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Bryan Ferry rebranding rock'n'roll

By Marc Zisman |

In a grandiose live recording from 1974, the leader of Roxy Music revisits Bob Dylan, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and many others...

Only a year after the release of the first Roxy Music album, Bryan Ferry also put out his first record. A frenzy of material which allowed the British dandy to satisfy his passion for performance, plain and simple. On These Foolish Things (1973), the leader of Roxy Music covers Bob Dylan, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Beach Boys, The Four Tops and Elvis, whereas Another Time, Another Place (1974) sees him revisiting Dylan again but also Sam Cooke, Ike Turner, Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson, Joe South and a few gems from some 60s girl groups.

Unpublished until now, this live recording from the Royal Albert Hall in London in December 1974 is essentially made up of these two solo albums. Irony, mismatch and the exuberance of the glam philosophy shine out during every second of this grandiose and bombastic concert which sees three members of Roxy Music join him on stage: the guitarist Phil Manzanera (insane!), drummer Paul Thompson and bassist John Porter. With a smoking jacket, flares, and long hair, Bryan Ferry delivers a performance captured on this album that is as decadent as they come, kicking tradition to the kerb. Champagne, bubble bath and rock’n’roll!

Sadly no images exist from the concert, but that same year, Ferry sang Dylan's A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall on German television, followed by a cover of What a Wonderful World by Sam Cooke with supermodel Twiggy!


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