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The Best of Roxy Music

Roxy Music

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Roxy Music started its career in the age of glam rock and ended in the age of new wave. Within that timespan, Roxy happened to be at the vanguard of several pop music trends. This wasn't because the band chased success—it was because the rest of the music industry was always chasing Roxy’s sense of imagination. Though it never had the mainstream cachet of Zeppelin or the Stones or even David Bowie, Roxy created a canon of classic songs that exists unto itself: a beautifully lit and highly exclusive neon tower on the outskirts of the music business. In an intriguing and somewhat perverse twist, The Best of Roxy Music adopts a reverse-chronological track sequence. Therefore you start with 1982’s elegiac farewell song “Avalon” and witness the band get younger. By the time you get back to 1972’s “Virginia Plain,” the members almost seem like teenyboppers—or at least teenyboppers disguised as space aliens. The recurring musical themes are disco, torch songs, flaming guitars, and an overall penchant for a particular type of celestial grandeur. Despite the wild diversity of these singles, Roxy retained a signature touch that's always immediately recognizable.

Customer Reviews

Roxy - sexy and decadent

Nobody did it like this - imagine this music being played while Gary Cooper and Marlene Dietrich dance a samba in a candle-lit grotto, with music by the Jim Carroll Band. Amazing, different stuff. Great, elitist vocals, acid guitars, saxophones. Absolutely great.

Community

I heard the song More Than This on Community and the song stuck with me.

Biography

Formed: 1971 in London, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '00s, '10s

Evolving from the late-'60s art-rock movement, Roxy Music had a fascination with fashion, glamour, cinema, pop art, and the avant-garde, which separated the band from their contemporaries. Dressed in bizarre, stylish costumes, the group played a defiantly experimental variation of art rock which vacillated between avant-rock and sleek pop hooks. During the early '70s, the group was driven by the creative tension between Bryan Ferry and Brian Eno, who each pulled the band in separate directions: Ferry...
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