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In early 1970 Ferry had auditioned as lead singer for King Crimson, who were seeking a replacement for Greg Lake. Andy Mackay replied to Ferry's advertisement, not as a keyboard player but a saxophonist and oboist, though he did have a VCS3 synthesizer.Although Robert Fripp and Pete Sinfield decided that Ferry's voice was unsuitable for King Crimson's material, they were impressed with his talent and helped the fledgling Roxy Music to obtain a contract with E. Mackay had already met Brian Eno during university days, as both were interested in avant-garde and electronic music.Manzanera also knew other well-known musicians, such as David Gilmour, who was a friend of his older brother, and Soft Machine's Robert Wyatt.However, Manzanera did not initially make the band as a guitarist; the successful applicant was David O'List, former guitarist with The Nice.The group were impressed enough with Manzanera that he was invited to become Roxy Music's roadie, an offer which he accepted.The band's fortunes were greatly increased by the support of broadcaster John Peel and Melody Maker journalist Richard Williams.Two weeks later Roxy Music signed with EG Management.Both the album and its famous cover artwork were apparently completed before the group signed with Island Records.
John Porter (credited as a guest) played bass on the record, while Sal Maida played bass for subsequent live shows.
The other members of the band are reported to have shared some of Eno's concerns about Ferry's dominance, but they elected to remain.
Also, John Gustafson became the band's permanent bass player for the next three studio albums, but not always for live shows; though he toured with Roxy on certain dates in 19, other live Roxy bassists of this period (1973–1976) included Sal Maida, John Wetton and Rick Wills.
In October 1971 Roxy advertised in Melody Maker seeking the "Perfect Guitarist" and Phil Manzanera was one of about twenty players who auditioned.
Manzanera, the son of an English father and a Colombian mother, had spent a considerable amount of time in South America and Cuba as a child, and although he did not have the same art school background as Ferry, Mackay and Eno, he was perhaps the most proficient member of the band, with an interest in a wide variety of music.
Williams became an enthusiastic fan after meeting Ferry and being given a demonstration tape during mid-1971, and wrote the first major article on the band, featured on Melody Maker's "Horizons" page in the edition of 7 August 1971.