SD 38-103 Greatest Hits
previously released material
Released on November 1977
UK CHART POSITION #20
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K ronomyth 7.0: ROXY MUSIC’S SEVENTH ALBUM. Angels weep, mountains collapse, planets collide, all of them a more fitting finale than the slow seepage of product. Yet why should Roxy Music suffer a less ignominious ending than Traffic or Cream? This is the unceremonious shaking of the cereal box until only the plastic bag remained and with it the invitation to cash out of the post-Roxy apocalypse before someone signed the Sex Pistols to a six-album deal. Things shook out all right for latecomers; they got a good live album and a great greatest hits record that finally included “Pyjamarama.” There are days when that song is the antidote to everything. And whoever put this compilation together deserves a gold star for trying. Six tracks from Stranded and Country Life, while only one from Siren? Exactly. Unfortunately, this excellent overview was allowed to go out of print in the 80s, replaced (briefly) by the in-all-ways-inferior Atlantic Years and, later, the Ferry/Roxy mishmash Street Life. At the time of its release, the idea that Roxy wouldn’t be remembered for songs like “Virginia Plain” and “Street Life” was unthinkable. Today, it’s all about Avalon. Oh well. Should you stumble upon this elpee unaware of the band’s true history, you’re in for a wonderful surprise. Better still, this is only the tip of the iceberg; more surprises lie in store from the experimental intro to the smoothed-over Siren. Among the compilations I own, Greatest Hits is one of the best and most subversive. Rock on, Roxy.

SD 38-103 back cover
SD 38-103 back cover

TRACK LISTING

  1. VIRGINIA PLAIN    2:55
  2. DO THE STRAND    4:00
  3. ALL I WANT IS YOU    2:53
  4. OUT OF THE BLUE    (Bryan Ferry/Phil Manzanera)    4:42
  5. PYJAMARAMA    2:50
  6. EDITIONS OF YOU    3:45
  7. LOVE IS THE DRUG    (Bryan Ferry/Andy Mackay)    4:05
  8. MOTHER OF PEARL    6:45
  9. A SONG FOR EUROPE    (Bryan Ferry/Andy Mackay)    5:42
  10. THE THRILL OF IT ALL    4:20
  11. STREET LIFE    3:21

    All songs written by Bryan Ferry unless noted

CREDITS

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REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
UK November 1977 Polydor LP/CS 2302 073/3100 407 inner sleeve
US November 1977 Atco LP/CS/8T SD/CS/TP 38-103  
CAN November 1977 Polydor LP KSD 38-103  
FRA 1977 Polydor LP 2310 575 picture sleeve
GER 1977 Polydor LP 2344 083 picture sleeve
JPN 1977 Polydor LP MPF-1126 lyric insert
YUG 1985 RTB LP LP5919  

 

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