Thursday 12/1/22 11pm ET: Feature LP: Roxy Music – Avalon (1982)

Avalon is the eighth and final studio album by English rock band Roxy Music, released on May 28,1982 by E.G. Records, and Polydor. It was recorded between 1981 and 1982 at Compass Point Studios in Nassau, Bahamas, and is regarded as the culmination of the smoother, more adult-oriented sound of the band’s later work.

The first single, “More Than This”, preceded the album and was a top 10 hit in Britain, Australia, and several European countries. “Avalon”, the second single, reached the top 20; “Take a Chance With Me” reached the top 30. In the United States, “More Than This” and “Take a Chance with Me” reached 103 and 104.

Avalon is Roxy Music’s most successful studio album. It stayed at number one on the UK Albums Chart for three weeks, and stayed on the chart for over a year. Although it reached only No. 53 in the US, Avalon endured as a sleeper hit and became Roxy Music’s only million-selling US record, ultimately receiving platinum certification.

  1. “More Than This” 4:30
  2. “The Space Between” 4:30
  3. “Avalon” 4:16
  4. “India” (instrumental) 1:44
  5. “While My Heart Is Still Beating” 3:26
  6. “The Main Thing” 3:54
  7. “Take a Chance with Me” 4:42
  8. “To Turn You On” 4:16
  9. “True to Life” 4:25
  10. “Tara” (instrumental) 1:43

Bryan Ferry – lead vocals; keyboards; guitar synthesizer
Phil Manzanera – lead guitar
Andy Mackay – saxophones
Neil Hubbard – guitars
Alan Spenner – bass guitar (on tracks 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, and 10)
Neil Jason – bass guitar (on tracks 2, 6, 7 & 9)
Paul Carrack – piano (on track 8)
Andy Newmark – drums (all tracks but 8 and 10)
Rick Marotta – drums (on track 8)
Jimmy Maelen – percussion (on tracks 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, and 9)
Kermit Moore – cello (on track 8)
Fonzi Thornton – backing vocals (on tracks 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, and 9)
Yanick Étienne – backing vocals (on track 3)