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These Foolish Things

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Much like his contemporary David Bowie, Ferry consolidated his glam-era success with a covers album, his first full solo effort even while Roxy Music was still going full steam. Whereas Bowie on Pin-Ups focused on British beat and psych treasures, Ferry for the most part looked to America, touching on everything from Motown to the early jazz standard that gave the collection its name. Just about everyone in Roxy Music at the time helped out on the album -- notable exceptions being Andy Mackay and Brian Eno. The outrageous take on Bob Dylan's "A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall," with Ferry vamping over brassy female vocals, sets the tone for things from the start. All this said, many of the covers aim for an elegant late-night feeling not far off from the well-sculpted Ferry persona of the '80s and beyond, though perhaps a touch less bloodless and moody in comparison. In terms of sheer selection alone, meanwhile, Ferry's taste is downright impeccable. There's Leiber & Stoller via Elvis' "Baby I Don't Care," Lesley Gore's "It's My Party" (with narrative gender unchanged!), Smokey Robinson and the Miracles' "The Tracks of My Tears," and more, all treated with affection without undue reverence, a great combination. Ferry's U.K. background isn't entirely ignored, though, thanks to two of the album's best efforts -- the Beatles' "You Won't See Me" and the Stones' "Sympathy for the Devil." Throughout Ferry's instantly recognizable croon carries everything to a tee, and the overall mood is playful and celebratory. Wrapping up with a grand take on "These Foolish Things" itself, this album is one of the best of its kind by any artist.
© Ned Raggett /TiVo

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1
A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall
00:05:19

Bob Dylan, Composer - Bryan Ferry, Producer, MainArtist - JOHN PORTER, Producer - John Punter, Producer

(C) 1999 Virgin Records Ltd This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 1999 Virgin Records Ltd ℗ 2019 Virgin Records Ltd

2
River Of Salt
00:01:48

Roger Ball, Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Horn Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Malcolm Duncan, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Thompson, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Henry Lowther, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Bryan Ferry, Producer, Voice, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Nye, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - JOHN PORTER, Producer, Guitar, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Eddie Jobson, Keyboards, Violin, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer - Andy Arthurs, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - David Skinner, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - John Punter, Producer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - The Angelettes, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Irving Brown, Composer - Jan Zackery, ComposerLyricist - Bernard Zackery, Composer

(C) 1999 Virgin Records Ltd This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 1999 Virgin Records Ltd ℗ 1999 Virgin Records Ltd

3
Don't Ever Change
00:02:15

Roger Ball, Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Horn Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Malcolm Duncan, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Thompson, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Henry Lowther, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Carole King, Composer - Gerry Goffin, Composer - Bryan Ferry, Producer, Voice, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Nye, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - JOHN PORTER, Producer, Guitar, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Leslie, Composer - Eddie Jobson, Keyboards, Violin, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer - Andy Arthurs, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - David Skinner, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - John Punter, Producer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - The Angelettes, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer

(C) 1999 Virgin Records Ltd This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 1999 Virgin Records Ltd ℗ 1999 Virgin Records Ltd

4
Piece Of My Heart
00:03:06

BERT BERNS, Composer - Roger Ball, Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Horn Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Malcolm Duncan, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Thompson, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Henry Lowther, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - JERRY RAGOVOY, Composer - Bryan Ferry, Producer, Voice, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Nye, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - JOHN PORTER, Producer, Guitar, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Eddie Jobson, Keyboards, Violin, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer - Andy Arthurs, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - David Skinner, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - John Punter, Producer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - The Angelettes, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer

(C) 1999 Virgin Records Ltd This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 1999 Virgin Records Ltd ℗ 1999 Virgin Records Ltd

5
Baby I Don't Care
00:01:50

Roger Ball, Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Horn Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Malcolm Duncan, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Thompson, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Jerry Leiber, ComposerLyricist - Mike Stoller, ComposerLyricist - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Henry Lowther, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Bryan Ferry, Producer, Voice, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Nye, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - JOHN PORTER, Producer, Guitar, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Eddie Jobson, Keyboards, Violin, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer - Andy Arthurs, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - David Skinner, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - John Punter, Producer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - The Angelettes, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer

(C) 1999 Virgin Records Ltd This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 1999 Virgin Records Ltd ℗ 1999 Virgin Records Ltd

6
It's My Party
00:02:00

Roger Ball, Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Horn Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Malcolm Duncan, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Herb Wiener, Composer - Paul Thompson, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Henry Lowther, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Bryan Ferry, Producer, Voice, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Nye, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - JOHN PORTER, Producer, Guitar, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Eddie Jobson, Keyboards, Violin, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer - Andy Arthurs, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - David Skinner, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - John Punter, Producer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - The Angelettes, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - John Gluck Jr., Composer - Walter Gold, Composer

(C) 1999 Virgin Records Ltd This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 1999 Virgin Records Ltd ℗ 1999 Virgin Records Ltd

7
Don't Worry Baby
00:04:13

Roger Ball, Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Horn Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Malcolm Duncan, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Thompson, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Henry Lowther, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Brian Wilson, ComposerLyricist - Bryan Ferry, Producer, Voice, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Nye, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - JOHN PORTER, Producer, Guitar, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Roger Christian, ComposerLyricist - Eddie Jobson, Keyboards, Violin, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer - Andy Arthurs, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - David Skinner, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - John Punter, Producer, Drums, Engineer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - The Angelettes, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer

(C) 1999 Virgin Records Ltd This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 1999 Virgin Records Ltd ℗ 1999 Virgin Records Ltd

8
Sympathy For The Devil
00:05:50

Roger Ball, Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Horn Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Malcolm Duncan, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Thompson, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Henry Lowther, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - KEITH RICHARDS, ComposerLyricist - MICK JAGGER, ComposerLyricist - Bryan Ferry, Producer, Voice, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Nye, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - JOHN PORTER, Producer, Guitar, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Eddie Jobson, Keyboards, Violin, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer - Andy Arthurs, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - David Skinner, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - John Punter, Producer, Drums, Engineer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Jesse Davis, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Robbie Montgomerie, Horn Arranger, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer

(C) 1999 Virgin Records Ltd This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 1999 Virgin Records Ltd ℗ 1999 Virgin Records Ltd

9
The Tracks Of My Tears
00:03:04

William Robinson, Jr., ComposerLyricist - Marvin Tarplin, ComposerLyricist - Warren Moore, ComposerLyricist - Roger Ball, Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Horn Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Malcolm Duncan, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Thompson, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Henry Lowther, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Bryan Ferry, Producer, Voice, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Nye, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - JOHN PORTER, Producer, Guitar, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Eddie Jobson, Keyboards, Violin, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer - Andy Arthurs, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - David Skinner, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - John Punter, Producer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - The Angelettes, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer

(C) 1999 Virgin Records Ltd This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 1999 Virgin Records Ltd ℗ 1999 Virgin Records Ltd

10
You Won't See Me
00:02:32

Roger Ball, Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Horn Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Malcolm Duncan, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Thompson, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Henry Lowther, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - John Lennon, ComposerLyricist - Paul Mccartney, ComposerLyricist - Bryan Ferry, Producer, Voice, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Nye, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - JOHN PORTER, Producer, Guitar, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Phil Manzanera, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Eddie Jobson, Keyboards, Violin, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer - Andy Arthurs, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - David Skinner, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - John Punter, Producer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - The Angelettes, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer

(C) 1999 Virgin Records Ltd This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 1999 Virgin Records Ltd ℗ 1999 Virgin Records Ltd

11
I Love How You Love Me
00:03:02

Larry Kolber, Composer - Roger Ball, Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Horn Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Malcolm Duncan, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Thompson, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Barry Mann, Composer - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Henry Lowther, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Bryan Ferry, Producer, Voice, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Nye, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - JOHN PORTER, Producer, Guitar, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Eddie Jobson, Keyboards, Violin, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer - Andy Arthurs, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - David Skinner, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - John Punter, Producer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - The Angelettes, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Ruan O'Lochlainn, Alto Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer

(C) 1999 Virgin Records Ltd This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 1999 Virgin Records Ltd ℗ 1999 Virgin Records Ltd

12
Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever
00:03:06

Roger Ball, Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Horn Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Malcolm Duncan, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Thompson, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Henry Lowther, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Stevie Wonder, Composer - Bryan Ferry, Producer, Voice, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Nye, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - JOHN PORTER, Producer, Guitar, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Ivy Jo Hunter, Composer - Eddie Jobson, Keyboards, Violin, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer - Andy Arthurs, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - David Skinner, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - John Punter, Producer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - The Angelettes, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer

(C) 1999 Virgin Records Ltd This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 1999 Virgin Records Ltd ℗ 1999 Virgin Records Ltd

13
These Foolish Things
00:05:41

Bryan Ferry, MainArtist - Jack Strachey, ComposerLyricist - Eric Maschwitz, Author

(C) 1999 Virgin Records Ltd This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 1999 Virgin Records Ltd ℗ 1999 Virgin Records Ltd.

Album Description

Much like his contemporary David Bowie, Ferry consolidated his glam-era success with a covers album, his first full solo effort even while Roxy Music was still going full steam. Whereas Bowie on Pin-Ups focused on British beat and psych treasures, Ferry for the most part looked to America, touching on everything from Motown to the early jazz standard that gave the collection its name. Just about everyone in Roxy Music at the time helped out on the album -- notable exceptions being Andy Mackay and Brian Eno. The outrageous take on Bob Dylan's "A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall," with Ferry vamping over brassy female vocals, sets the tone for things from the start. All this said, many of the covers aim for an elegant late-night feeling not far off from the well-sculpted Ferry persona of the '80s and beyond, though perhaps a touch less bloodless and moody in comparison. In terms of sheer selection alone, meanwhile, Ferry's taste is downright impeccable. There's Leiber & Stoller via Elvis' "Baby I Don't Care," Lesley Gore's "It's My Party" (with narrative gender unchanged!), Smokey Robinson and the Miracles' "The Tracks of My Tears," and more, all treated with affection without undue reverence, a great combination. Ferry's U.K. background isn't entirely ignored, though, thanks to two of the album's best efforts -- the Beatles' "You Won't See Me" and the Stones' "Sympathy for the Devil." Throughout Ferry's instantly recognizable croon carries everything to a tee, and the overall mood is playful and celebratory. Wrapping up with a grand take on "These Foolish Things" itself, this album is one of the best of its kind by any artist.
© Ned Raggett /TiVo

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