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Roxy Music — Avalon
Album: Avalon
Avg rating:
7.8

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Total ratings: 3679









Released: 1982
Length: 4:05
Plays (last 30 days): 3
Now the party's over
I'm so tired
Then I see you coming
Out of nowhere
Much communication
In a motion
Without conversation
Or a notion

Avalon

When the samba takes you
Out of nowhere
And the background's fading
Out of focus
Yes, the picture's changing
Every moment
And your destination
You don't know it

Avalon

(Dancing, dancing)
(Dancing, dancing)

When you bossa nova
There's no holding
Would you have me dancing
Out of nowhere

Avalon
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Bryan Ferry is old fashioned smooth. May be fluff but wonderful, nonetheless
former Scripps student here, I get the reference, sort of... ProjectGemini07 wrote:
I want to believe that including this in this set is a World War Z reference:

"I called it Victory at Avalon: The Battle of the Five Colleges.

The name, Avalon, comes from some stock footage one of the students had shot during the siege. It was the night before their last, worst attack, when a fresh horde from the east was clearly visible on the horizon. The kids were hard at work—sharpening weapons, reinforcing defenses, standing guard on the walls and towers. A song came floating across the campus from the loudspeaker that played constant music to keep morale up. A Scripps student, with a voice like an angel, was singing the Roxy Music song. It was such a beautiful rendition, and such a contrast with the raging storm about to hit. I laid it over my “preparing for battle” montage. I still get choked up when I hear it."
 

 idiot_wind wrote:
Wow. Look at the photo.  Back when men's fashion meant something! 
 

Yeah, that leopard skin apron is quite the fashion statement 
I want to believe that including this in this set is a World War Z reference:

"I called it Victory at Avalon: The Battle of the Five Colleges.

The name, Avalon, comes from some stock footage one of the students had shot during the siege. It was the night before their last, worst attack, when a fresh horde from the east was clearly visible on the horizon. The kids were hard at work—sharpening weapons, reinforcing defenses, standing guard on the walls and towers. A song came floating across the campus from the loudspeaker that played constant music to keep morale up. A Scripps student, with a voice like an angel, was singing the Roxy Music song. It was such a beautiful rendition, and such a contrast with the raging storm about to hit. I laid it over my “preparing for battle” montage. I still get choked up when I hear it."
 memoryboxer wrote:
Yanik Etienne alone rates a 10 (perhaps "Goddess like" mote apropos) - add the rest of the band and Mr Ferry and this soars beyond 11.
 

Yanick Étienne - thank you for saying her name. She is not credited. Here's her Wikipedia page:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...


 mrsquid wrote:
Mrs Squid and and Mr Squid were celebrating a wedding anniversary at a higher-end restaurant in Dana Point California a few years ago. We were assigned a beautiful blonde waitress in her later '20s. You'll never guess what her name was? She was only a little embarrassed to admit that she was told that her parents named her after the song that was playing while she was conceived. How else should one rate such a song?
 
wish that were true, so fun, thanks!
Just beautiful
A song that touches my heart like no other
Wow. Look at the photo.  Back when men's fashion meant something! 
 Retrograde-orbit wrote:
I cannot tell you how many babies were made with this album playing.
 

Boys and Girls as well 
A heavenly tune 10
Yanik Etienne alone rates a 10 (perhaps "Goddess like" mote apropos) - add the rest of the band and Mr Ferry and this soars beyond 11.
 keller1 wrote:
Excellent show in Toronto recently by Mr Ferry.  Great band, which includes Chris Spedding and a female multi-instrumentalist who could easily have been on one of the early Roxy album covers.  Riveting.  The only hitch was that Slave to Love was 10 bpm fast, which given that it was played to a click had to be on purpose.  If you get a chance to see him, grab it.
 

Definitely agree. Saw him on my birthday last month (August 31st) at the Fox in Oakland (California), and it was a superb show. A great way to celebrate. 
Excellent show in Toronto recently by Mr Ferry.  Great band, which includes Chris Spedding and a female multi-instrumentalist who could easily have been on one of the early Roxy album covers.  Riveting.  The only hitch was that Slave to Love was 10 bpm fast, which given that it was played to a click had to be on purpose.  If you get a chance to see him, grab it.
I bought an LP12 turntable 35? years ago, this was the first song I played-Happy Days!
Sounds like Kate Bush on harmony  vocals.
Man, the memories. After over 20 years of collecting dust I put this CD in the car player two weeks ago and haven't taken it out yet.Neat how all the song lyrics come right back to me while singing in the car as if no time has passed.
 
Anyone remember when a DJ on WNEW-FM played Out of the Blue as a intro into his shows?
Immortal..
 Steelydan1969 wrote:
A guilty pleasure, a lovely tune 
 
No guilt here.
Roxy from 1972-75 made some of the very finest music of the 1970s. Sadly, their reunion output, including this track, is a pale shadow of their early work. 
4 minutes and 5 seconds  is about all it takes.
 
mrsquid wrote:
Mrs Squid and and Mr Squid were celebrating a wedding anniversary at a higher-end restaurant in Dana Point California a few years ago. We were assigned a beautiful blonde waitress in her later '20s. You'll never guess what her name was? She was only a little embarrassed to admit that she was told that her parents named her after the song that was playing while she was conceived. How else should one rate such a song?
 
One of my favorite Roxy tracks..... That sound is so relaxing.
take me back to the 80s please
Upping it from 8 to 14. That gal can sure hold a note.
It's Valentine's Day and this album will be part of tonight's soundtrack. After 25 years of marriage, she's still the one. 
A guilty pleasure, a lovely tune 
I cannot tell you how many babies were made with this album playing.
I guess I never read the words.  I always thought it was "much communication & emotion - midnight conversations are an ocean" {#Cheesygrin}  Hey, I have had those midnight conversations before - made sense to me.
 
This is a great song. It's a shame that Roxy Music didn't record more than this one song RP keeps playing. If only there were other songs by this band.
C L A S S ! ! !
 mrsquid wrote:
Mrs Squid and and Mr Squid were celebrating a wedding anniversary at a higher-end restaurant in Dana Point California a few years ago. We were assigned a beautiful blonde waitress in her later '20s. You'll never guess what her name was? She was only a little embarrassed to admit that she was told that her parents named her after the song that was playing while she was conceived. How else should one rate such a song?
 
Hmm, 1982 or '83 - it's fortunate that "Abracadabra" or "Maneater" was not playing at the time.
 DaMoGan wrote:

Cool song.

Looking at the lyrics "When the samba takes you/Out of nowhere," my first thoughts were about the open source project, and not the Brazilian music/dance style.  I really need to get away from the computer a bit more...

 

Damn it, Bill! It's only 8 p.m. Eastern. You're about two hours too early!
One of the great "chicken skin" kine songs
Really holding up well.  Sounding great in headphones here at work
10.  This really couldn't have been more perfect.  Every note.

Cool song.

Looking at the lyrics "When the samba takes you/Out of nowhere," my first thoughts were about the open source project, and not the Brazilian music/dance style.  I really need to get away from the computer a bit more...

Avalon! I have been loving this groove for decades! Thank you RP!

 Steely_D wrote:
Man, this has aged well.

Manzanera on that linear melodic guitar line, MacKay without his usual abrasive honking but still managing to contribute that pretty little interlude. And Ferry in his Italian shoes, the party over, he's so tired.

 
:-) Takes me back to student days with a smile!
Hey, that album cover looks alot like Wishbone Ash "Argus" album, which predates this one. 

"her hair was golden brown, blowing free like the corn fields..."
 sunybuny wrote:
Excuse me while I put your report aside and chair sway for 3 minutes.
 
Ha! Love it.
 mrsquid wrote:
Mrs Squid and and Mr Squid were celebrating a wedding anniversary at a higher-end restaurant in Dana Point California a few years ago. We were assigned a beautiful blonde waitress in her later '20s. You'll never guess what her name was? She was only a little embarrassed to admit that she was told that her parents named her after the song that was playing while she was conceived. How else should one rate such a song?

 
How many of us here have daughters (or sons, though less likely) named after some song in this circumstance?

Raise your hands (mine's raised).... :)
This whole album is very good.
So fine imo  (deep inhale, long sigh, mmmm, yup   really high quality  : )
Man, this has aged well.

Manzanera on that linear melodic guitar line, MacKay without his usual abrasive honking but still managing to contribute that pretty little interlude. And Ferry in his Italian shoes, the party over, he's so tired.

Thank you Roxy Music for 
Avalon

To me this is 8 - Most Excellent


Before Autotune....
Who is the woman singing her way into our hearts, on this song?

Edit: I should have searched - it is Yanick Etienne.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yanick_Etienne

https://www.facebook.com/yanicketiennefanpage
 mrsquid wrote:
Mrs Squid and and Mr Squid were celebrating a wedding anniversary at a higher-end restaurant in Dana Point California a few years ago. We were assigned a beautiful blonde waitress in her later '20s. You'll never guess what her name was? She was only a little embarrassed to admit that she was told that her parents named her after the song that was playing while she was conceived. How else should one rate such a song?

 
Lovely story, makes me sentimental all of a sudden. But the song captures so much of the 80s, things long forgotten suddenly stand right in front of you...
Played this vinyl to death in college. People down the hall would come in and ask about it. Loved it.
Sunrise in Australia,,,,,magic....Avalon NSW.

 Image result for avalon nsw

 


Tout simplement superbe !!! Simply great !!!
 That's one of the reasons albums were like greatest hits - they didn't have to fill 80 CD minutes, they just gave us the best 35 -40 minutes of songs without all the filler.
Stratocaster wrote:
"Avalon" is a greatest-hits album, as far as I'm concerned. Shame that albums were only about 35 minutes in those days....

 


Excuse me while I put your report aside and chair sway for 3 minutes.
 aspicer wrote:
Absolutely a quintessential song and album. Brilliant at all levels....{#Music}
 

 
Haven't listened to this album since abandoning my turntable years ago, but couldn't agree more. Time to buy another turntable and convert this. 
 Proclivities wrote:

They'll get over it.

 
Too much? Not possible. Like being too rich, too thin, too happy. Bring it on!
Mrs Squid and and Mr Squid were celebrating a wedding anniversary at a higher-end restaurant in Dana Point California a few years ago. We were assigned a beautiful blonde waitress in her later '20s. You'll never guess what her name was? She was only a little embarrassed to admit that she was told that her parents named her after the song that was playing while she was conceived. How else should one rate such a song?
 bodyschool wrote:

 Truly, I always loved this, but hear it too much & may need to lower my rating just because of that.  Would this be fair to Roxy Music?

 
They'll get over it.
Can't really say why, but I totally dig this tune.
Avalon NSW.

 Image result for avalon nsw
Really smooth. Outstanding!
xo
"Avalon" is a greatest-hits album, as far as I'm concerned. Shame that albums were only about 35 minutes in those days....
 Truly, I always loved this, but hear it too much & may need to lower my rating just because of that.  Would this be fair to Roxy Music?

caobhin wrote:
over-played.... {#Rolleyes}

 

Anything off this album can be played every day in my mind, one of the top 50 records ever recorded!
hmm Roxy Music? Your on a good way Bill, but take the early stuff
with Brian Eno, Phil manzanera. How about   all i want is you or virginia plain?
The electronic equipment was called synthizers long before computers took over.
over-played.... {#Rolleyes}
Sublime! {#Bounce}
a great song... like a good wine... has aged perfectly!
Absolutely a quintessential song and album. Brilliant at all levels....{#Music}
 

Avalon , NSW heaven on earth.

 


 scraig wrote:
The backup vocals are the only thing that keeps this song from sinking below a 3.

 
average still 7.7 hmmmmm I think you are in the minority on this one scraig lol {#Iamwithstupid}
The backup vocals are the only thing that keeps this song from sinking below a 3.
 ottovonb wrote:
Transcendent thirty years ago, now, and forever.

 

Yes, it will never grow old or out of date. 
Sublime.
Pure class. Nearly godlike. 9.
One for my Kick the Bucket mix. 
  More iconic sounds.......10 again....{#Daisy}  {#Clap}  {#Daisy}

A real strong album, start to finish.

 
 moodfood wrote:
sends me drifting through dreamscape dimensions.. {#Music}

 

Agreed... but I have to hide it from the boss.
 molson wrote:
This is one of those albums where if you could only pick 10 to listen to for the rest of your life, it is one of the 10! Thanks Bill!

 
Yesssssssss!
sends me drifting through dreamscape dimensions.. {#Music}
 garrettb wrote:
Beautiful

 
Agreed 
His best album
Beautiful
I'm heading to Avalon Catalina on Sunday with my Son and some friends.  I'm excited about the trip.  It's been 30 years since I've visited the island.  I think I'll play this on the way..{#Cheers}
Inspires peace and relaxing, could be looking at an endelss ocean and dreaming awake ... one of the bests 80's ever!
 TerryS wrote:

Not much else one can do when at the barre doing plies.



 

Oh I can think of plenty of things at the barre. Use your imagination. x rated positions
 Philly_Joe wrote:
Bryan Ferry will endure over all time....a true artist
And so he has....


Yeah, the memories; Boulder, blue sky bliss; cool summer snowmelt breeze; balcony buzz along the creek where the gals jog their dogs...
 Stratocaster wrote:
9 => 10

 
...... ditto
Much has been said of Bryan Ferry and how the sounds of Roxy Music have changed over the years, but this an absolutely gorgeous piece of music!! {#Jump}
Bryan Ferry will endure over all time....a true artist
Transcendent thirty years ago, now, and forever.
9 => 10
Avalon NSW



Ah the PSD fairy is playing with me.....I stepped out of the song that reminded me of a long ago lover, then landed on this, the theme to my wedding!
This is one of those albums where if you could only pick 10 to listen to for the rest of your life, it is one of the 10! Thanks Bill!
 nagsheadlocal wrote:
Lying nude with Barbara on a sunny afternoon in an upstairs room in a ratty old house in the student ghetto, idly talking while this album played in the background, planning our evening and otherwise enjoying life.

Ah, Babs, sorry cancer took you away from me. Hope you are in Avalon where the afternoon sun shines eternally on your eyes. 

 
Thank you.
Don't know WHAT I was thinking when I rated this an 8.

Definitely a 9, just like the whole perfect album.  But, damn those albums of the 70s and 80s and their 35 minute running time.  Imagine an album like this today, where they are usually 45 to 60 minutes in length.... ♫ ♪♪

Love it love it love it  ♥
 nagsheadlocal wrote:
Lying nude with Barbara on a sunny afternoon in an upstairs room in a ratty old house in the student ghetto, idly talking while this album played in the background, planning our evening and otherwise enjoying life.

Ah, Babs, sorry cancer took you away from me. Hope you are in Avalon where the afternoon sun shines eternally on your eyes. 

 

Beautiful. {#Daisy}
Lying nude with Barbara on a sunny afternoon in an upstairs room in a ratty old house in the student ghetto, idly talking while this album played in the background, planning our evening and otherwise enjoying life.

Ah, Babs, sorry cancer took you away from me. Hope you are in Avalon where the afternoon sun shines eternally on your eyes. 
 Cynaera wrote:
Back in the day - after the refinance and the new flooring, and the ballet-bar... I used to do my stretches to this song.  Lights off, candles lit, and the smell of pine trees wafting through open windows... I have only good memories of this song - so smooth, slick, and magical... Love Bryan Ferry, and his new music re-ignites my passion for what music can do to motivate a soul.
 
Miss you so much, Cynaera...

love this song...
 
 jim1964 wrote:
That gal can sure hold a note.

 
Can you imagine being able to cut loose like that...and get paid for it? Hope she had the time of her life singing for this. 
It is a gorgeous song, from their Cetacean Period,
A beautiful song seamlessly segued from World Party — Love is Best, well done y'all there at RP!
 creekgirl wrote:
perfect for plies
probably some other things too
 
I can vouch!
Roxy doing sublime perfectly
 creekgirl wrote:
perfect for plies
probably some other things too
 
Not much else one can do when at the barre doing plies.


Just gorgeous!! {#Angel}
That was another awesome Bill-segue from World Party - Love is Best!
Indeed all of their 70's albums are fantastic.
Their live stuff from the 70's are also excellent.
perfect for plies
probably some other things too


 Proclivities wrote:

The 1970s version of Roxy Music influenced very many musicians - this '80s, easy-listening stuff - not so much.  Still, it's a good tune, but I've always found it weak compared to their earlier stuff.
 
Well put. I agree with everything you said here. I do have a soft spot for this song and album though.
 oldsaxon wrote:
I love this album, it has a "moment in time" thing for me, but there is just soooo much great Roxy Music to listen to. I would love to hear some of the (much better) stuff from their earlier art-rock recordings. 
 


I could not agree more...not a critique but surprised we don't get more Roxy on RP...
Few songs affect me like this does and has since my first hearing...quite a swan.song
 htowncoog wrote:

Name calling? Seriously....{#Chillpill}  Those two bands are not similar...Roxy Music influenced a generation of songwriters and musicians. Who sounds like a 12 year old?

 
The 1970s version of Roxy Music influenced very many musicians - this '80s, easy-listening stuff - not so much.  Still, it's a good tune, but I've always found it weak compared to their earlier stuff.

Bless you Rhonda Sue Putney, wherever you are...


Classic!!!
{#Meditate}
 dwhayslett wrote:

Who is "we"?
 
According to Mark Twain - kings, editors, and people with tapeworms.
I love this album, it has a "moment in time" thing for me, but there is just soooo much great Roxy Music to listen to. I would love to hear some of the (much better) stuff from their earlier art-rock recordings.