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Album number 3…,
This review is from: Let's Stick Together (Audio CD)
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...