Roxy Music press shots from 1972

Forty five years ago, English rock band Roxy Music sounded otherworldly — full of adventure and forwarding a style that defies categorization.  Its dynamite first album, Roxy Music, landed in the top spots of a genration’s record collections, a generation keen on turning its attention away from flower power and toward punk-infused self-expression.

Now, a new collection, also titled Roxy Music, commemorates the recording. Featuring over 100 pages of interviews, tour notes, photographs and perspectives, Roxy Music contains three CDs with the reissued album’s demos, outtakes and BBC radio sessions; and a DVD of live performances from the time.

Ampersand’s Liz Warner talks to Roxy Music’s vocalist, Bryan Ferry, about what went into the making of that first record and the sounds that influenced him. Aretha Franklin, who knew?

An extended version of this interview and more Roxy Music will be shared on Alternate Take, Liz’s radio show on Dublab.