Roxy Music – Stranded

The third Roxy Music album; their first without Brian Eno. Yet Eno would cite it as Roxy’s best. I just might have to agree.

Don’t get me wrong, I love Brian Eno and the influence he had on the first two Roxy music albums. His replacement, Eddie Jobson, may not have had Eno’s flamboyance but he’s every bit the musician; maybe more so. Along with synthesizers and keyboards, Jobson added the dynamics of a violin to Roxy Music’s sound.

The biggest factor that gives “Stranded” the potential to take the top spot among Roxy Music’s eight albums is, of course, the songs. They were a tad bit more toward the mainstream. That’s not to say the music on “Stranded” is commercial pop in any way – I don’t think that can be said of any Roxy Music record. There was plenty of experimentation and eclecticism to go around on “Stranded” but at the same time, the music was more accessible, with some great hooks that get stuck in your head. It was a style that would influence the sound of future bands like the Talking Heads, Simple Minds, Duran Duran, Ultravox, and Japan, among others.

When I started rediscovering vinyl, I was very disappointed to realize that I had gotten rid of all my Roxy Music albums, replacing some of them on CD. But it turns out, that wasn’t really a bad th thing. A couple of years ago, I ran across a box set collection of all of Roxy Musics records. All of the albums are half speed masters that sound absolutely exquisite. Every time I listen to one