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|The Thrill of It All A Visual History 1972-1982|
Actor: Roxy Music
Genres: Music Video & Concerts
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Doug Anderson | Miami Beach, Florida United States | 03/17/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The DVD's contain:
Disc 1 (1972-1976)
'Re-make/Re-model' 06/72--Royal College of Art
'Ladytron' 06/20/72--Old Grey Whistle Test
'Virginia Plain' 08/24/72--Tops of the Pops
'For Your Pleasure' 11/25/72--Full House
'Do the Strand' 04/03/73--Old Grey Whistle Test
'In Every Dream Home a Heartache' 04/03/73--Old Grey Whistle Test
'Editions of You' (Live) 04/29/73--Golden Rose Festival
'All I Want is You' 10/04/74--Top of the Pops
'Both Ends Burning' 10/75--Empire Pool, Wembley
'Love is the Drug' 10/09/75--Supersonic
'The Thrill of it All' (Live) 01/23/76--Stockholm
'Mother of Pearl' (Live) 01/23/76--Stockholm
'Nightingale' (Live) 01/23/76--Stockholm
'Out of the Blue' (Live) 01/23/76--Stockholm
'Street Life' (Live) 01/23/76--Stockholm
Disc 2 (1979-1982)
'Dance Away' 04/16/79--ABBA in Switzerland
'Manifesto' (Live) 05/06&07/79--Manchester Apollo
'A Song for Europe' (Live) 05/06&07/79--Manchester Apollo
'Still Falls the Rain' (Live) 05/06&07/79--Manchester Apollo
'Ain't That So' (Live) 05/06&07/79--Manchester Apollo
'Angel Eyes' 08/79--promo video
'Trash' 1979--promo video
'Over You' 05/15/80--Top of the Pops
'Oh Yeah!' (On the Radio) 08/07/80--Top of the Pops
'Same Old Scene' 11/80--promo video
'Rain, Rain, Rain' 12/19/80--Rockpop In Concert
'Flesh and Blood' 12/19/80--Rockpop In Concert
'Jealous Guy' 02/81--promo video
'The Main Thing' (Live) 08/27/82--Frejus, France
'While My Heart is Still Beating' (Live) 08/27/82--Frejus, France
'Avalon'(Live) 08/27/82--Frejus, France
'My Only Love' (Live) 08/27/82--Frejus, France
'More Than This' 04/82--promo video
Bonus Track: 'The Main Thing' 1982--promo video
Bonus Track: 'Avalon' 1982--promo video
Roxy Music (1st album), For Your Pleasure, Stranded
Roxy Music was one of the most interesting bands of the 1970's. But they produced so many different kinds of music that they are a hard band to define. Initially, they were an art rock act (Bryan Ferry was an ex-art school teacher) and their first gig was played at an art school. Very few bands were or have ever been as artsy as Roxy Music c. 1973, and the early performances w/ Eno dressed in his infamous peacock feathers are revelations for the eye and the ear. But with the departure of Eno after the second album, they became another, and, for some, less interesting, kind of band. (Interestingly enough, Eno claims his favorite Roxy album is the third one, Stranded, the one they made right after he departed).
Country Life & Siren:
Rock critics tend to prefer Country Life 1974 & the mainstream record collector found Siren 1975 irresistable. These are both masterpieces. The thrill here is seeing the rarely performed "Nightingale" from Siren.
Disco Era: Intoxicating Spells
Inbetween Siren and Avalon were two forgettable waspy disco discs, Manifesto and Flesh & Blood. Disco was a pitfall for many bands in the seventies, but Roxy, on occasion, makes disco look like an intoxicating trap. Everything Roxy Music did was intoxicating, they were a band that wove spells in their listeners heads while making the body move. In this era they were still making good singles but overall the records are much too bland and the songs sound much better when performed live than they do on record or disc (ie: "My Only Love").
Massive critical & commercial success. Plus the tour (well documented here) that accompanied this album is equally tremendous.
Visual Style & Visual Pleasure
Telling the 'visual history' is appropriate as this was perhaps the most stylish band on the planet between 1972-1982. That word, however, is like a double-edged sword. On the one hand, its a compliment, but, on the other, its a slight. "Style" often means lack of "substance". That's occasionally true here. On disc one Roxy's sense of "style" (and irony) is outrageous & intriguing (they were not followers of fashion, rather they were crafters of new waves & trends). On disc two, the Roxy "style" loses some of its meaning and force (and the irony vanishes altogether). On disc two "style" means wistful romantic musing and slick, though nonetheless accomplished, sounds.
This band has always had an air of exclusivity. Early on it was an art school exclusivity and their campy brand of cultural critique was much more sophisticated than anything rock music usually offered; later on, as their lush sounds became fixtures on the posh cosmopolitan disco scene, they were exclusive for a different reason. Therefore, there's a galaxy of difference between the two kinds of visual style and visual pleasure on display on these two discs, but this is a visual history class that never fails to get a response from this viewer/listener. Personally, I prefer the early look and sounds (and humor & substance), but the later look and sound still draws me as well (perhaps because it is so decadent).
Bryan Ferry always had a thing for the look & feel & sound of the 1950's & Eno always had a thing for 1960's art & experimentation. This band was always nostalgic, the past was always part of its present, and this disc captures the postmodern aura of this band very well. If each Roxy record was a like new wave of Roxy Music, this two-disc collection allows you to stand back and enjoy the very pleasurable view from afar, and to feel the many sensations that each wave produced all in one sitting. This is really like a time capsule of the period, or the period seen through one of its most intriguing lenses. Many bands that started in the early seventies were finished before the seventies were over, and many other bands didn't get started until the late seventies. Roxy Music is one of the few bands that were around throughout the entire decade and one of the only bands that succeeded with every style of music that they attempted. The originality, especially of the early years, looks even more impressive in retrospect. Their stature, as music and fashion icons, only grows as new generations discover and emulate them.
Celluloid Pictures of Living
landru141 | Planet Houston | 02/20/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is a great double disc set of Roxy Music's two great ages. Not simply a rehash of the VHS "Total Recall," this set represents complete performances (many of which were new to this fan). Clearly geared toward anyone who has the Musikladen DVD releases, it contains none of those performances, but many from the Stranded album that have not seen the light of day (though, sadly, both do not contain "Street Life" that only appears on "Total Recall".) There is a heavy emphasis on certain gigs that contain the best sound (especially the "Siren" tour.) This is a collection for the fans with an eye on what you probably already own, with a few obvious and vital exceptions for any collection. It isn't an absolute completist collection, but it is a must-have."
Good concert footage. Dull TV appearances and Videos
P. O'Malley | NJ | 02/18/2008
(3 out of 5 stars)
"The concert footage is well worth the price of the disc. The 1976 material from the Siren tour shows Roxy at the top of its game. "Nightingale" is a real gem. But the other half of the DVD consists of only marginally interesting TV appearances and MTV videos (from the Flesh & Blood and Avalon eras) in which the band mimes to the studio soundtracks."
Jill | USA | 06/06/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Let me say that I have always been, and will always be a HUGE Roxy Music/Bryan Ferry fan, but I hesitated to purchase this DVD because I thought I had seen any live Roxy footage worth seeing. I WAS WRONG!!
The 1974 live performance of "Psalm" on the German TV show Musicladen will blow your mind!! This clip captures Roxy at the apex of it's creativity and originality, and Bryan Ferry's spirited and dramatic recitation of his spellbinding lyrics eventually drives the song into an exultant and surreal New Orleans funeral march. I dare you not to become a believer after viewing this gem!!
Is it possible to emit style AND substance? YES. And on the rare occasion when they converge - you have something truly sublime.