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Bryan Ferry Audio CD
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There is a racing intensity to Bryan Ferry's interpretations of the
songs of Bob Dylan. Just as his legendary version of "A Hard Rain's
A-Gonna Fall", recorded back in 1973, exchanged apocalyptic vision for
exuberant swagger, so at the heart of these new recordings lies
Ferry's brilliance in paying homage to the original song and
reinventing it as entirely ... Read more in Amazon's Bryan Ferry Store

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  • Audio CD (29 April 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B000060OX8
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  DVD Audio  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 26,866 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Frantic is hardly an appropriate choice of album title for Bryan Ferry, a man seemingly disinclined towards unfettered bursts of outward emotional spontaneity and the epitome of unflustered, cucumber-cool decorum. Frantic, his first album to feature original material since Mamouna, has been simmering away on the back burner for all of eight years. And it's all the tastier for it. The ingredients are just right--another cowritten song (their second and their best) with former Roxy Music partner Brian Eno; songs about models, movies, amour and large houses; a guest appearance from Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood on "Hiroshima" (this is Ferry reclaiming his stolen clothes from the New Romantics' wardrobe); four fine new tunes copenned in the 1990s with the Eurythmics' Dave Stewart; contributions from guitarists of the calibre of Chris Spedding and Mick Green; backing vocalists of the calibre of Lucy Laplansky and Alison Goldfrapp; a little bit of Medieval; a little bit of Leadbelly and a little bit of Dylan (while no one artist rules the roost when it comes to covering Dylan, Ferry is the only one truly capable of ruffling the Byrds' feathers). Stylistically, despite the pursuit of so many different musical genres Frantic is as homogenous as it is disparate. It's often the case that the involvement of so many external contributors can mean too many cooks spoiling the broth, but not so here--compliments need to be extended to the chef. This being a Bryan Ferry album, you can still play it at dinner parties, but the sensual ardour put into Frantic suggests Ferry had blood, sweat and tears trickling down his tuxedo. This is a fantastic album. --Kevin Maidment

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ferry in fine form 1 May 2002
Format:Audio CD
If you're thinking about buying this album then it will be worth the purchase price for one song alone - the wonderful "A Fool For Love". Ferry has written some complex, deep, inventive and witty lyrics in the past but the words to this ballad are remarkably straightforward by comparison. Straightforward, but incredibly heart-rending. Ferry's voice has rarely been quite so moving and lovelorn as this and his performance is superbly complemented by magnificent musicianship in particular from Martin Wheatley, Chris Spedding, Pete Glenister and Mick Green on guitars, Julia Thornton on harp and Mary Nelson providing a wonderful soprano. In the words of the song you will feel "twisted up inside" after hearing this - it's a song that deserves a wider audience than an album track and hopefully it will see the light of day as a single.
However this critically acclaimed album is far more than one song. Variously described as Ferry's finest album for ten years or since "The Bride Stripped Bare" (1978), this sees Ferry embrace a range of musical styles far wider than anything he has done before, leaving those critics who considered he was destined to refine the sound of Roxy Music's "Avalon" ad infinitum foundering. The album comprises a half dozen covers including two fine but contrasting Dylan numbers - the guitar blazing "It's All Over Now Baby Blue" and a poignant, piano accompanied "Don't Think Twice, It's Alright". These rub shoulders with Leadbelly's Cajun laced "Goodnight Irene" and seven Ferry originals which see a return to the complex lyrics of yore, most notably on the Citizen Kane inspired "San Simeon". Thirteen songs including the new single "Goddess Of Love". A fine way to spend 47 minutes.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An new, old Ferry! 19 April 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I thought that a new album was never going to come! And then there's two in a year!
The 30's cover album, and the tour with Roxy must have done Ferry a lot of good. He's really singing again, and obviously having a lot of fun! Which is great to listen to. The years seem to have flown, and flown off him!
He's managed to break out of what must have become a cloying style, and he's experimenting again - with different collaborators and different styles.
His voice seems to have an even smoother edge these days, but more articulate - no more slurring, moody whispers.
An excellent, diverse album that should please every Ferry fan - old and new.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I can't stop playing this!! 14 Aug 2002
Format:Audio CD
As a Roxy fan from day one, I couldnt fault the music up until Flesh and Blood. My tiny brain couldnt fathom why such a superb songwriter was so keen for cover versions, and dare I say it, drifted away from Ferry's music. After hearing this totally amazing CD its made me realise that I have a bit of catching up to do. All the tracks (including covers!) get better each time they are listened to, and proves the guy has still got it, big time. Any 'early' Roxy fan will appreciate this release, the bonus being the variety of music that has been put together (I defy anyone not to be charmed by 'I Thought') More please!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome 24 Jan 2004
By cheeky
Format:Audio CD
This is one awesome record speaking as a wee cheeky young thing, well 20 something, who grew up listening to and admiring the man's music. Fool For Love is a stunning song and the cover of It's All Over Now Baby Blue is a stomper in the vein of fellow Dylan cover It's A Hard Rain That's Gonna Fall. Hiroshima shows him trying to stretch himself a bit and he succeeds. Would love to hear him collaborate with an act like Goldfrapp or The Neptunes or do an unplugged set.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of those great impulse purchases... 2 May 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I bought this on the strength of one track called "Cruel" that I heard played on Radio 2, and I was definately not dissapointed in the least!
This album has style, edge, great vocals, superb musicians, quality production and grows on you with every listen.
Quality songwiting, and original cover versions and some great collaborations show that Ferry really had alot of fun making Frantic.
From someone who was never a Ferry or Roxy fan, I'll definately be looking into the back catalogue now.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A king reclaims his throne. 25 April 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
In spite of being a devoted fan I haven't been that enthusiastic about his latest three albums. At least "As Time Goes By" was an interesting intermezzo followed by an excellent live performance. I needed an album with strong and well-defined melodies instead of these many much to etheric and close-to-ambient songs he has made for the last ten years. "Frantic" more than fulfills my desire for this, maybe as a result of his collaboration with other gifted musicians. The songs are a mix between cover versions (we already know his affinity to Dylan), a few nearly folk-like songs, bit of art-rock sound like early Roxy, 80's pop with a classy modern cut and some of the best ballads he has ever made. Filled with delicious production(could it be otherwise)and details like an interlude based on a poem by Richard the Lionhearted, another king who returned from exile.
If one song should be particularly praised it must be "I thought" written with Eno. This is another perfect last-song-on-the-album made for dim light, cigarette in hand, reminiscing lost loves. If anybody was ever a master of this it was Bryan Ferry.
An album to be thankful for - and still it is growing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ... was well and as described delivered early and in good
All was well and as described delivered early and in good condition
Published 1 month ago by Michael John Schofield
5.0 out of 5 stars Bryan Ferry - Frantic
I rated this album accordingly as its a great collection of original work.

The productionis very good and consistent with the artists reputation.
Published 4 months ago by Paul Barnett
5.0 out of 5 stars Elegancia Sostenida En El Tiempo
Particularmente no soy fan aserrimo de Bryan Ferry, mas bien llego a mis manos este disco por una busqueda del formato en el cual se presenta (DVD-AUDIO, Multicanal). Read more
Published on 17 Aug 2011 by Jose Luis Mora Martinez
1.0 out of 5 stars Bryan dear, it's time ya hung up ya tux.
Oh dear. Save your pennies! This dreadful offering sounds like Ferry spent a misguided night in a studio with Chas & Dave! Read more
Published on 10 Sep 2009 by the AC chrysalis
3.0 out of 5 stars best solo album for quite a while
Probably his best solo album for quite a while, but sadly that is not much of a recommendation.
Having said that, it certainly has its moments. Read more
Published on 31 Jan 2008 by FRS
3.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly Good
Apart from the witless images of Mr Ferry chasing a dozen fatal diseases, you'll find there's plenty to enthuse over here. Read more
Published on 13 Jun 2003 by Sam TIP
5.0 out of 5 stars "Whiskey wow wow!" (she breathed)
Such intelligent and lovely music makes *my* world a better place. Driving down the highway is vastly improved with this CD spinning (loud!) in my player. Read more
Published on 2 Jun 2002 by Self-kerbed
5.0 out of 5 stars Bryan's best solo album since 'Boys and Girls'
'Frantic' is fantastic - Bryan's best work since 'Boys and Girls'. It is a mixture of covers and original material. Read more
Published on 29 May 2002
2.0 out of 5 stars I just don't get it.
I'm a huge fan of Ferry/Roxy. The recent reunion tour was fab. But this CD is a real disappointment. Read more
Published on 17 May 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars An album to savour for a long time
A fantastic return to form - you can trace the evolution from Stranded to Frantic via The Bride Stripped Bare. Read more
Published on 14 May 2002 by Derek Chalmers
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