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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Bryan Ferry – As Time Goes By (1999)

FrontCover1Roxy Music’s swan song, 1982’s Avalon, broke with nearly everything the band had done up to that point. A slow, lush, mournful, synth-laden collection of make-out music, it served as an ideal setting for the teardrops-and-cocktails persona frontman Bryan Ferry had been honing for years. So much so, in fact, that Ferry has spent the years since making solo albums that re-create the feel of Avalon with varying degrees of success. Taxi, Ferry’s 1993 covers collection, even applied the Avalon treatment to songs unsuited for it. A lifeless take on “Amazing Grace” served as a particular low point, but few of those tracks suggested that the interpretive skills displayed on previous cover albums, particularly the 1973 classic These Foolish Things, had survived into the ’90s. As Time Goes By, a collection of standards from the ’20s and ’30s, suggests BryanFerryotherwise. In many ways the opposite of These Foolish Things, which propelled itself with cheek and irreverence, Time’s approach remains respectful throughout. Largely discarding synths and 21st-century production sheen for the sound of a small jazz combo, Ferry sings his heart out, working through some of the greatest hits of the era between the two world wars. (These include the title track, “I’m In The Mood For Love,” “Easy Living,” three Cole Porter favorites, and an unearthly take on Kurt Weill’s ode to aging, “September Song.”) Of course, even in Ferry’s weakest moments, he’s able to skate by thanks to his inimitable voice, an asset that sounds healthier on As Time Goes By than it has in years. Vocal tics he seemed to discard years ago (check out that tremolo!) show up again, making the album one of his liveliest since Roxy Music’s dissolution. Ferry clearly owes a lot to the material here: Always more indebted to the cabaret than the arena, his connection with the songs can’t be faked. Like Paul McCartney’s new Run Devil Run, Time sounds like the work of an artist facing the future by getting in touch with the most important elements of his past, and the results are both predictable and thrilling, musically tasteful but as emotionally raw as good manners will allow. (by Keith Phipps)

Booklet02APersonnel:
Allan Barnes (saxophone, clarinet)
Philip Dukes (viola)
Bryan Ferry (vocals)
Robert Fowler (clarinet)
Colin Good (piano)
Bob Hunt (trombone)
Richard Jeffries (bass)
Peter Lale (viola)
Chris Laurence (bass)
Abraham Leborovich (violin)
José Libertella (bandoneon)
Tony Pleeth (cello)
Malcolm Earle Smith (trombone)
Nils Solberg (guitar)
Luis Stazo (bandoneon)
John Sutton (drums)
Enrico Tomasso (trumpet)
Jim Tomlinson (saxophone, clarinet)
Hugh Webb (harp)
Dave Woodcock (violin)
Gavyn Wright (violin)
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Nicholas Bucknall (clarinet on 15.)
Paul Clarvis (drums on 06.)
Wilf Gibson (violin on 15.)
Phil Manzanera (guitar on 04.)
Andy Newmark (drums on 04.)
Anthony Pike (bass clarinet)
Timothy Pike (clarinet on 15.)
Alice Retif (vocals on 04.)
Tobias Tak (percussion on 06.)
Martin Wheatley (guitar on 13., banjo on 14.)
David White (clarinet on 15.)

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01. As Time Goes By (Hupfeld) 2.34
02. The Way You Look Tonight (Fields/Kern) 3.36
03. Easy Living (Robin/Rainger) 2.16
04. I’m In The Mood For Love (McHugh/Fields) 4.17
05. Where Or When (Rodgers/Hart) 3.19
06. When Somebody Thinks You’re Wonderful (Woods) 2.57
07. Sweet And Lovely (Daniels/Arnheim/Tobias) 3.10
08. Miss Otis Regrets (She’s Unable To Lunch Today) (Porter) 2.39
09. Time On My Hands (Adamson/Gordon/Youmans) 3.02
10. Lover Come Back To Me (Hammerstein II/Romberg) 2.54
11. Falling In Love Again (Hollaender/Lerner) 2.26
12. Love Me Or Leave Me (Kahn/Donaldson) 2.44
13. You Do Something To Me (Porter) 2.47
14. Just One Of Those Things (Porter) 2.46
15. September Song (Weill/Anderson) 3.03

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