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Albums you should buy first off:
Roxy Music (eponymous 1st album) for Re:Make Re:Model and also Chance Meeting (gets me every time)
The follow-up, "For Your Pleasure" which has belters such as "Street Life" and "Editions of you".
Now go and get them. NOW.
If I was you I'd work my way up album by album. Get the debut and For Your Pleasure first, they're the Eno ones.
Then Stranded, the first without Eno (but he reckons it's the best Roxy album).
Country Life is great too, so is Siren. Avalon is the best of later period Roxy, it's gorgeous but like listening to a different band.
But yeah, i'd definitely go for the first 2 albums when Eno was still in.
Ferry has a kind of Byrne-like high warble of a voice before he went full crooner, and some of their rhythms have that funky bounce to them. Talking Heads are like the well-read, nerdy kid and Roxy Music are like that kid's older, cooler brother who gets laid alot.
I can see why people who love the super-smooth Avalon might hate the first record especially, but I love 'em all. Each covers a different style, but each is an absolute quality take on that style. Roxy Music (the debut) has elements of '50s greaser rock, Manifesto and Flesh + Blood are the disco/dance entries, For Your Pleasure (my favorite) is just weird all around.
You might want to start in the middle (Country Life/Siren), which are the most straight-up 'rock', and then work your way in either direction: backward for more experimental/abrasive and forward for the opposite.
I was a fan of Eno's solo records first and then got into Roxy to hear more Eno, but I don't think his departure hurt the band one bit.
Roxy Music are an English art rock group formed in 1971 by art school graduate Bryan Ferry, who became the group's vocalist and chief songwriter. The other members are Phil Manzanera (guitars), Andy Mackay (saxophone and oboe) and Paul Thompson (drums and percussion). Former members include Brian Eno (synthesiser and "treatments"), and Eno's replacement Eddie Jobson (synthesiser and violin). Although the band terminated during 1983, they reunited for a concert tour during 2001, and have announced that they are recording a new album for a yet-to-be-confirmed release date.
Roxy Music attained popular and critical success in the UK and Europe during the 1970s and early 1980s, beginning with their Top 10 debut album, Roxy Music (1972). The band was a significant influence on early English punk music, as well as providing a model for many New Wave acts and the experimental electronic groups of the early 1980s. The group is distinguished by their visual and musical sophistication and their preoccupation with style and glamor. Ferry and co-founding member Eno have also had influential solo careers, the latter becoming one of the most significant record producers and collaborators of the late 20th century, with credits including albums by David Bowie, Devo, Talking Heads, U2 and Coldplay. Rolling Stone magazine ranked Roxy Music #98 on its "The Immortals - 100 The Greatest Artists of All Time" list.