Roxy Music – Roxy Music (1972)

Artist Credit
Kaz Akaiwa Liner Notes
Nicholas Deville Artwork
Brian Eno Keyboards, Member of Attributed Artist, Synthesizer, Tape, Tapes
Bryan Ferry Art Direction, Composer, Cover Art Concept, Keyboards, Member of Attributed Artist, Piano, Vocals
Andy Henderson Engineer
Andy Hendriksen Audio Engineer, Engineer
Rik Kenton Guitar (Bass)
Bob Ludwig Digital Remastering
Andy Mackay Member of Attributed Artist, Oboe, Saxophone
Phil Manzanera Guitar, Member of Attributed Artist
Anthony Price Clothing/Wardrobe, Hair Stylist, Make-Up, Stylist, Wardrobe
Simon Puxley Liner Notes
Roxy Music Arranger, Primary Artist
Graham Simpson Bass, Bass Instrument, Guitar (Bass), Member of Attributed Artist
Peter Sinfield Audio Production, Producer
Karl Stoecker Photography
Paul Thompson Drums, Member of Attributed Artist
Wragg Transportation

Falling halfway between musical primitivism and art rock ambition, Roxy Music’s eponymous debut remains a startling redefinition of rock’s boundaries. Simultaneously embracing kitschy glamour and avant-pop, Roxy Music shimmers with seductive style and pulsates with disturbing synthetic textures. Although no musician demonstrates much technical skill at this point, they are driven by boundless imagination — Brian Eno’s synthesized “treatments” exploit electronic instruments as electronics, instead of trying to shoehorn them into conventional acoustic patterns. Similarly, Bryan Ferry finds that his vampiric croon is at its most effective when it twists conventional melodies, Phil Manzanera’s guitar is terse and unpredictable, while Andy Mackay’s saxophone subverts rock & roll clichés by alternating R&B honking with atonal flourishes. But what makes Roxy Music such a confident, astonishing debut is how these primitive avant-garde tendencies are married to full-fledged songs, whether it’s the free-form, structure-bending “Re-Make/Re-Model” or the sleek glam of “Virginia Plain,” the debut single added to later editions of the album. That was the trick that elevated Roxy Music from an art school project to the most adventurous rock band of the early ’70s.

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