|For Your Pleasure|
|Studio album by|
|Released||23 March 1973|
|Studio||AIR Studios, London, England|
|Roxy Music chronology|
|Singles from For Your Pleasure|
For Your Pleasure is the second album by English rock band Roxy Music, released by Island Records in 1973. It was their last to feature synthesiser and sound specialist Brian Eno, who would later gain acclaim as a solo artist and producer.
The group was able to spend more studio time on this album than on their debut, combining strong song material by Bryan Ferry with more elaborate production treatments. For example, the song "In Every Dream Home a Heartache" (Ferry's sinister ode to a blow-up doll) fades out in its closing section, only to fade in again with all the instruments subjected to a pronounced phasing treatment. The title track fades out in an elaborate blend of tape loop effects. Brian Eno remarked that the eerie "The Bogus Man", with lyrics about a sexual stalker, displayed similarities with contemporary material by the krautrock group Can.
Of the more upbeat numbers on the album, "Do the Strand" and "Editions of You" were both based around insistent rhythms in the tradition of the band's first single "Virginia Plain". "Do the Strand" has been called the archetypal Roxy Music anthem, whilst "Editions of You" was notable for a series of ear-catching solos by Andy Mackay (saxophone), Eno (VCS3), and Phil Manzanera (guitar).
Eno is very present in the final song from the album "For Your Pleasure", making it unlike any other song on the album. The song ends with the voice of Judi Dench saying "You don't ask. You don't ask why" amid tapes of the opening vocals ('Well, how are you?') from "Chance Meeting" from the first Roxy Music album. A live recording of the song has been used in 1975 as a B-side to "Both Ends Burning".
The original UK LP cover credits "Produced by Chris Thomas and Roxy Music" for the entire album, but only the side one label repeats that; the side two label credits "Produced by John Anthony and Roxy Music". Various foreign editions and reissues have confused the matter with random variations.
For Your Pleasure was originally released by Island Records in the United Kingdom and Warner Bros. Records in the United States.It has been subsequently reissued by Polydor Records in the UK and Atco Records and Reprise Records in the US.
As with the debut Roxy Music album, no UK singles were lifted from For Your Pleasure upon its initial release. The non-album single "Pyjamarama", backed with "The Pride and the Pain", was issued in advance of the album in Britain, peaking at number 10 on the UK Singles Chart. "Do the Strand", backed with "Editions of You", was released as a single in the US and Europe; it was finally issued as a UK single in 1978 to promote Roxy Music's Greatest Hits album, released in December the previous year.
The cover photo, taken by Karl Stoecker, featured Bryan Ferry's girlfriend at the time, singer and model Amanda Lear, who later became Salvador Dalí's muse.Original pressings of the album featured a gatefold sleeve picturing all five band members posing with guitars.
|Christgau's Record Guide||B|
|Encyclopedia of Popular Music|
|Pitchfork||10/10 (2012) |
|The Rolling Stone Album Guide|
|Spin Alternative Record Guide||6/10|
For Your Pleasure made No. 4 in UK charts in 1973. In 1973, Paul Gambaccini of Rolling Stone gave it a mixed review, and wrote that "the bulk of For Your Pleasure is either above us, beneath us, or on another plane altogether."
In 2000, Q placed For Your Pleasure at number 33 on its list of the "100 Greatest British Albums Ever". 's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time, with the album's ranking dropping to number 396 in the 2012 update of the list, and climbing to number 351 in the 2020 update. NME ranked For Your Pleasure at number 88 on its 2013 list of 500 greatest albums of all time and called it "the pinnacle of English art rock." Classic Rock named it as one of 10 "essential" glam rock albums. Happy Mag included the album in its list of "10 records to introduce you to the world of art-rock" and called it "an art-pop, glam-rock masterpiece."It placed at number 87 on Pitchfork's 2004 list of the top 100 albums of the 1970s. The citation notes that Morrissey told the British press that "he could 'only think of one truly great British album'... For Your Pleasure." In 2003, For Your Pleasure was ranked number 394 on Rolling Stone
All tracks are written by Bryan Ferry.
|1.||"Do the Strand"||4:04|
|4.||"Editions of You"||3:51|
|5.||"In Every Dream Home a Heartache" (LP editions of the album incorrectly listed the song's timing as 4:25, due to its "false fade" referenced above)||5:29|
|1.||"The Bogus Man"||9:20|
|3.||"For Your Pleasure"||6:51|
|Australian Albums (Kent Music Report)||41|
|Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)||9|
|German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)||28|
|Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)||15|
|UK Albums (OCC)||4|
|US Billboard 200||193|
|United Kingdom (BPI)||Gold||100,000^|
^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.
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