Studio Album - June 1972
The album that started it all with it's lavish sleeve, synthesized swirls and 50's doo wop. The hybrid of styles and musical backgrounds of the band members created a blend of music that was like nothing that had gone before in music. This made a huge impact on the music scene in 1972 and is seen as one of the most exciting and innovative debut albums ever.
Roxy Music's eponymous debut 1st album reached number 10 in the UK album charts.
Prior to the release of the first Roxy Music, the British music world where introduced to their music via some John Peel sessions in January 1972. The band sign to E’G. Management on 4th February 1972 to a contract which includes recording and product releasing to a record company. The band performed many live dates throughout UK as early as December 1971
From 14th -29th March 1972 Roxy Music record their debut album for £5,000 at Command Studios, London with producer Pete Sinfield. The album is mixed starting on Monday 3rd April and is finished by Friday 7th April 1972.
On May 2nd 1972 Island records agree that they will release Roxy Music’s first album. The original bassist Graham Simpson is dismissed from the band between the recording and the release of the debut album and is replaced by Rik Kenton a friend of the album's producer Pete Sinfield.
Roxy Music record their second session for BBC Radio’s ‘Sounds Of The Seventies’ with John Peel on 23rd May 1972 and with many more live dates they raise their profile in the music public in time for the eventual release of the album on Friday 16th June 1972
The record company asked the band for a single to promote the album and instead of using a track form the album they decided to record a new track
Roxy Music are booked into Command Studios 2PM-10PM to record their first single ‘Virginia Plain’ and the b-side ‘The Numberer’ (original title First Kiss) the session where over10th-12th July 1972 and the mixing took place one week later. The band headed from the studio after mixing the single to record a 3rd session for John Peel. This was included on the American pressings of the album. The first CD issue in 1984 included Virginia Plain. The mini LP style remasters released in 1999 kept to the original vinyl release by not having Virginia Plain, though it was included on the Jewel Case re-master.
Roxy Music’s first appearance on TV is on 20th June 1972 on BBC’s ‘The Old Grey Whistle Test’ performing an extended version of ‘Ladytron’. (This is now available on the Roxy Music DVD 'The Thrill Of It All' along with a promo film of ‘Re-make/Re-model’ is shot by students at the Royal College Of Art.
The debut single ‘Virginia Plain’ c/w the Andy Mackay instrumental ‘The Numberer’was released on Friday 4th August 1972 one week later than intended. The single entered the UK singles charts at number 46 on 15th August 1972 they make their first appearance on Top Of The Pops on 24th August 1972 performing ‘Virginia Plain’. The album was heading out the album charts until this point and a week after this TV performance the album headed into the top 20 for the first time eventualy peaking at number 10 on 30th September 1972.
‘Virginia Plain’ peaked in the UK singles charts to number 4 on 12th September 1972.
What Bryan Says.....
"The album is really kind of a tracer as to where we could go," says Bryan Ferry. "There are lots of different directions there, and deliberately so, because we never really did want to have one recognisable sound. Being elusive is one of the things we quite like, and being as varied as possible.
Album Chart Position Week By Week
(16 Weeks Total)
Album Track Listing
- If There Is Something
- The Bob (Medley)
- Chance Meeting
- Would You Believe?
- Sea Breezes
- Bitters End
Other Tracks of Interest
Album Musicians & Credits
- Bryan Ferry Voice & Piano
- Phil Manzanera Guitar
- Graham Simpson Bass Guitar
- Andy Mackay Oboe & Saxaphone
- Eno Synthesiser & Tapes
- Paul Thompson Drums
- Andy Erikson Engineer
- Peter Sinfield Producer
- Bryan Ferry Cover Concept
- Nicholas de Ville Art
- C.C.S. Artwork
- Antony Price Clothes, Make-up & Hair
- Kari-Ann Cover Girl
- Smile Hair
- McInnes Laboratories & Turner Equipment
- Wragg Transport
- Susie. Album Dedication
- Simon Puxley Sleeve Notes
- Bob C. Ludwig Remastered The 1999 Remaster Edition
- Gateway Studios Portland Maine 1999 Remaster
- Rik Kenton Played bass on Virginia Plain