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BÍte Noire

Bryan Ferry Audio CD
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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: CD
  • ASIN: B000092A14
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,691 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Product Description

1 x CD Album
UK & Europe 1987

2Kiss & Tell4:57
3New Town4:50
4Day For Night5:35
6The Right Stuff4:25
7Seven Deadly Sins5:10
8The Name Of The Game5:28
9BÍte Noire4:53

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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Bryan Ferry's second best solo album of the 1980s. Carrying on from where 'Boys & Girls' left off, Bryan Ferry continues to offer his stock in trade: immaculately produced pop/rock love songs wrapped in smokey atmospheric tracks like 'New Town' and 'Zamba' or creamy up-tempo numbers like 'The Right Stuff', 'Limbo' and 'Day for Night'. This is more dance-orientated but did not produce a chart hit unlike 'Slave to Love' from the Boys & Girls' album. It was rumoured at the time that the song 'Kiss & Tell' was written in response to Jerry Hall's autobiography which had come out not long before. All the usual Ferry trademarks are here: eye-catching artwork, clever lyrics, and slick production values provided by Ferry's faithful team including Patrick Leonard, Bob Ludwig and Simon Puxley and another impressive roster of session and guest musicians including Guy Pratt, Dave Gilmour, Andy Newmark, and 80s hot boys Johnny Marr and Courtney Pine. You can't go wrong with Bryan Ferry, whether it's a solo offering or anything in the Roxy Music cannon. 'Bete Noire' is intelligent elegant dance music to which you can tap your toe while dreaming of romancing beautiful women in Parisien nightclubs before returning at dawn to the Georges V to make 5 star love between crisp cotton Egyptian bedsheets.That's the sort of world 'Bete Noire' transports the listener to, dancing all the way.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Forgotten Ferry 18 Mar 2003
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Something of a 'forgotten' work in the Ferry canon, Bete Noir repays seeking out if it passed you by. Its a dense, moody recording, with Ferry' songwriting in good form and his voice sounding good against the swirling mix. My personal favourite is the delicately swirling Zomba with its plaintive vocal but the opening track Down In Limbo run it a close second.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliance in hindsight 21 May 2010
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As a kind've converted fan to Roxy Music and Bryan Ferry back in the 1980's, for some reason I never brought this album upon it's original release! Maybe I thought Bryan couldn't maintain the standard after his Boys and Girls album, but more fool me and how WRONG I was! Only now in 2010 have I listened to it, and just like Flesh and Blood, Avalon and Boys and Girls does music from the 20th Century still SOOOOOO hold up in the 21st! The man's a marvel! So much so, that I've just sent all 4 of these mentioned albums to an Iranian friend as a birthday present! So why delve into anything hyper analytical...? In today's music of glossy mag - knicker singers - and cynical Simon Cowell karoke, I think the brillance of yesteryear about sez it all don't you??? Ha.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The right stuff! 26 Sep 2008
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Bryan Ferry spent most of the 80s wallowing in the sound that he had created on Roxy's Manifesto LP. It was an almost seamless journey through 'Dance Away', 'Oh Yeah', 'Avalon' and even onto some of the other 80s solo material such as 'Slave to Love'. Don't get me wrong, these are all great songs and I still love them to this day, but Ferry really needed to change direction and he did so with his Bete Noire. Johnny Marr from The Smiths plays guitar on the first single released from this album 'The Right Stuff'. I just love the enthusiasm with which Ferry booms out the catchy chorus. The follow up 'Kiss and Tell' has more of a clubby feel to it, but you'll find yourself singing along to this too. I'm not quite sure how to describe 'Limbo' but what the Ferry fan really needs to know is that it's different from the songs with which he found greater commercial success, but you'll like it just the same! No Ferry collection can be complete without Bete Noire but, trust me, you will not just be leaving this in your CD rack next to 'Boys and Girls' for the sake of completism.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bryan Ferry at the top of his game. 18 Feb 2011
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'Bete Noire', along with 'Boys and Girls', is Bryan Ferry at his creative peak, and
so well recorded too,so that Hi-Fi buffs will also be impressed,even if they
are not Ferry Fans !!!
If you hav'nt got these two in your record collection, just buy them. You won't
be disappointed.
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