Roxy Music, the art rock band synonymous with both style and substance, are reissuing its first two albums Roxy Music and For Your Pleasure on April 1, 2022 via Virgin/UMe on high-quality vinyl. These were mastered in half-speed mastering at Abbey Road Studios by respected engineer Miles Showell.
Known of intoxicating its listeners with its cool cocktail of fashion, romance, nostalgia and futurism, Roxy Music with Bryan Ferry, Brian Eno for these first two albums, Andy Mackay, Phil Manzanera and Paul Thompson, is considered one of the most influential British bands: adventurous, bewildering, stylish, sexy and beguiling. For all their imitators and admirers, no one has ever successfully cloned the unique and indefinable fusion of elements that made Roxy Music.
Roxy Music (1972) was the band’s debut album and peaked at No. 10 in the UK Albums Chart and was groundbreaking in a multitude of ways. The opening track “Re-Make/Re-Model” is an amalgamate of postmodernist influences, from The Beatles “Day Tripper” to Wagner’s “Ride of The Valkyries” to Duane Eddy's version of “Peter Gunn”. “If There Is Something” plays up the jaunty countrified twang. If you listen to “2HB”, you’ll hear Ferry quoting Bogart’s “Here’s looking at you, kid.”
For Your Pleasure (1973) saw Eno’s exit but not before the album came in at No. 4 on the UK Albums chart. Getting more experimental and elaborate, the band was the first album with their longtime producer Chris Thomas. Ferry wrote an infamous ode to a blow-up doll (“In Every Dream Home a Heartache”) and the album even sports a cameo by Dame Judi Dench who provides a spoken word couplet of “You don’t ask. You don’t ask why” on the title track “For Your Pleasure.”