While fans may hope otherwise, the Deluxe Editions that just released Roxy Music’s self-titled debut album in 1972 aren’t necessarily a harbinger for the rest of the British band’s catalog.
âI don’t think there will be enough things to do this. There really wasn’t a whole lot of extra stuff lying around, really, âguitarist Phil Manzanera told Billboard. “There might be the possibility of doing it for At your service, another kind of thing, and maybe it would be interesting to do something to Avalon, because there’s a piece or two that we didn’t put in there that I have. But afterwards, I don’t knowâ¦ âAnd, adds Manzanera, time is a factor for the group.
“It took about eight years to set up,” he notes. “Frankly, I don’t think we’ll be alive if we keep doing this eight years every time, you know?” “
Manzanera allows there to be a juicy project in the coffers that could be a candidate for some form of release if the planets and parties align. âThere was (an album) that we tried to do about six or seven years ago,â he says. âWe went into the studio with Brian Eno and Chris Thomas, our original producer, and we kind of did about 15 or 16 tracks. At that point Bryan (Ferry) said he couldn’t write lyrics anymore, so we just put our hands up and we just said, âAh! Ugh! I am speechless. Okay, bye.'”
For now, Manzanera is therefore satisfied with the Roxy Music package, whose Super Deluxe Edition includes demos, previews, BBC radio sessions and a DVD of sports videos and live TV performances. âIt’s interesting to see the progress of the group,â he said. âWhen we made the album, we had done about 10 concerts. By the time you get to the John Peel sessions at the end of the year, you hear us after playing 120 gigs, and we’re so much better at playing. We used to call ourselves inspired amateurs and we really were; It took a lot of gigs to get the game in good shape so it’s fascinating to see how we changed some of the numbers and it’s great to have him there in the package. You’ve got a really good idea of ââwhat we looked like and that centers around the whole of “What was it all about?” Was it good? You can reassess certain aspects of it.
Roxy Music last performed in early 2011 to celebrate the band’s 40th anniversary and has been inactive ever since, but Manzanera says he’s “always ready” to start over. âFrankly, I’m still up for this,â he said. âI’m not necessarily going to be the person calling everyone, but if someone calls meâ¦ I mean, there are promoters who give out big sums of money every year to get back together. I don’t think Bryan has the appetite right now to do it. I’m usually more laid back, ‘Yeah, let’s try …’ You know, 45 years later you might be thinking ‘Oh, are we really supposed to be here? Is it okay to go out and do that? ‘ But I’m always willing to give it a try, so you never know. Instead of Roxy, Manzanera has played more with her own band and hopes to make them a more active concern.
“I’ve done a lot of albums, a lot of production, and now I really don’t want to be stuck in the studio for years at a time,” he says. âI’ve done so much. Now I would really like to go out more and play and see people. This is what I am focusing on now.