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.