Best Roxy Music Album

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No obvious frontrunner here, should be interesting to see the results. Studio albums only.

Poll Results

OptionVotes
For Your Pleasure 27
Roxy Music 14
Country Life 10
Avalon8
Stranded 7
Siren 5
Flesh and Blood 1
Manifesto 0


kornrulez6969, Tuesday, 24 April 2007 15:39 (ten years ago) Permalink

Tough

Tom D., Tuesday, 24 April 2007 15:39 (ten years ago) Permalink

hah, I'm actually curious about this one. I voted for 'Avalon', but I'm more of a yuppie winebar kinda guy.

baaderonixx, Tuesday, 24 April 2007 15:41 (ten years ago) Permalink

I voted for Stranded, Mother Of Pearl puts it over the top.

kornrulez6969, Tuesday, 24 April 2007 15:42 (ten years ago) Permalink

Tough, indeed--I went with Siren (though Stranded, For Your Pleasure come very close).

Joe, Tuesday, 24 April 2007 15:43 (ten years ago) Permalink

... hmmmm, yes, those are the three I'm struggling over too

Tom D., Tuesday, 24 April 2007 15:45 (ten years ago) Permalink

For Your Pleasure. No struggle. Especially side two.

Marcello Carlin, Tuesday, 24 April 2007 15:49 (ten years ago) Permalink

I went for For Your Pleasure as well, but I could have gone with anything up to Siren really. I might have gone for the 1st album but I think Virginia Plain was added on as a bonus track so I shouldn't really count that towards it?

Colonel Poo, Tuesday, 24 April 2007 15:59 (ten years ago) Permalink

It wasn't added as a bonus track

Tom D., Tuesday, 24 April 2007 15:59 (ten years ago) Permalink

though it is a bonus track on the cd

Marcello Carlin, Tuesday, 24 April 2007 16:01 (ten years ago) Permalink

Was it? Actually, you might be right!

Tom D., Tuesday, 24 April 2007 16:01 (ten years ago) Permalink

I always preferred "Pyjamarama" anyway

Tom D., Tuesday, 24 April 2007 16:02 (ten years ago) Permalink

For Your Pleasure. No struggle. Especially side two one.

The first five albums are quite an imperial run. If I had to choose, it'd be Stranded. Or Country Life. Actually, my fave Roxy is a C-100 I recorded in 1992 with tracks/singles thru Avalon.

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Tuesday, 24 April 2007 16:03 (ten years ago) Permalink

Yeah I meant Virginia Plain was added to the CD version, so not officially part of the album.

Colonel Poo, Tuesday, 24 April 2007 16:05 (ten years ago) Permalink

The only thing stopping "For Your Pleasure" from walking it is "The Bogus Man"

Tom D., Tuesday, 24 April 2007 16:09 (ten years ago) Permalink

(x-post) "Virginia Plain" has always been on the American LP pressing I grew up with, though. Reminds me I need to finally get this on CD.

And it's the debut I choose, although my actual fave is "Why Do You Think I'm A Funky Chick," a bootleg of the '75 Siren tour.

Dan Peterson, Tuesday, 24 April 2007 16:12 (ten years ago) Permalink

Virginia Plane was added to the vinyl really early on.

I'm going with Stranded because I probably listen to that the most, though I'd take just about any Roxy album over pretty much anything else ever!

dan selzer, Tuesday, 24 April 2007 16:23 (ten years ago) Permalink

For Your Pleasure, but really any of the first five can take it.

Alex in SF, Tuesday, 24 April 2007 16:25 (ten years ago) Permalink

avalon is my favourite album ever, so... avalon.

, Tuesday, 24 April 2007 16:38 (ten years ago) Permalink

Very tough. I'm going with FYP, but Country Life is close.

Davey D, Tuesday, 24 April 2007 16:46 (ten years ago) Permalink

This one IS tough. If we could vote for sides, side one of the debut gets it easily. (And this is the first time I'm hearing that "Virginia Plain" wasn't on every pressing. Did all UK pressings of the debut exclude it?) But in terms of overall album consistency, it's Siren.

Still, is consistency Roxy Music's gift to the world? With Stranded (and the departure of Eno?), the music becomes more streamlined and reliable to the point where it dissipates into the gorgeous yuppiescapes of Avalon. But gone are the proggy cognitive dislocations of the first two albums. And Ferry's vocals grow more and more expressive of whoever he thought he was at the time whereas the way he presses his voice beyond its range on the debut deconstructs the notion of self itself.

So in the interest of deconstructing the notion of the album itself, I'm voting for the debut.

And wasn't there a new Roxy disc a few years back? On Virgin? Gotta give the pervs something to vote for.

Kevin John Bozelka, Tuesday, 24 April 2007 17:34 (ten years ago) Permalink

The reunion one is a live album idnit?

C. Grisso/McCain, Tuesday, 24 April 2007 17:38 (ten years ago) Permalink

They quit on top, "Avalon" being their pinnacle.

Geir Hongro, Tuesday, 24 April 2007 18:20 (ten years ago) Permalink

Followed by "Manifesto" and "Flesh & Blood" btw. Late period Roxy Music was way better than early Roxy Music.

Geir Hongro, Tuesday, 24 April 2007 18:21 (ten years ago) Permalink

toss up b/w the first two for me, first one gets it

akm, Tuesday, 24 April 2007 18:47 (ten years ago) Permalink

That was tough for me too. Stranded just edged it out of the 1st five, although Country Life Album cover almost swayed it

roger whitaker, Wednesday, 25 April 2007 00:47 (ten years ago) Permalink

This collection is a near perfect primer:
http://ec1.images-amazon.com/images/P/B000002LH2.01._SCLZZZZZZZ_SS500_.jpg

Spencer Chow, Wednesday, 25 April 2007 00:49 (ten years ago) Permalink

"The Bogus Man" is the best thing they ever did! (Tom D xpost)

Marcello Carlin, Wednesday, 25 April 2007 06:52 (ten years ago) Permalink

I have most of these albums but to be honest I just end up going back to the "More Than This" compilation. I know, I know, but a lot of their albums just seem to meander and make me fall asleep (I know this might be the point somehow).

the next grozart, Wednesday, 25 April 2007 09:48 (ten years ago) Permalink

i think, maybe, 'country life'

That one guy that quit, Wednesday, 25 April 2007 09:52 (ten years ago) Permalink

Where's the "I don't like Roxy Music" option?

I know, right?, Wednesday, 25 April 2007 11:33 (ten years ago) Permalink

I voted for Stranded.

I know, right?, Thursday, 26 April 2007 22:30 (ten years ago) Permalink

BAN ALL POLLS

I know, right?, Thursday, 26 April 2007 22:30 (ten years ago) Permalink

i voted for their debut.

alex in mainhattan, Thursday, 26 April 2007 23:22 (ten years ago) Permalink

Happy to see that some people realise "Avalon" is better than their 70s stuff. :)

Geir Hongro, Monday, 30 April 2007 23:24 (ten years ago) Permalink

God, how can Flesh + Blood get one vote and Manifesto none?

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Monday, 30 April 2007 23:25 (ten years ago) Permalink

Agreed...Manifesto deserved better. Among their underrated.

Joe, Tuesday, 1 May 2007 02:10 (ten years ago) Permalink

Besides the singles Manifesto's got "Still Falls The Rain," "Spin Me Round," "Ain't That So," and the title track. Granted, "Cry Cry Cry" reeks almost as bad as F+B's "Rain Rain Rain," but "Running Wild" ain't no "Spin Me Round."

(I'm always amazed by the fact that Manifesto remains their highest charting U.S. album.

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Tuesday, 1 May 2007 02:21 (ten years ago) Permalink

"Same Old Scene" and "Over You" are titanic enough to best anything on Manifesto, but still...

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Tuesday, 1 May 2007 02:21 (ten years ago) Permalink

But I didn't get to vote! :(

I remember seeing the video for Same Old Scene and thinking it was a magnificent song, yes.

Bimble, Tuesday, 1 May 2007 02:22 (ten years ago) Permalink

"Same Old Scene" is the history of post-Roxy New Romanticism in three minutes; it's like they recorded their own testament (or epitaph?)

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Tuesday, 1 May 2007 02:29 (ten years ago) Permalink

"Same Old Scene" and "Over You" are titanic enough to best anything on Manifesto, but still..

I think you've answered your question. Though I have a feeling Manifesto is more consistent (and it probably doesn't have any of the extreme lows of Flesh + Blood--which I have to admit I haven't heard in probably 20 years), I don't think there's a single song on that record I love--it all seems kind of blandly consistent. The two songs you mentioned from F+B, though, are indeed pretty great.

Didn't know manifesto was their highest charting, but it kinda makes sense, I think, given when it appeared--by '79 they were new wave legends, they could've released anything and it would've done well on curiosity factor alone.

sw00ds, Tuesday, 1 May 2007 02:46 (ten years ago) Permalink

I'm disappointed in the #1 choice, I must say. I mean, I love the album, but it's still the least of their first five for me, with three moments of irritation ("In Every Dream Home," "The Bob," "Bogus Man"). Best inner sleeve photos, though--maybe of any band, ever.

sw00ds, Tuesday, 1 May 2007 02:50 (ten years ago) Permalink

I mean "photo" (non-plural). Stared at that thing for eons, growing up.

sw00ds, Tuesday, 1 May 2007 02:51 (ten years ago) Permalink

"In Every Dream Home..." actually sounds better NOW than it did then; now that he's become the character he's singing about it's doubly creepy.

remember seeing the video for Same Old Scene and thinking it was a magnificent song, yes

It's got that great shot of Ferry stepping away from his bank of keyboards for a fag, looking diffidently at Manzanera, Mackay, et al.

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Tuesday, 1 May 2007 02:53 (ten years ago) Permalink

i voted for FYP but am surprised at the lack of love for Stranded which is almost as good, methinks.

nonightsweats, Tuesday, 1 May 2007 03:13 (ten years ago) Permalink

Manifesto is great...the title track is sooo menacing...and you'd think it would get some votes based on all the love Angel Eyes has been getting on the re-edit circuit.

dan selzer, Tuesday, 1 May 2007 04:53 (ten years ago) Permalink

the answer is Roxy Music: Early Years. Best of the first 3 albums.

CaptainLorax, Tuesday, 1 May 2007 08:44 (ten years ago) Permalink

Predictable winner really. Hoped Country Life would sneak a win though.

Brigadier Lethbridge-Pfunkboy, Tuesday, 1 May 2007 14:52 (ten years ago) Permalink

two years pass...

Ranked:

1. Avalon
2. Country Life
3. Siren
4. Stranded
5. For Your Pleasure
6. Roxy Music
7. Flesh + Blood
8. Manifesto

The Anti-Climax Blues Band (Turrican), Monday, 8 May 2017 04:22 (two months ago) Permalink

lol at 10-year-ago me trying to impress ilm by declaring a bootleg my favorite Roxy record (although it is a GREAT boot.) 2017 answer: Siren.

I don't really like any of these albums (Dan Peterson), Monday, 8 May 2017 14:19 (two months ago) Permalink

I could not imagine ever ranking Avalon number one.

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 8 May 2017 14:24 (two months ago) Permalink

it's the only Roxy album i listen to w/ any regularity, but maybe i am not a TRUE FAN.

circa1916, Monday, 8 May 2017 14:48 (two months ago) Permalink

At one point every album except F&B was my favorite.

the Rain Man of nationalism. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 8 May 2017 14:58 (two months ago) Permalink

lol at 10-year-ago me trying to impress ilm by declaring a bootleg my favorite Roxy record (although it is a GREAT boot.) 2017 answer: Siren.

― I don't really like any of these albums (Dan Peterson)

honestly, i listen to the bbc session versions of the first album stuff way more than i listen to the first album proper. but my favorite album of theirs is still "country life".

increasingly bonkers (rushomancy), Monday, 8 May 2017 15:03 (two months ago) Permalink

xxpost:

I wouldn't lose any sleep over Josh in Chicago's opinion.

The Anti-Climax Blues Band (Turrican), Monday, 8 May 2017 15:09 (two months ago) Permalink

The first LP is pretty much an album of two halves for me - I outright adore the first half, but the second is probably their weakest side of vinyl from 1972-1975 for me. For Your Pleasure is a more consistent record, but ultimately I think they got better after Eno left.

Manifesto and Flesh + Blood are a reunited Roxy Music easing themselves back into it and warming up for Avalon.

The Anti-Climax Blues Band (Turrican), Monday, 8 May 2017 15:16 (two months ago) Permalink

One of my all-time fave bands. My ranking would be:

1. Stranded
2. For Your Pleasure
3. Flesh + Blood
4. Roxy Music
5. Avalon
6. Country Life
7. Manifesto
8. Siren

...and I do love Siren, it's just that all of the other ones have more of an impact on me.
I am aware that I am in the minority with my high ranking of Flesh+Blood (I named it as well in that recent thread on 'least acclaimed albums you love', someone singled it out as a winning answer). I find the whole mood of that album amazing and could never understand the lack of acclaim for it.

Valentijn, Monday, 8 May 2017 15:24 (two months ago) Permalink

I love Manifesto's hybrid of L.A. studio rock and disco

the Rain Man of nationalism. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 8 May 2017 15:45 (two months ago) Permalink

Avalon is good, don't get me wrong. But I like a couple of Ferry solo albums as much, for the same reasons. Whereas the first five Roxy albums to me are like nothing else, really, and I've loved them all more or less equally at different times for the same mix of novelty, wit and barely controlled chaos. And muscle, tbh.

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 8 May 2017 16:55 (two months ago) Permalink

I personally don't think any of Ferry's solo albums come close to having the level of production that Avalon does.

The Anti-Climax Blues Band (Turrican), Monday, 8 May 2017 18:27 (two months ago) Permalink

i don't understand that post given boys and girls

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Monday, 8 May 2017 18:28 (two months ago) Permalink

Yes, even compared to Boys and Girls. Avalon also has the superior material.

The Anti-Climax Blues Band (Turrican), Monday, 8 May 2017 18:31 (two months ago) Permalink

thought we were talking about production

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Monday, 8 May 2017 18:35 (two months ago) Permalink

We were.

The Anti-Climax Blues Band (Turrican), Monday, 8 May 2017 18:45 (two months ago) Permalink

The production on B+G is immaculate; the material turns diaphonous after a while. Bete Noir is baroque in its dedication to covering slightly unwashed songs in cologne.

the Rain Man of nationalism. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 8 May 2017 18:47 (two months ago) Permalink

said Patrick Leonard in November '86.

the Rain Man of nationalism. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 8 May 2017 18:48 (two months ago) Permalink

The production on B+G is immaculate; the material turns diaphonous after a while.

ah so you're the person i disagree with about this. every time i listen to b+g i go through the "this is my favorite song. no wait THIS is my favorite song" process

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Monday, 8 May 2017 19:12 (two months ago) Permalink

"Stranded". Difficult to choose between that and their first, as "If There Is Something" is an all-time classic track

Carlotta's Portrait (Ross), Monday, 8 May 2017 19:33 (two months ago) Permalink

i finally got into non-avalon roxy last month and stranded is def my fav pre-avalon

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Monday, 8 May 2017 19:35 (two months ago) Permalink

Stranded and Country Life are usually my two faves.

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 8 May 2017 19:38 (two months ago) Permalink

"Amazona" kicks ass

Carlotta's Portrait (Ross), Monday, 8 May 2017 19:52 (two months ago) Permalink

I think Stranded, Country Life and Siren is an excellent run, the peak of their "art rock" years. I'd have considered that run to be their overall peak if they hadn't managed to put together Avalon.

The Anti-Climax Blues Band (Turrican), Monday, 8 May 2017 20:00 (two months ago) Permalink

Stranded is one of my favorite records by anyone, ever (ok, maybe not "A Song For Europe").

Never got into post-hiatus Roxy. Without Paul Thompson, it just doesn't feel like Roxy (and even then, Manifesto was pretty disappointing).

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Monday, 8 May 2017 20:11 (two months ago) Permalink

I'll be the heretic in this thread and say that I prefer "The Thrill Of It All" box set which weeds out the weak material and adds a mess of great non-lp stuff. Of the handful of worthy songs left off the box, I've got them as BBC sessions or as killer live versions from Musikladen TV.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Monday, 8 May 2017 20:13 (two months ago) Permalink

i really like manifesto (but i also really like the second side of the first one)

things i did not know abt paul thompson: he played with the angelic upstarts for a while (working with mensi must a be a nice holiday after putting up with ferry)
things i did know abt paul thompson: he is a great drummer

mark s, Monday, 8 May 2017 20:17 (two months ago) Permalink

'If There Is Something' and 'Amazona' do indeed kick ass. As do 'Mother of Pearl', 'Street Life', 'The Thrill of it All', 'Both Ends Burning', 'Out of the Blue', loads of others...

The Anti-Climax Blues Band (Turrican), Monday, 8 May 2017 20:19 (two months ago) Permalink

Another thing you may not have known about Paul Thompson: he auditioned for AC/DC when Phil Rudd left or was fired in the early '80s.

xp

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Monday, 8 May 2017 20:22 (two months ago) Permalink

And he was inexplicably in Concrete Blonde for a while, c. "Joey."

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 8 May 2017 22:06 (two months ago) Permalink

Avalon and Boys and Girls are like a lost double album to me. Together they are extremely strong; stronger than either one on it's own.

akm, Monday, 8 May 2017 22:18 (two months ago) Permalink

two months pass...

This remix is perfect summer fodder

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ic4xAuIkoFE

Paisley Window Pane (Ross), Friday, 14 July 2017 02:06 (one week ago) Permalink

Belatedly joining in with ranking their albums..

1. Stranded
2. Roxy Music
3. Avalon
4. For Your Pleasure
5. Siren
6. Country Life
7. Manifesto

8. Flesh & Blood

kitchen person, Friday, 14 July 2017 03:19 (one week ago) Permalink

1. Stranded
2. Roxy Music
3. Country Life
4. For Your Pleasure
5. Avalon
6. Siren
7. Manifesto
8. Flesh & Blood

Paisley Window Pane (Ross), Friday, 14 July 2017 03:29 (one week ago) Permalink

This will always be Avalon ...

The Anti-Climax Blues Band (Turrican), Friday, 14 July 2017 13:07 (one week ago) Permalink

waht Flesh & Blood is great! "Same Old Scene" is up there with their very best tracks

André Ryu (Neil S), Friday, 14 July 2017 13:11 (one week ago) Permalink

I agree, it's also a better album than Manifesto ...

The Anti-Climax Blues Band (Turrican), Friday, 14 July 2017 13:19 (one week ago) Permalink

The Glimmers did a great remix of Same Old Scene

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2YdfyD8U_Fw

André Ryu (Neil S), Friday, 14 July 2017 13:21 (one week ago) Permalink

Avalon and Boys and Girls are like a lost double album to me. Together they are extremely strong; stronger than either one on it's own.

― akm, Monday, 8 May 2017 22:18 (two months ago) Permalink

This is very, very true.

Acid Hose (Capitaine Jay Vee), Friday, 14 July 2017 13:22 (one week ago) Permalink

I disagree, I think Avalon is very much the superior record and doesn't need any propping up.

The Anti-Climax Blues Band (Turrican), Friday, 14 July 2017 13:25 (one week ago) Permalink

This is your opinion. I'm siding with akm as I've always felt these are two very compatible albums that are almost cut from the same cloth.

Acid Hose (Capitaine Jay Vee), Friday, 14 July 2017 13:28 (one week ago) Permalink

I love the warmth of Manifesto's fusion of L.A. studio rock, disco, and European frostiness, especially on deep cuts like "Ain't That So" and "Still Falls the Rain." "Spin Me Round" is the great lost forlorn Ferry ballad.

Flesh + Blood is by far my least favorite Roxy, but it's so damn top heavy it's hard to notice.

the Rain Man of nationalism. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 14 July 2017 13:43 (one week ago) Permalink

Roxy Music's worst album is better than most bands best.

dan selzer, Friday, 14 July 2017 14:23 (one week ago) Permalink

Obviously.

dan selzer, Friday, 14 July 2017 14:23 (one week ago) Permalink

Stranded
Country Life
Avalon
Siren
For Your Pleasure
Roxy Music
Manifesto
Flesh & Blood

pretty fuckin nuts that an album as good as FYP is only 5th

voodoo chili, Friday, 14 July 2017 14:27 (one week ago) Permalink

This is your opinion.

Person in "expressing an opinion on music board" shocker! Of course it's my opinion!

(Of course, I won't have to look far for others that share it, but still...)

The Anti-Climax Blues Band (Turrican), Friday, 14 July 2017 14:31 (one week ago) Permalink

Stranded
Country Life
Siren
Roxy Music
Avalon
For Your Pleasure
Manifesto
Flesh + Blood

the Rain Man of nationalism. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 14 July 2017 14:34 (one week ago) Permalink

xxpost:

Yeah, Roxy Music up to Siren is an incredible run of music regardless of the order in which the albums are ranked... and Avalon was the best possible note to end things on. I'm glad they continued long enough to make it!

The Anti-Climax Blues Band (Turrican), Friday, 14 July 2017 14:35 (one week ago) Permalink


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