Manifesto (Roxy Music album)

Manifesto (Roxy Music album)
Studio album by Roxy Music
Released March 1, 1979 (1979-03-01)
Recorded 1978 (1978)–1979 (1979), Ridge Farm Studio, Rusper, England; Basing Street Studios, London
Genre Pop rock
Length 42:33 (LP)
42:12 or 42:43 (CD)
Label E.G./Polydor/Atco (original LP)
E.G./Polydor/Reprise (original CD)
EMI/Virgin (remastered CD)
Producer Roxy Music
Roxy Music chronology
Roxy Music Greatest Hits
Flesh and Blood
Singles from Manifesto
  1. "Trash"
    Released: February 1979 (1979-02) [1]
  2. "Dance Away"
    Released: April 1979 (1979-04) [1]
  3. "Angel Eyes"
    Released: August 1979 (1979-08) [1]
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[2]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[3]
Robert Christgau (A-)[4]

Manifesto is the sixth studio album by Roxy Music, and was released in 1979 by E.G. in the UK, Polydor in Europe and by Atco in the U.S.

Following an almost four-year recording hiatus, Manifesto was Roxy Music's first album since 1975's Siren. The first single from Manifesto was "Trash", which barely made the UK top 40.[5] However, the second single, the disco-tinged "Dance Away", returned the band to the top 3, beaten to no.1 for two weeks from 26 May 1979 by Blondie's "Sunday Girl". Regardless, it became one of the band's biggest hits and was also the 9th best-selling single in the UK in 1979. The song was also released as a 12" extended version (running at six and half minutes), a format that had started to become popular in the late 1970s. The third single from the album was a re-recorded version of "Angel Eyes", which was far more electronic and "disco" in nature than the power-pop album version. An extended 12" mix was also released. The single also made the UK Top 5 in August.[5]

The album itself peaked at no. 7 in the UK [5]. The cover design which featured a variety of mannequins (a concept also used for the covers of the singles from the album), was created by Bryan Ferry with fashion designer Antony Price amongst others. The picture disc version of the album featured a version of the design in which the mannequins are unclothed. The cover's typography, as well as the album's title, were inspired by the first edition of Wyndham Lewis's literary magazine BLAST.


Track listing

All songs written by Bryan Ferry except as noted.

Side one

  1. "Manifesto" (Ferry, Phil Manzanera) – 5:29
  2. "Trash" (Ferry, Manzanera) – 2:14
  3. "Angel Eyes" (Ferry, Andy Mackay) – 3:32
  4. "Still Falls the Rain" (Ferry, Manzanera) – 4:13
  5. "Stronger Through the Years" – 6:16

Side two

  1. "Ain't That So" – 5:39
  2. "My Little Girl" (Ferry, Manzanera) – 3:17
  3. "Dance Away" – 4:20
  4. "Cry, Cry, Cry" – 2:55
  5. "Spin Me Round" – 5:15


Additional personnel

Technical personnel

  • Rhett Davies – recording engineer
  • Jimmy Douglass – engineer
  • Phill Brown – engineer
  • Randy Mason – engineer

Release history

On the original vinyl release, Side One was labeled "East Side" and Side Two was labeled "West Side".

The first CD issue substituted the single versions of "Angel Eyes" (3:06) and "Dance Away" (3:48) for the original versions. The remastered (1999) version restored "Angel Eyes" to its original LP mix but retained the "Dance Away" remix. The original version of the song was made available in compact disc only on 1995's Thrill of It All four-disc compilation.



Year Chart Peak
1979 UK Albums Chart 7 [5]
1979 Billboard Pop Albums 23 [6]


Year Single Chart Peak
1979 "Trash" UK Singles Chart 40 [5]
1979 "Dance Away" Billboard Pop Singles 44 [7]
1979 "Dance Away" UK Singles Chart 2 [5]
1979 "Angel Eyes" UK Singles Chart 4 [5]


Organization Level Date
BPI – UK Gold June 4, 1979 (1979-06-04) [8]


  1. ^ a b c Strong, Martin C. (2006). The Essential Rock Discography. Edinburgh: Canongate. pp. 931. ISBN 1841958603. 
  2. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "allmusic ((( Manifesto > Review )))". Allmusic. Retrieved March 17, 2010. 
  3. ^ Brackett, Nathan. "Roxy Music". The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. November 2004. pg. 705, cited March 17, 2010
  4. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Roxy Music"., Retrieved on March 17, 2010.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g "UK Top 40 Hit Database". Retrieved 2008-08-30. 
  6. ^ "allmusic (((Manifesto > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums)))". Retrieved 2008-08-30. 
  7. ^ "allmusic (((Manifesto > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles)))". Retrieved 2008-08-30. 
  8. ^ "BPI Certified Awards". Retrieved 2008-08-30. 

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