Roxy Music - Stranded (Half-speed Mastering)
Roxy Music - Stranded (Half-speed Mastering)
Roxy Music - Stranded (Half-speed Mastering)
Roxy Music - Stranded (Half-speed Mastering)
Roxy Music - Stranded (Half-speed Mastering)
Roxy Music - Stranded (Half-speed Mastering)
Roxy Music - Stranded (Half-speed Mastering)
Roxy Music - Stranded (Half-speed Mastering)

Roxy Music - Stranded (Half-speed Mastering)

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Bryan Ferry – vocals, piano, electric piano, harmonica, cover concept

John Gustafson – bass guitar

Eddie Jobson – synthesizers, keyboards, electric violin

Andy Mackay (as Andrew Mackay) – oboe, saxophone, treatments

Phil Manzanera – guitar, treatments

Paul Thompson – drums, timpani

Chris Laurence – string bass on "Sunset"

The London Welsh Male Choir – chorus on "Psalm"

Chris Thomas – bass on "Street Life"

Written by Bryan Ferry (all tracks), Phil Manzanera (A3), Andy Mackay (B2)


1 LP, gatefold jacket

Original analog Master tape : YES

Half-speed Mastering

Heavy Press : 180g

Record color : black

Speed : 33 RPM

Size : 12'’



Record Press : Optimal Media GmbH

Label : Republic Records

Original Label : Islands Records

Recorded September 1973 at Air Studios, London

Engineered by John Punter

Produced by Chris Thomas

Remastered at Abbey Road Studios

Lacquer cut by Miles Showell at Abbey Road Studios

Originally released in November 1973

Reissued in May 2022



Side A:

  1. Street Life
  2. Just Like You
  3. Amazona
  4. Psalm

Side B:

  1. Serenade
  2. A Song For Europe
  3. Mother Of Pearl
  4. Sunset

        Reviews :

        “Without Brian Eno, Roxy Music immediately became less experimental, yet they remained adventurous, as Stranded illustrates. Under the direction of Bryan Ferry, Roxy moved toward relatively straightforward territory, adding greater layers of piano and heavy guitars. Even without the washes of Eno's synthesizers, Roxy's music remains unsettling on occasion, yet in this new incarnation, they favor more measured material, whether it's the reflective "A Song for Europe" or the shifting textures of "Psalm." Even the rockers, such as the surging "Street Life" and the segmented "Mother of Pearl," are distinguished by subtle songwriting that emphasizes both Ferry's tortured glamour and Roxy's increasingly impressive grasp of sonic detail.” 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 : 4.5 / 5 , Discogs : 4.15 / 5

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