Roxy Music – The First Five

Roxy Music has always been about style. Formed in 1971 from a bunch of art school dropouts (Bryan Ferry, Phil Manzenera, Andy Mackay, Paul Thompson, Eddie Jobson, Brian Eno, et al) they would record 5 great albums back to back. The band looked sharp in space glam gear (later it would be expensive suits) and played a mix of rock, glam, psych, frak-out and pop that would, though not as highly regarded in the US, be in direct competition w/ David Bowie in the early 70’s. For the cover art of their first 5 LPs they chose women, (not band photos) to illustrate their style and their 1940’s mindset. Each had one of the 70’s hottest models on a beautiful gatefold sleeve, (with the band photograph inside). 1974’s Country Life saw a small break from form with 2 nearly nude models posed amongst some pine trees. Most of the copies got through uncensored but the US censored copy is hilarious (just the trees). Some were also delivered as the nude cover w/ an opaque green cellophane outer sleeve. Below are the original covers along w/ a few outtakes. Enjoy the covers then go buy the music. BTW Siren has the big hit “Love Is A Drug”.

The Original

The 1st – Self Titled

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LP 2 - For Your Pleasure

LP 2 – For Your Pleasure

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The 3rd - Stranded

The 3rd – Stranded

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The 4th - Country Life

The 4th – Country Life

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Censored US version

Censored US version

The 5th - Siren

The 5th – Siren

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Posted on January 23, 2017, in Graphic Design, Music and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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