Originally released in 1982

Named after King Arthur’s final resting place of legend – described by Bryan Ferry as “the ultimate romantic fantasy” – there’s a kind of poetic justice to the fact that the last Roxy Music studio album became their most successful to date. Summing up its myriad charms in The New Rolling Stone Album Guide, critic Mark Coleman wrote of ‘Avalon’; “this austere, beautiful set of songs represents a mature peak” and, swathed in Ferry’s shimmering keyboards and punctuated by Phil Manzanera’s sparing, chiming guitar work and Andy Mackay’s poetic bursts of sax, ‘Avalon’ conjures an enigmatic ambience all of its own. Conceptualised to work as a whole piece as opposed to a collection of songs, ‘Avalon’s individual pieces nevertheless stand up, no more so than on its elegiac title track, the dreamlike ‘While My Heart Is Still Beating’ and ‘More Than This, which has arguably come to be the band’s most popular song of all. Ultimately ‘Avalon’ is equal parts album and fantastic reverie.

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Bryan Ferry – Lead Vocals, Piano, Keyboards

Phil Manzanera – Guitar

Andy Mackay – Saxophone


Neil Jason – Bass

Neil Hubbard – Guitar

Andy Newmark – Drums

Jimmy Maelen – Percussion

Fonzi Thornton – Background Vocals

Yanick Etienne – Background Vocals

Alan Spenner – Bass

Rick Marotta – Drums

Paul Carrack – Piano

Kermit Moore – Cello


Rhett Davies and Roxy Music

Bob Clearmountain
Engineering and Mixing

Robert C. Ludwig

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