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By 1982, it must have been clear to Brian Ferry, Phil Manzanera, and Andy McKay -- the remaining charter members of Roxy Music -- that their time was up, for there are clues throughout this recording that they would soon disband and move on to solo projects. Avalon concludes a second run for Roxy that was as commercially successful as their first run (1972 to 1976) was artistically fruitful. With Manifesto, in 1979, Roxy had scored legions of fans without sacrificing any of their trademark innovation. Avalon, which features the hit "More Than This" (remade into a hit again in 1997 by a post-Natalie Merchant 10,000 Maniacs), was a profoundly influential work. Its light, shimmering tone was imitated frequently throughout the '80s, most notably by Human League and Duran Duran, but the lyrical quality has rarely been matched. Ferry sings from an after-hours perspective where the focus is no longer the moment at hand, but tomorrow -- a fitting conclusion for a forward-looking band.
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Performance CreditsRoxy Music Primary Artist
Paul Carrack Piano,Keyboards
Bryan Ferry Synthesizer,Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals,Synthesizer Guitar
Phil Manzanera Guitar
Jimmy Maelen Percussion
Yanick Etienne Vocals,Background Vocals
Neil Hubbard Guitar
Neil Jason Bass
Andy Mackay Oboe,Saxophone
Rick Marotta Drums
Kermit Moore Cello
Andy Newmark Drums
Alan Spenner Bass
Fonzi Thornton Vocals,Background Vocals
Technical CreditsBryan Ferry Artwork,Cover Design,Cover Art
Bob Clearmountain Engineer
Rhett Davies Producer,Engineer
Roxy Music Producer
Peter Saville Artwork,Cover Design,Cover Art
Anthony Price Cover Art
Neil Kirk Artwork,Cover Design,Cover Art
Antony Price Artwork,Cover Design,Cover Art
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Avalon based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Brian Ferry produced a classic album of stunning quality and subtly rarely equaled in today's current pop music scene. The epitome of style and musical perfection.
I knew very little of Roxy Music when Avalon was released in 1982. A British friend introduced me to their music. Upon hearing Avalon for the first time it instantly became one of my favorites. To this day I never tire of listening to this album. It is timeless music. One can only hope Roxy Music reunites if for only one more album. Avalon should be a must in anybody's music collection. Another must is seeing Bryan Ferry in concert. He is a tremendous vocalist.
Ladies...Gentlemen This is the album for candles...good food & wine...and the person next to you to be the one thing you hold dear in your life. all else passes. Listen and relax..listen and share listen and love. The core of love is Avalon Thank you Mr Ferry etc etc.. You set my precedent for emotion and for perfection. I'm not a musician, but if I were...I'm sure that this would mean the same
This music is distilled until it floats. Every note played and every lyric sung are flawless and timeless. Agree with the above recommendation...a must see in concert as well. A desert island classic!