Roxy Music guitarist Phil Manzanera said vocalist Bryan Ferry was the main reason the band dropped an album that was to include original member Brian Eno in 2011.
The group has been inactive since then, making it likely that the years 1982 Avalon remains the last LP of Roxy Music. “There was [an album] that we tried to do about six or seven years ago, ”said Manzanera Billboard in a new interview. “We 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 said he couldn’t write any more lyrics, so we just put our hands up and we just said, “Ah! Ugh! I am speechless. Okay goodbye.'”
Manzanera’s comments come nearly three years after he said Classic rock that “we all listened to it and thought, ‘We can’t do this. It’s not going to be good. Let’s just throw it in the trash. And so it’s just sitting there on our personal computers. Maybe one day it will be over. But there’s no point in putting it out if it’s not great.
Roxy Music recently released a deluxe version of their self-titled 1972 debut album, but Manzanera said the rest of their catalog was unlikely to be repackaged in the same way. “I don’t think there will be enough things to do this,” he noted. “There really wasn’t a lot of extra stuff lying around. … There could be the possibility to do so 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 know. “
Yet don’t make room on your shelf just yet. “This one took about eight years to come together,” Manzanera said. “Frankly, I don’t think we’ll live if we keep doing this eight years every time, you know?”