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  • Vinyl (29 Nov. 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Single
  • Label: Mute
  • ASIN: B00474ADY8
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
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Olympia sees Bryan Ferry deliver his first album of new material since 2002's 'Frantic' and which also sees him reunited with his fellow Roxy Music bandmates Brian Eno, Phil Manzanera and Andy Mackay. Produced by long time collaborator Rhett Davies, the album's mix of classic pop and rock is bolstered by high profile guest spots from the likes of Pink Floyd's David Gilmour, Radiohead's Johnny Greenwood and Flea from the Red Hot Chili Peppers to name but a few. The lead single 'You Can Dance' is included.

Hand crafted by The Vinyl Factory, this deluxe vinyl gatefold edition of Bryan Ferry's acclaimed new album is a highly collectible release containing exclusive artwork.

Featuring Olympia on super-heavyweight 200-gram vinyl, pressed on the legendary EMI 1400 in Hayes, Middlesex, and encased in a specially treated gatefold sleeve, this edition also contains a fine art print of the iconic Kate Moss cover image, plus essays by Michael Bracewell and Richard Williams.

Olympia features contributions from a stellar cast of musicians including Brian Eno, David Gilmour, Flea from Red Hot Chili Peppers and Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood, as well as collaborations with Scissor Sisters, Groove Armada and Dave Stewart of Eurythmics.

Product details:

• 200-gram vinyl record, pressed on EMI 1400
• Exclusive art print of iconic Kate Moss image
• Bespoke gatefold sleeve with treated artwork
• Essays by Michael Bracewell and Richard Williams
• Inner sleeve containing lyrics and credits

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By The Wolf TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 26 Oct. 2010
Format: Audio CD
Bryan Ferry is showing little sign of slowing down.
At 65 it could be argued that he should know better
but I feel perfectly happy that he seems unwilling to
take to a deckchair on Bournmouth seafront just yet!

I first encountered Mr Ferry at a Roxy Music gig in
a dark and mouldering small-town rock club in 1972.
He was an exotic creature. A peacock. A lothario.
A star! That voice; the screwed down shoulders; the
shiny jackets. He was beyond "glam". He was essential.

'Olympia' may not be prescribed listening for anyone under
forty but I find myself hoping that a new generation
(or two) will pin back their ears and give him a chance.

There are ten tracks in the collection and it's all vintage
stuff. No big surprises and all the better for it!
His vocal skills and inimitable vibrato are remarkably intact
and unravaged by the passing years. It's too late to change now!

Mr Ferry can still strut his stuff on a dancefloor groove
and there are a few crackers to contend with here.

Opening track 'You Can Dance' is as good as anything he's
done in a long and distinguished career. He croons and
simpers and lopes his way through the dark and dangerous and
perfectly groovy arrangement like a cougar circling its prey.
One step away from the kill and savouring every moment!

'Heartache By Numbers' is a classy composition too. The
collaboration with Scissor Sisters seems entirely fitting.
The dream-like pop-anthem finds our hero warbling away as
happy as a sand boy, lost and smiling in the naive melody.

'Shameless' is a shuffling piece of blissed-out staccato funk.
Rhythmically teasing and curiously soulful at the same time.
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Bryan Ferry has still got it, even at 65. Here we have the classic Ferry sound - textured, smooth and polished - but also a very strong collection of songs (with the exception of just one for me: BF bass). Highlights are the seductive vibe of Alphaville, the sexy groove of "Shameless", the majestic (and star studded) cover of "Song to the siren", and the beautiful, moody closing tracks "Reason and Rhyme" and "Tender is the Night". If you are a fan of Avalon-era Roxy and subsequent Ferry solo albums then, like me, you will love this.
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Bryan Ferry is one of the most influential figures in modern music today. In many ways this is because he can look as an outsider at trends and movements and then adapt, distort and refine them into an addition to his own aural architecture. He is a true musical chameleon. In many ways the work he carried out in the 1970s,1980s and 1990s has become so much part of the `scaffolding' of modern music -a point of reference that everyone uses-that it is not so much that his contribution is forgotten but is assumed to be automatically present. But then a new album comes along and everyone realises/rediscovers the genius of this musical icon.
In modern media, Ferry is comparable to Orson Welles-both have the same sense of perfection and perhaps most importantly, a sense of the integrity of their own vision. When Welles died, an actress was interviewed who hoped that reels of film would be found hidden somewhere because he was always refining and retaining his cinematic art. Ferry was quoted (by Neil McCormick) as describing his work as `like sculpture', he records `a lot of stuff and then filter it and edit it.' Ferry also has a tendency to work on material over a number of years-he describes songs as canvases which he ' turns to the wall' and then returns to later. At the present moment, his collaboration with Bjork remains unheard as does his work with Chris Difford The quality of his work and standing among musicians can be seen in the people who will turn up on a Ferry record. On this one, Roxy Music members, Phil Manzanera (co-writing BF Bass(Ode to Olympia)),Eno and Andy Mackay are present.
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We had tried not to think about it, but of course we really missed him. We really did.

Being a Roxy/Ferry aficionado was rather a challenge from 1990 to 2009: no Roxy albums appeared, while Mr Ferry himself delivered only five records. Three comprised only covers (not the reason why we love him), and the other two consisted mostly of self-penned material that was ofren good but just as often unfocused and oddly unfinished. Oh, and aeons between releases were no great help in easing frustration, as you can imagine.

But now "Olympia": out of the blue, here is the album that should have appeared after "Bête Noire". Sharp, funk-flecked and interspersed with supreme balladry, it really belongs up there at the Gods' table, ambrosia flowing under cerulean Greek skies.

And like Ferry's best work, "Olympia" is shot through with deep existential angst, which on first hearing is deliciously masked by its gilded, slinky arrangements. Listen closer though, and feelings of loss and the sadness of things will start to get under your skin. This is the core of Ferry's art: beauty and decay, artistic élan and transience, heaven and hell in a sigh or the batting of an eyelash. In this respect, he is as apocalyptic as Mr David Tibet of Current 93.

To further details, though:

- Ferry's voice is more whispery and Billie Holiday-inflected on this release, and all the better for it. Like fondant chocolates savoured by the fireplace, it melts on your soul with a pleasantly bitter caress.

- The two covers (Buckley, Traffic) are definitely inspired. It is a good thing that he abandoned the tried and tested route when choosing other people's songs.
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