- Two incredible sides, each rating a Triple Plus (A+++) — rich, smooth, spacious sound
- Credit as always goes to the brilliant engineering of Roxy’s go-to guy, Rhett Davies
- Flesh + Blood from 1980 is the precursor to Avalon, with much the same style and sound
- Some of Roxy’s best material and biggest hits are here, on exceptionally quiet British vinyl too
The British Original Polydor Super Deluxe pressings are the only way to go on this album. No domestic pressing or other import in our experience has ever been better than passable; we know, we’ve been cleaning and playing them for more than thirty years.
This British LP is cut by one of my favorite mastering houses in England, which no doubt accounts for the excellent sound. The estimable Robert Ludwig cut the domestic pressings. Unfortunately for us Americans it sounds to us like they gave him a dub tape to master from. (The same thing happened on Avalon by the way.)
This is a transitional album. Some of it sounds like Avalon (Oh Yeah, Over You, etc) and some of it sounds more like their earlier material. It may not be as consistent as Avalon but it’s well worth owning for its best songs (listed below) and highly recommended for fans of the band.
Standout tracks on side one include In the Midnight Hour / Oh Yeah / My Only Love
Standout tracks on side two include Over You / Eight Miles High / Rain, Rain, Rain (more…)