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Street Life: 20 Greatest Hits
Roxy Music
Street Life: 20 Greatest Hits
Genres: Pop, Rock
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Arty, classy, smug yet occasionally self-deprecating, Roxy Music took the excesses of glam and refined them into a beautifully stylized thing. Earning themselves a reputation as much for their fashionable attire as for the...  more »


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All Artists: Roxy Music
Title: Street Life: 20 Greatest Hits
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 0
Label: EMI Europe Generic
Release Date: 6/8/1987
Album Type: Import
Genres: Pop, Rock
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
Other Editions: Roxy Music - Street Life: 20 Greatest Hits, Merry Christmas Strait To You
UPC: 077778635628

Arty, classy, smug yet occasionally self-deprecating, Roxy Music took the excesses of glam and refined them into a beautifully stylized thing. Earning themselves a reputation as much for their fashionable attire as for their haute couture rock & roll, Roxy Music earned a string of hits with "Pyjamarama," "Do The Strand," and their club classic, "Love Is the Drug." Roxy Music's sense of rhythm had a certain sophistication that was further enhanced by the vocal phrasings of the consummate rock sophisticate, Bryan Ferry. His handling of Wilson Pickett's "In the Midnight Hour" is a classic in and of itself. "Dance Away" and "Same Old Scene" had an aching sentimentality to them, with Ferry proving it was hipper than hip to romantically croon. In his solo career, Ferry sounded even more like a new-school Sinatra with "Slave to Love." Two of Ferry's finest moments though were with his band, the soaring "More Than This" and the stunningly beautiful "Avalon." Their inclusion further makes Street Life indispensable. --Steve Gdula

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Roxy Music is the drug.
H3@+h | VT | 04/05/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)

"This collection is older, but it's 20 tracks long, and does include most of the essential Roxy/Ferry songs. Included amongst all these killer songs is "Love Is The Drug", "More Than This", "Avalon", and "Slave To Love". It would truly be impossible to fit everything on one disc, but the only things I really miss is Roxy's "Mother Of Pearl", and Ferry's "Kiss And Tell" and "Limbo". Otherwise it actually does a great job as a "best of". This being currently out of print however, you may have to hit the used stores, or deal with another "hits" album."
A good but somewhat outdated hits set
Distant Voyageur | Io | 08/17/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This collection contains 20 of Bryan Ferrys biggest hits from both his band Roxy Music and from his solo career spanning from the glam rock days of the 1972 self-titled debut to the dreamier pop sounds of 1982s swansong Avalon all the way to Ferrys 1985 solo masterpiece Boys & Girls. Many fans will love this CD. I do. It's like a kaleidascope of many styles ranging from the campy glam-rock of the early 70s Roxy Music to the disco rock of Siren and finally the dreamy romantic pop of Flesh & Blood, Avalon & Boys & Girls. Unfortunately this set doesn't have anything from his strongest album Bete Noire nor anything from 1993s Taxi or 1994s Mamouna. Ferry had a top 40 hit called Kiss & Tell from 1987s Bete Noire but unfortunately that single isn't included on this set because even though there are 20 tracks on here this collection was released in 1986, a year before Bete Noire came out and because of that this set doesn't really offer the very best of Ferrys solo works in my honest opinion. The 1999 More Than This. 2000s Slave To Love: Best Of The Ballads & 2001s Best Of Roxy Music are stronger CDs that span Roxy Musics and Ferrys solo career mainly because Ferry made strong material long after this 1986 20 track set was released. That's probably why this CD is diffficult to find nowadays. I in no way am saying leave this CD alone, far from it. It's just not the best place to start your Bryan Ferry, Roxy Music CD collection. The other three compilations I mentioned are better bets even though they too aren't the best places to start either. Ultimately it's probably the wisest choice to eventually buy all of Ferrys solo albums and all of Roxy Musics albums too. This 20 track set is a CD worth owning but just that it's now kind of outdated."
Great Band, Average Compilation
Distant Voyageur | 08/03/1999
(3 out of 5 stars)

"This is one of the more intelligent bands of the 70s. They might have been served better if it was a Roxy only set. Editions Of You, Song For Europe, Mother of Pearl, Thrill of It All, etc should have been on this. Hopefully, they will see fit to make a Roxy Music anthology soon. This CD served its purpose when it first came out as an overview to Roxy and Bryan Ferry's career. However, with a lot of lesser bands coming out with boxed sets or anthology packages, surely Roxy deserves one now."