Bryan Ferry - Let's Stick Together as reviewed by streetmouse

November 1, 2018
referencing Let's Stick Together, LP, Album, ILPS 9367

Of course there was nothing new about Roxy Music covering the material of other artists, and with that in mind, one could hardly be surprised that Bryan Ferry would venture down that same path, though here on Let’s Stick Together, we find Ferry revisiting no less than five tracks that had been previously recorded with Roxy, “Re-Make/Re-Model,” “2HB,” “Sea Breezes,” “Chance Meeting” and “Casanova,” causing me to wondering if Roxy hadn’t gotten the songs down to Ferry’s liking, or if Bryan simply wished to spark a new take on them.

That being said, the remaining six numbers are also covers, including the smoldering Everly Brothers song “The Price Of Love,” “Heart On My Sleeve” by Gallagher & Lyle, “You Go To My Head” by Coots & Gillespie, “It’s Only Love” by the Fab 4, “Shame, Shame Shame” penned by the legendary Jimmy Reed, along with incendiary sax driven masterpiece “Let’s Stick Together,” originally laid down by Wilbert Harrison, though done in the sweltering style of Canned Heat’s “Let’s Work Together.”

This parallel career Ferry had while still in Roxy Music has always made me feel a bit unsure where to stand, wondering if Roxy were perpetually teetering on the brink of disaster, and just how Bryan’s solo career would fold back in on that of Roxy Music. Of course with Brian Eno now out of the picture, both Roxy Music and Bryan Ferry were lacing their material with less experimental numbers in favor of a slicker more infectious R&B stance … all designed to feature the now glam crooner Mr. Ferry had re-modeled himself to be. Yet never fear, while sonic experimentation now out the door, there are doors embracing elements with jazz tinges that were opening.

Others, and convincingly so, will suggest to you that Let’s Stick Together was hastily pulled together, a sort of grab-bag released in order to feature the title track. Though methinks not, especially if one considers that Chris Spedding with his amazing Flying V guitar was brought in for these sessions, deeply featuring his abilities and his influences, making for some of the brightest spots on the album. Along with Chris Spedding was Mel Collins of King Crimson, who spearheaded relentless horn arrangements and manifestations that would affect and direct the course of the album’s sound. Yet with all of that in mind, there’s both an easy and at the same time, an uneasiness about this body of work, that at the time had me considering that Ferry was exploring new sounds and directions for his music. While I most certainly considered that Bryan would continue with his renditions of others’ material, I’d no idea that on the following twelve albums, he’d be devoting himself relentlessly to re-interpreting the visions of others, where perhaps in the spirit of 50’s and 60’s big band singers, he saw himself sporting a black tie and tuxedo, stepping onto a new stage with a new generation of upturned faces, in the same fashion as Sinatra, Billie Holiday, Tony Bennet, Tom Jones, Perry Como, and in a way very much with the attitude of Cab Calloway.

Review by Jenell Kesler

Bryan Ferry - Let's Stick Together

October 19, 2018
referencing Let's Stick Together, LP, Album, RE, 2310 509
My copy : Price code Y (circled) ; Fabriqué en France Imp. C.I.D.I.S. Louviers
Matrix / runout side A (stamped) : POL EG 2310 509 1 380 CIDIS
Matrix / runout side B (stamped) : POL EG 2310 509 2 380 CIDIS

Bryan Ferry - Let's Stick Together ispace

July 13, 2018
referencing Let's Stick Together, CD, Album, RE, EGCD 24, 0777 7 86478 2 9, 257 958
foobar2000 1.3.17 / Dynamic Range Meter 1.1.1
log date: 2018-07-14 14:22:01

Analyzed: Bryan Ferry / Let's Stick Together

DR Peak RMS Duration Track
DR12 -0.83 dB -13.69 dB 2:58 01-Let's Stick Together
DR13 -1.70 dB -15.91 dB 2:48 02-Casanova
DR12 -0.99 dB -17.31 dB 6:10 03-Sea Breezes
DR11 -0.96 dB -13.45 dB 3:16 04-Shame, Shame, Shame
DR13 -1.02 dB -15.65 dB 3:14 05-2HB
DR12 -0.01 dB -13.33 dB 3:28 06-Price Of Love
DR12 -1.97 dB -17.99 dB 3:16 07-Chance Meeting
DR11 0.00 dB -13.93 dB 3:50 08-It's Only Love
DR13 -0.98 dB -17.18 dB 2:43 09-You Go To My Head
DR12 0.00 dB -13.48 dB 2:43 10-Re-Make / Re-Model
DR13 -0.27 dB -14.44 dB 3:28 11-Heart On My Sleeve

Number of tracks: 11
Official DR value: DR12

Samplerate: 44100 Hz
Channels: 2
Bits per sample: 16
Bitrate: 787 kbps
Codec: ALAC