Roxy Music fans can look forward to expanded reissues of the group’s classic catalog, with the updated version of each disc boasting previously unavailable bonus tracks.

The new versions are nicely timed as a celebration of the 40th anniversary of their original self-titled debut and mark the beginning of an extensive planned campaign of reissues and archival releases from Virgin Records.

The initial phase will launch with an eight-CD / four-DVD deluxe box set called ‘Roxy Music: The Complete Studio Recordings 1972-1982,’ featuring all eight original Roxy Music studio albums. The DVDs will contain each album in high-resolution audio transferred directly from the original analog masters.

With the added bonus material, a number of Roxy Music B-sides and rarities will make their CD debut for the first time ever. Some of the newly digitized highlights include the 7” mixes of ‘Do The Strand,’ ‘Love Is The Drug,’ ‘Take A Chance With Me,’ and B-sides like ‘The Numberer,’ ‘The Pride And The Pain’ and ‘Your Application’s Failed.’

The reissues will hit the streets on April 1 with details on additional releases to follow as the 40th anniversary celebration continues through the duration of 2012.

Roxy’s Bryan Ferry wrapped up a successful series of U.S. tour dates last year supporting his excellent ‘Olympia’ solo release, which featured contributions from his old Roxy mates Brian Eno, Phil Manzanera and Andy Mackay. Other participants on the album, which was Ferry’s first in nearly 10 years, included Dave Stewart, Flea and Nile Rodgers.