Let's Stick Together

Let's Stick Together

by Bryan FerryBryan Ferry

CD(Dutch Import)

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As Roxy approached its mid- to late-'70s hibernation, Ferry came up with another fine solo album, though one of his most curious. With Thompson and Wetton joined by U.K. journeyman guitarist Chris Spedding, Ferry recorded an effort that seemed as much of a bit of creative therapy as it was music for its own sake. On the one hand, he followed the initial formula established for his solo work, looking back to earlier rock, pop, and soul classics with gentle gusto. The title track itself, a cover of the fluke Wilbert Harrison '60s hit, scored Ferry a deserved British hit single, with great sax work from Chris Mercer and Mel Collins and a driving, full band performance. Ferry's delivery is one of his best, right down to the yelps, and the whole thing chugs with post-glam power. Other winners include the Everly Brothers' "The Price of Love" and the Beatles' "It's Only Love," delivered with lead keyboards from Ferry and a nice, full arrangement. On the other hand, half of the album consisted of Ferry originals -- but, bizarrely, instead of creating wholly new songs, he re-recorded a slew of earlier Roxy classics. Fanciful fun or exorcising of past demons? It's worth noting that most of the songs come from the Eno period of the band, and consequently the new versions stear clear of the sheer chaos he brought to the original Roxy lineup. As it is, the end results are still interesting treats -- "Casanova" exchanges the blasting stomp of the original for a slow, snaky delivery that suggests threat without sounding too worried about it. "Re-Make/Re-Model," meanwhile, turns downright funky without losing any of its weird lyrical edge. Others have subtler differences, as when the stark, stiff midsection of "Sea Breezes" becomes a looser, slow jam.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/28/2000
Label: Virgin Records Us
UPC: 0724384760229
catalogNumber: 47602
Rank: 29986

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bryan Ferry   Primary Artist,Harmonica,Piano,Keyboards,Vocals
Eddie Jobson   Synthesizer,Violin,Keyboards
Phil Manzanera   Guitar
John Wetton   Bass,Violin
Chris Spedding   Guitar
Vicki Brown   Vocals
Doreen Chanter   Vocals,Background Vocals
Helen Chappelle   Vocals
Mel Collins   Soprano Saxophone
Martin Drover   Trumpet,Horn
John Gustafson   Bass
Neil Hubbard   Guitar
Paddy McHugh   Vocals,Background Vocals
Chris Mercer   Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Davy O'List   Guitar
Morris Pert   Percussion
John Porter   Bass,Guitar
Jacquie Sullivan   Vocals,Background Vocals
Paul Thompson   Drums
Martha Walker   Vocals,Background Vocals
Rick Wills   Bass
Rick Willis   Bass

Technical Credits

Bryan Ferry   Producer
Chris Thomas   Producer
Wilbert Harrison   Composer
Ann Odell   String Arrangements
Steve Nye   Engineer
John Punter   Engineer
Chris Thomas   Producer

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