SD 38-114 Manifesto
Produced by Roxy Music
Released on March 1979
UK CHART POSITION #7 . . . US CHART POSITION #23
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SD 38-114 cover
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F irst, to the munificent prog gods who gave us a Roxy Redux: danke schon, babies. Now for the inevitable grumbling. This isn’t exactly the way I remembered it. I mean, yes, it was all headed down a very very oh so slightly disco path with Siren, and alles vas under grupenfuhrer Ferry since the Ides of No When, but “Dance Away?” The new Roxy Music sounded something like the old Roxy music split in half: strange on the East Side, seductive on the West Side. (The album is broken into an East and West side, which suggests the band was broken into two camps, and maybe they were.) The opening “Manifesto” starts out as a weird instrumental and then gets an expertly flat and sour reading from Ferry. As it turns out, the title track is more of a red herring than a red rally. The egalitarian opener, in fact, shows that musical communism doesn’t work. Under a charismatic leader from the West like Ferry, well, Manifesto is a different story. Tracks like “Spin Me Round,” “Ain’t That So” and “Dance Away” are a sigh of things to come on Avalon; romantic confections wrapped in gossamer dreams. More problematic are the Eastern blocks, which haunt the record like bogus meniatures. Of these, “Trash” is the tastiest, the kin of such kinetic keepers (the spooge of such spoogey spoogers) as “Pyjamarama” and “Street Life.” The dark musings were missing on their next album, Flesh + Blood, so Manifesto shouldn’t be seen as a complete sell-out. Rather, it’s a partially successful attempt to finally fuse the two sides of Bryan Ferry (art rocker/romantic) on a single trip ticket.

TRACK LISTING

  1. MANIFESTO    (Bryan Ferry/Phil Manzanera)    5:30
  2. TRASH    (Bryan Ferry/Phil Manzanera)    2:13
  3. ANGEL EYES    (Bryan Ferry/Andy Mackay)    3:32
  4. STILL FALLS THE RAIN    (Bryan Ferry/Phil Manzanera)    4:11
  5. STRONGER THROUGH THE YEARS    (Bryan Ferry)    6:13
  6. AIN'T THAT SO    (Bryan Ferry)    5:39
  7. MY LITTLE GIRL    (Bryan Ferry/Phil Manzanera)    3:18
  8. DANCE AWAY    (Bryan Ferry)    3:45
  9. CRY, CRY, CRY    (Bryan Ferry)    2:54
  10. SPIN ME ROUND    (Bryan Ferry)    5:12

CREDITS

PAUL CARRACK --
BRYAN FERRY --
ANDREW MACKAY --
PHIL MANZANERA --
ALAN SPENNER --
PAUL THOMPSON --
GARY TIBBS --
Phill Brown -- engineer
Rhett Davies -- engineer
Jimmy Douglass -- engineer
Randy Mason -- engineer
Bryan Ferry, Antony Price, Neil Kirk, Sally Feldman & Cream -- cover

return to ROXY MUSIC discography

REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
UK March 1979 Polydor LP/CS POLH 001/POLHC1 lyric sleeve
UK March 1979 Editions EG LPPIC EGPD 001 picture disc feat. different cover
US March 1979 Atco LP/8T SD/TP 38-114  
AUSL/NET/NZ 1979 Polydor LP 2310 651  
CAN 1979 Atco LP KSD 38-114  
GER 1979 Polydor LP/CS 2344 129/3100 493  
JPN 1979 Polydor LP MPF-1226  
UK January 1987 EG Records CD EGCD-38  
US September 1989 Reprise CD/CS 26046  
UK November 1, 1999 Virgin CD ROXYCD7 ltd.ed. HDCD remaster
US March 2000 Virgin CD 47458  
UK September 10, 2001 EMI CD 847 347 ltd. ed. HDCD remaster
JPN 2001 Virgin CD TOCP-65828 ltd. ed. HDCD remaster
JPN 2007 Virgin CD VJCP-68827 digital remaster

 

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