Roxy Music’s 1972 debut album was an instant classic, heralding in an extraordinary manifesto which pulled in influences as diverse as pop-art, vintage Hollywood glamour, progressive rock, R&B and campy science fiction. In the process of plundering the past this revolutionary album single-handedly kicked off the 1970s. 45 years later, with the group’s involvement, we get an opportunity to assess the album and listen as Roxy evolved and developed. The box set provides a thrilling insight into the world of Roxy Music in 1971 / 1972 starting with the demo tape that caught the attention of writer Richard Williams that ultimately led to their deal with EG Management and then Island Records. Included are the John Peel BBC Sessions which saw the group honing their craft as they prepared to record their debut album. The second CD in the set captures something very special with unheard glimpses into Roxy’s working methods in the studio. Alternate session versions are offered for every album track, plus their first single, Virginia Plain. The original album is presented in the 1999 Bob Ludwig master, while the remainder of the audio has been mastered by Frank Arkwright at Abbey Road. The DVD includes promos and BBC TV appearances as well rare footage of Roxy at the Bataclan Club in Paris in November 1972, the only surviving visual document of this line up live on stage. To round off the audio / visual elements of the set, lifetime admirer Steven Wilson has mixed the album into 5.1 DTS 96/24 and Dolby AC3 Sound. The box set also contains a 136-page book featuring many rare and previously unpublished photographs, and an essay by aforementioned Guardian journalist and author Richard Williams, the man who first wrote about the group in Melody Maker in 1971.
LP - 180 Gram Vinyl.
2CD - Deluxe 2CD set with 24-page booklet. CD two features three John Peel Sessions and BBC live in concert.
4CD - Four CD 12 x 12 Super Deluxe Edition featuring previously unreleased demos, outtakes, three John Peel Sessions, BBC live in comcert, rare footage, 136-page book and the whole album remixed in 5.1 by Steven Wilson.
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