Studio Album - November 1973
Roxy Music were back in Air Studios to record their third album 'Stranded in September 1973.
The band tour UK in support of the new album beginning in Bath on 14th October. Bryan Ferry has come out from behind the keyboards now moved to centre stage leaving the keyboards to new member Eddie Jobson who also adds the violin as an additional solo instrument. The show at Glasgow Apollo is recorded on 2nd November 1973. ‘Chance Meeting’ & ‘Pyjamarama’ are later used on a live album 3 years later.
The third Roxy Music single ‘Street Life’ c/w the Phil Manzanera composed instrumental ‘Hula Kula’ on 5th November 1973 2 weeks ahead of the album release. 'Stranded' becomes Roxy Music's first UK No.1 album, dominating the charts for two months. The new album is the first Roxy album to have the song writing partnership of Ferry/Manzanera & Ferry/Mackay. Roxy recruit another bassist in John Gustafson.
Roxy end the UK leg of their tour with 3 nights at The Rainbow in London some of the show was broadcast on UK TV
Roxy Music appear on Top Of the Pops performing ‘Street Life’ on 22nd November the day before the release of 'Stranded' with a repeat performance on 6th December 1973.
The single 'Street Life' peaks at No.9 in the UK charts on 10th December 1973.
The tour continues into mainland Europe in December & January.
The press for the new album is continued with an interview with Bryan Ferry for Record Mirror magazine by Roger Greenaway.
During the German leg of the tour Roxy return to the Musikladen studios on 23rd January 1974 and perform ‘Street Life’, ‘Pyjamarama’, ‘Mother Of Pearl’, ‘Amazona’ & ‘Psalm’ all of which appear on Video & DVD in later years.
The band cross the Atlantic to begin a USA tour one month ahead of the March release of the album and finish the tour in June 1974
Roxy Music’s have a new record deal with ATCO in USA, the ‘Stranded’ album peaks at number 186 on the Billboard charts.
Bryan Ferry talks to Martin Hayman about the recent Roxy Music tour in USA for Sounds Magazine, 8 June 1974 in an article ‘Stylish Doyen of Rock’.
What Andy Says...
"I think 'Stranded' is a very cautious album, I don't think it breaks very much new ground. I happened to hear the first Roxy album a couple of months ago, and I was amazed at how naive it was, that we'd actually stuck things together and hoped for the best. "Strangely, as you improve as a band - and we have - you do become more cautious, without noticing it. I start thinking about musicians listening to our work, rather than the general public. And the final product is always so very different from the unmixed one, that I think it would often be a good idea to issue albums in various stages of mixing so people could hear the difference."
Week by week album chart position
(17 weeks total)
Album Track Listing
Other Tracks of Interest
- Hula Kula An instrumental written by Phil Manzanera and used as the b-side to Street Life
Album Musicians & Credits
- Bryan Ferry Voice, Piano and cover concept
- Andy Mackay Oboe and Saxophone (& Treatments)
- Paul Thompson Drums And Timpani
- Phil Manzanera Guitar (& Treatments)
- Eddie Jobson Violin Synthesizer and Keyboards
- John Gustafson Bass
- Chris Laurence String Bass on 'Sunset'
- The London Welsh Male Voice Choir on Psalm
- Nicholas de Ville Cover design
- Pierre Laroche Cover Girl Make up
- Antony Price Fashion
- Bob Bowkett at C.C.S. Artwork
- Smile Roxy Hair
- Bailly, Jennings, Hart, Olliff and Spurek Crew
- Christian Wainwright Majordomo
- Air Studios recorded At
- John Punter Engineer
- Chris Thomas Produced by
- Marilyn Cole Cover girl (name not credited on the album sleev)
- Bob C. Ludwig Remastered The 1999 Remaster Edition
- Gateway Studios Portland Maine 1999 Remaster