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Take A Chance With Me – Roxy Music

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TakeAChanceWithMeWe’ve already had one Roxy Music song on here from the very beginning of their career (Virginia Plain). Now here’s another, right from the every end of their career. In fact these two songs act as bookends (their first and last singles) for a remarkable band who underwent a significant musical transformation in their career.

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At first listen, it’s sometimes difficult to believe that these are the same bands. Starting off as a unique combination of avant-garde and retro-pop, Roxy gradually acquired mainstream success and acceptance in the mid-1970s with songs like Love is the Drug, before re-emerging at the end of the decade after a brief hiatus with a smoother, more sophisticated sound, something that reached its peak/nadir (dependent on your point of view) in the commercially and critically successful final album Avalon. I’m firmly in the camp that believes that loves the latter-day Roxy – sure, it is different to what they started out as, but Avalon in particular is just a gorgeous album, rich and romantic songs cloaked in beautifully sculptured soundscapes.

Buried away in the middle of side 2 (in old money) is this, their final single. It wasn’t particularly successful in commercial terms (peaking at 26 in the UK singles chart) but it does showcase the whole vibe of Avalon, one of those albums best consumed as a whole, with a consistent dreamy sound and style all of its own. I’d never have really considered this as a song for ukulele (that sophisticated sound is not something that you regularly associated with the humble uke) but hearing it the other day it struck me that underneath that lush production is a simple and effective song. And I do believe that is the case.

There’s nothing very difficult here. I’ve ignored the long intro of the original, although I have tried to tab something that vaguely resembles the guitar riff at the beginning and after the choruses – you can choose to ignore that if you wish. And there’s a G to G/F# run down after each line of the chorus that you can also choose to ignore. Whatever you do, though, enjoy!

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