Since September 2010, this blog has recorded the journey of this middle-aged man as I attempt to listen to all the music in my CD collection. CDs revisited in their entirety from start to finish - no skipping tracks, no shuffle. CDs only - no vinyl, no tapes, no downloads. And just as CD technology (and the album format itself) becomes obsolete. I'm no music critic, just a music junkie with too much time on my hands.

Friday, January 10, 2014

Roxy Music - Avalon (1982)

Note: this release was received as a gift as an LP, later replaced by a CD.

Roxy Music was decidedly a more popular group in the UK than in the US, so it's not surprising that I hadn't heard of the group before my friend Jim gave me this album.  The single was More Than This (it bubbled under the charts at 102 and the video received modest airplay on MTV), but the song that grabbed me immediately was the gorgeous title track.  Initially, that track was the only one that got played at my place.  After a few months, I ventured beyond the title track and found a lush album of rich, meticulously crafted tunes.  There's not a weak track in the bunch.  I never went back to discover the group's earlier catalog and I didn't keep up with Bryan Ferry's solo career; I just knew that nothing could measure up to this album.

I'm not alone in my admiration, this album is consistently found in lists of top albums of the '80s.  Check out more critical praise by clicking here.  My favorite line comes from Spin: "1982's Avalon remains one of the all-time great makeout infernos."  Musical genius Nile Rodgers has often claimed that Roxy Music was the inspiration for Chic.  If you need more of an endorsement than that, you're at the wrong blog, buddy.

Peak on the US Billboard Top 200 chart: #53
Peak on Cash Box album chart: #32

Tracks:  The title track continues to be my favorite cut from this album and is one of my favorite songs of the '80s.  Stunning, beautiful, and relaxing. Other top tracks include More Than This, The Main Thing, Take A Chance With Me, and To Turn You On.

Personal Memory Associated with this CD: None

1 comment:

  1. Long time Roxy Music fan here. Love Avalon.

    The only thing I change (sacré bleu) is adding Ferry's later solo hit "Slave To Love" (1985) to the playlist - fits like a glove, I say.

    Rather than makeout music, it is my go-to chill music and has been known to lure me into some of the most completely restful nights of sleep I have ever had. Because of this, I have to be choosey about opportune times to listen to this wonderful sonic masterpiece.