8 Songs, 42 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

A sister album to Roxy Music’s dazzling debut, For Your Pleasure marks the last stand of the band’s original lineup: Brian Eno would leave shortly after its release. This album shows Roxy's early chemistry at its bubbling best. Shades of Cole Porter’s craftsmanship collide with screaming guitars and gurgling keyboards. “Do the Strand” and “Editions of You” are two of the band’s most aggressive performances, showing that Roxy was tapping into the sensations of punk long before the genre blossomed. But this was a group that was never content to merely rock out. “The Bogus Man” is indicative of Roxy's unusual creativity: it sounds like ZZ Top jamming with the Miles Davis band circa In a Silent Way. And how to describe “In Every Dream Home a Heartache”? Black Sabbath meets Funkadelic? Ultimately, Roxy’s best look was its stately mid-tempo ballads. “Beauty Queen,” “Grey Lagoons," and “For Your Pleasure” hit the perfect mixture of Phil Manzanera’s guitar majesty, Bryan Ferry’s lascivious funk, and Eno’s unearthly atmospherics.

EDITORS’ NOTES

A sister album to Roxy Music’s dazzling debut, For Your Pleasure marks the last stand of the band’s original lineup: Brian Eno would leave shortly after its release. This album shows Roxy's early chemistry at its bubbling best. Shades of Cole Porter’s craftsmanship collide with screaming guitars and gurgling keyboards. “Do the Strand” and “Editions of You” are two of the band’s most aggressive performances, showing that Roxy was tapping into the sensations of punk long before the genre blossomed. But this was a group that was never content to merely rock out. “The Bogus Man” is indicative of Roxy's unusual creativity: it sounds like ZZ Top jamming with the Miles Davis band circa In a Silent Way. And how to describe “In Every Dream Home a Heartache”? Black Sabbath meets Funkadelic? Ultimately, Roxy’s best look was its stately mid-tempo ballads. “Beauty Queen,” “Grey Lagoons," and “For Your Pleasure” hit the perfect mixture of Phil Manzanera’s guitar majesty, Bryan Ferry’s lascivious funk, and Eno’s unearthly atmospherics.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
18 Ratings

18 Ratings

Rhyno X ,

I was 12 when this came out in ‘73.

Then at 15 I bought it on cassette and listened to for the first time 3 years later. Editions Of You is that put yr young mind ablaze blistering rock yr hormones need at 15. The drum, guitar, synth are full on, apex predator maximum rock and roll. Rest of the tape? Way more mellow, arty farty had a party. I have distinct good memories of riding around with my grandmother in her pale yellow Cutlass Supreme and her really liking For Your Pleasure. So much so she went on about how the arrangement was sophisticated. Then she turned it up and sang loudly along with In Every Dream Home while we waited in the bank drive through. And try as she might she didn’t embarrass teen me. She was cool. Roxy Music was too. For a short time. 1st two LP’s then all downhill. Ferry? Oh you headless chicken. How did yr poor corpse take so much kickin’?

Hoguebuns ,

Roxy @ their best

When Avalon was issued I was hooked. Then I checked out their catalog and was completely blown away by this album. To be honest, this is probably my favorite of all. This album showcases pretty much every style from every album that follows.

STrout ,

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For my money, this is Roxy's masterpiece.

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