Every so often an album comes along that changes not just the rules but the game, opening new possibilities for music. In America in the late 1960s, ‘The Velvet Underground
& Nico’ was one such record. And in Britain, released on June 16th, 1972, the self-titled debut album by Roxy Music would be another. From the first lines of the opening track 'Re-
Make/Re-Model' "I tried, but I could not find a way, looking back all I did was look away" to the final “Should make the cognoscenti think" lyric of the closing song 'Bitters End' it was
immediately clear that Roxy Music's first record was an album like no other. By the time the album was released the band had less than ten gigs to their name, they had no two
tracks in their repertoire that were alike and critics simply couldn't pin down their influences. As Richard Williams said at the time in Melody Maker "If Roxy Music go
very much further, they'll be one of the great success stories of modern times.”
45 years later, with the group's involvement, we get an opportunity to assess the album and listen as Roxy evolved and developed. The box set provides a thrilling insight into the world
of Roxy Music in 1971/1972 starting with the demo tape that caught the attention of writer Richard Williams that ultimately led to their deal with EG Management and then Island Records.
Included are the John Peel BBC Sessions which saw the group honing their craft as they prepared to record their debut album. The second CD in the set captures something very special
with unheard glimpses into Roxy’s working methods in the studio. Alternate session versions are offered for every album track, plus their first single, Virginia Plain.
The original album is presented in the 1999 Bob Ludwig master, while the remainder of the audio has been mastered by Frank Arkwright at Abbey Road.The DVD includes promos and BBC
TV appearances as well rare footage of Roxy at the Bataclan Club in Paris in November 1972, the only surviving visual document of this line up live on stage. To round off the audio/visual
elements of the set, lifetime admirer Steven Wilson has mixed the album into 5.1 DTS 96/24 and Dolby AC3 Sound. The box set also contains a 136-page book featuring many rare and
previously unpublished photographs, and an essay by aforementioned Guardian journalist and author Richard Williams, the man who first wrote about the group in Melody Maker in 1971.