they have grown old gracefully and still sound amazing!
Though their landmark, 1976 live album, "Viva" still stands as THE perfect live document of the band, "Live" benefits from being a double-disc set and includes all their greatest hits.
As I type this review, it has just been announced that ROXY MUSIC is hitting the road this summer, yet again. Rumor has it that there are some dates in NYC lined up already. One listen to these two CD's should make any ROXY MUSIC fan want to pay top dollar to see them!
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Remembered hearing Roxy Music on a local radio station in the late 70's Rediscovered them several years ago and really like this album. Read morePublished 4 months ago by barb
This live album functions as both a document of a great live band and as an excellent career-spanning Best Of album. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Rednoise
A great recording of a great band.
One of the best live records ever.
If you only own 1 live collection from Roxy Music THIS ONE is the one to get!!!Published 23 months ago by M. Quinonez
...But even for a concert album there is too much audience noise. Good recordings, interesting versions of their songs. Read morePublished on September 20, 2013 by Alan Zelaya
This review is for 'Live at Rainbow Music Hall' by Roxy Music.
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WE saw this tour in 2001, at an outside venue overlooking the Boston Harbor on a warm Summer night. The musicians were all top notch and the show was magical, the show's ending was... Read morePublished on January 2, 2011 by Ken P. Kelly
Too bad i was not able to see them these time. Last time i saw them it was 1979 and it was a classy fashion musical venture with a touch of pure pop. Read morePublished on November 22, 2010 by Gerardo Martinez Casas
This is one group with so many live performances. That is because perhaps more than anything else they were a hard working band, not just a studio group. Read morePublished on October 1, 2010 by TDN