Stranded (album)

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Studio album by Roxy Music
Released 1 November 1973 (1973-11-01)
Recorded September 1973 (1973-09)
Studio AIR Studios, London
Genre Art rock, glam rock
Length 41:06
Label Island, Polydor (UK)
Atco, Reprise (US) [1]
Producer Chris Thomas
Roxy Music chronology
For Your Pleasure
Country Life
Singles from Stranded
  1. "Street Life"
    Released: November 1973 [1]
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[2]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[3]
Robert Christgau B+[4]
Pitchfork Media 9.2/10[5]

Stranded is the third album by the English rock band Roxy Music, released in late 1973. It reached number one on the UK album charts. The cover shows Bryan Ferry's then girlfriend and 1973 Playmate of the Year, Marilyn Cole. It was the first Roxy Music album on which Ferry was not the sole songwriter as multi-instrumentalist Andy Mackay and guitarist Phil Manzanera also contributed to the album. Though it was also the first without Brian Eno, who had left the group after For Your Pleasure, Eno nonetheless later rated it as Roxy Music's finest record. Despite this praise, the album only reached number 186 in the Top Pop Albums charts in the US.

The track "Street Life" was released as a single and reached number 9 on the UK charts.

Critical reception[edit]

Paul Gambaccini in a 1974 Rolling Stone review wrote: "Roxy Music can no longer be ignored by Americans. They may not achieve the commercial success they have in Britain, where Stranded reached Number One, but their artistic performance must be recognized. Stranded is an eloquent statement that there are still frontiers which American pop has not explored."[6]

Retrospective review by AllMusic critic Stephen Thomas Erlewine is also positive. He wrote of the album: "Under the direction of Bryan Ferry, Roxy moved toward[s] relatively straightforward territory, adding greater layers of piano and heavy guitars. Even without the washes of Eno's synthesizers, Roxy's music remains unsettling on occasion, yet in this new incarnation, they favor more measured material."[7]

Album cover[edit]

The gatefold cover photograph was taken by Karl Stoecker and styled by Antony Price, and shows the Playboy model Marilyn Cole. In an interview with the writer Tony Barrell in 2007, Cole recalled: “It was at a tiny studio, somewhere off the Edgware Road in London. I’d never even heard of Roxy Music. I very soon understood that I was in safe hands, among some very talented people. There was a red dress hanging up, and I thought, ‘Ooh, good, I’m going to get to wear a really nice dress’... whereupon, as I’m having my make-up done, Antony comes in and starts ripping the dress – a hole there, a slash there. I was thinking, ‘Oh no.’ They stuck me on this big log and explained I was supposed to be stranded in a jungle, and then they started spraying me; they sprayed my hair gold, and there was a whole mist coming over me and the dress was getting wet in all the right places.” [8]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Bryan Ferry except as noted.

Side one
No. Title Length
1. "Street Life"   3:29
2. "Just Like You"   3:36
3. "Amazona" (Ferry, Phil Manzanera) 4:16
4. "Psalm"   8:04
Side two
No. Title Length
1. "Serenade"   2:59
2. "A Song for Europe" (Ferry, Andy Mackay) 5:46
3. "Mother of Pearl"   6:52
4. "Sunset"   6:04


Roxy Music
Additional personnel
  • Chris Laurence – string bass on "Sunset"
  • The London Welsh Male Choir – chorus on "Psalm"
  • Nicolas de Ville – cover design
  • Karl Stoecker – photography

Recorded at AIR Studios, London and produced for E.G.Records


The bass guitarist John Taylor, during his solo period after leaving Duran Duran in 1997, organized a Roxy Music tribute album called Dream Home Heartaches: Remaking/Remodeling Roxy Music (released 1999). On it, Mackay's "A Song for Europe" was covered by Dave Gahan and "Street Life" was performed by Phantom 5 (aka Gerry Laffy and Simon Laffy).[9]


  1. ^ a b Strong, Martin C. (2006). The Essential Rock Discography. Edinburgh: Canongate Books. p. 930. ISBN 1-84195-860-3. 
  2. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "allmusic ((( Stranded > Review )))". Allmusic. Retrieved 17 March 2010. 
  3. ^ Brackett, Nathan. "Roxy Music". The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. November 2004. pg. 705, cited 17 March 2010
  4. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Roxy Music"., Retrieved on 17 March 2010.
  5. ^ "Roxy Music: Roxy Music: The Complete Studio Recordings 1972-1982". Pitchfork Media. 13 August 2012. Retrieved 26 November 2012. 
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  8. ^ Tony Barrell (2007-11-11). "Cover Stories". The Sunday Times. Retrieved 2014-09-06. 
  9. ^ John Taylor's Trust The Process website

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Pin Ups by David Bowie
UK number-one album
8 December 1973
Succeeded by
Dreams Are Nuthin' More Than Wishes by David Cassidy