Roxy Music ‎– Avalon

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More Than This 4:31
The Space Between 4:28
Avalon 4:15
India 1:45
While My Heart Is Still Beating 3:25
The Main Thing 3:47
Take A Chance With Me 4:43
To Turn You On 4:10
True To Life 4:20
Tara 1:32

Versions (143)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
EGHP 50 Roxy Music Avalon(LP, Album) EG EGHP 50 UK 1982 Sell This Version
31 00 641 Roxy Music Avalon(Cass, Album) EG 31 00 641 Spain 1982 Sell This Version
3100 641, EGHPC 50 Roxy Music Avalon(Cass, Album) EG, EG, Polydor 3100 641, EGHPC 50 Australia 1982 Sell This Version
3100 641 Roxy Music Avalon(Cass, Album) EG 3100 641 Germany 1982 Sell This Version
W4-23686 Roxy Music Avalon(Cass, Album) EG, Warner Bros. Records, Columbia House W4-23686 US 1982 Sell This Version
92-36864 Roxy Music Avalon(Cass, Album) EG 92-36864 Canada 1982 Sell This Version
EGHPC 50 Roxy Music Avalon(Cass, Album) EG EGHPC 50 Portugal 1982 Sell This Version
EGHPC 50, 3100 641 Roxy Music Avalon(Cass, Album) EG, EG EGHPC 50, 3100 641 UK 1982 Sell This Version
W4-23686 Roxy Music Avalon(Cass, Album) Warner Bros. Records W4-23686 US 1982 Sell This Version
9 23686-4, 4-23686 Roxy Music Avalon(Cass, Album) EG, EG, Warner Bros. Records, Warner Bros. Records 9 23686-4, 4-23686 US 1982 Sell This Version
TC-EGMC 50, EV403-9 Roxy Music Avalon(Cass, Album) EG, EG TC-EGMC 50, EV403-9 Indonesia 1982 Sell This Version
OVEDC 397 Roxy Music Avalon(Cass, Album) EG OVEDC 397 UK 1982 Sell This Version
W4-23686, W4 23686 Roxy Music Avalon(Cass, Album) EG, EG, Warner Bros. Records, Warner Bros. Records W4-23686, W4 23686 Canada 1982 Sell This Version
3100 641 Roxy Music Avalon(Cass, Album) EG 3100 641 Australia 1982 Sell This Version
3100 641 Roxy Music Avalon(Cass, Album) EG 3100 641 France 1982 Sell This Version
92-36864 Roxy Music Avalon(Cass, Album) EG 92-36864 Canada 1982 Sell This Version
EGMC 50 Roxy Music Avalon(Cass, Album) EG EGMC 50 UK 1982 Sell This Version
3100 641 Roxy Music Avalon(Cass, Album) EG 3100 641 Greece 1982 Sell This Version
W4-23686, W4 23686 Roxy Music Avalon(Cass, Album, Club, Dol) EG, EG W4-23686, W4 23686 Canada 1982 Sell This Version
P-3882 Roxy Music Avalon(Cass, Album, Ste) Pyramid (7) P-3882 1982 Sell This Version
28MM 0172 Roxy Music Avalon(LP, Album) EG, Polydor 28MM 0172 Japan 1982 Sell This Version
23 11 154 Roxy Music Avalon(LP, Album) EG 23 11 154 Spain 1982 Sell This Version
92-36861 Roxy Music Avalon(LP, Album) Warner Bros. Records 92-36861 Canada 1982 Sell This Version
POLY 5578 Roxy Music Avalon(LP, Album) Polydor POLY 5578 South Africa 1982 Sell This Version
2311 154 Roxy Music Avalon(LP, Album) EG, Polydor 2311 154 Portugal 1982 Sell This Version
2311 154 Roxy Music Avalon(LP, Album) EG 2311 154 Philippines 1982 Sell This Version
1-23686, 9 23686-1 Roxy Music Avalon(LP, Album) Warner Bros. Records, EG, Warner Bros. Records, EG 1-23686, 9 23686-1 US 1982 Sell This Version
2311 154 Roxy Music Avalon(LP, Album) EG 2311 154 Germany 1982 Sell This Version
92-36861 Roxy Music Avalon(LP, Album) Warner Bros. Records 92-36861 Canada 1982 Sell This Version
2221357 Roxy Music Avalon(LP, Album) PGP RTB 2221357 Yugoslavia 1982 Sell This Version
530 501 Roxy Music Avalon(LP, Album) EG 530 501 France 1982 Sell This Version
2311 154, 2311.154 Roxy Music Avalon(LP, Album) EG, EG, Polydor, Polydor 2311 154, 2311.154 Scandinavia 1982 Sell This Version
2311 154 Roxy Music Avalon(LP, Album) EG, Polydor 2311 154 Italy 1982 Sell This Version
2311 154 Roxy Music Avalon(LP, Album) EG 2311 154 France 1982 Sell This Version
92-36861 Roxy Music Avalon(LP, Album) Warner Bros. Records 92-36861 Canada 1982 Sell This Version
92 36861 Roxy Music Avalon(LP, Album) Warner Bros. Records 92 36861 Canada 1982 Sell This Version
2311 154 Roxy Music Avalon(LP, Album) EG 2311 154 Greece 1982 Sell This Version
2311 154 Roxy Music Avalon(LP, Album) Polydor 2311 154 Israel 1982 Sell This Version
2311 154 Roxy Music Avalon(LP, Album) EG 2311 154 Australia 1982 Sell This Version
2311.154 Roxy Music Avalon(LP, Album) EG 2311.154 Netherlands 1982 Sell This Version
2311 154 Roxy Music Avalon(LP, Album) EG, Polydor 2311 154 Scandinavia 1982 Sell This Version
2311 154 Roxy Music Avalon(LP, Album) EG 2311 154 Germany 1982 Sell This Version
2311 154 Roxy Music Avalon(LP, Album) EG 2311 154 Australasia 1982 Sell This Version
2311 154 Roxy Music Avalon(LP, Album) EG 2311 154 Germany 1982 Sell This Version
EGHP 50, 2302 116 Roxy Music Avalon(LP, Album) Polydor, Polydor EGHP 50, 2302 116 Ireland 1982 Sell This Version
LPR 16436 Roxy Music Avalon(LP, Album) Polygram Discos, S.A. De C.V. LPR 16436 Mexico 1982 Sell This Version
2311 154 Roxy Music Avalon(LP, Album) EG 2311 154 Brazil 1982 Sell This Version
1-23686, 9 23686-1 Roxy Music Avalon(LP, Album) Warner Bros. Records, EG, Warner Bros. Records, EG 1-23686, 9 23686-1 US 1982 Sell This Version
BTA 11848 Roxy Music Avalon(LP, Album) Балкантон BTA 11848 Bulgaria 1982 Sell This Version
W1 23686 Roxy Music Avalon(LP, Album) Warner Bros. Records W1 23686 US 1982 Sell This Version
2311 154 Roxy Music Avalon(LP, Album) EG, Polydor 2311 154 France 1982 Sell This Version
2311154, 2311 154 Roxy Music Avalon(LP, Album) EG, EG 2311154, 2311 154 Netherlands 1982 Sell This Version
25VB-1130 Roxy Music Avalon(LP, Album) EG 25VB-1130 Japan 1982 Sell This Version
1-23686, 9 23686-1 Roxy Music Avalon(LP, Album) Warner Bros. Records, EG, Warner Bros. Records, EG 1-23686, 9 23686-1 US 1982 Sell This Version
W1 23686 Roxy Music Avalon(LP, Album, Club) Warner Bros. Records W1 23686 Canada 1982 Sell This Version
32 071-3 Roxy Music Avalon(LP, Album, Club) EG 32 071-3 Germany 1982 Sell This Version
W1 23686 Roxy Music Avalon(LP, Album, Club) Warner Bros. Records, EG W1 23686 US 1982 Sell This Version
29 114 6 Roxy Music Avalon(LP, Album, Club) EG 29 114 6 Germany 1982 Sell This Version
W1 23686 Roxy Music Avalon(LP, Album, Club) Warner Bros. Records, EG W1 23686 Canada 1982 Sell This Version
92-36861 Roxy Music Avalon(LP, Album, Gre) Warner Bros. Records 92-36861 Canada 1982 Sell This Version
1-23686, 9 23686-1 Roxy Music Avalon(LP, Album, Jac) Warner Bros. Records, EG, Warner Bros. Records, EG 1-23686, 9 23686-1 US 1982 Sell This Version
1-23686, 9 23686-1 Roxy Music Avalon(LP, Album, Jac) Warner Bros. Records, EG, Warner Bros. Records, EG 1-23686, 9 23686-1 US 1982 Sell This Version
9 23686-1, 1-23686 Roxy Music Avalon(LP, Album, L.A) Warner Bros. Records, EG, Warner Bros. Records, EG 9 23686-1, 1-23686 US 1982 Sell This Version
9 23686-1, 1-23686 Roxy Music Avalon(LP, Album, L.A) Warner Bros. Records, EG, Warner Bros. Records, EG 9 23686-1, 1-23686 US 1982 Sell This Version
28MM 0172 Roxy Music Avalon(LP, Album, Promo) EG, Polydor 28MM 0172 Japan 1982 Sell This Version
2311 154 Roxy Music Avalon(LP, Album, TP) EG 2311 154 Greece 1982 Sell This Version
1-23686, 9 23686-1 Roxy Music Avalon(LP, Album, Win) Warner Bros. Records, EG, Warner Bros. Records, EG 1-23686, 9 23686-1 US 1982 Sell This Version
800 032-2 Roxy Music Avalon(CD, Album, Red) Polydor, EG 800 032-2 Europe 1983 Sell This Version
9 23686-2 Roxy Music Avalon(CD, Album, Tar) Warner Bros. Records, EG 9 23686-2 US 1983 Sell This Version
9 23686-2, 23686-2 Roxy Music Avalon(CD, Album, Tar) Warner Bros. Records, EG 9 23686-2, 23686-2 UK, Europe & US 1983 Sell This Version
2311154 Roxy Music Avalon(LP, Album) EG 2311154 Argentina 1983 Sell This Version
800 032-2 Roxy Music Avalon(CD, Album, RP) Polydor, EG 800 032-2 Germany 1984 Sell This Version
P33P 50027, 800 032-2 Roxy Music Avalon(CD, Album, RE) Polydor, EG P33P 50027, 800 032-2 Japan 1985 Sell This Version
207 953-620 Roxy Music Avalon(LP, Album, RE) EG 207 953-620 Europe 1986 Sell This Version
LL 207 953 Roxy Music Avalon(LP, Album, RE) EG LL 207 953 Spain 1986 Sell This Version
CDVNC 7863742, CDVNC (WM) 1 Roxy Music Avalon(CD, Album, RE) EMI, Virgin CDVNC 7863742, CDVNC (WM) 1 South Africa 1987 Sell This Version
EGCD 50 Roxy Music Avalon(CD, Album, RE) EG EGCD 50 UK 1987 Sell This Version
32VD-1051 Roxy Music Avalon(CD, Album, RE) Virgin, EG 32VD-1051 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
EGCD 50 Roxy Music Avalon(CD, Album, RE, Vir) EG EGCD 50 UK 1987 Sell This Version
VG 50249 Roxy Music Avalon(LP, Album, RE) EG VG 50249 Greece 1987 Sell This Version
EGLP 50 Roxy Music Avalon(LP, Album, RE) EG EGLP 50 Italy 1987 Sell This Version
VJD-28013 Roxy Music Avalon(CD, Album, RE) Virgin Japan, EG VJD-28013 Japan 1988 Sell This Version
VJL-142 Roxy Music Avalon(LP, Album, RE) EG, Virgin VJL-142 Japan 1988 Sell This Version
EGCD 50 Roxy Music Avalon(CD, Album, RE) EG EGCD 50 UK & Europe 1989 Sell This Version
066 427021-1 Roxy Music Avalon(LP, Album, RE) EG, EMI 066 427021-1 Brazil 1989 Sell This Version
CK 1183, EGMC50 Roxy Music Avalon(Cass, Album, RE) Polskie Nagrania Muza, EG CK 1183, EGMC50 Poland 1991 Sell This Version
CK 1183, EGMC50 Roxy Music Avalon(Cass, Album, RE) Polskie Nagrania Muza, EG CK 1183, EGMC50 Poland 1991 Sell This Version
SX 3000 Roxy Music Avalon(LP, Album, RE) Polskie Nagrania Muza SX 3000 Poland 1991 Sell This Version
EGCD 50, 0777 7 86374 2 4 Roxy Music Avalon(CD, Album, RE) EG, Virgin EGCD 50, 0777 7 86374 2 4 Europe 1992 Sell This Version
219 786374 2, EGCD50 Roxy Music Avalon(CD, Album, RE) EMI, Virgin, EG 219 786374 2, EGCD50 Mexico 1992 Sell This Version
VJCP-23185 Roxy Music Avalon(CD, Album, RE) Virgin Japan, EG VJCP-23185 Japan 1993 Sell This Version
VJCP-3280 Roxy Music Avalon(CD, Album, RE) Virgin, EG VJCP-3280 Japan 1996 Sell This Version
ROXYCD9, 7243 8 47460 2 5 Roxy Music Avalon (Remastered Edition)(HDCD, Album, Club, RE, RM) Virgin Records America, Inc., Virgin Records America, Inc. ROXYCD9, 7243 8 47460 2 5 US 1999 Sell This Version
TOCP-53047 Roxy Music Avalon(CD, Album, RE, RM) Virgin TOCP-53047 Japan 1999 Sell This Version
AN99-333, EGCD 50, 0777 7 86374 2 4 Roxy Music Avalon(CD, Album, RE, Unofficial) ArsNova, EG (2), EG (2), Virgin (2) AN99-333, EGCD 50, 0777 7 86374 2 4 Russia 1999 Sell This Version
ROXYCD9, V2 47460 Roxy Music Avalon(HDCD, Album, RE, RM) Virgin, Virgin Music Canada ROXYCD9, V2 47460 Canada 1999 Sell This Version
ROXYCD 9, 7243 8 47460 2 5 Roxy Music Avalon(HDCD, Album, RE, RM) Virgin, Virgin ROXYCD 9, 7243 8 47460 2 5 US 1999 Sell This Version
ROXYCD9, 7243 8 47460 2 5 Roxy Music Avalon(HDCD, Album, RE, RM) Virgin, Virgin ROXYCD9, 7243 8 47460 2 5 Australia & New Zealand 1999 Sell This Version
ROXYCD9, 7243 8 47460 2 5, 8 47460 2 Roxy Music Avalon(HDCD, Album, RE, RM) Virgin, Virgin, Virgin ROXYCD9, 7243 8 47460 2 5, 8 47460 2 UK & Europe 1999 Sell This Version
ROXYCD9, 7243 8 47460 2 5 Roxy Music Avalon(HDCD, Album, RE, RM) Virgin, Virgin Music Canada ROXYCD9, 7243 8 47460 2 5 Canada 1999 Sell This Version
ROXYCD9, 7243 8 47460 2 5 Roxy Music Avalon(HDCD, Album, RE, RM) Virgin, Virgin ROXYCD9, 7243 8 47460 2 5 Australia & New Zealand 1999 Sell This Version
ROXYCDX9, 7243 8 47438 2 6 Roxy Music Avalon(HDCD, Album, RE, RM, Car) Virgin, Virgin ROXYCDX9, 7243 8 47438 2 6 UK 1999 Sell This Version
TOCP-65830 Roxy Music Avalon(CD, Album, RE, RM, Unofficial, Min) Virgin (2) TOCP-65830 Russia 2001 Sell This Version
TOCP-65830 Roxy Music Avalon(HDCD, Album, RM, RE) Virgin TOCP-65830 Japan 2001 Sell This Version
ROXYSACD 9, 7243 5 83871 2 4 Roxy Music Avalon(SACD, Hybrid, Multichannel, Album, RE, RM, HDC) Virgin, Virgin ROXYSACD 9, 7243 5 83871 2 4 UK & Europe 2003 Sell This Version
SVLP 311, V 27961 Roxy Music Avalon(LP, Album, Ltd, RE) Simply Vinyl, Virgin SVLP 311, V 27961 UK 2005 Sell This Version
SVLP 311 Roxy Music Avalon(LP, Album, Promo, RE) Simply Vinyl SVLP 311 UK 2005 Sell This Version
TOCP-53865 Roxy Music Avalon(CD, Album, RE) EMI TOCP-53865 Japan 2006 Sell This Version
VJCP-68829 Roxy Music Avalon(HDCD, Album, Ltd, RE, RM, Pap) Virgin VJCP-68829 Japan 2007 Sell This Version
ROXYCD9, 7243 8 47460 2 5, 8 47460 2 Roxy Music Avalon(HDCD, Album, RE, RM, RP) Virgin, Virgin, Virgin ROXYCD9, 7243 8 47460 2 5, 8 47460 2 UK & Europe 2008 Sell This Version
VJCP-98144 Roxy Music Avalon(CD, Album, Ltd, RM, RE, Min) Virgin VJCP-98144 Japan 2013 Sell This Version
UICY-40129 Roxy Music Avalon(CD, Album, Ltd, RE, RM, Pla) Virgin UICY-40129 Japan 2015 Sell This Version
UICY-76964 Roxy Music Avalon(CD, Album, Ltd, RE, RM, SHM) Virgin UICY-76964 Japan 2015 Sell This Version
UIGY-9672 Roxy Music Avalon(SACD, Album, Ltd, RE, RM, SHM) Virgin UIGY-9672 Japan 2015 Sell This Version
none, 0602537848812 Roxy Music Avalon(LP, Album, RE) Virgin, Universal Music Catalogue none, 0602537848812 UK & Europe 2017 Sell This Version
ROXYLP 8 Roxy Music Avalon(LP, Album, RE, Hal) Universal ROXYLP 8 Czech Republic & Slovakia 2017 Sell This Version
W2 23686, DICX 002104 Roxy Music Avalon(CD, Album) Warner Bros. Records, EG, Warner Bros. Records, EG W2 23686, DICX 002104 US Unknown Sell This Version
9 23686-2 Roxy Music Avalon(CD, Album, Club, RE) Reprise Records, EG 9 23686-2 US Unknown Sell This Version
W2 23686 Roxy Music Avalon(CD, Album, Club, RE) Warner Bros. Records, EG W2 23686 US Unknown Sell This Version
W2 23686, 555219T Roxy Music Avalon(CD, Album, Club, RE) Warner Bros. Records, EG W2 23686, 555219T Canada Unknown Sell This Version
W2 23686 Roxy Music Avalon(CD, Album, Club, RE, CRC) Warner Bros. Records, EG W2 23686 US Unknown Sell This Version
EGCD 50, 0777 7 86374 2 4 Roxy Music Avalon(CD, Album, RE) EG, EG, Virgin EGCD 50, 0777 7 86374 2 4 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
EGCD 50 Roxy Music Avalon(CD, Album, RE) EG EGCD 50 UK Unknown Sell This Version
9 23686-2 Roxy Music Avalon(CD, Album, RE) Reprise Records, EG 9 23686-2 US Unknown Sell This Version
CD 23686 Roxy Music Avalon(CD, Album, RE) Warner Bros. Records, EG CD 23686 Canada Unknown Sell This Version
9 23686-2 Roxy Music Avalon(CD, Album, RE) Warner Bros. Records, EG 9 23686-2 US Unknown Sell This Version
9 23686-2 Roxy Music Avalon(CD, Album, RE) Reprise Records, EG 9 23686-2 US Unknown Sell This Version
EGCD 50, 0777 7 86374 2 4 Roxy Music Avalon(CD, Album, RE) EG, Virgin EGCD 50, 0777 7 86374 2 4 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
9 23686-2 Roxy Music Avalon(CD, Album, RE) Warner Bros. Records, EG 9 23686-2 US Unknown Sell This Version
9 23686-2, 23686-2 Roxy Music Avalon(CD, Album, RE, Tar) Warner Bros. Records, EG 9 23686-2, 23686-2 US Unknown Sell This Version
23686-2, 9 23686-2, 800032-2 Roxy Music Avalon(CD, Album, RE, Tar) Warner Bros. Records, EG, Warner Bros. Records 23686-2, 9 23686-2, 800032-2 Germany Unknown Sell This Version
CD 23686 Roxy Music Avalon(CD, Album, RP) Warner Bros. Records, EG CD 23686 Canada Unknown Sell This Version
22 793-4, 3421 208 Roxy Music Avalon(Cass, Album, Club) EG, EG 22 793-4, 3421 208 Germany Unknown Sell This Version
TC-VG 50249 Roxy Music Avalon(Cass, Album, RE) EG TC-VG 50249 Greece Unknown Sell This Version
US 1765 Roxy Music Avalon(Cass, Album, Unofficial) Music Girl US 1765 Malaysia Unknown Sell This Version
DR 087 Roxy Music Avalon(Cass, Album, Unofficial) Dragon (4) DR 087 Poland Unknown Sell This Version
IMD 8076 Roxy Music Avalon(Cass, Album, Unofficial) IMD (2) IMD 8076 Saudi Arabia Unknown Sell This Version
ROXYCD9, 7243 8 47460 2 5 Roxy Music Avalon(HDCD, Album, RE, RM, RP) Virgin, Virgin ROXYCD9, 7243 8 47460 2 5 UK & Europe Unknown Sell This Version
1-23686, 9 23686-1 Roxy Music Avalon(LP, Album) Reprise Records, EG, Reprise Records, EG 1-23686, 9 23686-1 US Unknown Sell This Version
92-36861 Roxy Music Avalon(LP, Album) Warner Bros. Records 92-36861 Canada Unknown Sell This Version
EGHP 50 Roxy Music Avalon(LP, Album, RE) EG EGHP 50 UK Unknown Sell This Version
EGLP 50 Roxy Music Avalon(LP, Album, RE) EG, Virgin EGLP 50 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
ROXYSACD 9, 7243 5 83871 2 4 Roxy Music Avalon(SACD, Hybrid, Multichannel, Album, RE, HDC) Virgin, Virgin ROXYSACD 9, 7243 5 83871 2 4 Europe Unknown Sell This Version

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Sergio2401

Sergio2401

December 11, 2017
referencing Avalon, CD, Album, Tar, 9 23686-2
May be the best sound on CD of this album in the world!
krister1

krister1

December 11, 2017
referencing Avalon, SACD, Hybrid, Multichannel, Album, RE, RM, HDC, ROXYSACD 9, 7243 5 83871 2 4

Yes easily one of the best Sacd records, and none weak song ,one of the best records ever of all time ,so good produced it sound so fresh even today .Gaucho with Steely dan is another perfect record .
Tb-303

Tb-303

October 21, 2017
referencing Avalon, LP, Album, 1-23686, 9 23686-1

This was my go to record with the ladies. Always got lucky when this album was playing in the background. Every song is amazing and still sounds great to this day. It's aged well, like a fine wine that only gets better with time. Did I mention that the ladies liked it and how much action I got while playing this. Nice slow songs to make the lovin just right. Ok enough of my preverted thoughts, but man what a great album and even better memories to go along with it.
smokeycockatiel

smokeycockatiel

June 5, 2017
referencing Avalon, LP, Album, EGHP 50
Was this released on cd in 1982 if not what year was it first released on cd ?
.Richard.

.Richard.

May 25, 2017
referencing Avalon, LP, Album, Ltd, RE, SVLP 311, V 27961

Ive compared this Simply Vinyl reissue to the first Uk and the first Japanese pressings. This came out on top. I did quite like the Japanese aswell.
cdfreak1

cdfreak1

February 27, 2017
edited 10 months ago
referencing Avalon, LP, Album, RE, none, 0602537848812
Honestly, was excited to buy this half speed remaster, but sadly, it's not the pressing I'd hoped for... Can be a bit noisy. Timeless music, of course, but still....
chahooa

chahooa

February 2, 2017
referencing Avalon, LP, Album, Win, 1-23686, 9 23686-1

My side 2 matches this, but there is no masterdisk on side 1. Side 1 is hand etched 1-23686 A-SRI 1-2 with a stamp of an r and c inside an s.
swazie

swazie

January 11, 2017
referencing Avalon, LP, Album, EGHP 50
I wasn't a huge Roxy Music fan, but Avalon is one of my "must have" albums. I first bought it after seeing the More Than This video on MTV back in '82-'83 & enjoy every song on it even now. There's not to many albums I can say that about.
streetmouse

streetmouse

December 7, 2016
edited about 1 year ago
referencing Avalon, LP, Album, 1-23686, 9 23686-1
If you had taken a Quaalude and fallen asleep back in 1973, then awoken in 1982, you would have found yourself on some strange shores when it came to this glam art rock band of the early 70’s, with this their final proper studio release … not to mention that there as a man on the album sleeve, and Quaaludes had been banned for several years.

No longer were Roxy Music [an almost accidental super group] the darlings of the all things new and fresh. They’d been around so long that new wave had come and gone, with the gothic angst moment in full swing. Roxy Music, which was pretty much Brian Ferry at this stage, who along with the only other original members, Andy MacKay and Phil Manzanera, were creating spaciously smooth atmospheric waves filled with stylistic breathiness, enunciated by meanderings of beautiful vulnerability.

Avalon was nearly an overture of etherial delights, with the track “More Than This” to cut a monumental swath across the landscape of America, giving the band and fans a broader outlook, one that certainly suggested that the Roxy had all but sold out at this time, yet were still able to create some sonic riffs that delighted the ears of many. No longer was Roxy Music a lit cigarette sparking across the road tossed from a passing car. They were now more of a smoldering forgotten bit of blue smoke curling into the air, lipstick on the filter, with a gold lighter laying next to the ashtray. No doubt about it, Roxy music had just created the most luscious sophisticated album of their career, one equaled by no other band of the time.

The lyrics of Roxy Music had always been exceptional, with Avalon being no exception, filled with skillful subtleties and an instrumental expertise that is unequaled; except for perhaps Steely Dan, who rose and vanished while Roxy Music were taking a breath. Oddly enough, I know of almost no one from those days who didn’t harbor the notion that this would be the last Roxy album, that Bryan Ferry was going to take the solo path, which he did, and had some success with ideas from the final phases of this band, yet would not be able to carry things on with the cohesive feel that Roxy Music had developed from moving through a musical timeline.

With that being said, it’s Andy Mackay who not only delivers the best performances on this album, but of his entire career, with his smooth haunting deliveries that are nothing short of timeless … and he seems to do this effortlessly, challenged by the sobering brooding romantic lyrics of Ferry. There’s nothing I would like better than to wave this album off as so much fluff, but it’s more, much more, an album so creatively and carefully sculpted that it sits there like a heart still beating, sounding as fresh and intoxicating today as it did the night I heard it for the very first time.

Review by Jenell Kesler
frizzby5

frizzby5

November 14, 2016
referencing Avalon, LP, Album, EGHP 50
According to the Guinness Book of hit albums (which I use for reference) the Cat number should be EGLP 50 but my copy shows EGHP 5,0 both are allegedly UK releases, could anyone explain the difference please?