Bryan Ferry’s ‘These Foolish Things’

Bryan Ferry’s ‘These Foolish Things’ is his first solo album released on October 5, 1973 while he was still Roxy Music by Virgin.

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Track Listing : 1.A Hard Rain’S A-Gonna Fall (Bob Dylan) – 05:19 . 2.River Of Salt (Irving Brown, Bernard Zackery, Jan Zackery) – 01:48 . 3.Don’T Ever Change (Gerry Goffin, Carole King) – 02:15 . 4.Piece Of My Heart (Jerry Ragovoy, Bert Berns) – 03:06 . 5.Baby I Don’T Care (Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller) – 01:50 . 6.It’S My Party (Walter Gold, John Gluck Jr., Herb Weiner) – 02:00 . 7.Don’T Worry Baby (Brian Wilson, Roger Christian) – 04:13 . 8.Sympathy For The Devil (Mick Jagger, Keith Richards) – 05:50 . 9.The Tracks Of My Tears (William Smokey Robinson, Jr., Warren Moore, Marvin Tarplin) – 03:04 . 10.You Won’T See Me (John Lennon, Paul Mccartney) – 02:32 . 11.I Love How You Love Me (Barry Mann, Larry Kolber) – 03:02 . 12.Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever (Ivy Jo Hunter, Stevie Wonder) – 03:06 . 13.These Foolish Things (Jack Strachey, Eric Maschwitz) – 05:41

Musicians : Bryan Ferry – Vocals, Piano . John Porter – Guitar, Bass . Phil Manzanera – Guitar . Eddie Jobson – Strings, Keyboards, Synthesizer . Roger Ball – Alto & Baritone Saxophones . Ruan O’Lochlainn – Alto Saxophone . Malcolm Duncan – Tenor Saxophone . Henry Lowther – Trumpet . David Skinner – Piano . Paul Thompson – Drums . John Punter – Drums . Robbie Montgomery – Background Vocals . Jessie Davis – Background Vocals . The Angelettes – Background Vocals

Production : Produced By Bryan Ferry, John Porter, John Punter . Steve Nye – Engineer . Andy Arthurs – Assistant Engineer

Package : Antony Price – Make-Up, Wardrobe . Karl Stoecker – Photography . Nicholas Deville – Cover Design

Recorded June 1973.

Released On October 5, 1973 By Virgin.

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Robert Christgau
By transforming Dylan at his most messianic into gripping high camp complete with sound effects (when the poet dies in the gutter the chorus gives forth with a cute groan), Ferry both undercuts the inflated idealism of the original and reaffirms its essential power. […]

corkie @ RateYourMusic
This is definitely one of the most hilarious albums I own. OK Bryan Ferry is a legend but when he sings such famous songs he just sounds like a dodgy pub singer. […]

allmusic
Throughout Ferry’s instantly recognizable croon carries everything to a teeand the overall mood is playful and celebratory. Wrapping up with a grand take on “These Foolish Things” itself, this album is one of the best of its kind by any artist. […]

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