Bettered 'Roxy Music'

Bettered 'Roxy Music'

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‘For Your Pleasure’ is the remastered  version of the art rock/glam rock album that was first released in 1973. This was the second album of the British glam-rock band, Roxy Music. The notable members of this group included Bryan Ferry and Brian Eno. All songs for this album were written and composed by Bryan Ferry, who later had a successful solo career. Brian Eno emerged as a brilliant producer and sound engineer. He has worked with the biggest names in music and is well-known for his ambient music, leading to the success of many albums of popular artistes. ‘For Your Pleasure’ was the last album of the band to feature synthesiser sound.

The music production is elaborate, which makes it a collage of synthscapes. Those were the days before the advent of digital music. The album begins with Do The Strand, a light-hearted pop manifesto described as the archetypal Roxy Music anthem. Beauty Queen talks about a real beauty queen who happened to be Ferry’s then girlfriend. Editions of You is a distinct track for its unusual soundscape with Andy Mackay on the saxophone, Brian Eno on VCS3 analog synthesiser (said to be the same synth first used by Pink Floyd on Dark Side of the Moon to generate the psychedelic music) and Phil Manzanera on the guitar.

In Every Dream Home a Heartache is Ferry’s sinister ode to the blow-up of an inflated doll. Bogus Man is an instrumental track. Clocking over nine minutes, it is the longest sound track. The last track on the album is For Your Pleasure, in which Brian Eno leaves his mark. The song concludes with the voice of Judi Dench (“M” in James Bond films) saying, “You don’t ask. You don’t ask why.”
Michael Patrao

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