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iPod Shuffle2 - Street Life (Paris, France Tour Eiffel Tower)

iPod Shuffle2 - Street Life (Paris, France Tour Eiffel Tower)
Roxy Music - Street Life - Play this track here.

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I was a latecomer to appreciating the talents of Roxy Music, born slightly too late I guess.

"Street Life" is the opening track of Roxy Music's third album Stranded, their first album with Eddie Jobson, who replaced the talented Brian Eno. It was released as a single in the UK in November 1973 and reached number 9 on the charts. Its non-LP B-side "Hula Kula", an hawaiian-like instrumental composed by Phil Manzanera, was re-released on the "The Thrill of It All" boxset.

Roxy Music are an English art rock group formed in November 1970 by Bryan Ferry, who became the group's lead vocalist and chief songwriter, and bassist Graham Simpson. The other members are Phil Manzanera (guitar), Andy Mackay (saxophone and oboe) and Paul Thompson (drums and percussion). Former members include Brian Eno (synthesizer and "treatments"), and Eddie Jobson (synthesizer and violin).

Although the band took a break from group activities in 1983, they reunited for a concert tour in 2001, and have toured together intermittently since that time.

Roxy Music attained popular and critical success in the UK, Europe and Australia during the 1970s and early 1980s, beginning with their debut album, Roxy Music (1972). The band was highly influential, as leading proponents of the more experimental, musically sophisticated element of glam, as well as a significant influence on early English punk music.

They also provided a model for many New Wave acts and the experimental electronic groups of the early 1980s. The group is distinguished by their visual and musical sophistication and their preoccupation with style and glamour. Ferry and co-founding member Eno have also had influential solo careers, the latter becoming one of the most significant record producers and collaborators of the late 20th century.

This image was taken at 79 Rue Saint-Dominique, Paris 7th arrondissement. It is quite up-market, also home to many foreign diplomatic embassies, some of them occupying outstanding Hôtels particuliers.

The arrondissement is home to French upper class since the 17th century, when it became the new residence of French highest nobility. The district has been so fashionable within the French aristocracy that the phrase le Faubourg — referring to the ancient name of the current 7th arrondissement — has been used to describe French nobility ever since.

France's 2nd richest district in average income, this arrondissement is part of Paris Ouest, alongside the 6th, 8th, 16th arrondissements and Neuilly, and is usually considered the most aristocratic district of the area. Indeed, plat de jour at Thoumieux will set you back 80 Euros a head before service charge, water or wine. I have got to say though, the food is good!

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