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Charted: June 19, 1982

Rating: 4.209 (average of 8 ratings)

Genre: proto punk

Quotable: --

Album Tracks:

  1. More Than This
  2. The Space Between
  3. Avalon
  4. India
  5. While My Heart Is Still Beating
  6. The Main Thing
  7. Take a Chance with Me
  8. To Turn You On
  9. True to Life
  10. Tara


sales in U.S. only 1 million
sales in U.K. only - estimated 300,000
sales in all of Europe as determined by IFPI – click here to go to their site. --
sales worldwide - estimated 1.3 million


peak on U.S. Billboard album chart 53
peak on U.K. album chart 1 3

Singles/Hit Songs:

  • More Than This (4/3/82) #6 UK, #58 AR
  • Avalon (6/19/82) #13 UK, #59 AR
  • Take a Chance with Me (9/25/82) #26 UK


Rated one of the top 1000 albums of all time by Dave’s Music Database. Click to learn more.

Roxy Music
Flesh + Blood suggested that Roxy Music were at the end of the line, but they regrouped and recorded the lovely Avalon, one of their finest albums. Certainly, the lush, elegant soundscapes of Avalon are far removed from the edgy avant-pop of their early records, yet it represents another landmark in their career. With its stylish, romantic washes of synthesizers and Bryan Ferry’s elegant, seductive croon, Avalon simultaneously functioned as sophisticated make-out music for yuppies and as the maturation of synth pop. Ferry was never this romantic or seductive, either with Roxy or as a solo artist, and Avalon shimmers with elegance in both its music and its lyrics. More Than This, Take a Chance with Me, While My Heart Is Still Beating, and the title track are immaculately crafted and subtle songs, where the shifting synthesizers and murmured vocals gradually reveal the melodies. It’s a rich, textured album and a graceful way to end the band’s career” (Erlewine).

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Last updated April 9, 2008.