Avalon Album is by Roxy Music, who was an English glam rock/rock/pop band.
Their eighth and last studio album was released in May 1982 under the E.G. Records and Polydor record labels.
The Avalon album was recorded at the Compass Point Studios in Nassau, Bahamas. It received positive reviews in the music press and is considered by many to be one of the band’s finest albums.
The now familiar cover artwork was designed by Peter Saville, the British art director and graphic designer. He is a well-known designer of record covers and has worked with other bands including Joy Division, New Order, Wham!, OMD ( Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark ), Ultravox and Peter Gabriel.
The cover design features Lucy Helmore ( who married Brian Ferry and later divorced ) wearing a medieval helmet; the image also features her glove hand with a falcon perched on it. The imagery used evokes the Legend of King Arthur and his final journey to Avalon where he recovered from wounds he received at the battle of Camlann.
The Avalon album is to date Roxy Music’s most successful of their studio albums, with chart success in European countries such as the United Kingdom, Austria, Germany, Holland, France, Italy, Norway and Sweden. It found success in the United States, where it became their only million-seller there.
The album has been certified Platinum in the USA and Canada with sales of 1,000,000 and 100,000 respectively. In France, Germany and the United Kingdom, it has been certified Gold.
The first single ” More than This ” was released in April 1982. The single entered the UK Singles Chart on the 3rd of April 1982 and reached a peak of number six. It spent three weeks in the Top Ten and eight weeks on the chart.
In the United States, the single made it to 102 on the Billboard Bubbling Under The Hot 100. ” More than This ” remains one of the band’s best-known songs in the country.
The Avalon album became a commercial success for Roxy Music. In the United Kingdom, the album entered the UK Albums Chart on the 5th of June 1982 at Number One. It spent three weeks at the top, sixteen weeks in the Top Twenty and fifty-seven weeks on the chart.
The album also topped the charts in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Holland, Norway and Sweden.
About Roxy Music
Roxy Music was formed in 1970 by lead singer and primary songwriter, Bryan Ferry and Graham Simpson. The rest of the band included long-standing members Phil Manzanera, Andy Mackay and Paul Thompson, with former members including Brian Eno, Eddie Jobson and John Gustafson.
Roxy Music released their debut album, also called Roxy Music, on the 16th of June 1972. The album peaked at number ten on the UK Albums Chart. The band enjoyed success in Europe and Australia throughout the 1970s.
They are considered to be pioneers of early English punk music and later for new wave acts that would emerge onto the music scene.
Although their success was at the height of the glam rock era, their music was more sophisticated than the raw output of many of the genre such as Slade and the Sweet.
Roxy Music took a break in 1976 and again in 1983, in 2001 they reunited for a tour which they would later continue on and off until they finally split in 2011.
Although not officially together as a band, Bryan Ferry would often enlist other members as session musicians for his solo projects.
To date, Roxy Music’s Album releases are eight studio, twelve compilations and ten live albums. They also released twenty-three singles.
Avalon Album Track Listing:
1. More than This
2. The Space Between
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