1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 11 July 2012
In 1976 this was Bryan Ferry's first release since the break up of Roxy Music the year before. It brings together a series of singles, b-sides and 5 re-interpretions of earlier Roxy numbers, 4 of them from the 1st album plus a new version of "Casanova" from Country Life. As such it is a fine compilation for Ferry fans pulling into one place tracks previously only available on singles. The new versions of the Roxy tracks are smoother than the originals foretelling the direction Ferry would take when he reconvened the group in 1978. Not withstanding that they are all worth hearing though I believe none surpass their original incarnations. The singles are great showing Ferry's gift of interpreting other peoples work and making it his own. Stand out tracks are the title song and a cover of the Beatles' "It's Only Love"
on 28 November 2014
I have to admit giving this CD 4 stars has caused me a few issues as it is to this day considered to be plagued by re-recorded space-fillers, predominantly from the 1st Roxy Music album which is a pity. What's more none of them are a patch on the originals either. However all is not lost and the 4 stars are solely for the sublime 'Lets Stick Together', The Price Of Love' and 'Shame, Shame, Shame'. 'You Go To My Head' is pretty good as well. Apart from these it is clear that Mr Ferry is either cashing in (as many do) or playing for time whilst the dust settled from the first demise of Roxy Music. Finally on 'Sea Breezes' Mr Ferry sounds as if he is severe pain and this tortuous track is only redeemed by some great guitar work (assumed to be Chris Spedding?) and drums.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Bryan Ferry launched his solo career during the first flush of Roxy Music's fame. As some members played on his solo recordings, one must assume his dual role did not cause undue friction within the band. After the space-age art rock avant-gardity of Roxy Music, the musical direction of Bryan Ferry's first solo albums was something of a surprise, ranging from Billie Holiday's My Foolish Things (the title track of her first album) to Bob Dylan's A Hard Rain's Gonna Fall, Dobie Gray's The In Crowd and the Platters' Smoke Gets In Your Eyes, all of which were extracted as singles. It was a long way from Virginia Plain and Pyjamarama.
The album Let's Stick Together came out in 1976 in time to capitalize on the success of the single it was named after. It was an extremely useful mopping-up of all the non-album tracks released to date, including Extended Play (a freshly released EP of cover versions comprising The Price Of Love, Shame Shame Shame, the extraordinarily lightweight Heart On My Sleeve and Beatles cover It's Only Love) and You Go To My Head, another Billie Holiday standard from the thirties given the Ferry makeover treatment. It also had one previously unreleased track, Casanova, an original Ferry composition that had previously appeared on Roxy Music's Country Life album in 1974.
The other four tracks are all alternative recordings of songs that appeared on the first Roxy Music albums, and were re-made as B-sides of his solo singles between 1973 and 1976. I recall Bryan Ferry remarking at the time that he didn't like a song to be represented by just one recorded version of it, that would always play identically to the time before and be set it in aspic, and therefore liked to tackle songs he had previously recorded. Chris Spedding is the guitarist, and Roxy Music alumni Eddie Jobson, John Wetton and Paul Thompson provide colour and backbone. Bryan Ferry had not quite found his own voice on the first album and these versions are more confident, if less idiosyncratic than the group versions, and of course lack Eno's unique input. 2HB, Chance Meeting and Sea Breezes are otherwise relatively faithful re-makes of the originals, Sea Breezes being particularly effective, but Re-Make Re-Model from 1975 has been re-made and re-modeled into a blue-eyed soul funk groove for the B-side of You Go To My Head, and has perhaps dated less well. Incidentally, Roxy Music's own non-album B-sides have yet to be compiled onto CD.
All in all, this makes an ideal companion piece to the albums These Foolish Things and Another Time Another Place.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
'Let's Stick Together' was originally an album, ironically enough, stuck together by Ferry's then US label, Atlantic, cobbled from solo single B sides, an EP and various other bits of detritus knocking about. Not a great premise for an album. you would think, however, it is a more than worthwhile purchase, owing to the fact that it corrals together a series of various performances that strangely hang together very well. Five of the eleven tracks are re-recordings of tracks he cut with Roxy Music, the rest being cover versions. Of the Roxy covers, 'Casanova', which originally featured on 'Country Life', was a savage and snarling beast of a track, re-envisioned here as a more sinuous and groovy thing. Of course, the song was great, anyway, and this alternate still works effectively, as does the Humphrey Bogart tribute, '2HB'.
The title track, and the R&B shuffle of 'Shame Shame Shame' (incorporating as it does a backing vocal refrain from Marvin Gaye's 'Can I Get A Witness') are irrepressible stompers. with sizzling Chris Spedding guitar and bravura vocals from Ferry himself. The minor hit single, 'You Go To My Head', sounds better than it did back in the day, and his version of the Fabs 'It's Only Love' has some of the charm of his take on 'You Won't See Me' on 'These Foolish Things'. Not convinced though about Ferry's rendition of the Gallagher & Lyle opus 'Heart On My Sleeve', a song I never much cared for anyway.
So, all in all, not bad, considering its provenance, and it does feature Ferry with a rather greasy looking spiv moustache on the cover - never an appealling look, but proof positive that even louche Lounge Lizards can have a photographic off-day.
11 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on 2 March 2004
This would be the third solo album from Bryan Ferry released in 1976, Mr Ferry has taken recordings made from 1973-1976 that were in essence singles and a 4 track E.P. and some re-recorded tracks from earlier Roxy Music albums that were B-sides to make up this album.
The album itself starts with the title track that is a re-worked Canned Heat track called “Lets work together”, for this version the artist has added a horn section comprised of tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone and trumpet for that great brass introduction that along with the powerhouse bass and drum section make for a great beginning for the song.
The song “Casanova” is a track from the 1974 Roxy Music album called “Country Life” where the original version is a guitar based rock track, the re-recorded version that is presented here is more of a “croon” with a saxophone played in the minor taking the lead with a bigger sounding rhythm section played off the sound of the saxophone.
The following track “Sea Breezes” is another re-recorded song this time from the eponymous Roxy Music album from 1972; the first version that appeared in 72 is more experimental in nature as it has Eno performing what is best described as an audio treatment. This version recorded in 1976 has Eddie Jobson playing synthesiser and violin with a better vocal performance from Mr Ferry.
“Shame, Shame, Shame”, was originally featured on an extended play single released by Bryan in the same year. Jimmy Reed first recorded the song, but here with this version Bryan Ferry has included some lyrics from the Marvin Gaye song “Can I get a Witness” in the last verse.
For the next track Bryan has again gone back to the first Roxy Music album to re-record 2HB, which was the B-side to the “Hard Rain A-gonna fall” single. The song itself is a pun on a grade of pencil and a tribute to Humphrey Bogart in the film “Casablanca” with lyrical references contained within the song.
This version of The Everly Brothers classic “The price of Love” is where Bryan shows his talent for taking an old track and making it his own, this was the opening track on the earlier mentioned 4 track E.P. It features some stellar percussion work from Morris Pert and superb trumpet playing from Martian Drover played against the relentless guitar of Chris Speeding.
For the next track a re-recorded version of another song from the first Roxy Music album “Chance meeting” this is a song inspired by the film “Brief Encounter”. This version was another track that appeared as a B-side, this time to the single “The In Crowd” for me this is the better vocal performance more soulful than the original.
The song “It’s only Love” written by Lennon and McCartney was one of the featured tracks on the 4 track E.P. with this interpretation again he has made the song his with his signature vocals.
Frank Sinatra made the following track famous in the 1930’s; “You go to my Head” gave Bryan Ferry had a Top Forty U.K. single the year the album was released.
Re-make/Re-model is another track from the first Roxy Music here it is re-recorded with Phil Manzanera from Roxy Music playing guitar and was the B-side to the previous track.
To close the album Bryan has used another song that was specially recorded for the 4 track E.P. “Heart on my Sleeve” is given the “Ferry” touch and is made his in the process, such is the quality of the recordings that have been used you never know that this an album made up of singles and b-sides.
In closing this jewel-case version, which was, released a couple of weeks after the mini-L.P. version has been re-mastered to HDCD standard by the amazing Bob Ludwig, sounds totally awesome.
If you are a fan of Mr Ferry's voice these tracks are not to be missed...
5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
This is a great collection of songs. By this time (1976), Roxy Music had moved away from their really innovative and experimental early sound, but Bryan Ferry re-visits many of the early Roxy tracks, and mixes them in with some well-chosen covers to providing a very interesting and listenable album.
Sea Breezes, 2HB, Re-make/Re-model and Chance Meeting are all tracks from the first Roxy Music album that have been given a smoother treatment here. Let's Stick Together and The Price of Love are cracking non-Ferry tracks.
An added bonus is that there are no semi-nude women on the cover (just a smallish pic of Jerry Hall wearing a curtain on the back) - hooray!
5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 27 March 2007
For any fans of early Roxy Music this CD is fairly essential. There are no less than four alternate versions of songs from Roxy's debut 1972 LP, it's worth the price for these tracks alone! - Go grab a copy today!
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 30 July 2014
I bought this album solely for 'the price of love'. A teen time for me, Kiss one girl, kiss another, kiss them all and you wont recover !!
and a super song to boot. Play it loud and relive your teen years !!
on 20 February 2015
Many thanks !!