August 15, 2014 – 5:13 pm

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Rehearsals 1982 [no label, 2CD]

The High Road world tour rehearsals, summer 1982. Excellent soundboard.

It’s interesting that The Spin Alternative Record Guide saw Roxy Music’s Avalon (1982) as “one of the all-time great makeout infernos, a synthesized version of Al Green’s Call Me, Van Morrison’s Moondance, and João Gilberto’s Amoroso.” For some, Avalon also saw the rise of Bryan Ferry (now, doesn’t he sound like David Bryne?) as a crooner, as opposed to an art-rock Roxy Music. Still, Andy Mackay’s saxophone remains haunting; and the album remains a favourite for many.

Thanks to original seeder sww1975 (Dime); and to overend for keeping the show alive at mindwarppavilion.

Original notes:

This is a real beauty! Check out this awesome stereo soundboard recording, which includes all the studio chat in between songs (you need to listen closely to hear it though!) and occasional false starts on songs too! It was only ‘Eight Miles High’ that never made it to the final setlist on this tour. ‘More Than This’ and ‘The Space Between’ was played only a handful of dates too. Track one has been left out, due to the fact that the ‘intro’ track was an official release, which had just basic instrument tuning and sound-checking over it.

Thanks also to stepeanut for the artwork.

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Disc 1
101. India (intro) - Omitted (same as official release)
Track 102. The Main Thing 4:37 (7.8MB)
Track 103. Out Of The Blue 4:15 (7.1MB)
Track 104. More Than This 4:04 (6.8MB)
Track 105. A Song For Europe 6:11 (10.4MB)
Track 106. Take A Chance With Me 4:57 (8.3MB)
Track 107. Avalon 4:53 (8.2MB)
Track 108. Can’t Let Go 5:50 (9.8MB)
Track 109. The Space Between 7:02 (11.8MB)
42 mins

Disc 2
Track 201. Impossible Guitar 4:29 (7.5MB)
Track 202. Tara 2:12 (3.7MB)
Track 203. My Only Love 6:51 (11.5MB)
Track 204. Love Is The Drug (with false starts) 5:48 (9.7MB)
Track 205. Dance Away 8:44 (14.7MB)
Track 206. Both Ends Burning 6:25 (10.8MB)
Track 207. Eight Miles High 5:38 (9.5MB)
Track 208. Do The Strand 4:30 (7.6MB)
Track 209. Jealous Guy (fade out, ran out of tape?) 1:12 (2.0MB)
46 mins

Bryan Ferry - vocals
Phil Manzanera - guitar
Andy MacKay - sax, oboe
Neil Hubbard - guitar
Andy Newmark - drums
Alan Spenner - bass
Jimmy Maelen - percussion
Guy Fletcher - keyboards
Fonzi Thornton - backing vocals
Michelle Cobbs - backing vocals
Tawatha Agee - backing vocals

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  1. 15 Responses to “ROXY MUSIC - REHEARSALS 1982”

  2. This looks interesting.. Thanks for posting..

    By Tom on Aug 15, 2014

  3. Thanks for this! Love the original album. A wonderful addtion when you haven’t had enough!

    By Mark on Aug 15, 2014

  4. What? Brian Ferry sounds like David Byrne? I do believe you’ve got that turned around. Listen to early Roxy, pre-Talking Heads. Here is where you find Byrne found his vocal style.

    By Bodhisan on Aug 15, 2014

  5. BF sounding like Byrne????? What a laugh! That idiot Byrne thought Talking Heads were an American equivalent of Roxy, why do you think he wanted to work with Eno?

    By Unifaun on Aug 15, 2014

  6. Thanks, BigO! Roxy Music were a great band. Saw them on their 1975 tour.

    By aking on Aug 15, 2014

  7. i dont know if anyone cares about more detailed info but this recording is from wimbledon london england august 1982. total length of original tape is just under 88mins. original tape is a 90min maxell xl-II. when it was flipped indeed side 2 ran out which is why jealous guy cuts off. i had a copy of that original tape. first generation off the master. those xl-II’s were 46mins per side. pity he didnt use a 100min tape.

    as for the sounding like byrne.. i think the writer meant that ferry currently in the last 2 years or so sounds more like byrne. not that he sounded like him back in the 80s. i saw roxy in the mid 70s and the last time was at radio city at their last usa show for this tour that these rehearsals are for here. this show was incredible. ill never forget it. i even talked the staff at radio city into giving me the 3d display of the album cover constructed out of wood that was on the outside wall of radio city behind glass to promote the gig but i gave it to a woman a few blocks away to hold for me because it was raining the day i got it and i didnt want to ruin it on my way home. she ended up stealing it. thanks to her i got to see the who at shea stadium tho altho i introduced her to the band at the hotel and she got autographs etc. oh well. this is all 32 yrs ago. well it isnt that big a deal i guess altho it woulda been a nice item to still have. i do so love roxy. thank u for this item again. i no longer have my original copy. lost it in july 02.

    By darth on Aug 16, 2014

  8. “well it isnt that big a deal i guess”

    for once we agree. your blathering is never a big deal.

    By barth on Aug 16, 2014

  9. the bullshit that comes out of your head darth is hilarious

    By Bingo on Aug 16, 2014

  10. states: “…a version of The Doors “Light My Fire” (was) were also rehearsed for the tour but (was) were not used.” Curiously not on this tape…..

    By harmon on Aug 16, 2014

  11. its not that curious since they didnt just rehearse for 88mins for the tour. this is just one captured glimpse into that rehearsal. amazing that we have this much.

    By darth on Aug 16, 2014

  12. I can never understand why Americans never got into Roxy 72-76, yet they loved the “Avalon” period. To purists like myself this isn’t Roxy, the version playing here is Bryan Ferry featuring the Roxy Big Soul Band. Bland, uninspiring, watered down, nah rubbish.

    By Unifaun on Aug 17, 2014

  13. they werent promoted as heavily and their label put more efforts into making sure the public was more aware of them in 82 than all previous years. that avalon album was sooo heavily pushed and promoted that almost every venue sold out and the amount of sales for the cd exceeded most if not all previous sales. the radio played and played the singles far more than any previous albums singles and only after it came out did they start playing the older songs like they were new. roxy suddenly had new fans that never heard those old songs which suddenly became more widely known in the years 82-86 than most previous years. had they not developed such a huge popularity there probably wouldnt have been such a call for their reunion at live8 in 2005. i would like to see that offered here. ahem hint hint.

    for really big fans of phil manzanera btw.. make sure u look into david gilmours gdansk aug 06 show. in fact the entire tour from that year. there are so many variations of that show with extra songs and in order to get the full show u have to put a lot of work into it. there are bonus tracks here and there and it is not easy. some are on the dvd some are only from the brdcst etc. i still dont have the full audio of it. but it is a killer item.

    By darth on Aug 18, 2014

  14. Just ignore them all son!

    By Darths Mum on Aug 18, 2014

  15. Hey darth, David Gilmour has officially released at least one live version of each song preformed on his 2006 tour with the exception of The Great Gig In The Sky….Most are in the multi-disc deluxe releases of Live In Gdansk, others were released as singles…but either way they’re a lot easier to track down than you make it seem….

    By Stanks on Aug 18, 2014

  16. if u look at the dvd song listing for example of the gdansk show u will see a certain set list of songs. a number of the songs performed were not included. of those.. some of them were included in the brdcst that were included on other issues of the recording. in all versions in one way or another one could work at it and eventually find almost every song performed. not all in one place however. if u go to say the brdcst.. u will miss out on certain songs that are on the dvd. if u go to the cd counterpart u will miss out on other songs. if u want to find out which songs u need and which ones u are missing get a full listing of every song performed. then check off which ones u have on whatever recording u happen to own. if u have made an audio of the particular recording u have.. for example.. if u have the dvd - which is longer than the cd of course.. u will be missing songs. those songs are available in other ways. but it isnt easy to find every single song performed. thats all im saying. i stopped trying a few years ago but i remember that im still not complete with it. im not worried about the video. im into the audio personally. i would prob dl the video and keep it anyway because its floyd related but my thing would be to dl it and convert it to audio and then add the additional songs as i found them to it to get the complete show.

    By darth on Aug 18, 2014

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