Roxy Music

Out of the Blue

Composed by Bryan Ferry / Phil Manzanera

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Although Bryan Ferry is widely regarded as the songwriting heart of Roxy Music, it is no coincidence that at least three of the post-Eno band's strongest performances were actually co-written. "A Song for Europe" and "Bitter Sweet" were saxophonist Andy Mackay's day in the sun, "Out of the Blue" was guitarist Phil Manzanera's, and one listen to the almost nonstop solos which underpin the (slight, but effective) lyric lets you know precisely who contributed what. Even before the Country Life album arrived, one U.K. music paper was describing Manzanera as the country's most creative guitarist. "Out of the Blue" spread that acclaim far beyond Britain's own borders.

Heavily phased and freakishly rhythmic, "Out of the Blue" was an immediate live favorite, and has steadfastly remained on call through every subsequent phase of Roxy's history. Excellent live versions appear on both the Viva and Heart Still Beatin' albums, while the song was also a highlight of the 2001 reunion tour.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
No Image 1974 Colosseum
Viva! 1976 MSI Music Distribution / Virgin 4:45
No Image 1977 Atco 4:42
The High Road [Video] 1983 Universal International
Heart Still Beating 1990 Caroline Distribution 4:26
Sounds of the Seventies: FM Rock, Vol. 3 1992
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 4:46
Thrill of It All 1995 PHANTOM SOUND-V 4:47
Space Daze 2000 1996
Various Artists
Cleopatra 4:45
This Is Space [Box Set] 1997
Various Artists
Cleopatra 4:45
Live at Rainbow Music 1998 Dream Catcher Records 5:19
Electronica Classix 1999
Various Artists
Alpha Wave 4:45
Classic Electronica 2001
Various Artists
Big Eye Music 4:45
Concerto 2001 Neptune Records / United States of Distribution 5:18
The Best of Roxy Music 2001 Virgin 4:44
Vintage 2001 Import 4:30
Ladytron 2002 Import 5:18
Reflection 2002 Pilot 4:30
Live 2003 Jvc Victor
The Collection [EMI] 2004 EMI 4:39
Thrill of It All: A Visual History 1972-1982 2006 EMI Music Distribution
Live at the Apollo 2008 WEA International
Rock Legends: The High Road Universal Music
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