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Tracks include "The Space Between," "More Than This," "Tara," "To Turn You On," "The Main Thing," and more. All digitally remastered.
Tracks include "The Space Between," "More Than This," "Tara," "To Turn You On," "The Main Thing," and more. All digitally remastered.
724384746025

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Format: CD
Label: VIR
Catalog: 47460
Rel. Date: 03/14/2000
UPC: 724384746025

Avalon
Artist: Roxy Music
Format: CD
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Tracks include "The Space Between," "More Than This," "Tara," "To Turn You On," "The Main Thing," and more. All digitally remastered.

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''Avalon'', released in 1982, was Roxy Music's eighth (and, to date, final) studio album. Recorded in 1981-82 at Compass Point Studios in Nassau, Bahamas, it is generally regarded as the culmination of the smoother, more adult-oriented sound of the band's later work. It was a huge commercial success, hitting #1 in the UK (for 3 weeks) and staying on the album charts for over a year. Although it only climbed as high as #53, ''Avalon'' is notable as the band's only platinum record in the US. Bryan Ferry's girlfriend (and soon-to-be wife) Lucy Helmore appeared on the cover wearing a medieval helmet and carrying a falcon, evoking King Arthur's last journey to the mysterious land of Avalon and continuing the tradition for Roxy Music albums to feature images of women on the cover artwork (though perhaps less apparently than previous albums). The lush arrangements and synthesizer drenched sound of ''Avalon'' later found its way onto Bryan Ferry's solo album ''Boys and Girls'' (1985).

A single, "More Than This," preceded the album and was a Top 10 hit in Britain (#6), Australia (#6) and most European countries . Although a chart failure in the US, the song was popular on the college radio circuit. It is unusual for a pop song in that Ferry's vocal ends at 2.45 minutes, leaving the last 1.45 minutes as a synth-driven instrumental. It has since become regarded as a classic Roxy Music song. In 1997, a cover of "More Than This" performed by 10,000 Maniacs with the lead singer Mary Ramsey became a US hit when it reached 25 on US Hot 100.

The title track was released as the album's second single and also became a UK Top 20 hit. A third extract, "Take a Chance With Me," with a remixed version of album track "The Main Thing" on the b-side, reached UK #26 and was Roxy Music's last UK hit single. The extended remix of "The Main Thing" is only available on the 1995 box set, ''The Thrill of It All''. New York DJ duo Rub N Tug released an official dance remix in early 2007.

"The Main Thing" was also used in a 2006 television advertisement for the Vauxhall Vectra, which was based around football and featured Pierluigi Collina. Pianos were added to the track in the advertisement version. - Wikipedia

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