BRYAN FERRY + ROXY MUSIC - The Platinum Collection (2004)
Originally conceived for the British market, where Roxy Music and its debonair frontman Bryan Ferry were much more popular than in the States, The Platinum Collection gathers every band and Ferry single, along with some popular album tracks, on three chronologically arranged discs. As an overview of both acts' extensive and connected careers, from 1973 through Ferry's 2002 Frantic album, this is a far more comprehensive overview than the many single compilations already released. Initially, there was a substantial musical dissimilarity between lead vocalist Ferry's solo work, much of it less artsy and aggressive than early Roxy songs such as "Do the Strand" and "Virginia Plain." Eventually, by the late 70s the two became less distinct. The primary difference being Ferry's tendency to radically rearrange musty pop, folk, and R&B covers between his more sensually lush, dance oriented music. Roxy Music disbanded in 1983 leaving Ferry, whose solo work comprises almost half of this package and the entire third disc, to carry the torch. Short but pertinent notes about each song, along with small reproductions of the original British picture sleeves, provide some historical background. And although all three CDs include 15 tracks, there is plenty of unused room on each for more music. Regardless, this is an essential addition to any British rock fan's collection. The compilation is nearly as classy and sophisticated as the stylish band, and its suave singer, deserves. - amazon.com
DISC 1: 01. Virginia Plain 02. Pyjamarama 03. Do The Strand 04. A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall 05. Street Life 06. All I Want Is You 07. The 'In' Crowd 08. Smoke Gets In Your Eyes 09. You Go To My Head 10. Love Is The Drug 11. Both Ends Burning 12. Let's Stick Together 13. The Price Of Love 14. This Is Tomorrow 15. Tokyo Joe
DISC 2: 01. Sign Of The Times 02. What Goes On 03. Carrickfergus 04. Trash 05. Dance Away 06. Angel Eyes 07. Over You 08. Oh Yeah! 09. Same Old Scene 10. Jealous Guy 11. More Than This 12. Avalon 13. Take A Chance With Me 14. Don't Stop The Dance 15. Windswept
DISC 3: 01. Slave To Love 02. Is Your Love Strong Enough? 03. The Right Stuff 04. Kiss And Tell 05. Limbo 06. He'll Have To Go 07. I Put A Spell On You 08. Will You Love Me Tomorrow 09. Girl Of My Best Friend 10. Your Painted Smile 11. Mamouna 12. As Time Goes By 13. Goddess Of Love 14. It's All Over Now, Baby Blue 15. A Fool For Love
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