- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Polydor
- ASIN: B00405URQI
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Let's Stick Together
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BRYAN FERRY Lets Stick Together (1978 UK second issue of the 1976 11-track vinyl LP including covers of The Price of Love Its Only Love & a slinky update of Re-Make/Re-Model glossy picture sleeve. The vintage price stickered sleeve showssome notable spine/edgewear but the vinyl looks barely played)
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The remastering on this cd is very good and the 8 page sleeve contains lyrics to all of the songs as well as a list of players.
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.
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.
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