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Roxy Music [2 CD][Deluxe Edition]
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Roxy Music release an expanded edition of their ground-breaking debut album to mark its 45th anniversary. The 2CD package features rare and previously unavailable material never-heard-before outside of Roxy’s inner circle, including tracks taken from the band’s John Peel Radio Session (1972) and their BBC “In Concert” performance from Paris Theatre (1972).
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This was always my favorite Roxy Music album (came out of the gates with a huge burst of energy). With these BBC recordings we get to hear a variety of performances - some earlier and less polished, some more extended, all sounding good. "2HB" is perhaps my favorite prog rock song of all time (the layered sax instrumental in its middle is absolutely timeless and placeless), so hearing a live version on disc 2 is sublime.
Oh, and the little hard bound book it is presented in is top notch, including all the appropriate music credits and 22 pages of (long and detailed!) essay and photos.
Also this remastering brings up the micro dynamics I've loved at all the Roxy shows, the kind that you feel in the center of your chest and blows you back into your seat during the refrain, and ALL OF IT with an airy depth that has me hooked again on the sound of instruments in real space. IF you're a Roxy fan ( and face it: Most Americans are not) you will appreciate what has been done with this recording. I hope they give Country Life and Stranded the same treatment!
Oh, and some trivia: Bowie's Ziggy Stardust was released the same day.
Equipment: Early Rotel RCD 945AX, a Technics vintage SA505 with 63 watts continous connected with Kimber PBJ entry level interconnect, and Boston Acoustic A26 bookshelf speakers about 10 feet and canyed slightly inward
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So, the classic Roxy Music radio sessions still sound better on old bootlegs - what kind of idiot signed this off to be 'mastered' like that?
Sur le premier CD, on retrouve les 10 titres de la version originale; tandis que le second CD propose une sélection de morceaux extraits de différentes Peel Sessions et concerts, enregistrés pour la BBC, toujours en 1972. En tout 14 titres, tous figurant déjà sur le premier CD, mais dans des versions différentes, parfois plus longues, parfois plus courtes. Le son est pour le coup impeccable Vivement le même traitement pour le second, "For Your Pleasure", également hautement recommandable et qui arbore cette fois ci sur la pochette une autre gloire nationale en la personne d'Amanda Lear !
Sigue siendo un trabajo temerario y experimental que demostró ser influyente en las generaciones futuras de músicos en el mundo del punk, el post-punk, el nuevo romanticismo y el electropop contemporáneo.
Brian Eno fue el gran actor en el disco debut. Sus delicados tratamientos sonoros, desde los deslumbrantes ruidos de 'Re-Make / Re-Model' y 'Virginia Plain', hasta las texturas ambientales de 'The Bob' y 'Ladytron' - le dieron a la música un toque vanguardista que complementaba al otro.
I only wish I had the Super Deluxe recordings with the out-takes etc - but I'm not prepared to pay over £120 for that additional part of the set.
Only one small quibble - and I certainly wouldn't deduct a star for it - is that the 2 discs are quite difficult to get out of the pack without smothering them with your fingerprints (which isn't exactly good for the playing!). I have now removed them and put them in spare CD cases so that I can access them easily and without mucking them up! Does nobody ever do a bit of product design research before coming up with these things??????