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Rock - Released February 7, 2020 | BMG Rights Management (UK) Ltd

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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 Dylan, The Beatles, The Stones, The Beach Boys, The Four Tops and Elvis, whereas Another Time, Another Place (1974) sees him revisiting Dylan 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 Unpublished until now, this live recording from the Royal Albert Hall in London in December 1974 is essentially made up of these two solo albums.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 as decadent as they come, kicking tradition to the kerb. Champagne, bubble bath and rock’n’roll! © Marc Zisman/Qobuz
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Rock - Released November 18, 2019 | BMG Rights Management (UK) Ltd

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Rock - Released December 6, 2019 | BMG Rights Management (UK) Limited

Bryan Ferry had released two solo albums when he took the stage at London's Royal Albert Hall in December 1974. Both of them, 1973's These Foolish Things and 1974's Another Time, Another Place, had found him transferring the swaggering, arty glitter-rock of his band Roxy Music into a series of well-curated covers from the 1930s through the 1960s. It was an iconoclastic move, comparable to David Bowie's Pin Ups, but adorned with Ferry's own dashing pop élan and smooth theatricality. As an interpreter of standards, American Popular or otherwise, Ferry had impossibly combined the hazy sheen of golden-era Hollywood glamour with a wry singer/songwriter sincerity and a wallop of good-time rock & roll. He brought all of this jazzy charisma to bear on this live concert date, offering a cross section of songs from these two solo productions. Joining him were several Roxy Music regulars, including guitarists Phil Manzanera and John Porter, drummer Paul Thompson, and Roxy Music-adjacent pianist/violinist Eddie Jobson, who also supplied string arrangements. Also on board was King Crimson bassist and future Asia vocalist John Wetton. Rounding out Ferry's stage group were a sundry mix of horn and string players, keyboardists, and a trio of female backing vocalists. The result is a vibrantly dynamic live sound that straddles the line between Rocky Horror Picture Show and Elvis: As Recorded at Madison Square Garden. Here, Ferry offers singularly inspired takes on Lesley Gore's "It's My Party," Smokey Robinson's "The Tracks of My Tears," Ike & Tina Turner's "Fingerpoppin'," and a raging, goose bump-inducing reading of Bob Dylan's "A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall." Also redolent is Ferry's love of jazz standards, represented here with his rousing take on "These Foolish Things," one that would come into even brighter focus in years to come on albums like 2012's The Jazz Age and 2018's Bitter-Sweet. One of the key delights in Ferry's work in the standards arena is the way he makes song lyrics take on new and unexpected meaning. Hearing him intone the iconic opening line from the Rolling Stones' "Sympathy for the Devil" -- "Please allow me to introduce myself, I'm a man of wealth and taste" -- is to witness Ferry both cheekily underlining his public persona with Roxy Music and recontextualizing his aesthetic as a tuxedo-wearing matinee rock idol in his own right. © Matt Collar /TiVo
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Rock - Released January 10, 2020 | BMG Rights Management (UK) Limited

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Rock - Released January 23, 2020 | Vox Humana

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Rock - Released February 7, 2020 | BMG Rights Management (UK) Ltd

Bryan Ferry had released two solo albums when he took the stage at London's Royal Albert Hall in December 1974. Both of them, 1973's These Foolish Things and 1974's Another Time, Another Place, had found him transferring the swaggering, arty glitter-rock of his band Roxy Music into a series of well-curated covers from the 1930s through the 1960s. It was an iconoclastic move, comparable to David Bowie's Pin Ups, but adorned with Ferry's own dashing pop élan and smooth theatricality. As an interpreter of standards, American Popular or otherwise, Ferry had impossibly combined the hazy sheen of golden-era Hollywood glamour with a wry singer/songwriter sincerity and a wallop of good-time rock & roll. He brought all of this jazzy charisma to bear on this live concert date, offering a cross section of songs from these two solo productions. Joining him were several Roxy Music regulars, including guitarists Phil Manzanera and John Porter, drummer Paul Thompson, and Roxy Music-adjacent pianist/violinist Eddie Jobson, who also supplied string arrangements. Also on board was King Crimson bassist and future Asia vocalist John Wetton. Rounding out Ferry's stage group were a sundry mix of horn and string players, keyboardists, and a trio of female backing vocalists. The result is a vibrantly dynamic live sound that straddles the line between Rocky Horror Picture Show and Elvis: As Recorded at Madison Square Garden. Here, Ferry offers singularly inspired takes on Lesley Gore's "It's My Party," Smokey Robinson's "The Tracks of My Tears," Ike & Tina Turner's "Fingerpoppin'," and a raging, goose bump-inducing reading of Bob Dylan's "A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall." Also redolent is Ferry's love of jazz standards, represented here with his rousing take on "These Foolish Things," one that would come into even brighter focus in years to come on albums like 2012's The Jazz Age and 2018's Bitter-Sweet. One of the key delights in Ferry's work in the standards arena is the way he makes song lyrics take on new and unexpected meaning. Hearing him intone the iconic opening line from the Rolling Stones' "Sympathy for the Devil" -- "Please allow me to introduce myself, I'm a man of wealth and taste" -- is to witness Ferry both cheekily underlining his public persona with Roxy Music and recontextualizing his aesthetic as a tuxedo-wearing matinee rock idol in his own right. © Matt Collar /TiVo
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Rock - Released December 17, 2019 | Vox Humana

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Rock - Released January 31, 2020 | BMG Rights Management (UK) Limited

"With cover songs and a couple of originals, this solo live performance captures the prolific Roxy Music leader in top form: the weirdo conduit for a generation’s teenage pop dreams." © TiVo
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Rock - Released November 18, 2019 | BMG Rights Management (UK) Ltd

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