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There are two headlines for Olympia, Bryan Ferry’s 13th solo album. The first is that it’s Ferry’s first collection of primarily original material since 1994’s Mamouna -- of the ten songs only Tim Buckley's “Song to the Siren” and Traffic's "No Face, No Name, No Number" are from another author -- the second is that among the many collaborators here are Brian Eno, Phil Manzanera, and Andy MacKay, all original members of Roxy Music, their presence suggesting a return to the chilly art of Roxy’s earliest records. Neither headline tells the real story: Olympia is Ferry’s most seductive album since Avalon, a luxurious collection of softly stylized sophistication. Instead of pushing into new territory, Ferry focuses on refinement, polishing his signatures -- primarily songs so slow they seem to float, and also the occasional high-end piece of pristine pop-funk -- until they’re seamless, the textures shifting so subtly that when the chorus of “Heartache by Numbers” turns eerie, the change in atmosphere is almost subliminal. Such command of mood is a tell-tale sign of a quiet perfectionist, but Olympia doesn’t feel fussy; it’s unruffled and casually elegant, its pleasing familiarity reflecting the persistence of an old master honing his craft.
© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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1
You Can Dance
00:04:28

Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - BOB CLEARMOUNTAIN, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - NILE RODGERS, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Frank Ricotti, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - MARCUS MILLER, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Bryan Ferry, Producer, Keyboards, Piano, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Flea, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Dave Stewart, ComposerLyricist - Rhett Davis, Producer - John Monkman, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Johnson Somerset, Producer - Simon Willey, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Tim Roe, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Al Lawson, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Chris Mullings, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Aleysha Gordon, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Hannah Khemoh, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Katie Turner, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Seweuse Abwa, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Alice Retif, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Tara Ferry, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Oliver Thompson, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - David Williams, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Radar, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Gary "Mani" Mounfield, Bass, AssociatedPerformer

(C) 2010 Dene Jesmond Enterprises Ltd under exclusive licence to Virgin Records Ltd This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 2010 EMI Records Ltd ℗ 2010 Dene Jesmond Enterprises Ltd

2
Alphaville
00:04:25

Andy Newmark, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - BOB CLEARMOUNTAIN, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - NILE RODGERS, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Frank Ricotti, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - MARCUS MILLER, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Colin Good, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Bryan Ferry, Producer, Keyboards, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Anthony Pleeth, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Dave Stewart, Guitar, Music Production, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Perry Montague-Mason, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Brian Eno, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer - Rhett Davis, Producer - John Monkman, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Johnson Somerset, Producer - Simon Willey, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Tim Roe, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Al Lawson, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Chris Mullings, Engineer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Aleysha Gordon, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Hannah Khemoh, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Seweuse Abwa, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Alice Retif, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Tara Ferry, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Oliver Thompson, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - David Williams, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Emlyn Singleton, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Ruby Turner, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Emily Dolan Davies, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Neil Hubbard, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Vicci Wardman, Viola, AssociatedPerformer

(C) 2010 Dene Jesmond Enterprises Ltd under exclusive licence to Virgin Records Ltd This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 2010 EMI Records Ltd ℗ 2010 Dene Jesmond Enterprises Ltd

3
Heartache By Numbers
00:04:55

Andy Newmark, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Jake Shears, Music Production, AssociatedPerformer - Babydaddy, Guitar, Keyboards, Bass, Music Production, AssociatedPerformer - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - BOB CLEARMOUNTAIN, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Frank Ricotti, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - MARCUS MILLER, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Bryan Ferry, Producer, Keyboards, Piano, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Flea, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Rhett Davis, Producer - John Monkman, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Hoffman, ComposerLyricist - Johnson Somerset, Producer - Simon Willey, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Tim Roe, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Al Lawson, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Chris Mullings, Engineer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Aleysha Gordon, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Hannah Khemoh, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Seweuse Abwa, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Tara Ferry, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Oliver Thompson, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - David Williams, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Ruby Turner, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Sellards, ComposerLyricist - Me'sha Bryan, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Thomas Fetherstonhaugh, Treble, AssociatedPerformer - Andrew MacKay, Oboe, AssociatedPerformer

(C) 2010 Dene Jesmond Enterprises Ltd under exclusive licence to Virgin Records Ltd This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 2010 EMI Records Ltd ℗ 2010 Dene Jesmond Enterprises Ltd

4
Me Oh My
00:04:40

Andy Newmark, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - BOB CLEARMOUNTAIN, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - NILE RODGERS, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Frank Ricotti, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - MARCUS MILLER, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - David Gilmour, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Bryan Ferry, Producer, Piano, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Anthony Pleeth, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Perry Montague-Mason, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Brian Eno, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer - Rhett Davis, Producer - John Monkman, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Johnson Somerset, Producer - Simon Willey, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Tim Roe, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Al Lawson, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Chris Mullings, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Hannah Khemoh, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Seweuse Abwa, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Tara Ferry, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Oliver Thompson, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Emlyn Singleton, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Vicci Wardman, Viola, AssociatedPerformer

(C) 2010 Dene Jesmond Enterprises Ltd under exclusive licence to Virgin Records Ltd This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 2010 EMI Records Ltd ℗ 2010 Dene Jesmond Enterprises Ltd

5
Shameless
00:04:35

Andy Cato, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Andy Newmark, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - BOB CLEARMOUNTAIN, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - NILE RODGERS, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Frank Ricotti, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - MARCUS MILLER, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Bryan Ferry, Producer, Piano, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Groove Armada, Producer, Additional Producer - Rhett Davis, Producer - John Monkman, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Johnson Somerset, Producer - Simon Willey, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Tim Roe, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Al Lawson, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Chris Mullings, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Hannah Khemoh, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Seweuse Abwa, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Oliver Thompson, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Shar White, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Cato, ComposerLyricist - Findlay, ComposerLyricist

(C) 2010 Dene Jesmond Enterprises Ltd under exclusive licence to Virgin Records Ltd This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 2010 EMI Records Ltd ℗ 2010 Dene Jesmond Enterprises Ltd

6
Song To The Siren
00:05:55

Ash Howes, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Andy Newmark, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - BOB CLEARMOUNTAIN, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - NILE RODGERS, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Frank Ricotti, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - MARCUS MILLER, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - David Gilmour, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Colin Good, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer - Bryan Ferry, Producer, Keyboards, Piano, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Anthony Pleeth, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Perry Montague-Mason, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Brian Eno, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer - Rhett Davis, Producer - John Monkman, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Johnson Somerset, Producer - Simon Willey, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Tim Roe, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Al Lawson, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Chris Mullings, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Aleysha Gordon, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Hannah Khemoh, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Seweuse Abwa, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Tara Ferry, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Oliver Thompson, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Emlyn Singleton, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Tim Buckley, ComposerLyricist - Emily Dolan Davies, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Sven Taits, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Tallulah Harlech, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Vicci Wardman, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Andrew MacKay, Oboe, AssociatedPerformer - Larry Beckett, ComposerLyricist - Jonny Greenwood, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Phil Manzanera, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer

(C) 2010 Dene Jesmond Enterprises Ltd under exclusive licence to Virgin Records Ltd This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 2010 EMI Records Ltd ℗ 2010 Dene Jesmond Enterprises Ltd

7
No Face, No Name, No Number
00:04:39

Andy Newmark, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - BOB CLEARMOUNTAIN, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - NILE RODGERS, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Winwood, ComposerLyricist - Frank Ricotti, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - MARCUS MILLER, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Bryan Ferry, Producer, Keyboards, Piano, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Flea, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Anthony Pleeth, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Perry Montague-Mason, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Rhett Davis, Producer - John Monkman, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Johnson Somerset, Producer - Simon Willey, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Tim Roe, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Al Lawson, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Chris Mullings, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Aleysha Gordon, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Hannah Khemoh, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Seweuse Abwa, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Tara Ferry, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Oliver Thompson, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - David Williams, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Emlyn Singleton, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Emily Dolan Davies, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Capaldi, ComposerLyricist - Vicci Wardman, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Spedding, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer

(C) 2010 Dene Jesmond Enterprises Ltd under exclusive licence to Virgin Records Ltd This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 2010 EMI Records Ltd ℗ 2010 Dene Jesmond Enterprises Ltd

8
BF Bass (Ode To Olympia)
00:04:09

Andy Newmark, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - BOB CLEARMOUNTAIN, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - NILE RODGERS, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Frank Ricotti, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - MARCUS MILLER, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Bryan Ferry, Producer, Keyboards, Piano, Vocals, Bass, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Brian Eno, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer - Rhett Davis, Producer - John Monkman, Music Production, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Johnson Somerset, Producer - Simon Willey, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Tim Roe, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Al Lawson, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Chris Mullings, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Aleysha Gordon, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Hannah Khemoh, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Seweuse Abwa, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Tara Ferry, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Oliver Thompson, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Phil Manzanera, Guitar, Music Production, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Chris Spedding, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Gary "Mani" Mounfield, Bass, AssociatedPerformer

(C) 2010 Dene Jesmond Enterprises Ltd under exclusive licence to Virgin Records Ltd This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 2010 EMI Records Ltd ℗ 2010 Dene Jesmond Enterprises Ltd

9
Reason Or Rhyme
00:06:51

Andy Newmark, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - BOB CLEARMOUNTAIN, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - NILE RODGERS, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Frank Ricotti, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - MARCUS MILLER, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Bryan Ferry, Producer, Keyboards, Piano, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Rhett Davis, Producer - Johnson Somerset, Producer - Simon Willey, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Tim Roe, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Al Lawson, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Chris Mullings, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Hannah Khemoh, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Oliver Thompson, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - David Williams, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Emily Dolan Davies, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Merlin Ferry, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Phil Manzanera, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer

(C) 2010 Dene Jesmond Enterprises Ltd under exclusive licence to Virgin Records Ltd This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 2010 EMI Records Ltd ℗ 2010 Dene Jesmond Enterprises Ltd

10
Tender Is The Night
00:04:34

Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - BOB CLEARMOUNTAIN, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Bryan Ferry, Producer, Keyboards, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Dave Stewart, ComposerLyricist - Rhett Davis, Producer - Johnson Somerset, Producer - Simon Willey, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Tim Roe, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Al Lawson, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Chris Mullings, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Oliver Thompson, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Radar, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Nieve, Piano, AssociatedPerformer

(C) 2010 Dene Jesmond Enterprises Ltd under exclusive licence to Virgin Records Ltd This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 2010 EMI Records Ltd ℗ 2010 Dene Jesmond Enterprises Ltd

Album Description

There are two headlines for Olympia, Bryan Ferry’s 13th solo album. The first is that it’s Ferry’s first collection of primarily original material since 1994’s Mamouna -- of the ten songs only Tim Buckley's “Song to the Siren” and Traffic's "No Face, No Name, No Number" are from another author -- the second is that among the many collaborators here are Brian Eno, Phil Manzanera, and Andy MacKay, all original members of Roxy Music, their presence suggesting a return to the chilly art of Roxy’s earliest records. Neither headline tells the real story: Olympia is Ferry’s most seductive album since Avalon, a luxurious collection of softly stylized sophistication. Instead of pushing into new territory, Ferry focuses on refinement, polishing his signatures -- primarily songs so slow they seem to float, and also the occasional high-end piece of pristine pop-funk -- until they’re seamless, the textures shifting so subtly that when the chorus of “Heartache by Numbers” turns eerie, the change in atmosphere is almost subliminal. Such command of mood is a tell-tale sign of a quiet perfectionist, but Olympia doesn’t feel fussy; it’s unruffled and casually elegant, its pleasing familiarity reflecting the persistence of an old master honing his craft.
© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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