Saturday, July 5, 2014

40 Year Itch : Dressing Fine, Making Time

     By the time American critics began reviewing Bryan Ferry's first solo album, These Foolish Things, Ferry had come out with his follow-up, Another Time, Another Place, released on July 5, 1974. Like Foolish, the album is a collection of covers. The only exception being the title cut. Unlike Foolish, the album gets bogged down by too many country covers, including a wretched 7-minute version of "You Are My Sunshine"... and Vegas-style arrangements. Aside from "The 'In' Crowd" ( a UK Top 20 hit), the best thing about the album is the cover. One imagines Ferry dressed like this for all occasions, from lonely poolside cocktail parties to running down to the corner grocer for smokes. The album reached #4 in the UK charts. Its songs are still part of Ferry's solo sets.

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