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