<tc>Roxy Music - Avalon (Half-speed Mastering)</tc>
<tc>Roxy Music - Avalon (Half-speed Mastering)</tc>
<tc>Roxy Music - Avalon (Half-speed Mastering)</tc>
<tc>Roxy Music - Avalon (Half-speed Mastering)</tc>
<tc>Roxy Music - Avalon (Half-speed Mastering)</tc>
<tc>Roxy Music - Avalon (Half-speed Mastering)</tc>
<tc>Roxy Music - Avalon (Half-speed Mastering)</tc>
<tc>Roxy Music - Avalon (Half-speed Mastering)</tc>
<tc>Roxy Music - Avalon (Half-speed Mastering)</tc>
<tc>Roxy Music - Avalon (Half-speed Mastering)</tc>
<tc>Roxy Music - Avalon (Half-speed Mastering)</tc>
<tc>Roxy Music - Avalon (Half-speed Mastering)</tc>

Roxy Music - Avalon (Half-speed Mastering)

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Keyboards, Vocals – Bryan Ferry

Backing Vocals – Fonzi Thornton (A1-3, B1-2, B4), Yanick Etienne (A3),

Bass – Alan Spenner (A1, A3-4, B3-5), Neil Jason (A2, A5 to B2)

Drums – Andy Newmark (A1 to B2, B4), Rick Marotta (B3)

Guitar – Neil Hubbard (A1 to B4)

Percussion – Jimmy Maelen (A1-3, A5 to B2, B4)

Saxophone – Andy Mackay (A1 to B1, B4-5)

Cello – Kermit Moore (B3)

Written by Bryan Ferry (all tracks), Andy Mackay (A5, B5), Phil Manzanera (B2)

 

1 LP, standard sleeve

Original analog Master tape : YES

Half-speed Mastering

Heavy Press : 180g

Record color : black

Speed : 33 RPM

Size : 12'’

Stereo

Studio

Record Press : Optimal Media GmbH

Label : Republic Records

Original Label : EG Records

Recorded 1981–1982 at Compass Point, Nassau and The Power Station, New York

Engineered by Rhett Davies, Bob Clearmountain

Mixed by Bob Clearmountain

Produced by Roxy Music, Rhett Davies

Remastered by Robert C. Ludwig at Abbey Road Studios

Lacquer cut by Miles Showell at Abbey Road Studios

Originally released in May 1982

Reissued in July 2022

 

Tracks:

Side A:

  1. More Than This
  2. The Space Between
  3. Avalon
  4. India
  5. While My Heart Is Still Beating

Side B:

  1. The Main Thing
  2. Take a Chance with Me
  3. To Turn You On
  4. True to Life
  5. Tara

     

    Awards:

    Ranked number 336 on Rolling Stone magazine list of “The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time”

    Ranked number 31 on Rolling Stone magazine's 1989 list of "The 100 Greatest Albums of the 1980s"

    Ranked number 187 in Colin Larkin's All Time Top 1000 Albums in 2000

     

    Reviews :

    “Flesh + Blood suggested that Roxy Music were at the end of the line, but they regrouped and recorded the lovely Avalon, one of their finest albums. Certainly, the lush, elegant soundscapes of Avalon are far removed from the edgy avant-pop of their early records, yet it represents another landmark in their career. With its stylish, romantic washes of synthesizers and Bryan Ferry's elegant, seductive croon, Avalon simultaneously functioned as sophisticated make-out music for yuppies and as the maturation of synth pop. Ferry was never this romantic or seductive, either with Roxy or as a solo artist, and Avalon shimmers with elegance in both its music and its lyrics. "More Than This," "Take a Chance with Me," "While My Heart Is Still Beating," and the title track are immaculately crafted and subtle songs, where the shifting synthesizers and murmured vocals gradually reveal the melodies. It's a rich, textured album and a graceful way to end the band's career.” AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine

      

    Half-speed mastering. In half-speed mastering, the whole process is slowed down to half of the original speed. A typical 33 1/3 rpm record is cut at 16 2/3 rpm. The source material is also slowed down (reducing the pitch in the process) meaning the final record will still sound normal when played back. Slowing the whole process down allows more time, which means the end result sounds better and is more efficient — allowing engineering to minimize the effects of inherent limitations within the vinyl format. The result is a more accurate and more open high-frequency response in the half speed vinyl when compared with a normal speed recording.

     

    Ratings :

    AllMusic : 5 / 5 , Discogs : 4.13 / 5

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