The expanded version of If There Is Something felt quite unnecessary since the atmospheric jam had no real purpose and the result felt plain and a bit dull. The biggest highlight comes to us towards the end where the band performs a flawless version of Do the Strand which almost made me change my mind about the rest of this album experience!
I was very surprised to find out the the album was compiled of live performances from three venues over a period of three years because of the smooth flow which the the performance offered.
It was equally interesting to know that John Wetton played the bass on many of the tracks and, together with Eddie Jobson, might even have injected the performances with minor doses of prog! In conclusion it's safe to say that I have mixed feeling towards Viva! Still it's far from fans only type of album. Plain and simply good, but non-essential! Roxy music was a band with some amazing musicians. This live album of proto-prog or related Roxy Music shows some moments of brilliance of these musicians but is plagued by the glamor sound of some of the songs and the vocals of Brian Ferry.
The recording of the live album is bad for , the music sounds blurred and the soloists have a hard time coming through. Due to the bad recording it's hard to say how good Roxy played, but I can say I dislike the vocals of Ferry that sound out of pitch and uncontrolled. Some of the songs work quite good. The opening track Out of the Blue has a nice symphonic feel and a great violin solo of Jobson. The Bogus Man benefits from the progged up sound quite a lot.
On side two it seems like the band can't keep up with each other. The band plays less accurate and at times even messy. Ok, Roxy ain't my kind of band. Ok, I don't like Ferry. But I finally understand some of the fuss about this band which I also saw as a very non-prog glamor band. Perhaps a good live album for fans of the band, but the recording is really a let-down.
I give it 2. Recommended to fans of the band. There are eight tracks in all, and each one is a winner. Rollicking crowd pleaser "Both Ends Burning" is loads of fun, and should get your blood pumping and feet tapping -- you can dance if you want to.
Mackay's sax shines here, and check out those great backing vocals courtesy of the beauteous Sirens! That must be a Siren smiling and dancing so sexily on the cover photo; no one ever accused Bryan Ferry of surrounding himself with plain women on stage -- or off.
Ooh la la! My favourite number, however, is also the longest, at over ten minutes: "If There Is Something" from the band's self- titled debut, has always been one of my top Roxy songs, and the boys do it magnificently here. There's fabulous lead from Phil, committed vocals from Bryan the necessary warble in his voice is still there , moody, magnificent keys and violin virtuosity from Edwin, superb sax from Andy, and pounding percussion from Paul.
In closing, this is an excellent live album, and required listening for any fan. Viva Roxy Music! I finally listened to this album recently. The songs are not bad. Unfeasibly brilliant, dare they now chance a full-scale new album reunion? It would need to be very good not to sour these memories. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Roxy Music. The Thrill of It All. Hidden categories: EngvarB from September Use dmy dates from September Articles with short description Short description is different from Wikidata Articles with hAudio microformats Album articles lacking alt text for covers.
Namespaces Article Talk. Add to that the obligation to play the same old songs night after night, and it's no wonder they lost their motivation. I suppose as an ersatz greatest hits collection with clapping it almost makes sense. But as a musical valediction, forget it. Fans would have to wait another decade for true closure, in the twin-disc "Roxy Music Live" reunion package. Was it worth it?
Well, at the time it was. In fact, there are only a few around. So I was glad to have this one along with Viva. Viva was much better, of course, since it was the classic line up, but it also lacked so many good songs it made me feel a bit frustrated. Heart Still Beating has lots of good stuff, even if the overall quality is a little uneven. The tracklist is great, the perfomances not that much.
By the time Heart The others were just hired guns. Good musicians, ok, but nothing like the real thing. They sound like two completely different songs On the other hand I must admit that their latter tunes are actually sounding better here than on their original albums. The sound quality is very good and I wished it was truly a one show affair: it is very clear that the tracks are from various venues wrapped up to sound like just one.
Conclusion: a good live album. It has some strong live renditions of their latter studio stuff and two very interesting covers. Not essential, as Viva, but still worth it.
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