N/A - Brand New Release, Feb 2023.
The Best of Roxy Music is a greatest hits album by English art rock band Roxy Music, released in 2001. At least one song from all eight of the band's studio albums is represented, as well as some non-album singles. The songs are arranged in reverse chronological order.
Released to herald a reunion of the band and superseding several out-of-print predecessors, The Best of Roxy Music is an excellent summary of the group's hits and album highlights between 1972 and 1982. There are really two editions of Roxy Music, the glam rock unit that achieved widespread U.K. success from 1972 to 1975, and the more polished one that was a broader international success from 1979 to 1982. The compilers have dealt with the dichotomy and the more lasting popularity of the later recordings by presenting the compilation in reverse chronological order, so that soft rock hits like "Over You" and "Dance Away," which scored in America, come before U.K.-only hits like "Street Life" and "Virginia Plain," which rock much harder. But all the major hits are here (only a couple of less-successful British singles chart entries are missing), augmented by memorable album tracks like "Do the Strand" and "Mother of Pearl." In print or not, this is the best single-disc collection of Roxy Music, since it is more complete than earlier compilations like the 1977 Greatest Hits and 1983 The Atlantic Years (1973-1980) LPs, and, unlike later best-ofs such as Street Life: 20 Great Hits (1986), The Ultimate Collection (1988), and More Than This: The Best of Bryan Ferry and Roxy Music (1995) (the latter two U.K. releases), it is not divided between Bryan Ferry solo tracks and Roxy Music ones.
1. "Avalon" Avalon, 1982 4:16
2. "More Than This" Avalon 4:19
3. "Jealous Guy" John Lennon non-album single, 1981 4:57
4. "Over You" Ferry, Phil Manzanera Flesh and Blood, 1980 3:27
5. "Same Old Scene" Flesh and Blood 3:59
6. "Oh Yeah" Flesh and Blood 4:52
7. "Angel Eyes" Ferry, Andy Mackay Manifesto, 1979 2:52
8. "Dance Away" Manifesto 3:47
9. "Both Ends Burning" Siren, 1975 5:15
10. "Love Is the Drug" Ferry, Mackay Siren 4:08
11. "Out of the Blue" Ferry, Manzanera Country Life, 1974 4:45
12. "All I Want Is You" Country Life 2:54
13. "Mother of Pearl" Stranded, 1973 6:35
14. "Street Life" Stranded 3:28
15. "Do the Strand" For Your Pleasure, 1973 4:03
16. "Pyjamarama" non-album single, 1973 2:52
17. "Virginia Plain" non-album single, later included in Roxy Music, 1972 2:58
18. "Re-Make/Re-Model" Roxy Music 4:53
Total length: 1:14:11
Phonographic Copyright ℗ – Virgin Records Ltd.
Copyright © – Virgin Records Ltd.
Mastered At – Abbey Road Studios
Lacquer Cut At – Abbey Road Studios
Pressed By – GZ Media – 246920E
Record Company – Universal International Music B.V.
Design – Bogdan Zarkowski, Bryan Ferry, Nick De Ville*
Instruments [Musicians] – Alan Spenner, A. Schwartzberg*, Andy Mackay, Andy Newmark, Brian Eno, Bryan Ferry, David Skinner (3), Eddie Jobson, Fonzi Thornton, Gary Tibbs, Graham Simpson, Jimmy Maelen, John Gustafson, John Porter, Michael Dawe, Neil Hubbard, Neil Jason, Paul Carrack, Paul Thompson (2), Phil Manzanera, Richard Tee, Rik Kenton, Yanick Etienne
Lacquer Cut By – MILES*
Liner Notes – Dr.I.D.Smith
Photography By – Anton Corbijn, Antony Price, Karl Stoecker
Producer – Chris Thomas, John Punter, Peter Sinfield, Rhett Davies, Roxy Music
Wide-spine sleeve with poly-lined die-cut black paper inners and lyric inner sleeves.
Original shrink-wrap features a hype sticker to the front which reads "For the first time on 180g double vinyl. Mastered and cut half speed at Abbey Road Studios, London", and a rectangular barcode sticker to the rear, which reads “2 x 180g heavy weight vinyl Mastered and cut half speed at Abbey Road Studios, London”.
Made in the EU.