'Roxy Music - More Than This The Story Of'
(Roxy Music / DVD / NR / 2009 / Eagle Rock)
Overview: Emerging to instant acclaim in 1972, Roxy Music combined a dazzling fusion of musical styles and brauvura performance in a manner which re-invented the artistic nad creative possibilities of rock and pop music. This DVD tells the story of their extraordinary and triumphant career, through new and rare interviews with the band members.
DVD Verdict: As plainly told for the majority of this engrossing DVD, Roxy Music are an English art rock group initiated during the early 1970s by art school graduate Bryan Ferry. Other members were/are still (in some cases, when the band tours) Phil Manzanera (guitars), Andy Mackay (saxophone and oboe) and Paul Thompson (drums and percussion). Former members include Brian Eno (synthesizer and "treatments"), and Eno's replacement Eddie Jobson (synthesizer and violin).
In all fairness, this DVD is essentially an extended version of the documentary shown in 2008 on BBC4 in the UK. But it is still so vividly brilliant it will have you glued to your seat - even if it's only for the short length of just 43 minutes long! Anyway, it traces the history of one of the most important and influential bands in rock history.
The documentary, which yes, does include many chats with the man himself and not just "those that know him", brings to the fore the radical nature of Ferry's original vision of what his band should not only sound like, but look like - which was, to Ferry, some days way more important!
Artists on deck to give their viewpoints and memories are Bono, John Taylor (Duran Duran), Martin Ware (Heaven 17, and boy, has Mr. Ware seen better days!), and even a heavily made up Siouxsie (Siouxsie and the Banshees). What I loved the most about this DVD was not just the live show snippets they provide at the end of a recent reunion show, but the work of Antony Price - the man behind the distinctive and innovate Roxy Music album covers. To hear his stories of Ferry's ideas, his photographic techniques, and how the end results were even altered for different countries sometims behind their backs all goes a long way to re-learning the myth behind the great man, Ferry.
We also get to hear a bit from Eddie Jobson, the violin playing wonderboy who replaced Eno in 1973, and on Gary Tibbs (Adam & The Ants) and the ever-revolving door of Roxy Music bass players. And, as mentioned, the DVD also includes three bonus live performances from London in 2006. This is a Full Screen Presentation (1.33:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:
Live in London - 3 Songs
The Album Sleeves (Extended Interview)
The Roxy Ingredients (Extended Interview)
Introducing Eddie Jobson (Extended Interview)
Who's Playing Bass For Roxy Music? (Extended Interview)