Bryan Ferry ‎– Olympia

Astralwerks ‎– ASW 06428, Astralwerks ‎– 5099990642821
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1 You Can Dance
Bass – Flea, Gary 'Mani' Mounfield*Chorus – Alice Retif, Katie Turner (4)Electronics – Radar (26)
2 Alphaville
Cello – Anthony PleethChorus – Alice Retif, Ruby TurnerDrums – Emily Dolan DaviesElectronics – Chris MullingsGuitar – Dave Stewart*, Neil HubbardKeyboards – Colin GoodProducer [Add. Prod.] – Dave Stewart*Synthesizer – Brian EnoViola – Vicci WardmanViolin [First] – Perry Montague-MasonViolin [Second] – Emlyn Singleton
3 Heartache By Numbers
Bass, Soloist – FleaChorus – Me'sha Bryan, Ruby TurnerElectronics – Chris MullingsOboe – Andrew Mackay*Producer [Add. Prod.] – Jake ShearsProducer [Add. Prod.], Guitar [Gtr], Bass, Keyboards [Keys] – BabydaddyTreble Vocals – Thomas Fetherstonhaugh
4 Me Oh My
Cello – Anthony PleethGuitar – David GilmourSynthesizer – Brian EnoViola – Vicci WardmanViolin [First] – Perry Montague-MasonViolin [Second] – Emlyn Singleton
5 Shameless
Bass – Andy CatoChorus – Shar WhiteProducer [Add. Prod.] – Groove Armada
6 Song To The Siren
Cello – Anthony PleethDrums – Emily Dolan DaviesGuitar – David Gilmour, Jonny Greenwood, Phil ManzaneraOboe – Andrew Mackay*Synthesizer – Brian Eno, Colin GoodViola – Vicci WardmanViolin [First] – Perry Montague-MasonViolin [Second] – Emlyn SingletonVoice – Tallulah Harlech
7 No Face, No Name, No Number
Bass – FleaCello – Anthony PleethDrums – Emily Dolan DaviesGuitar – Chris SpeddingViola – Vicci WardmanViolin [First] – Perry Montague-MasonViolin [Second] – Emlyn Singleton
8 BF Bass (Ode To Olympia)
Bass – Gary 'Mani' Mounfield*Guitar – Chris Spedding, Phil ManzaneraProducer [Add. Prod.] – John Monkman, Phil ManzaneraSynthesizer – Brian Eno
9 Reason Or Rhyme
Drums – Emily Dolan DaviesGuitar – Merlin Ferry, Phil ManzaneraVoice – Tallulah Harlech
10 Tender Is The Night
Electronics – Radar (26)Piano – Steve Nieve

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℗ & © 2010 Dene Jesmond Enterprises Ltd under exclusive licence to Virgin Records Ltd. Manufactured and marketed by Astralwerks, 150 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10011.

Engineered at Studio One, Olympia, London.
Mixed at Mix This!, L.A. and at Sofa Sound, London.
Mastered at Gateway Mastering, Portland, ME.
Additional Recording at 4th Street Recording, Santa Monica.

It has been revealed after the release of this album that performer "Radar", credited with electronics on tracks 1 and 10, is actually Scanner. All future prints of this release will credit him correctly.

There are no songwriting credits on this version of this album.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 5099990642821
  • Matrix / Runout (Variants 1,2): DIDX-497021 2
  • Mastering SID Code (Variants 1,2): IFPI L329
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 1): IFPI 7272
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 2): IFPI 7266

Other Versions (5 of 14) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
CDV 3086, 5099990642821 Bryan Ferry Olympia(CD, Album) Virgin, Virgin CDV 3086, 5099990642821 Europe 2010 Sell This Version
none Bryan Ferry Olympia(CDr, Promo) Virgin none Europe 2010 Sell This Version
none Bryan Ferry Olympia(10xFile, FLAC, Album) Virgin none Europe 2010
5099990642821 Bryan Ferry Olympia(CD, Album) Virgin, Gala Records (5) 5099990642821 Russia 2010 Sell This Version
TOCP-66971 Bryan Ferry Olympia(CD, Album) Virgin TOCP-66971 Japan 2010 Sell This Version


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April 25, 2012
edited over 8 years ago

Bryan Ferry's first studio album with mostly original material in some 10 years since Frantic. This does feel like a posthumously release if not just by the liner notes that reads like a greatest hits biography, but from the sound that seems influenced by parts of his career and parts of solo and Roxy Music as a whole. While even throwing in a few covers as well.

You Can Dance has that drinking wine in cabaret swanky sound Ferry is all too known for. A fairly successful start to the cd (indeed it does have the opening melody to True to Life). Alphaville sounds like another Roxy Music song from the late 70's. This really is shaping up to become a very solid cd if you like the last couple of records by Roxy in the 70's. Heartache by Numbers is th most radio friendly one on here. My oh My instantly brings thoughts of "my only love". I don't think anyone is really complaining about these songs sounding like former Roxy songs. Those are good memories and revisiting them again is for me, perfectly fine. Shameless features Groove Armada who I'm Indifferent about but I got to hand it to them. They bring a disco feel to song and it really works well. Well the reason why I bought this cd or really found out about it was the song "Song to the Siren". Heard it on my Ferry pandora station not knowing he had a new album out. I really like how the song stays in the sweet spot like a "Avalon" did 30 years earlier. Big, sweeping and very melodic. If Ferry never makes anymore music let's look back at this song and remember he was a legend. While I did like the cover songs he did for the Taxi album I tend to stay away from Ferry's cover songs. No Face, No Name, No number is ok. BF (ode to Olympia) isn't very good and in fact is the only song I would skip. Reason or Rhyme isn't bad. Tender is the night is a great ending to the cd. A nice sounding somber and poignant ballad. A winner there.

There is a problem understanding Ferry's lyrics through most of the songs as the sometimes over-production can clog the breathing room when Ferry delivers. Making it sound like he's out of breath. One definite mistake is not including the lyrics in the liner. I enjoy reading Ferry's lyrics while i first read listen to the music. I think the cover is outstanding btw. In true Roxy Music style.

All and all a fine cd that definitely is an ode to Roxy Music and Ferry's long and very good career.


February 11, 2011
Is it just me or is the intro to You Can Dance, the same as Roxy Music's True to Life, perhaps a semitone lower? No complaints I love both tracks but what is Mr Ferry saying here by doing this...?


November 3, 2010
'Radar' on electronics on 1. You Can Dance and 10 Tender is the Night is in fact the work of British electronic artist Robin Rimbaud-Scanner. It has mis-credited and will apparently be corrected on all forthcoming EMI pressings.