Heels click on a pavement, an ignition key turns in a lock, a prowling bassline heralds the revving of an engine and as the stalking ‘Love Is The Drug’ settles into its groove we are well and truly off. Opening with one of the all-time great dancefloor singles of any era, and containing a collection of songs described by Greil Marcus as “perhaps the most perfectly crafted album of the decade” the fifth Roxy Music album in three years showcased all of the band’s fearless musical virtuosity to date and hitched it to an intense, rhythmic rock-based sound on dervishes like ‘Whirlwind’, ‘Just Another High’ and – yet another classic single – the pulsating ‘Both Ends Burning’. “Hell, who can sleep in this heat, this night?” pleads Bryan Ferry as the latter reaches its shimmering climax, encapsulating ‘Siren’’s overall atmosphere in a single phrase.
Bryan Ferry – Vocals, Keyboards, Harmonica
Andy Mackay – Oboe, Saxophone
Paul Thompson – Drums
Phil Manzanera – Guitars
Eddie Jobson – Violin, Synthesizers, Keyboards
John Gustafson – Bass