Bryan Ferry – Boys And Girls (1985)

FrontCover1Boys and Girls is the sixth solo studio album by the English singer and songwriter Bryan Ferry, released in June 1985 by E.G. Records. The album was Ferry’s first solo album in seven years and the first since he had disbanded his group Roxy Music in 1983. The album was Ferry’s first and only number one solo album in the UK.[2] It was certified Platinum by the British Phonographic Industry and contains two UK top 40 hit singles. It is also Ferry’s most successful solo album in the US, having been certified Gold for sales in excess of half a million copies there.

The album contained the track “Slave to Love,” which became one of Ferry’s most popular solo hits. The single was released on 29 April 1985 and spent nine weeks in the UK charts in 1985, peaking at number 10, along with the other (modestly successful) singles “Don’t Stop the Dance” and “Windswept”.

The guitar solo at the end of “Slave to Love” featured Neil Hubbard and the album featured other famous guitarists such as the Dire Straits guitarist Mark Knopfler, Pink Floyd’s guitarist David Gilmour, Chic guitarist Nile Rodgers and Bryan Adams’ guitarist Keith Scott.

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The eponymous closing track Boys and Girls was used in the season 2 episode Bushido of the television series Miami Vice.

Writing retrospectively for AllMusic, critic Ned Raggett complimented the track “Slave to Love” and wrote “As a whole, Boys and Girls fully established the clean, cool vision of Ferry on his own to the general public. Instead of ragged rock explosions, emotional extremes, and all that made his ’70s work so compelling in and out of Roxy, Ferry here is the suave, debonair if secretly moody and melancholic lover, with music to match.”[8]

Critic Robert Christgau wrote “His voice thicker and more mucous, his tempos dragging despite all the fancy beats he’s bought, he runs an ever steeper risk of turning into the romantic obsessive he’s always played so zealously.”

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The 1992 edition of the Rolling Stone Album Guide gave the album three and half stars out of five: “Set in the richly synthesized mode of Avalon, Ferry’s sixth album envelopes the listener in emotional subtleties and sonic nuance. Then it’s over like a pleasant dream. Boys and Girls could stand a couple of more tunes along the memorable lines of “Slave to Love” or “Don’t Stop the Dance.”[9] The 2004 New Rolling Stone Album Guide repeated the three and half star rating; “Boys and Girls, his first solo album after Roxy Music broke up, was his disco-friendly bid for solo stardom, and while it’s too fluffy, it does have one of his greatest love songs ever, the hypnotic slow-dance “Slave to Love.”

In the 1985 Pazz and Jop Critics Poll by the Village Voice it was voted the 31st best album of the year. (by Wikipedia)

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Personnel:
Bryan Ferry (vocals, Keyboards)
Guy Fletcher (Keyboards)
David Gilmour (guitar)
Omar Hakim (drums)
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Jon Carin (keyboards)
Neil Hubbard (guitar)
Neil Jason (bass)
Chester Kamen (guitar)
Mark Knopfler (guitar)
Tony Levin (bass)
Jimmy Maelen (percussion)
Martin McCarrick (cello)

Marcus Miller (bass)
Andy Newmark (drums)

Nile Rodgers (guitar)
David Sanborn (saxophone)
Keith Scott (guitar)
Alan Spenner (bass)
Anne Stephenson (strings)
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background vocals:
Virginia Hewes – Ednah Holt – Fonzi Thornton – Ruby Turner – Alfa Anderson – Michelle Cobbs – Yanick Etienne – Colleen Fitz-Charles – Lisa Fitz-Charles – Simone Fitz-Charles

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Tracklist:
01. Sensation (Ferry) 5.07
02. Slave To Love (Ferry)  4:26
03. Don’t Stop The Dance (Ferry/Davies 4.19
04. A Waste Land (Ferry) 1.02
05. Windswept (Ferry) 4.31
06. The Chosen One (Ferry) 4.51
07. Valentine (Ferry) 3.47
08. Stone Woman (Ferry) 4.56
09. “Boys And Girls (Ferry) 5.25

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