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on 26 July 2016
The most sublimely beautiful re-imagining of some classic Ferry / Roxy Music tracks as if they had been written and recorded in the golden age of Jazz. It's from a parallel universe where Roxy Music happened in the 1920's and 30's, rather than the 70's and 80's. Rarely has music been so transformed so beautifully and with such integrity. There is a wonderful documentary on the making of this album which will add to your enjoyment of it immeasurably, and that documentary has been placed on YouTube. You can view it here: [...] And no you don't need to be a fan of Jazz to love this. It's incredibly accessible, being funny, dramatic and moving by turns. Give yourself a big surprise and an even bigger treat - get this album!!!
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on 12 May 2018
Having been to see Bryan Ferry twice over recent years, at the mouth of the tyne festival and recently at the City Hall in Newcastle,my interest in anything Roxy or solo was reignited. Love this album and the way it has been produced, hats off to Mr F for this brilliant idea and boy does it work with the jazz treatment.
For anyone who has an interest in jazz this album should prove a very good addition to their library.
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on 13 February 2014
What can I say? 1970's music orchestrated in the style of the early 1920's. Growling brass bass and all.

This stuff gives a visceral twist to what weren't bad tunes after all.... "Love Is The Drug" as an instrumental rather than with vocal refrain (as in The Great Gatsby OST) is good but top track has to be "Avalon" as a tango.
That's Bryan Ferry's Avalon of course not the ill-fated Al Jolson song that got torpedoed by Puccini ;-)

The only downer is that the attractive hard-bound book that is the container holds the CD in a paper sleeve on the inner cover -
it's almost like the BOOK is the main attraction and the CD an accessory. The book is OK and interesting but a masterwork it ain't.
I don't like card sleeves, the CD is at risk of abrasions - hence 4 stars
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on 1 April 2017
Another artist willing to experiment with his music. This one works. As said by other reviewers. At times hard to guess the song at first. That is part of the fun. On the whole nearly all of the tracks work
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on 21 December 2012
As long-standing fans of Bryan Ferry through all his musical reincarnations, my husband and I have been bowled over by this CD. My husband who, like Bryan Ferry, has a very thorough knowledge of this genre of music, has been playing this CD every evening, sometimes over and over again. Our only criticism is that it is way too short. Such a bold and different approach to Ferry's own music was bound to upset some fans, who expected to hear his voice. However, he had already proved with the beautiful and haunting track Tara (both the original and the later extended version)that his compositions could be just as enjoyable and powerful even when they are instrumentals. Innovative and creative people need the space to explore their talent and if this takes them off at a different tangent, then we, the listener, are richer for that experience. That some people have difficulty with new concepts, is their problem. For the music is first class and a delight to the ear.
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on 21 December 2012
I saw it on 'The Vintage News' website & thought it sounded a great concept, in the vein of 'As Time Goes By'; & so it proved. Bryan Ferry was made for this, perfectly suited in so many ways for the role of the stylish crooner of a more hedonistic & lavish age, and, even though he doesn't get to sing on this instrumental album, the coolest man in music makes his mark fronting a stunning display of talent & great music. Simply brilliant!
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on 12 November 2017
Excellent - just love the music. Would recommend to anyone who enjoys jazz
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on 7 February 2013
The album survives the initial 'comedy moment' of recognising the reworked songs and becomes a pleasant and interesting collection. Good for a Sunday morning.
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on 8 June 2013
I heard this reviewed on the radio, and bought it on the strength of that. It's great fun listening through playing "guess the track", and after that, the lively tight trad jazz has been the soundtrack to a couple of good nights. My father is a great fan of Chris Barber, who I believe is a favourite of Bryan Ferry, and he's also really enjoyed listening to it. The current hot weather has made it CD of choice for top-down motoring.
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on 14 October 2016
Every single track is a dream, conjuring up a time gone by: how good to hear a Bass Sax for once too.
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