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Roxy Music -The Thrill of It All: A Visual History 1972-1982 [DVD] [2007]
Roxy Music -The Thrill of It All: A Visual History 1972-1982 [DVD] [2007]
Dvd ~ Roxy Music
Price: £17.99

19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good - but could be better!, 30 Nov. 2007
Roxy Music and Bryan Ferry habve always been a monument to lost opportunity when it comes to video releases. Witness the numerous snippets of songs on the 'Total Recall' video and some of the notable absences - admittedly rectified here - on 1995's 'Video Collection'. This is a comprehensive collection but I'd have preferred less of the performances already available on existing DVDs (1979's 'On the Road', 'The High Road' and the recent Musikladen compilation) and more rare TV output. For example, the 1980 German performance of 'The Thrill of It All' was better than the version included on this release. Furthermore, if we're going to regurgitate so much from existing DVDs, the excellent live version of 'All I want is You' available on the Musikladen DVD is far superior to the mimed TOTP performance, though admittedly this is worthy of inclusion if only to witness Bryan Ferry in T shirt and jeans!
Whilst ITV's Supersonic 'eye patch' performance of Love Is the Drug is equally unique, the amount of the song included is lamentable and, as one of Roxy's best loved songs, must surely have commanded a more representative performance.
Finally, the superb TV performance of 'In The Midnight Hour' is a dreadful omission as is the promo for 'Dance Away' which has the same theme as that for 'Trash', though understandably less vibrant! The Abba in Switzerland performance of 'Dance Away', whilst mimed, is nevertheless polished and worthy of inclusion but if we can have bonus promos of 'Avalon' and 'The Main Thing' (live versions of which are included in this release) why not include the 'Dance Away' promo as a bonus too?
In short, this is not the definitive collection it purports to be but will form a much loved place in fans' collections.


Frantic
Frantic
Price: £7.48

18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ferry in fine form, 1 May 2002
This review is from: Frantic (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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