Roxy Music ‎– Avalon

EG ‎– EGHP 50, Polydor ‎– 2302 116
Vinyl, LP, Album

Tracklist Hide Credits

A1 More Than This 4:31
A2 The Space Between 4:28
A3 Avalon
Backing Vocals – Yanick Etienne
A4 India 1:45
A5 While My Heart Is Still Beating 3:25
B1 The Main Thing 3:47
B2 Take A Chance With Me
Oboe – Andy Mackay
B3 To Turn You On
Cello – Kermit MooreDrums – Rick Marotta
B4 True To Life 4:20
B5 Tara 1:32

Companies, etc.



This version has no barcode on the sleeve rear.
Came with printed inner lyrics sleeve.

Recorded at:
Compass Point, Nassau
The Power Station, New York

© 1982 E.G. Records Ltd.
All songs copyright © E.G. Music Ltd. 1982 except [B3] © E.G. Music Ltd. 1981
℗ 1982 E.G. Records Ltd.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Price Code (Inner sleeve): Super Deluxe
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout, A-side, hand etched, all variants): ARUN
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout, B-side, hand etched, variant 5, 8): ARUN
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout, A-side, stamped, variant 1): EGHP 50 A // 1 ∇ 420 R 1 1 1 4
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout, B-side, stamped, variant 1): EGHP 50 B // 1 ∇ 420 R 1 1 1 4
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout, A-side, stamped, variant 2): EGHP 50 A // 3 ∇ 420 R
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout, B-side, stamped, variant 2): EGHP 50 B // 3 ∇ 420 R
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout, A-side, stamped, variant 3): EGHP 50 A // 4 ∇ 420 R 1 1 2 4
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout, B-side, stamped, variant 3): EGHP 50 B // 3 ∇ 420 R 1 1 5 1
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout, A-side, stamped, variant 4): EGHP 50 A // 1 ∇ 420 R 1 1 5 1
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout, B-side, stamped, variant 4): EGHP 50 B // 4 ∇ 420 R 1 2 1 6
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout, A-side, stamped, variant 5): EGHP 50 A // 1 ∇ 420 R
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout, B-side, stamped, variant 5): EGHP 50 B // 1 ∇ 420 R
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout, A-side, stamped, variant 6): EGHP 50 A // 1 ∇ 420 R 1 1 4 1
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout, B-side, stamped, variant 6): EGHP 50 B // 3 ∇ 420 R 1 3 1 0
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout, A-side, stamped, variant 7): EGHP 50 A // 3 ∇ 420 R 1 1 3 3
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout, B-side, stamped, variant 7): EGHP 50 B // 3 ∇ 420 R 1 3 4
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout, A-side, stamped, variant 8): EGHP 50 A // 4 ∇ 420 R 11 3 1
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout, B-side, stamped, variant 8): EGHP 50 B // 1 ∇ 420 R 12 11

Other Versions (5 of 175) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
31 00 641 Roxy Music Avalon(Cass, Album, Dol) EG 31 00 641 Spain 1982 Sell This Version
28MM 0172 Roxy Music Avalon(LP, Album) EG, Polydor 28MM 0172 Japan 1982 Sell This Version
CD 23686 Roxy Music Avalon(CD, Album, RE) Warner Bros. Records, EG CD 23686 Canada Unknown Sell This Version
US 1765 Roxy Music Avalon(Cass, Album, Unofficial) Music Girl US 1765 Malaysia Unknown Sell This Version
3100 641, EGHPC 50 Roxy Music Avalon(Cass, Album) EG, EG, Polydor 3100 641, EGHPC 50 Australia 1982 Sell This Version


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August 19, 2018
edited about 1 year ago
As the years have gone by I think Avalon is a masterpiece by the band. The first five albums are a different era and after the break in 1976, where Ferry concentrated on his solo career, 1979's Manifesto is a disappointing comeback that lacks focus and sounds a bit hotch-potch apart from the brilliant 'Dance Away' and a few other cuts but the albums closer 'Spin Me Round' is a clue to where Roxy were headed. Flesh + Blood from 1980 is almost there but there is a little bit of filler on side two that diffuse that album relegating to the second division but 'Oh Yeah' one of the best Roxy songs ever written and 'Same Old Scene' save the day on this effort. Then in 1982 Avalon is the pinnacle of style and cool for the new decade. It is a moody and dark album that rewards again and again with impeccable production and stunning often understated musicianship. After years of listening to it I can now say the album can be broken into two types of music. One, is songs that are built on vamps with Ferry's vocals lazily and reluctantly repeating phrases that are more atmospheric and evocative rather than direct. The words just serve the mood of the music. The second type of song is the direct type with proper verses and choruses. Then there are the beautiful but short instrumentals 'India' and 'Tara' which harks back to early Roxy with Andy MacKay's mesmerising reed. It's not as commercial as the naysayers of the time have claimed but a fine well balanced record that does what a great album should and that is entertain again and again. It's got a lot of percussion going on that you don't always notice until you listen carefully. The rhythm section of drummer Andy Newmark and Alan Spenner, who plays some amazing bassliness is what really makes this album come to life. The tight but swaying and shimmering percussion certainly didn't stop there as Ferry built more on this on his 1985 solo release 'Boys and Girls'. So when people say Avalon is really a Ferry solo album they obviously failed to hear Manzanera's stirling guitar work and perhaps some of his finest ever in Roxy's entire career, while MacKay's saxophone weaves it's magic in the dark tapestries of the music. Avalon is a fine swansong buy a great and innovative band that will never be imitated or equalled.


August 13, 2018
edited about 1 year ago
There is another variation of this, ...same cat number , both with a printed inner sleeve , one on cardboard, the other one on paper. Most things are the same with both copies, apart from the colour of the cover, whereupon the copy with the card inner comes across as having more of greenish hue, overall, in comparison with the more realistic blue tonality of the other copy (the one with the paper inner). Soundwise, they are both great, although the latter ('blueish cover, with paper inner) seems a tad 'beefier', and more cohesive in the mix.
Finally on the 'green-ish' copy the Band name on the cover doesn't jump out as much.

CONCLUSION. They both look and sound great although i'd keep the 'blueish' copy with the paper inner sleeve.


June 5, 2017
Was this released on cd in 1982 if not what year was it first released on cd ?


January 11, 2017
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.


November 14, 2016
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?


December 13, 2015
Avalon is a masterpiece. Like many of the previous reviewers mention, not only in music but also in fidelity, mix, sound etc. It is worth mentioning that it is also a much different record than.. say the first couple of Roxy Music LPs. The band had evolved quite a bit. There is a similar thread from some of their earlier material that links them, but the hard edged glam is (mostly) long gone. Avalon is smooth, poppy and groovy. Where a lot of music from this time has aged poorly, Avalon may be, instead, getting better. In all honesty, it took a listen or two for this to grow on me but it is now one of my favorites. Pick it up and I am sure you will see what I mean.


July 4, 2015
Such a well mastered and well pressed LP. Crystal clear.


July 10, 2014
The mastering credit on the sleeve is Masterdisk, but do any UK copies have Masterdisk in the runout, or are they all ARUN?


August 10, 2013
Best Pop Album of all time!