Bryan Ferry

Bryan Ferry

While his tenure as the frontman for the legendary Roxy Music remained his towering achievement, singer Bryan Ferry also carved out a successful solo career which continued in the lush, sophisticated manner perfected on the group's final records. Born September 26, 1945 in Washington, England, Ferry, the son of a coal miner, began his musical career as a singer with the rock outfit the Banshees while studying art at the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne under pop-conceptualist Richard Hamilton. He later joined the Gas Board, a soul group featuring bassist Graham Simpson; in 1970, Ferry and Simpson formed Roxy Music.

Within a few years, Roxy Music had become phenomenally successful, affording Ferry the opportunity to cut his first solo LP in 1973. Far removed from the group's arty glam-rock, These Foolish Things established the path which all of Ferry's solo work -- as well as the final Roxy Music records -- would take, focusing on elegant synth-pop interpretations of '60s hits like Bob Dylan's "A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall," the Rolling Stones' "Sympathy for the Devil" and the Beatles' "You Won't See Me," all rendered in the singer's distinct, coolly dramatic manner.

Roxy Music remained Ferry's primary focus, but in 1974 he returned with a second solo effort, Another Time, Another Place, another collection of covers ranging from "You Are My Sunshine" to "It Ain't Me, Babe" to "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes." His third venture, 1976's Let's Stick Together, featured remixed, remade, and remodeled versions of Roxy Music hits as well as the usual assortment of covers. 1977's In Your Mind was Ferry's first solo collection of completely original material; the following year's The Bride Stripped Bare, a work rumoured to be inspired by his broken romance with model Jerry Hall, split evenly between new songs and covers.

Ferry did not release another solo album until 1985's Boys and Girls, a sleek, seamless effort that was his first "official" solo release following the Roxy breakup in 1983. Boys & Girls contained one of Ferry's best-known solo compositions, "Slave To Love".

1987's Bête Noire displayed a similarly hazy, detailed yet rhythmic soundstage. A long world tour in 1988 and 1989 followed, after which he started recording another album of original material to be called Horoscope, which however developed into an overly complex project and was not released in its original form. Instead, Ferry released another album of re-interpretations in 1993, called Taxi, and re-worked the Horoscope tapes as well as adding new compositions. The result was the highly atmospheric and impressionistic Mamouna album, finally released in 1994, containing nine Ferry originals plus - unprecedentedly - a co-write with Brian Eno, who also performed on the album. Another world tour followed, likewise another delayed release: an album called Alphaville was recorded and produced with Dave Stewart of the Eurythmics, though Ferry eventually chose not to release it. Again, he resolved to re-interpreting other people's songs, this time classic material from the 30s and 40s (including standards by Cole Porter), and the album that ensued was 1999's warm, largely acoustic As Time Goes By. It was presented in live concerts throughout late 1999 and 2000. With more and more Roxy Music tracks being added to the setlist, it was one of the factors finally convincing Ferry to reunite with his former Roxy Music colleagues.

Shortly after the Roxy Music reunion tour, an album called Frantic emerged in 2002, collecting some of the original material planned for Alphaville in the mid-90s, albeit mostly in re-worked form, plus a number of cover versions. The album suggested comparisons to The Bride Stripped Bare, in its more rock-ist, guitar-laden sounds. Not having been inclined to large amounts of touring in earlier years, Ferry undertook another long agenda of live commitments. Only in 2007 did he release his next solo album, a collection of Dylan interpretations - appropriately named Dylanesque -, ranging from introspective, closely-miked ballads to more straightforward rock workouts.
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Bryan Ferry Discography


Bryan Ferry These Foolish Things (Album) Island Records US 1973 Sell This Version
Bryan Ferry Another Time, Another Place (Album) Island Records UK 1974 Sell This Version
Bryan Ferry Let's Stick Together (Album) Island Records Italy 1976 Sell This Version
Bryan Ferry In Your Mind (Album) Polydor Netherlands 1977 Sell This Version
Bryan Ferry The Bride Stripped Bare (Album) Polydor, Polydor France 1978 Sell This Version
#204 Roxy Music Featuring Bryan Ferry Roxy Music Featuring Bryan Ferry - B.B.C. Rock Hour(LP, Transcription) London Wavelength #204 US 1981 Sell This Version
Bryan Ferry Boys And Girls (Album) EG, EG France 1985 Sell This Version
Bryan Ferry Bête Noire (Album) Virgin US 1987 Sell This Version
Bryan Ferry Taxi (Album) Reprise Records Portugal 1993 Sell This Version
Bryan Ferry Mamouna (Album) Virgin, Virgin, Virgin Europe 1994 Sell This Version
Bryan Ferry As Time Goes By (Album) Virgin 1999 Sell This Version
Bryan Ferry Frantic (Album) Virgin, Virgin Europe 2002 Sell This Version
Bryan Ferry Dylanesque (Album) Virgin, Virgin Europe 2007 Sell This Version
Bryan Ferry Olympia (Album, Comp) Virgin, Virgin Australia 2010 Sell This Version
Bryan Ferry Live In Lyon (Album) Eagle Vision, Eagle Vision, Eagle Vision UK & Europe 2013 Sell This Version
Bryan Ferry Avonmore (Album) BMG US 2014 Sell This Version
538204780, none Bryan Ferry Live 2015(2xCD, Album) DJE Ltd., 538204780, none UK 2016 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Bryan Ferry A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall (Single) Island Records Belgium 1973 Sell This Version
6138 035 Bryan Ferry I Love How You Love Me b/w 2.H.B.(7", Single) Island Records 6138 035 France 1973 Sell This Version
IDJ 1 Bryan Ferry DJ Album Sampler(7", Promo) Island Records IDJ 1 UK 1973 Sell This Version
Bryan Ferry The 'In' Crowd (Single) Island Records Ireland 1974 Sell This Version
Bryan Ferry Smoke Gets In Your Eyes (Single) Island Records UK 1974 Sell This Version
Bryan Ferry You Go To My Head (Single) Island Records Spain 1975 Sell This Version
Bryan Ferry Extended Play (EP, Single) Island Records New Zealand 1976 Sell This Version
Bryan Ferry Heart On My Sleeve (Single) Atlantic US 1976 Sell This Version


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August 15, 2015
edited about 1 year ago
Maybe it's just too obvious an idea....
But now that a lot of Roxy fans will have got either the gorgeous CD Box-Set or the 'slightly' higher priced Vinyl version.
Why hasn't anyone thought of something similar for Mr Lenor Quiff's albums collected in a similar style ?
With a 2 Disc of Original Extended Mixes/out-takes/7''/Instrumentals ete etc.
And another Box-Set [ala the Massive Attack 'heat-sensitive'] of his more recent Dance Remixes collected like 12'' Singles on CD ?
If anyone at Virgin & elsewhere are listening like ! xx

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