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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/14/2000
Label: Virgin Records Us
UPC: 0724384746025
catalogNumber: 47460
Rank: 5407

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Roxy 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 Credits

Bryan 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

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Avalon 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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
bigears More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
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